This week I finally got round to ordering the prints for my entry in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize which need to be delivered next week for judging. I haven’t used a London (or even UK) based print lab before so after some research in settled on theprintspace which are based in East London.
First I downloaded the printer ICC profiles from their website and put them in the correct folder on my PC so they are available in Lightroom. Next I had to decide on the type of paper which was helped hugely because I had previous ordered a sample pack from theprintspace. Now I was able to create the optimal files for printing – sized appropriately with the correct ICC profile. Given that I have left it quite late to get the prints, I decided on opt for the courier delivery service as well.
Finally, I was able to upload the files to theprintspace website which has an excellent and easy to use interface – this surprised me because last time I looked at a pro print lab it was much harder. All of this was at 6:30am on Wednesday morning so I thought that my prints would arrive on Thursday or Friday.
When I arrived home on Wednesday evening, imagine my complete astonishment because my prints had already arrived – truly outstanding service. The prints are also amazing! I would highly recommend using theprintspace for your prints so I know that I will be.