FAQ

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If you have any extra questions or have placed your order later than 15 o’clock or during the weekend, please wait for the next working day to process your order. Thank you for your understanding.

REQUIRED PHOTO TYPE

 

Photos that you use in your design should be JPG or JPEG file format with sRGB colour space. Please check your colour space settings in your chosen editing program (Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.) before you start editing photos and making your designs.

• Photos for 15x15 & 20x20 Books: with the longer side of the photo measuring at least 4800 pixels and exported at 300 dpi
• Photos for 20x25, 25x25, 30x30 Books: with the longer side of the photo measuring at least 7100 pixels and exported at 300 dpi

These are optimum sizes - they can be smaller so best to check the size of the photos in InDesign under Links to see whether it is scaled correctly. (or any other design program you are using - they let you know with ! or pop-up message if your files are too small). The photos should be exported to sRGB from the original (unedited, raw) photos. If you already have photos in any CMYK colour space, don’t convert them back to sRGB but use the raw file. Please do not use any other RGB space (such as Adobe RGB, Apple RGB) than sRGB.

Other optimum photo sizes are:

• Fine Art 10x15 : 1200 x 1800 px
• Fine Art 15x21 : 1800 x 2500 px
• Fine Art 20x30: 2500 x 3600 px

• Canvas 50x70: 6000 x 8300 px
• Canvas 60x90: 7100 x 10700 px
• Canvas 70x100: 8300 x 12500 px

• Wooden Photo Block 11x11 : 1300 x 1300 px
• Wooden Photo Block 15x15: 1800 x 1800 px
• Wooden Photo Block 20x20: 2500 x 2500 px

• Proof Box with Matt Prints 20x25: 2500 x 3000 px

• Photos for Swatches: 1200 x 1800 px
• Cover Photo: 1000 X 1000 px (small 6x6 cm or large 8x8 cm)

 

DESIGN TEMPLATES & SERVICE

 

You can use any program you are comfortable with to make the design for your book that enables JPG (JPEG) or PDF exporting - we suggest Adobe InDesign or Pixellu SmartAlbums, Fundy Designer or AlbumStomp, which offer Kalá albums templates (and already give the correct 3mm bleed area and safe zone). See Book Design section for more information below.

If you use our ID templates, please note that we recommend starting your design on the right page and finish on the left - but it is only a recommendation. You can easily begin on the left page and finish on the right and make use of the whole first and last designed spread. Also note, that our templates in ID have one additional spread at the beginning and one at the end - only used for binding purposes - please do not design these two spreads - they are free of charge and do not count them in when ordering. Design the amount of spreads your ordered and paid.

Ederra, Belle or Pika templates
Viva templates
Cover photo templates
Engraving templates
Older version ID templates

You can, however, always choose our Custom Design Service.

 

OUR DESIGN SERVICE

 

Our Custom Design Service offers you a sophisticated and clean design made with special attention to detail. You will be able to upload your photos to a folder which we will share with you. Please pay attention to the required photo characteristics & naming - they should be named in sequential order (001, 002, 003, etc). You may choose to upload between 40 and 180 photos depending on the number of spreads of your book. For optimal design we use approximately 2,5 photos per spread. If you have 40 spreads in your book the the optimal number of photos is 70-110.

In up to 10 working days we will send you an email with the preview of our design. If you are satisfied with it you can confirm the design by responding to our mail. Alternatively, you also have a one-time possibility of corrections free of charge by replying to our mail with the list of all desired changes, for example:

• swapping a photo with another one,
• changing the layout of a spread,
• etc.

We will make all corrections within 10 working days and send you another preview by email. After confirmation, we will send the files into printing. Additional design changes after or major design alterations (more than 20% of the design) are charged.

 

If you are interested in our Custom Design & Mounting Service for our M album, please note the following:

• Album in size of 18x18 can only take 1 image in 10x15 so please note the maximum order of images per page equals pages of your ordered album.
• Album in size of 25x20 can take maximum 1 landscape image of 10x15 per page, 2 portrait images 10x15 or 1 landscape image of 15x21 per page.
• Album in size 27.5x27.5 can take maximum 3 images of 10x15 per page (2 portrait + 1 landscape) or 1 landscape image 10x15 + 1 landscape image in 15x21, or only 1 image 15x21.
• Album in size 35x25 can take maximum 4 landscape images of 10x15 or 3 portrait images of 10x15 per page, or various combination in 10x15 + 15x21 per page.

Since we prefer having bigger margins when we design, that is, leaving more white space around the photos, we have limited the possible number of photos when we design your M album and we also use other various combination of square 10x10 and 20x20 photo sizes. You will receive our preview before we continue.

 

DESIGNING EDERRA, BELLE & PIKA BOOKS

 

The setup file you make in your chosen program should always include a bleed space of 3mm around the spread (our templates already include extra 3 mm), leaving you with design size exported as single pdf. or jpg. spreads:

• 15×15 cm book size – 30,6 x 15,6 cm design area
• 20×20 cm book size – 40,6 x 20,6 cm design area
• 20×25 cm book size – 40,6 x 25,6 cm design area
• 25×25 cm book size – 50,6 x 25,6 cm design area
• 30×30 cm book size – 60,6 x 30,6 cm design area

It is ok, if you only upload this design size - we can do the rest (add crop marks, color bars & other info for print). You can, however, follow the instructions here, and prepare the book for print yourself:

Screenshots of Setup & Exporting for Ederra, Belle & Pika Book in InDesign - demonstrated on 25x25 cm Ederra.

