FAQs

Photograph by Thierry Cohen

What “DIY” services do you offer?


Print on Demand:  Choose one of our 6 “canvas” sizes, and format and arrange your images as you wish.  A basic level of Photoshop experience will be helpful.

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Super Saver Prints: You simply choose the size and format that you want for each image.  You don’t need to resize or format your files in any way.  Details can be found on our DIY C-Prints page.

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Imacon & Flatbed Scanning: Use our world-class scanners to digitize your film negatives, rentable by the hour at our San Francisco photo lab location. Learn more about our scanning services here.

Photograph by Max Kellenberger

What is “Custom Printing?”


Custom printing is our “we do it for you” service.

We use our experience, judgment and craft to patiently work with your images until your prints look their best.  We are responsive to any direction which you may wish to provide, and are always happy to discuss your goals for an image with you.

Photograph by Alex Girard

What’s your max print size?


Our maximum size for C-Prints is 30×49”.  We make Archival Pigment Prints up to 64” wide, by virtually any length.

Photograph by John McNeal

Do you offer print mounting and framing?


Yes, we offer a complete line of print mounting and framing services, many of which provide a complete solution for showing your work with or without frames.  We also offer a wide variety of sleek frames. Please call us or stop by to discuss your needs.

Photograph by Corey Arnold

Do you print on canvas or metal?


We print on canvas and on metallic papers.  We do not print directly on metal, though we do mount on it.

Do you offer DIY Archival Pigment Printing?


We do not offer this service at this time.

Photograph by Garnell Boyd

What file format and profile should my images be saved in?


Flattened .tiff files are the preferred format for all DIY printing, although Photoshop or jpeg files are also acceptable.  The image profile should be Adobe RGB 1998.  We will convert your files as needed for Custom Printing.

What resolution should my files be?


For DIY C-Printing, your files should be at their desired size at 254dpi (here’s a tutorial). For custom printing please give us the file at it’s largest size.  If your file is too small, please leave the resizing to us.

Photograph by: Austin Forbord

Are your prints archival?


Yes.  Our c-prints are made on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper, the museum standard worldwide.  Our Archival Pigment Prints are made on various papers, all promising life of 100 years or more.

Can you help me with Photoshop or Lightroom?


We’re always available for help or to answer any questions while you’re using our workstations.  You may also choose to have your work made on a Custom Print basis instead.

Do you offer lessons or workshops?


Seth Dickerman, lab owner and master printer, offers group and private fine art photo printing workshops.

Each lesson is tailored to the needs of the participant an includes the use of our digital photographic printer (the Polielettronica LaserLab).

»» See Our Upcoming Photo Workshops 

Photograph by Corey Arnold

How can I send you my files?


For most prints, you can use our online upload tool to send us your files.

“Dickerman Prints is hands down the best printing shop I’ve ever worked with.

They’re professional, they do great work in a timely manner. Love them.”

~ Jana B.

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1141 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Our friendly staff loves to share their expertise and experience. Come in, load up your photos on a Mac workstation, sip on an organic espresso or tea, and let us help you create the perfect print.


We’re always here to help
(415) 252-1300
[email protected]

Monday: 10 – 6
Tuesday: 10 -7
Wednesday: 10 – 6


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