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How to order an album designed in third-party software

Not everyone wants to use Queensberry's free Workspace album designer or free design service to create Flushmount albums and Q-Books … not when they're up and running with another application.

If you're using Fundy, SmartAlbums or AlbumStomp you'll find Queensberry's resources built-in. You can safely create your layouts, then log in to Workspace to specify the album details and upload your print files, and later, confirm your order and make payment. See How to order an album in Workspace for details.

If you're not using one of the applications mentioned above — InDesign or PhotoShop for example — you'll need to take great care to ensure that your files comply with our design specifications. Also, if your software doesn't support our file specifications we'll need to recreate the design from your third-party layouts.

You can create un-matted books and albums with third party applications but not matted albums (Overlay Matted or Duo). Either use one of the Queensberry solutions, or ask us to recreate the design for you from your third-party layouts.


Overview

Queensberry's own design tools have built-in checks to help ensure your files meet our technical specifications — file dimensions (ie page size), DPI, ICC profile etc. If you're using third-party software please take care to comply with those specifications (read on for details).

Start by learning about our product and printing options! To avoid creating inappropriate print files it helps to clarify the exact product you want to order, and the type of printing you prefer. The easiest way to do this is to set up the order in Workspace BEFORE you create the page layouts. You'll need to do this, anyway, to order the album. If you change your mind you can always delete the order. Workspace will step you through the process, and ensure that we gather all the information we need and that your selections are valid — in other words we can make the album to your specifications.

To order: In Workspace go to Buy / Books & Albums, and choose “third party software” as the Design Method (click here for detailed instructions). Currently, you can order Flushmount albums, Portrait albums and Q-Books with third party software, but not matted albums.

Smart Albums, AlbumStomp or Fundy: We recommend these design programs, which contain our resources. You will not need to set the page dimensions yourself, but please read on for our file specifications.

Whatever software you're using, make sure it allows you to set the page dimensions, and that it can export photo quality PSDs or PDFs (or in some cases, JPGs for print-ready orders). Read on for our page dimensions.

Once you've finished the design: you'll need to export the design as single sides or double page speads, depending on the page type and printing option you've selected, and upload the print files to Workspace as either PSDs, PDFs or JPGs as appropriate. Please note that if you want us to colour correct your files you MUST upload unflattened PSDs, regardless of the product. Click here for more about our colour correction services.


File specifications

Colour space: We recommend that you always adopt Adobe RGB (1998) as your working space when printing with Queensberry. This is because its bigger colour gamut enables us to print the widest range of colours. You COULD use sRGB for silver halide or inkjet printing, but for offset printing you MUST convert your print files to Adobe 98. For more on Queensberry's recommended working (colour) space click here.

File specifications: The page dimensions, and whether single-page or double-page layouts are required, will depend on the book or album size, and the printing method you prefer — digital offset, true photographic (silver halide) or Fine Art (inkjet). Click a link for the particular product and print option you want to order.

Flushmount albums — True Photographic (silver halide) printing
Flushmount albums —  Fine Art (inkjet) printing
Flushmount albums — Digital Offset printing
Portrait albums — True Photographic (silver halide) printing
Portrait albums — Digital Offset printing 
Q-Books — Digital-Offset printing, light-weight or medium-weight pages


Flushmount albums — True Photographic (silver halide) or Fine Art (inkjet) printing

250 - 300 DPI, Adobe 1998 RGB (preferred) or sRGB colour space.

Files may be layered PSDs or flattened JPGs (for print ready orders only). If you require artwork or colour correction services we need unflattened PSD files.

True photographic (silver-halide) printing is the most popular, in which case our medium-weight panoramic pages offer more capacity: up to 45 pages (90 sides), as against 30 pages (60 sides) with the heavy-weight option. Panoramic pages are creased, not cut, at the spine.

Fine Art (inkjet) printing is also available, but with medium-weight pages only and a maximum of 30 pages (60 sides).

We require double page spreads (layouts) throughout. The left hand side of the first layout and the right hand side of the last layout represent the inside front and back covers, and must be left blank. This means there will be one layout more than the number of pages in the album, but we charge the first and last layouts as one page.

The files must be correctly named as follows (where L = Layout number): L01.psd/jpg, L02.psd/jpg etc.

Important: After you've uploaded the layouts to Workspace, always check that they display in the correct order.

Click here to download a PDF table of dimensions for different products.

Please check that your layouts are in the correct order!
How to upload additional files after placing your order
Final tips!


Flushmount albums — Digital Offset printing 

250 – 300 DPI, Adobe 1998 RGB colour space only.

Layouts for print-ready orders MUST be supplied as a PDF.

If you want us to colour correct you must provide layered PSDs (we will create the PDFs at Queensberry).

The layouts should be exported as single-sides. The first and last sides (inside the front and back covers) will be blank, so we do not need a file for them.

Pages are heavy-weight only, and split at the spine. Maximum is 30 pages (60 sides). If you'd prefer a medium-weight offset-printed page see under Q Books (below).

Individual PSD files must be correctly named as follows (where L = layout number): L01_R.pdf, L02_L.pdf, L02_R.pdf, L03_L.pdf etc. ending on Lxx_L.pdf.

Important: After you've uploaded the layouts to Workspace, always check that they display in the correct order.

Click here to download a PDF table of dimensions for different products.