 

DESIGNING VIVA BOOK

 

Viva Book is a hand sewn book and is not lay flat book. It uses hand sewn page signatures and so it does not allow the photos to lay across both pages or have them extended to the bleed area. It starts on the right page and finishes on the left so keep that in mind while designing. The setup file you make in your chosen program should always include a bleed space of 3mm around the page (our templates already include extra 3 mm), leaving you with design size exported as single pdf. or jpg. pages:

• 20×25 cm book size – 20,3 x 25,6 cm design area
• 25×25 cm book size – 25,3 x 25,6 cm design area
• 30×30 cm book size – 30,3 x 30,6 cm design area

It is ok, if you only upload this design - we can do the rest (add crop marks, color bars & other info for print). You can, however, follow the instructions here, and prepare the book for print yourself:

Screenshots of Setup & Exporting for Viva Book in InDesign - demonstrated on 20x25 cm Viva

 

EXPORTING DUPLICATES

 

We cannot change your designed files in pdf or jpg to a different size. It has to be done in the design program you have used. Tips:

For Pixellu SA, you can find the explanation here. For ID, you change the size in the document setup, all the pages will be then smaller and all you have to do it to arrange the photos on that pages (select all photos on one page and make the smaller, either with % all manually). If there is another program, let us know, so we can find a tutorial for that as well for you.

 

STUDIO SAMPLE BOOKS

 

If you are preparing a Studio Sample please add "Studio Sample" on the first or last page of your design. Please keep in mind that "Studio Sample" needs to be written on all Sample orders or we will add it.

 

UPLOADING & NAMING

 

You will be able to upload your files in Google Drive shared folder which we will share with you during our office hours (Mon-Fri, 8-15 o'clock). You can also share your files with Dropbox or Wetransfer. Please use the same naming of your files as is the name of your shared folder. If more than one file is uploaded (prints, pages, spreads) use sequential numbering at the beginning with three digit numbers (001, 002, 003, etc).

• If you are ordering a Studio Sample just add the word sample after the project name.
• If you are uploading a logo just add the word logo after the project name.
• If you are uploading a Cover Photo just add the word cover-photo after the project name.
• If you are uploading photos for Folio, please name them left, (middle for 3 fold-folio), right.
• Fonts & logos: Upload a black & white file - either EPS (vector) or PDF format. We will check or prepare your engraving and send you a confirmation e-mail which means you will receive a preview that you will confirm before we will proceed. If you are only uploading a font, please use the otf.or tff. file.

 

PAPER, FABRIC & COVER UPGRADE

 

• 6 papers to choose from (Ederra 150g or 230g, Belle 200g, Pika 255g, Viva 170g or 190g)
• 12 cover colors to choose from (see our new blush rose & misty grey)
• Large or small cover photo (possible to have any text/logo/illustration below cover photo)
• Personalize your book cover with names & dates, wedding logos, illustrations, calligraphy, ...
• Choose among 3 methods: engraving, hotfoil print or debossing
• Top it up with a custom box or bag
• Order personalized swatches with your photos printed on our papers for better presentation
Click here to open & download cover upgrade catalogue.

 

PRODUCTION TIME

 

The estimated production time for making your order is different according to the product you ordered and it refers to the moment of payment or confirmation (of the books and engravings), depending on which is last and not the moment the order was placed.

• approximately 2-3 weeks for Books & Albums + shipping
• approximately 1-2 weeks for our other beautiful products + shipping

In case of any technical difficulties, larger quantities or national holidays the estimated production time may be longer – and we will let you know if that happens.

 

SHIPPING & FEES

 

All products will be delivered to the shipping address you provided. Time for delivery is an estimate only and delayed delivery is not a basis for cancellation of the order or a request for compensation. If you are in a hurry to receive your order please let us know so we can discuss alternative shipping (TNT express).

Please not that we cannot ship items outside of EU without the invoice attached. If you wish that we send the package directly to your clients outside of EU we need to attach our invoice. Also note, additional fees due to customs may apply and are to be paid by the recipient of the package. If you wish we ship the items directly to your clients inside EU we can do so without any problem since there is no customs and invoice is not attached. If your billing address is from outside of EU and you wish for the products to be send inside EU (with or without invoice attached) please keep in mind that VAT is added in such cases. If you wish to see specific charges for individual countries, go to Shop and before placing an order, see shipping calculator.

Letter/Package (Whole World)

Possible only if your order is under 100 Euros. You can expect your order via regular post office delivery in approximately 10-14 working days, but the time frame could also be longer. No tracking is available for this option of shipping. Please keep in mind that if the package is not collected in 8 days it is returned to Kala albums and the second shipping will be charged. Additional fees due to customs may apply. Approx. shipping fee for secured letter around EU is 13 eur + tax (if you do not have a valid VAT).

