Frequently Asked Questions

To help you become quickly familiar with our site, we have listed the most frequently asked questions by users with easy to understand answers. If you do not find the information you need in these replies, do not hesitate to email us Click here to send us an e-mail or call us at 1-800-668-3826 for immediate assistance.


You need to enter a promotional code in the shopping cart to obtain certain rebates. When a promotional code is entered in the shopping basket, your price will be recalculated.

Unless mentioned otherwise, promotional codes cannot be combined with any other promotion or rebate offers. If a promotion code is inserted, while a promotion is offered, the pricing algorithm will calculate and reflect the best price value offer.

For security reasons, we have decided not to import your password information in your new Black.ca Online printing environment. You will need to validate your e-mail information and provide us with your shipping address.

If you’ve forgotten your account password you can reset it with the following procedure:


  • 1. Click on “Log In” in the top right menu.

  • 2. Click the “Forgot Password” link below the log-in form.

  • 3. Enter your email address.

  • 4. Check your email inbox for information on how to access your account and reset your password.


Please note: It is important to keep your email address up to date. We use the email address stored in your account preferences to contact you with your password.

You will need an account to upload images, order prints, and create photo gifts. Please follow the steps below to sign up for an account:

  • Click the “Sign Up” link in the top right corner of any page.

  • Enter your first name, last name, email, password, and confirm your new password in the fields provided.

  • Click the box to indicate that you accept the terms and conditions.

  • Indicate if you would like to sign up to receive emails.

  • Click the “Sign Up” button.

You are now ready to begin uploading your images, creating photo gifts or sharing with friends and family.

If at any time you would like to make changes to your account settings, log in to your account and click the “My Account” link at the top right corner of most pages.

It is important to keep your email address up to date because it is your login user name. We also send notifications to this email address when you order items.

Click the “My Account” link in the top right corner of most pages.

Locate the section called “Change your Address”. Enter your new address in the entry field provided.

Click the “Submit” button

Click the “My Account” link in the top right corner of most pages.

Locate the section called “Change your Password”. Enter your new password in both of the entry fields provided.

Click the “Submit” button.

Photo Uploading Technical Support

Our site is working to make your photo experience consistent across all browsers. Our upload and image management environment is HTML5 based and designed for all recent Windows and Mac platforms including Linux. Smartphones and Tablets on IOS and Android can upload and print straight from their browser environment.

The only requirement is using a HTML5 compatible web browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer 10+ and Google Chrome. While it is possible to use other browsers with our site, using a supported browser will ensure you have access to most of the products and services available.

NOTE: For security reasons, we do not offer image or album storage on the new Blacks.ca website. However, we will provide a safe temporary project storage environment to support your creative process for photobooks, calendars, greeting cards and keepsakes.

We support the following file types: .jpg, .gif, .tif, .bmp, and .png.

Image file names must not exceed 150 characters.

We do offer numerous print sizes. The most popular ones are the traditional 4''x6'' and 5''x7'' sizes. Check on our price list to find out our current online product portfolio.

Price List

T-shirt

8''x10''

Cup

3.2''x3.2''

Mousepad

8''x10''

Calendar

11''x8.5''

Photobook

8.5''x11''

Each product will have different specifications depending on the optimal print resolution required. Our system will automatically assess the resolution of your picture and compare it to the nominal resolution required to produce a quality print at the desired size. Our application tags pictures with insufficient resolution with an (!) or (X). In our app, an (!) indicates that you may still print a picture, but it will likely be of poor quality. An X means that the resolution is too low and not adequate for the requested print size.

Our program analyses the image. It then reviews and indicates if adjustments are required to optimize your image according to the selected print size or the selected product characteristics.

Note: If you want to know the required size of the image in advance, you may use an image editing software tool. Many editing tools are available on the web. They will tell you the correct ratio of a picture for a given size.

The time required to upload a picture depends on many factors such as the speed of your Internet connection, the traffic on your Internet connection and the size of the file. All these factors will bear influence on the upload process time.