Please check that your layouts are in the correct order!
How to upload additional files after placing your order
Final tips!


Portrait Albums — True Photographic (silver halide) printing

250 – 300 DPI, Adobe 1998 RGB (preferred) or sRGB colour space. Files may be layered PSDs (required for colour correction) or flattened JPGs (for print ready orders only)

You can include up to 45 medium-weight panoramic pages (90 sides, creased not cut at the spine).

We require double page spreads (layouts) throughout. The left hand side of the first layout and the right hand side of the last layout represent the inside front and back covers, and must be left blank. This means there will be one layout more than the number of pages in the album, but we charge the first and last layouts as one page.

The files must be correctly named as follows (where L = Layout number): L01.psd/jpg, L02.psd/jpg etc.

Important: After you've uploaded the layouts to Workspace, always check that they display in the correct order.

Click here to download a PDF table of dimensions for different products.

Please check that your layouts are in the correct order!
How to upload additional files after placing your order
Final tips!


Portrait albums — Digital Offset printing 

Layouts for print-ready orders MUST be supplied as a PDF.

If you want us to colour correct you must provide layered PSDs (we will create the PDFs at Queensberry).

The layouts should be exported as single-sides. The first and last sides (inside the front and back covers) will be blank, so we do not need a file for them.

You can include up to 45 medium-weight panoramic pages (90 sides, creased not cut at the spine).

Individual PSD files must be correctly named as follows (where L = layout number): L01_R.pdf, L02_L.pdf, L02_R.pdf, L03_L.pdf etc. ending on Lxx_L.pdf.

Important: After you've uploaded the layouts to Workspace, always check that they display in the correct order.

Click here to download a PDF table of dimensions for different products.

Please check that your layouts are in the correct order!
How to upload additional files after placing your order
Final tips!


Q-Books — Digital Offset printing 

250 – 300 DPI, Adobe 1998 RGB colour space only.

Layouts for print-ready orders MUST be supplied as a PDF.

If you want us to colour correct you must provide layered PSDs (we will create the PDFs at Queensberry). A charge applies to colour correction of Q Books.

We require single-sided layouts. The first and last sides (inside the front and back covers) will be blank, so we do not need a file for them.

Maximum light-weight pages: 80 (160 sides).

 Maximum medium-weight pages: 45 (90 sides).

Individual PSD files must be correctly named as follows (where L = layout number): L01_R.pdf, L02_L.pdf, L02_R.pdf, L03_L.pdf etc. ending on Lxx_L.pdf.

Important: After you've uploaded the layouts to Workspace, always check that they display in the correct order.

Click here to download a PDF table of dimensions for different products.

Please check that your layouts are in the correct order!
How to upload additional files after placing your order
Final tips!


Please check that your layouts are in the correct order!

After you've uploaded your files, please check that they appear in the correct sequence in Workspace. Do this BEFORE submitting the album order to avoid them being bound out of order in the album. This is important as once we receive the layouts we will base the sequence of layouts on how they appear in Workspace. (Files may appear out of order because different sized files can upload at different rates, and so throw out the sequence.)

You can rearrange the layouts in Workspace by dragging and dropping them into the correct order. 


How to upload additional files after placing your order

Click this link if you need to upload additional files such as images, layouts (spreads) or artwork for a third-party designed order after you've submitted it to us.

Important: You must have submitted the order before this function will work! To ensure we can link the new files to the correct order, please send an email to orders@queensberry.com with the original Queensberry Order No., and the reason you are sending us these files.


How to submit a draft album design as a guide for the Queensberry design team

If you want to order a matted album, or your software cannot export the files we require: We can recreate the design for you based on your 3rd-party layouts. Submitting a draft design is not mandatory, but if you want to do so, here's how:Step 1. Set up the album order in Workspace as described here. Very important: choose “Queensberry Design” as the Design Method, not “3rd Party”. When you've finished, save the design.

Step 2. In your third-party software create the draft design that you want our designers to as a guide.

Step 3. Go back to Workspace and upload all the images that you used in your draft design. Very important: upload the original files, not the page layouts. 

Step 4. Before you submit your order to Queensberry, state in the special instructions box that you will be sending a design draft for our guidance.

Step 5. After you've sent us your album order (not before — once we've received it, the order will have a Queensberry Order No.) open the album again in Workspace and follow these directions to upload your draft page layouts as Support Files. Alternatively you can send us the layouts via Dropbox or WeTransfer: you'll need to email the download link to orders@queensberry.com.

As the files are not to be printed or colour corrected they should be JPGs, and don’t need to be of print quality.

As with all design orders, you'll need approve the recreated design in Workspace. More about our free design service.


Final tips!

Whenever you design with third party applications, and whether or not your software has Queensberry resources built in, please always read our file specifications. For technical reasons our printing and binding options require different specifications, such as single sided or double sided print files. 

Be aware that in an album set up with double layouts the left hand side of the first layout and the right side of the last layout aren't actually pages but the inside covers of the book. For example, you may have 20 layouts to upload but when ordering the album you will only require 19 pages.

Don't send PDF or JPG files if you want colour correction. We can only correct PSD files.

If you are ordering a Book or a Flushmount album with one of our digital offset papers (eg. Tintoretto, Satin) do not send the file in with the sRGB colour profile. We require Adobe 1998. If the wrong profile is used the colour of your images will print incorrectly.