Frequently Asked Questions


Where is West Coast Albums located?

Our studio is located in Los Angeles, California.

How do you ship your albums?

We ship our albums via UPS nationwide and internationally. We can also drop ship for you. You are also welcome to come to WCA for pick-up.

How long has West Coast Albums been in business?

WCA has been printing and producing custom handcrafted albums for over 19 years in the Southern California area. We now provide our unique album style and techniques to photographers worldwide.

Do your album prices include print and binding?

Yes, absolutely.

What are your methods of payment?

Credit card.

How many different album sizes do you make?

We currently produce over 25 different size albums. Please contact us for our album price sheet.

What type of box does the album come in?

By default, all albums (except 17x11 and 12x16) come in a black generic album box (click here to see default box). We also offer our handmade custom signature album box with a recessed image for $70. For albums 17x11 and 12x16, the custom boxes are $85 (click here to see custom box).

What is the minimum/maximum number of sides for your albums?

The Malibu Album:
Thin page boards: Minimum 10 sides (5 spreads) and the maximum number is 110 sides (55 spreads).
Standard page boards: Minimum 10 sides (5 spreads) and the maximum number is 80 sides (40 spreads).
Thick page boards: Minimum 10 sides (5 spreads) and the maximum number is 36 sides (18 spreads).

The Huntington Album:
The minimum number is 10 sides (5 spreads) and the maximum number is 50 sides (25 spreads).

What is a split cover?

A split cover is utilizing two cover materials of your choice to produce a more striking album cover. One material covers the back and spine of the album and a second material covers the front. These two materials and your cover image must work in harmony. The split cover fee is $55. Click here to see samples.

What size do I crop my cover image for the Full Metal Cover albums?

Please click here for the necessary crop sizes.

Can you foil stamp my album?

Yes, we can foil stamp your album cover in either Black, Silver, Gold or White. We offer Helvetica Font in 3 sizes: 24pt. 30pt or 42pt. Stamping cost is $10 per line for the front cover and $20. for the spine. We can only emboss Leather and Leatherette material. Additionally, Japanese Book Cloth will only work with a white non metallic foil.

Are Studio Sample Albums discounted?

Yes, studio sample albums are discounted 50%. Sample albums are limited to 40 sides.

Does WCA provide album cover swatch samples?

Yes. We provide swatches for all of our album cover materials (fabric, leatherette, Japanese book cloth and leather). The cost is $35, which includes paper samples and shipping/handling for WCA photographers. Click here to order swatch cards.

What is your turnaround time?

Our normal turnaround time is 3 weeks. It's important to note that once we receive all your files, we double check everything. If there are any discrepancies or problems regarding the order, we will bring these to your attention for correction or approval before we begin production.

How are my files transferred to West Coast Albums?

All files can now upload via our site on the UPLOAD page which contains full instructions.

How do you like your files prepared?

We like full resolution jpeg files (flattened). It's also important to note that our printers run at 300dpi. Example: If you are sending in full spreads for a 12x12 album, your finished spreads should be 24x12 @300dpi. For a single page right start album, it would then be 12x12 @300dpi. Please remember to keep a 1/2" safe zone for all Non-Full bleed images. Please click here to review our specs.

What color profile do you recommend?

sRGB is the best color profile for photographic printing.

Can I send full spreads or do I have to cut my spreads into separate pages?

Full spreads are fine as noted above. Please be aware of the center cut line and avoid splitting people's faces, etc.

Do you provide creased full pano spread albums? (i.e. spreads not separated by a gutter)

Yes, we now offer creased albums (no center gutter) using Fuji Lustre Paper. Fuji creased albums can only be made for albums that are 12" high or lower. NOTE: If you choose a Fuji creased album and make a mistake on your design (i.e., wrong date, incorrect spelling of a name) or your client damages a page, the Fuji creased albums CANNOT BE REPAIRED. Our Kodak albums with a gutter can be repaired by lifting sides and replacing them.

Do you color correct my files?

It's very important to have your monitor color corrected as we print without adjusting your look and style. Every photographer has a slightly different branded look that is unique to their studio. If in doubt, please contact us for test prints.

How do I calibrate my monitor?

Please calibrate your monitor professionally. There are a number of products that do this for you including Spyder Data Color, Eye-One and ColorMunki. Once calibrated, you might want a test print.

Can I have white gutters on my albums?

Yes. You can select either white or black gutters for the Malibu Kodak Lustre album (which has a center gutter). Please note that our Huntington Fine Art Albums have all white gutters by default.

What is the WCA Fine Art Photo/Box?

Please see this link for all the details: http://www.westcoastalbums.com/photobox