How To Order

How To order | file preparation | file naming

ORDER PORTALS
 
(1) Upload Directly Through Our Website (Easiest way to place your order)
  • Prepare your files in your preferred software for Print/Bind (If Design/Print/Bind just have your files named in relative sequence of event)
  • Name your files
  • Place files in job folder on your desktop. (Feel free to include PDF or Jpeg diagrams for specific cover requests)
  • Name folder with studio reference – (ex: Susan_Mark_Wedding)
  • Click Place Order Here, on the Home Page, or on the “Place Order” tab on the right
  • Fill out online order form
  • Upload your job folder
(2) Third Party
(3) Snail Mail
  • Mail your CD using PDF Order Form to

    Leather Craftsmen

    6 Dubon Ct
    Farmingdale, NY 11735

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FILES FOR PRINTING

We print from JPEG format files. Lossless or highest quality JPEG compressions are more than adequate for high quality printing.

Save your 300 dpi files in sRGB color space in 8-bit color, not 16-bit, to achieve the best print results. 

Please do NOT embed any soft proofing ICC printing profiles.   

No CMYK, Grayscale, RAW, PSD or LZW compressed files, and if you work in layers, be sure to flatten the file and remove any extra channels before sending.

IMPORTANT TRIM INFOMATION!
 
  • We need to trim your prints to make the album flush and just exactly perfect.
  • Canvas size should be 100%. (Example: For a 10 x 10 album, give us exactly 10 x 10 jpegs for your single sides and exactly 10 x 20 jpegs for your spreads. Do Not add bleed).
 
Trim Specs for Non Gilded Albums
 
We recommend at least 1/2″ safe zone when floating images.
 
We trim approximately 1/8″ off all four sides of an open spread. 
 
We trim nothing from the gutter sides (middle line) if you choose Split Edition.
 
Trim Specs for Gilded Albums
 
We recommend at least 5/8″ safe zone when floating images.
 
We trim approximately 3/16″ off all four sides of an open spread. 
 
We trim nothing from the gutter sides (middle line) if you choose Split Edition.
 

Recommended PhotoShop Guides for Non-Gilded Albums and Gilded Albums

                                                         

File Naming (The Classic Way versus The Quick Way)

The Classic Way of naming files is standard with most photographers, but it can be time consuming.

The Quick Way allows you to take advantage of “batch naming” in various software programs.

Choose whichever way works best for you.

(Examples of both ways are shown below)

The Quick Way

Simply number you files 01.jpg through how many files you have.

We prefer just the numbers. Long file names such as “01_Amy_Brian_Wedding_November_28.jpg” make it difficult for us to create contact sheets for your album order.

If your album design software has an L in front of the number (L01.jpg. L02.jpg, L03.jpg etc) that works just fine.

As long as you properly fill out the online order form and let us know where the album starts and ends, and give us a side # count, we can figure it out.

Quick Way (example):

(Online Order Form Sample)

  • The album starts with a single side on the right #L01 and ends with a single side on the left # L21.
  • There are 19 spreads (38 sides) + 2 single sides. Total side count is 40.
  • The job folder name is Allyson_Jason. That’s also going to match the Studio Reference you will fill in on the online order form.

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The Classic Way

Keep in mind that ODD sides are ALWAYS on the RIGHT whereas EVEN sides are ALWAYS on the LEFT.

Your page or side number needs to be a total of two digits.

Use the leading “0” on the single digit numbers.

If you start your album with a single side on the right and end your album with a single side on the left:

01.jpg

02_03.jpg

04_05.jpg

06_07.jpg

08_09.jpg

10_11.jpg

12_13.jpg

14_15.jpg

16.jpg

If you start and end your album with a full spread:

00_01.jpg

02_03.jpg

04_05.jpg

06_7.jpg

08_09.jpg

10_11.jpg

12_13.jpg

14_15.jpg

16_17.jpg

If you start your album with a single side on the right and end your album with a full spread on the right:

01.jpg

02_03.jpg

04_05.jpg

06_07.jpg

08_09.jpg

10_11.jpg

12_13.jpg

14_15.jpg

16_17.jpg

If you start your album with a full spread on the left and end your album with a single side on the left:

00_01.jpg

02_03.jpg

04_05.jpg

06_7.jpg

08_09.jpg

10_11.jpg

12_13.jpg

14_15.jpg

16.jpg

Classic Way (example):

(Online Order Form Sample)

  • The album starts with a single side # 1 on the right and ends with a single side # 34 on the left:
  • There are 16 spread (32 sides) + 2 single sides. Total side count is 34
  • The job folder name is Smith_Wedding. That’s also going to match the Studio Reference you will fill in on the online order form. 

Ordering a Matted Album is a more involved process than ordering our Flush Style Albums.

Step by step ordering details are within the tabs of the the actual matted album landing pages.

Simply click on the desired matted album you wish to order from our Album Directory.

Navigate to the How To Order Tab within that desired matted album page. There are two choices: With Software (Recommended) and Without Software:

Order Your Album

Order Any Album Style Of Your Choice!

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