Firewalls

If you are on a Corporate Network or are behind a corporate firewall, then you may be restricted by your corporation from using applications. Your Network Administrator can control configuration changes to the corporate firewall. If the HTML 5 Uploader fails to connect and upload images in this environment, ask your Network Administrator for help.

There is no established limit as to the number of prints in a single order. Bear in mind that the upload process time will increase based on the number of images submitted. We receive a good number of orders for more than 500 images to be printed. What's more, you can order as many as 9999 prints of the same image without any impact on the upload time.

HOW TO

On a PC, you should use the search tree on the left panel of the applet to navigate among folders. When you select a folder, the right panel displays the image files it contains and whether or not their resolution is suitable for printing. If you use a removable media such as a USB key or an external hard drive, you must leave it connected until the upload is completed.

On a Tablet or a smartphone, the images are usually located in the Image Roll folder or the image library.

No. We do provide the required infrastructure online. Our HTML5 uploader provides a universal uploading environment. Its sole purpose is to let you choose pictures and upload them to our production servers.

No! You may use images from various media and sources. The images need to be saved in the JPEG format. The image source can be digital cameras, cellphones, tablets or any device that takes or renders a quality image. If you have a scanner, you may scan your pictures, save them on your computer. You can then order copies or enlargements on our website. You can also print images downloaded from social networks, cloud programs like Icloud, Dropbox, Google Photo, Photobucket, Flickr and many more. Sometimes, the resolution of those images can be far from optimal for printing.

Editing My Pictures

Our editing features differ according to the product you are creating.


1. Editing features for Digital Prints, Enlargements

  • You can zoom, crop or rotate your images (portrait or landscape)

  • You can add a white border


Note

  • For red-eye removal, you can use one of many editing tools available for free with your PC or Mac.

  • For special effects, you can use free online specialized products such as PicMonkey, Aviary, Snapchat and others to create Black & White prints, add borders, frame, and many more features.



Photobooks and Photo Gift.

  • You can Zoom, Crop or rotate your images (portrait or landscape)

  • You can add effects like B&W, Sepia and more.

  • You can use this environment to add backgrounds, frames, text, scrapbooking elements


Note

  • If you wish to further edit your pictures, there are several specialized apps online or at retail that will give you all the control you want (one of the best known is Adobe Photoshop).

  • Bear in mind that some touch-ups may affect print quality.

You can crop an image or reframe it by zooming in and out an image.


Our print service will place your image onto the selected print size frame

  • If the image size ratio is the same as the print frame ratio, the image will fit perfectly.

  • If the image size ratio is different, we will centre the image on the print frame. You can then adjust the cropped image to your satisfaction.

  • Black or White fill-in bars may appear in some instances.



Note

  • Our automatic cropping tool environment will work only if the resolution of an image is sufficient.

  • If an image resolution is not optimal, the application will not let you make changes.

With each order, we will provide you with an expected delivery date. This information is on the order confirmation page. The published date is a best estimate.

Ordering Prints

1. On the web page, select the product category located under the Products tab. Blacks header photo
2. Select the desired print size. Note: You may choose a different size later on or add a different size when on the 'Print Working Table'. Digital prints and enlargements
3. Add your selected original photos and confirm your print specification choices
  • Select Print Features (type of paper, margins …)
  • Quantity of Prints Requested
  • Crop/Edit/Remove images from the print worktable
4. Press Continue to confirm your order and go to Check out section

HTML5 version (non mobile)


1. Select the Product Category desired. i.e. Digital printing Blacks header
2. Select Print Format and click order now. i.e. 4x6, 5x7, 8 x 10 Digital prints and size
3. At this stage you will need to sign-in with your password Client zone
4. In the Product Order Window Press 'Add Pictures'
  • A window will open and you will be asked to select pictures either from 'My computer' or 'Social Network'
  • Upon choosing 'My Computer', windows will pop-up'.
  • Select your images; they will be transferred to our servers (See note concerning 'Your files on our servers').
  • Press ‘OK’ after the images are transferred. Click the OK in the Transfer completed window.
5. Select your print features, add more prints, and edit your images on the print worktable.
  • The Print Options appear on the menu at the left of the worktable. Our print default options are the most popular print options selected by Canadian consumers.
  • To edit the images, you need to move to the right of worktable, where all the images thumbnails are exposed. A short menu appears when putting the cursor over an image. The options are:
  • Enable limited editing
  • Rotates the image
  • Remove the image
6. Complete your order. Click on continue and confirm your order in the shopping basket

