What happens when I upload a square image?

Each print is made on a 3-feet x 4-feet sheet of paper. A square photo will print in the middle at 3' tall. That means you’ll end up with a bit of whitespace on either side.

Tell me more about the print paper will ya?

We chose super lightweight 20lb paper that’s about the same thickness and texture of standard inkjet.

We think it adds to the scrappy, lo-fi look of the prints and also makes it lighter and easier to hang using tape, tacks or clips.

So, why just black and white?

If it was color, it wouldn’t be an Engineer Print!

We’re using a special industrial printer that only prints in halftone black and white. That’s what gives each print its unique quality.

What does ‘halftone’ printing mean?

Halftone is a reprographic printing technique that uses dots varying in shape, size and gray tone to make up an image.

Your eyes blur the dots to make up on large image. It’s kind of an optical illusion, much like magic!

How do I hang it up?

The great thing about Engineer Prints is that they’re light as a feather. That means you can use just about anything to hang them on your wall.

Try painters tape or washi tape, an ordinary push pin, bullclips, glue dots, poster putty ... no frame necessary.

What’s the best file dimension and resolution to aim for?

Great question!

Dimensions at 3:4 or 4:5 (portrait or landscape) will leave you with the least amount of white border.

For resolution or file size, keep it well under 25MB and well above 1,000 pixels if possible. You can go lower than 1,000 pixels if you’d like, but it won’t look so hot.

Right now we're happily accepting .JPG or .PNG files.

Do I need to do anything to change my image file before I upload it?

Nope! We convert to black and white and our printer enlarges the file for print. All you have to do is decide what photo to print.

What kind of photos work best with your printing process?

Try to find a photo with sharp contrast and minimal dark area.

Blacks will print gray and can end up making your photo look washed out.

Contrast helps make colors and lines pop more than they would otherwise.