PRINTING AND MEDIA

PRINTING AND MEDIA

Clients often ask for recommendations and further information about the printing process and the different media options available. As such I thought it would be useful to touch on this subject as is can be a little confusing when you’re looking to make a purchase. If you have any further questions after reading this please feel free to get in touch using the contact form. 

PRINTING

I work with specialist print labs to produce all of my work. Each piece of fine photography is made to order, so when an order comes through I prepare it individually as follows. First, I resize the file and then soft proof the image using a colour calibrated monitor to make adjustments based on what media I’ll be printing on. Matte finish papers and canvas tend to make an image more dull and less vibrant so the soft proofing stage is highly important in order to bring back the contrast and colour to a print. It can be quite an involved process but it makes all the difference. 

From there the file goes to the lab and is printed on a large format printer (typically Canon or Epson), using premium fine art media and inks, and custom colour profiles to ensure colour accuracy. 

After the print has been made I will personally inspect it for quality. Once I’m happy i’ll title and sign it, and in the case of fine art prints, I’ll emboss the paper with my custom stamp. Then, I’ll print and sign a small A5 certificate of authenticity that contains the details of the print, my stamp and a holographic sticker (with a matching sticker on the print). This helps to ensure that my clients get authentic prints and it’s great for art collectors. 

MEDIA

I offer a range of media types, mounting options and finishes and so the next step is framing, stretching and mounting. This is bespoke to each order and is undertaken by professionals with the utmost care and attention to detail. 

Fine Art Paper

This is the classic way to print art works and is my personal favourite way to bring an image to life. My favoured paper of recent times is the classic Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310 gsm. This is a 100% cotton museum grade white Fine Art and photo paper with a lovely heavy feel. This paper offers a unique extra smooth surface and is ideal for fine art photography and printmaking which is why I use it when I want to achieve a premium look. 

Fine art print orders include the photographic image and a white border around the image. These prints are printed on fine art paper, signed, and embossed before either being framed or rolled and packaged in a tube. 

Framed fine art paper prints are mounted behind standard glass and so must be treated with care. If you intend to hang the image in a position that is affected by glare you may wish to consider paying an additional cost for anti reflective glass. It does cost more but the results excellent. In these instances I use UltraVue UV70 Glass which significantly reduces reflections. 

Canvas

Canvas is a very popular and versatile medium that comes in rolled, stretched and framed variants. Canvas is great for hanging in locations with difficult lighting / glare as it does not reflect light. It is also quite light weight (when not framed) and as such can handle a lighter gauge wall hook. 

My current canvas of choice is Canson Photoart Pro Canvas. For these orders the photographic image is printed onto canvas, signed, and finished with three coats of satin U.V. archival spray to preserve the image for scuffing and airborne pollutants. Canvases can be cleaned with a damp cloth, if necessary. 

Please note that rolled canvas must be stretched before it can be displayed. This involves stretching the print over a wooden frame and ensures a perfect finish with an ideal tension for easy hanging. This is best undertaken by a professional framer. 

Framed canvas is a lovely premium option and includes a shadow line frame in either White, Black or Timber finishes. This is a very classy way to display your canvas.      

Acrylic Facemount

This is a bright and dynamic option way of displaying an image. The high gloss print is fronted with 6mm optically clear acrylic that allows the light to refract adding depth and vibrancy. These prints look very sharp and modern and are supplied with a u-channel for easy hanging.

Please visit the FAQ page for example images of each option. 

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