DPD Post Courier or Post Slovenia (EU)

We are shipping your ordered products via DPD post courier or Post Slovenia if your shipping address is in EU. Tracking available per request. You can expect your order in approx. 5 working days, but the time frame could be longer. Additional fees may apply. Approx. shipping fee for secured package around EU is between 15 and 40 eur + tax (if you do not have a valid VAT), depending on specific country.

Post Slovenia (Rest of the World)

We are shipping your package inside or outside EU via Slovenian Post Office. Packages sent via regular post office take approximately a week or two to be delivered, but the time frame could be longer. Please keep in mind that if the package is not collected in 8 days it is returned to Kalá albums and the second shipping will be charged. Additional fees due to customs may apply. Approx. shipping fee for secured package outside EU is between 35 and 65 eur, depending on specific country.

DPD Post Courier or Post Slovenia (Slovenia)

If your shipping address is in Slovenia we are shipping you your ordered items via DPD courier or Post Slovenia. You can expect your order in 1-3 working days, but the time frame could be longer. Approx. shipping fee is from for 4 to 9 eur + tax, depending on the package.

Local Pickup

Local Pickup is also available at our studio, but please contact us before to pre arrange the meeting.

TNT Express Post Courier by Request

If you are in a hurry and wish to have your products shipped via TNT express delivery please email us and we will manually amend your pro-forma invoice and arrange express shipping. TNT delivery takes approx. 1 day. You will receive an email with your tracking number. Additional fees due to customs may apply.

 

PAYMENT & VAT

 

After placing an order at our shop you have received a pro-forma on your email which is the basis to create and produce your products. Carefully inspect it (colour of the book cloth, font, engraving, spelling, etc) and confirm your order with a payment (either via bank transfer, credit card or Pay pal). After the order has been payed, you receive an additional email with Invoice attached as a pdf. and at that moment we will start processing your order. Your invoices can always be found in your Account section.

You can pay by bank trasnfer, credit card or via PayPal all our orders. If there are any additional costs via bank transfer please check with your bank. Please note that the prices on our page are in Euros and do not include VAT, which is 22 % for members of the European Union that do not have a valid VAT number. Price of products also do not include shipping fees which vary depending on your shipping address and our included in the final amount on your pro-forma.

Orders are processed only after your payment, it is not possible to pay after receiving the products.

 

MY ORDER

 

Can I change my order?

After you have placed your order you can change it by contacting us at order@kalaalbums.com but please note that after the order is paid we start processing it and it is not always possible to change it and/or extra charges may apply.

How can I cancel my order?

After you have placed your order you can cancel it on your account dashboard under orders section or by contacting us at order@kalaalbums.com. After we receive your payment we start processing your order which means it is no longer possible to cancel your order.

Can I change my shipping address?

Please contact us at order@kalaalbums.com and we will see what can be done. Please note additional charges may apply.

Where can I read the terms and conditions and privacy policy?

You can see our terms and conditions here.

What is your policy on returns?

Due to the custom nature of each order (specifically handmade for each individual client), all sales are final.

Do you offer "rush orders"?

We do not offer rush orders since each and everyone of our products is hand made individually for specific order (nothing is pre-made, or can be speeded up due to the nature of our work - working with natural materials, etc). That said, we always listen to your wishes, do our best to make everything happen in time, offer express shipments, and so far all our clients have always received their products on time.

 

TAKING CARE OF PRODUCTS

 

Books & Albums

Most importantly always store it at room temperature and never expose it to direct sunlight, extreme heat, or moisture. When carrying around keep it in a protective bag. If possible store your book flat with nothing on top of it. Be careful to wash your hands before leafing through your book. These simple “rules” should help keep your book amazing for generations to come.

Prints & Photos

Our prints are printed with Fine Art pigment inks whereas photo prints are printed with dye inks which means they are not suitable for framing and being exposed to direct sunlight like our FA prints. Both our Fine Art and photo prints can be stored in our special photo boxes.

Boxes & Folios

Store your items at room temperature and never expose it to direct sunlight, extreme heat, or moisture. Be careful to wash your hands before leafing through your folios. These simple “rules” should help keep your boxes and folios amazing for generations to come.

Usb Sticks

We recommend using a protective USB bag or USB box to keep your stick safe. Please use the flash drive as recommended by your computer provider. To prevent data loss it's important to eject and remove the USB device correctly.

Canvases

Although canvases have a UV lamination on them they should not be hung in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time or exposed to humid areas. We do use a water-resistant coating to protect the surface of the print and prolong UV stability. Our canvases are all coated so you can use damp cloth to clean the face of the print.

Wooden Stamps

We recommend using VersaCraft ink pads. These are also suitable for decorating smooth natural fabrics such as cotton (the one we use for our design bags). You should clean your stamps after using them by pushing the stamp down onto a damp cloth several times or wash it under water and then dry by tapping gently on the kitchen towel.

Bags

Hand wash in warm water and iron the fabric.

Wooden Photo Blocks

The wooden blocks have a protective finish over the photographs to keep it safe for generations to come. You can use damp cloth to clean the face of the print.