Sourcing a high quality image for your printed glass splashback should be given time and careful consideration. This will ensure the end result is a stunning and unique feature piece that you will enjoy for years to come.
A lot of our clients who contact us are in the early stages of design and are unsure as to what they would like printed on glass. With a continually increasing selection of images available online the options are now endless, however there are a few really important points to keep in mind when choosing images.
This post will discuss how to choose the correct image for printing on glass, and how to avoid any unexpected results when reproducing photographs and patterns on glass.
Sourcing a high resolution photograph for your printed glass splashback from a professional photographer or reputable image library is the quickest and easiest way to ensure colours and details are reproduced clearly.
Lower quality images may appear fine onscreen or when printed at A3, but once enlarged to your splashback size (sometimes up to 4m in width!) are prone to issues of blurriness and pixelation. Additionally, the digital files created by professional photography equipment have far more colour information contained within, meaning the conversion process to glass is far more accurate.
When searching for images there are many online image libraries to choose from, Google images is not one of them! These are a few of the online image collections we recommend and use on a regular basis:
Image Libraries provide a large range image styles and subjects including graphics and patterns. The libraries below provide images at the correct resolution for splashbacks.
Landscape Photographers use expensive photographic equipment to capture super high resolution images enabling an outstanding level of detail and sharpness.
Firstly, the natural colour of the glass will have a tinting effect, meaning images will never be 100% accurate to original colours. In darker images this colour difference is not a concern, however images with lots of white or light colours may be prone to a slight colour shift.
Additionally, the ceramic inks we use to print are different compared to standard colour profiles such as CMYK and RGB. This means the colours below cannot be accurately reproduced on glass, so if absolute colour accuracy is important we recommend avoiding them where possible.
We will always advise clients prior to printing if we believe colours are going to be problematic, and we will provide samples for sign off on all jobs prior to production.
The images below demonstrate how the Cyan, Magenta and Bright Purple colours will appear once printed on glass.
If you are purchasing an image from an online image library, select the highest available resolution and file size available. Low resolution images tend to offer much less detail and can appear pixelated and blurry.
Ensure you select an image with a similar height and width ratio to that of your splashback size to ensure that its visual impact is not lost. Using an image of the wrong orientation means that resolution is cut down and picture depth is reduced.
File submission via File Sharing Facilities
Once you have purchased and obtained your digital image you will find that the image file is too large to email directly to us. Therefore we suggest you either bring it in via a DVD or USB Drive, or deliver it via a File Sharing Service.
If you elect to use an online File Sharing Service, get in contact with us prior to sending your file through, so that we will know to look out for it.
Popular online file sharing services include the following:
- DropBox.com – a cloud service that allows you to easily share files and folders online
- Hightail.com – a secure file delivery service
- DigitalPigeon.com – an alternative secure file delivery service
We produce printed splashbacks on 6mm Toughened Low Iron Glass. This is a premium glass which is clearer than normal glass and allows for maximum vibrancy.
Maximum panel sizes
All of our printed glass splashbacks are produced on Grade A Safety Glass and can be printed up to a maximum size of 4300 x 2440mm.
ImagInk Signoff Process
Prior to printing your glass splashback, we will provide you a Digital Proof to confirm the scale and positioning of the printed image. Once we receive your approval to proceed, we will commence glass preparation and printing.
We hope you’ve found this blog post to be helpful, if you have any further questions about choosing an image for printing on glasss please don’t hesitate to get in touch below.
If you’d like further information on our ImagInk process and Printed Splashbacks, please view the following pages: