- What kind of camera, photograph or logo is best to use?
Regardless of the image method you use, we prefer to work with the image that is the closest to when it was created.
For traditional photography, that would be the negative, slide or a photograph. These will have varying image qualities; the higher quality images usually mean that we can produce better images with less preparation work. In other words, higher quality images mean that it will cost less to prepare your images for color imprinting.
For digital photography, it’s the same idea. We prefer to work with the image that is the closest to when it was created. That would be the original file transferred to your computer. If you would like to modify what you see in the image, simply work on a COPY of the original. You can send us both files which would be your copy and the original file. See the next FAQ for specific digital camera settings.
For graphics or logos, it’s the same idea. We prefer the original file in a high resolution format or as vector art if possible.
- I’m using a digital camera, what settings do you recommend?
Since you're using a digital camera, you can experiment with a lot of images without it costing you much other than your time. Be sure to set your camera to capture the most digital information possible (i.e., highest resolution possible or reasonable). We have more flexibility with more information when creating your color imprinted work. (to top)
- How do I prepare a digital image for color imprinting?
As in the above FAQ, always set your camera or computer graphics program to produce the most digital information possible or reasonable. When you’re done using your camera or program simply copy your files to a computer folder. Save these files in a safe folder location with the word “Original” somewhere in the folder and the file name. This is the file that we prefer to use (i.e., the original digital file from your camera or computer program). The most common file types are RAW, TIFF, JPG or AI.
If you would like to experiment with adjusting the images settings like; brightness, contrast, colors, cropping and so forth, be sure to make a copy first. Any file adjustments should ALWAYS be done on a copy so as to preserve the original data information.
- What resolution do you need for the color imprinting process?
There's never too much resolution or information in an image’s digital file. We can reduce the amount of information if needed. If your files are over 20Mb, then you'll want to consider burning them on a CD or DVD that you would then mail to us. Large digital image files of 150Mb are not that uncommon. Just complete the so that your creative idea can begin in earnest.
- Are there particular colors that work better than others?
No one color is better than others. All colors work fine with color imprinting, just like a photograph or logo. You may prefer other colors in your photographs and logos... but, we can work with any color(s). (to top)
- If I’m creating outdoor images, what time of the day or lighting would be best?
Try as much as possible to use indirect sunlight like dappled light through trees or early morning & late afternoon sunlight. Generally, harsh sun from the midday will washout your images. If you decide to create outdoor images on a cloudy or foggy day, factor that environment (i.e., lack of direct light) into your composition and camera settings.
- I would like my art work to match the colors I see in the printed copy of an image or logo. How do you do this?
If you want the image or logo to match as close as possible to the color you see, send us a printed copy along with your image file. We can work from your printed copy as a benchmark or comparison. You will receive an excellent product regardless of the output. the color matching will come extremely close if not perfect, but it does require more image preparation time. We always quote in advance the price for any level of color matching you desire.
- How do you obtain such beautiful results from the color imprinting process?
Color imprinting does not have the accuracy or control like a four color Heidelberg press. In computer “geek speak”, what you see visually through your eyes is processed in an analog form or in a wave format. Color imprinting is processed through computer technology which is a digital format. When the color is transferred to the product (e.g., ceramic tile), the image returns to its analog state.
Color imprinting is more of an art and requires a lot of skill and talent. This is why there are few individuals doing what we’re doing at this refined level of mixed media art. In order to produce beautiful works, we have a strong artistic sense and an even stronger understanding of how computer information is processed. We have decades of experience with computer technology and as visual artists.
- I would like to color imprint on a single tile that I could mount in a standard frame. Is this possible?
Yes, we work with all standard size tiles. (See the Tile Sizes Page) for more information. There are some limitations if you would like the image to be a full color bleed on the tile (i.e., image covers the entire tile). For example, a 4” x 6” size image would need to be cropped to fit on a 4.25” square tile or enlarged and cropped to fit on a 6” square tile.
Your other option is to have the image cover most of the tile (e.g., there is white space above and/or below the image).
- What size and type of tiles can you imprint? (See the Tile Sizes Page). (to top)
- Can an image or logo have personalization or words applied during the color imprinting process?
Absolutely! Your ideas and personalization is what will set your color imprinted product apart and give it that “wow” appeal. Please see the variety of color imprinting samples for more ideas.
- I would like to create a tile mural. How do you color imprint the tiles to make a mural?
Your image is divided across several tiles to create your mural. You can place your image on any standard size tiles made from ceramic, glass, marble or porcelain. Please see the Tile Size Page for more size and type of tile information.
While you can select a variety of tile sizes, more common sizes are 4.25" square or 6" square. See samples in the Art Gallery.
Here are two mural examples using 4.25" tiles:
- A mural of two by three tiles would create a mural 8.5" x 12.75", or six 4.25" tiles.
- A mural of four by six tiles would create a mural 17" x 25.5", or twenty four 4.25" tiles.
You'll enjoy the results of creating your personalized mural art. You can rely on us to help answer your installation or framing questions at any level... at your convenience. (to top)
- How will I understand how much my color imprinting product(s) will cost?
You will have an accurate quote before we start. Generally, it is best to chat about your ideas and expectations so that we can better understand your idea or concept in its entirety. This can be done in many ways like a phone call, email or stopping by the studio. We will follow-up with you to clarify any questions, personalization, description, etc.
- Why don’t you list the price for each product?
Good question... we understand it seems odd because you’re browsing the Internet where prices are ubiquitous. A starting price gives you a general idea what the type of product costs. Depending on what you buy (e.g., one already color imprinted with the image or customized with a logo or picture) and how many you buy of one product, the final costs can be quite different.
Imagine if you needed to hire a home contractor... the contractor can't list their prices for remodeling. However, reputable contractors will give an accurate quote up front.
Like a home contractor, your color color imprinted product is personalized however you wish with pictures, logos or words. This is called an image preparation fee. The image preparation fee starts at 10 dollars for each digital image. More complicated images (e.g., scanning a slide or color matching a photograph) are billed at 29 dollars per hour.
- How long does it usually take to produce a color imprinted product?
You will want to consider allowing us two weeks to complete your work. It's best to plan ahead, but we can do rush orders too. We want to make sure that we meet your expectations in every aspect of the work. (to top)
- What about pickup, delivery or shipping when the color imprinting work is done?
We can deliver and/or pickup locally within the Madison area or further as arranged depending on your location, purchase and/or needs. All sales that need to be shipped are subject to additional handling charges plus shipping costs which will vary depending on the product(s). We calculate the total costs prior to any final sales transaction.