Picture Editing


If you click on the rectangle 'edit picture' it will open a new window pane. Our current software editing functions allow you to crop* your original image to fit the selected print format. When you're pleased with image, press Continue.

Note * Our print worktable methodology automatically 'center crop' an original image to the selected print size. If you wish to have an exact print size of your original image you should edit the image on the worktable. If the original image ratio is different than the print image ratio, part of the printed image may be cropped. For example, if you're printing a square original image, like an Instagram, to a regular 4x6 print format, the original square image will be centered. Because this image ratio is (1:1) the center crop will mask part of the original. You can edit this “center crop”. Just zoom in or out and rearrange placement of the image.

Online printing help

Other features of the print toolset


To Add new print/product format to the print worktable

press the Add a product tab located beside the initial product tab of the worktable window

To Add images to the print worktable

press the Add (photo format) button located on the left corner of the worktable window.

Print Quantity

The print copy Quantity section enables you to select the number of copies for all the images thumbnails in the worktable. You can order up to 100 copies using the drop-down list. Note: You can also order multiple copy of one image by entering the quantity in the field below the image in the worktable. It is possible to order a maximum of 999 copies of an image. You need to enter the quantity in the field below the image.

Paper Surface

Select the desired photo paper surface, the default surface is glossy.

White Border

Create or remove border surrounding the prints. Applies to all the images in the worktable. The default position is “no border”

Fill-in Colour

In some cases, editing the original image may create a white or black margin on the print. The margins can be white or Black. The default is usually white.

Legend

Estimate the quality of the printed image based on the original image information. Icons are displayed to indicate printability of an image.

Display size

You can increase or decrease the worktable thumbnail image display size by clicking on the + (plus) or – (minus) left Thumbnail size

Ordering Photobook

Create a self-published photo book with our easy online HTML5 software. It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3. We offer a wide range of templates, many customization options and lots of page layouts.

Tip: As you get ready, gather your project images in one folder if you can, it will make the image upload easier. Don’t worry if you have forgotten some images, you can upload more later


Quick steps (6 steps to order a photobook)

  • 1. Select your photobook type, style and format.
  • 2. You will be required to sign-in. If you don't have a project photobook open, click on the button that says 'Start a new book'.
  • 3. Choose a photobook template.
  • 4. Upload your images. Then arrange your images on the photobook worktable. Click on continue.
  • 5. Preview your project.
  • Go through each page, noting changes you would like to do.
  • You can also do some simple editing at this stage, or click on “customize” to unleash our software full editing suite potential. (Edit images, add pages, change background, add text, modify lay-out… and more)
  • 6. When you are satisfied, save and order
  • And remember: Our photobooks are printed in Canada. The quality of our books is guaranteed.

Ordering a keepsake products

(Quick Steps to order a Keepsake (Example mug 11 oz.)

  • 1. On the web page, select the product category located under the Keepsake tab, then select the desired product within the category i.e. a Drinkware/ Mug 11 oz
  • 2. You will be required to sign-in. If you don't have a specific mug project open, click on the button that says 'Start a new project
  • 3. Name your project
  • 4. Choose a Mug style or template.
  • 5. Upload your pictures. Then arrange them on the workspace. Click on Continue
  • 6. Preview your project.
  • Review the workspace display, noting changes that you would like to do.
  • You can also do some simple editing at this stage, or click on “Customize” to unleash our softwares full editing suite potential. (Edit images, add pages, change background, add text, modify lay-out… and more)
  • 7. When you are satisfied, click save and order
  • And remember: Our Photo Gift products are made in Canada. Our Keepsakes quality is guaranteed.