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Print on Demand Cards; Part 2

19/01/2020
Canal Bridge, near Crickhowell.
Having ordered my proof cards I didn't have to wait long for them to drop through the letterbox. In fact they arrived within 2 working days from Redcliffe Imaging (incidentally I have no connection with this company).

First Impressions

First impression were very positive. The cards were all as I had inputted into the template.

However it was immediately apparent that some were darker than they had appeared on the computer screen. This was to be expected as obviously the computer is very bright and one of the reasons for printing the images as proofs was to see what they looked like in the flesh.

The card on the matt slightly rough surface looked superior quality to me and perhaps suited these type of images better. This is reflected in the price but neither of the 2 types of card felt cheap or too thin.

Probably the main niggle was the size of the text on the back of the card, as although a size was specified on the template it was difficult to tell what size the finished product would be or how it was spaced in relation to the thumbnail picture on the reverse.

What to do next?

I decided that one or 2 of the images perhaps were not best suited to uses on cards, but others looked unexpectedly good. The next thing to do was to lighten the images. This I did easily on the Windows 10 Photo editor (I don't possess Photoshop at the moment.)

Then I posted the edited images back to Redcliffe and awaited the results.

In the meantime I decided to copy the original and altered scans onto a separate memory stick and archive each set of proof cards so I could check them before I sent off any new orders.