Orms Photo Lab
We know that life is busy and your time is precious. That’s why we offer a range of options that make printing your photos quick and easy. With self-service in-store kiosks, professional image processing services and a simple electronic ordering system, we cater to everyone’s needs. And, because knowledge is power, we’ve included a few preparation pointers to make sure that you’re happy with your final prints.
ORMS PHOTO LAB PRINTING OPTIONS
Choose whichever is most convenient for you; from self-service kiosks in-store to sending us your images electronically, or personal assistance at our kiosk counter.
1. In-store, self-service kiosks:
Extremely easy to use, our self-service kiosks offer a range of print sizes, borders and editing options
2. Electronic orders:
We’re pleased to announce that our Online Ordering System will be available soon. In the meantime, it’s no problem if you don’t have time to come in!
- Email your images to email@example.com (Cape Town) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Bellvillle). We’ll reply to confirm we’ve received your order.
- Dropbox large images to email@example.com (Cape Town) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Bellvillle).
- Transfer large images online via Hightail (previously YouSendIt), WeTransfer or FileGooi to email@example.com (Cape Town) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Bellvillle).
Remember to include the following information when sending your images:
- Your name
- Your telephone number
- Size of prints
- Paper: lustre or gloss
- Whether you’d like a border
- Fit in or fill in
3. Personal assistance at our Photo Kiosk counter in-store.
It’s always great putting a face to the pics, so come in and see us. You can supply your digital images on whatever media works for you:
- USB/flash stick
- Hard drive
- Your camera’s memory card
Collecting your order
Printing is usually ready within 1 hour, depending on the size of your order, but please give us 2 hours during busy periods.
Don’t have time to pick up your pics? We deliver within the City Bowl area! Live further afield? No problem, we can have them couriered to you! Our long-standing relationship with our courier company means that we trust them to get your order safely to you. We can also post them if that suits you best.
We know how disappointing it can be when your pics don’t turn out quite as expected. So before you print, here are a few things you need to know:
- Always choose Original Size when emailing your digital images to us. Many email servers have size restrictions for sending mails and downsizing your images will affect the print quality. If your images are too big to email, don’t worry, choose one of these options instead.
- If you have edited your images using computer software, make sure you work in an 8-bit sRGB colour profile, and that you save or export them using sRGB so they are compatible with our Canon Dreamlabo Printer. This ensures your prints will be as vivid as the image on your calibrated computer screen.
- Make sure your screen is not on its brightest setting, this can give your images an unnatural backlight.
- Choose Fit In when ordering your prints, so we don’t crop or cut your image – this option can leave your print with uneven white borders.
1 hour – same day
Canon Dreamlabo 5000 Paper:
- Lustre or Gloss Photo realistic paper
- Vivid colours
- Brilliant whites
- natural skin tones
- Image stability
- Excellent resistance to light fade and long-term dark storage
- Fingerprint resistant
- Archival quality – 300+ years
For the techies: The state-of-the-art printer uses high definition 7-ink printing technology that creates photos that are beautifully detailed, with natural skin tones and true-to-life colour reproduction. This means that all colour photos produced will appear crisp and have a lifelike quality, whilst black-and-white images will have smooth gradation for a classy finish.
- White borders
- Postcard – 5 x 3. 5″ (89 x 127 mm)
- Jumbo – 6 x 4″ (102 x 152 mm)
- 5 x 7″ (127 x 178 mm)
- 5 x 7.5″ (127 x 190.5 mm)
- 6 x 8″ (152 x 216 mm)
- 6 x 9″ (152 x 228 mm)
- 8 x 10″ (203 x 252 mm)
- 8 x 12″ (203 x 305 mm)
- 10 x 12″ (250 x 305 mm)
- 10 x 15″ (250 x 382 mm)
- 12 x 16″ (305 x 406 mm)
- 12 x 18″ (305 x 457 mm)
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Q&A with Marlon Abrahams
- Lab Manager
What colour profile must I save my images in?
Please use the sRGB profile.
What format should my files be in?
I prefer to work with uncompressed TIFF files, however I can work with anything that I can open in Photoshop.
What resolution do you print at?
300 dpi to give you a high-quality print.
What printer do you use?
Our Canon DreamLabo 5000 redefines the limits of photo printing quality while being sustainable and economical with no harmful chemicals used in the production of your photo prints.
This state-of-the-art printer uses high definition 7-ink printing technology that creates photos that are beautifully detailed, with natural skin tones and true-to-life colour reproduction. This means that all colour photos produced will appear crisp and have a lifelike quality, whilst black-and-white images will have smooth gradation for a classy finish.
What does Fit In and Fill In mean?
Fit In and Fill In have to do with proportions of your digital image compared to the proportion of the final print size. In techie speak: aspect ratio.
When I Fit In: I don’t crop your image, but rather fit it into the requested print size. If the sizes are not exact, you’ll see uneven white borders on your final print, e.g. the top and bottom borders might be thinner than the borders on the sides.
If I Fill In, I crop your image where necessary to fill the requested print size with your image. Cropping is only needed if the proportions of your digital image are not the same as the final paper size.
What is aspect ratio?
Aspect ratio is the ratio of the width to the height of an image, and tells our lab technicians what sizes your image can be printed at without needing to be cropped or cut.
Your image can be printed bigger, without being cropped, as long as the ratio between width and height of the print remains the same as the original.
E.g. an image with an aspect ratio of 4×6 (4 = width, 6 = height) can be printed at 4×6, 8×12, 12×18, etc. without any cropping, because the proportions are the same: 8×12 is exactly two-times bigger than 4×6, 12×18 exactly three-times bigger, etc.
Many digital point-&-shoot cameras now capture images in a 4.5×6 ratio. This means the images are now half an inch wider and don’t fit perfectly into a 4×6 print. To compensate for this, you can choose to Fit In or Fill In your prints.
Aspect ratio can be a little tricky, so if you’re unsure about it, chat to our staff about your options.
Why is part of my image cut off on my print?
The proportions or aspect ratio of your original digital image were different from the proportions of the final print size. When not specified, I automatically fill in when printing digital images, which can result in the image being cut off or cropped.
Why is the quality of my prints not the same as the images I emailed?
Please check to see whether the images you sent us were sent at their Original Size.
Why does my print look dull when compared with my computer screen?
First check: Were your digital images were saved or exported in sRGB?
Second check: Is your screen’s brightness turned all the way up? If yes: this will affect the contrast in your image on-screen, which will then look different to your print.