Fine Art Inkjet Printing
We offer high-quality, archival fine-art printing on a wide variety of papers (width up to 60", no limit on length) such as matte, semi-matte, luster, canvas, backlit and clear film media. Typically, inkjet prints are meant for indoor use, where the print will be protected from the elements. Applying an over-lamination coating is also a protection option if the print will not be traditionally framed behind glass.
Utilizing the highest resolution printers available, we can help you produce stunning works of art that last 100+ years when displayed under correct conditions (see Wilhelm Imaging Research for more information on digital printing permanence studies).
Digital Printing Media Options
- Matte paper – Contains no reflectivity. Ideal for matte lamination.
- Semi-Matte – Medium grade reflectivity. Smooth texture, ideal for facemount and shinier lamination.
- Luster – Medium-High reflectivity. Ideal for matte lamination or no lamination.
- Canvas – Satin finish. Typically laminated and wrapped around stretcher bars.
- Backlit – Matte finish. Used in lightboxes and other backlit applications.
- Clear film – Gloss finish. Add a substrate behind for unique backgrounds.
Key Digital Image Terminology
The extent to which your digital image can be manipulated and enlarged for printing is determined by the quality or resolution of your image file.
Here are some key terms related to digital image resolution.
- Pixel: the smallest visible unit of what makes up a digital image (essentially a tiny square of color).
- Pixel Dimensions: the number of pixels along the horizontal and vertical sides in your native digital image file (expressed as width x height: 1200 x 1800).
- Resolution: the clarity of an image, related to how many pixels are displayed per inch, defined in terms of ppi.
- PPI: pixels per inch. This is how many pixels are in each inch of the image as seen on the computer screen.
The resolution of an image is directly affected by the ppi. The more pixels your native digital file contains, the clearer and crisper your image will be, allowing it to be printed at larger sizes.
We offer high resolution scanning services to allow original artwork and documents to be reproduced as a fine-art inkjet print.
If you need to resize or crop, we are happy to make minor changes to your image prior to printing.
The highest-quality and most popular substrates to mount fine-art and photography prints on would be acid-free rag board (for prints less than 40”x60"), acrylic or plexiglass (smooth surface) and dibond (our most popular and durable substrate). Acrylic and dibond are much smoother surfaces (no texture) and will enable your mounted print to look smooth and have no signs of “orange peeling.” Also, for larger prints, these substrates will provide for an optimal look in a frame.
Second Surface Mounting to Acrylic (face mounting)
This unique mounting process entails mounting the face of your print to 1/8” or 1/4” Acrylic (non-glare and UV museum acrylic are also specially available options). Prints with smooth or coated (not matte) surfaces tend to work best; only prints in pristine condition should be face-mounted. Afterwards, choose from many different substrates to mount on the back of the print, with dibond providing the most elegant finish (often referred to as the “diasec” process in Europe). The edges are trimmed and finished and a cleat backframe is built on the back, creating a stunning final product. Please consult with us regarding the optimal print surface and material to utilize with this process.
Acid-Free Musem Board
Thin, archival acid-free board. Suitable for portfolios and framing. Comes in 4-ply and 8-ply thickness. Maximum size is 40x60 and available in white color.
Thin lightweight material with an inner layer of foamed plastic. Used for lightweight mounting and temporary displays. Available in 3/16” and ½” thickness and white and black colors.
More durable than foamcore, this lightweight, polystyrene foam board is bonded on both sides for uniformity and water resistance. Standard thickness is 3/16” and ½” but thicker boards are available. Available in black or white colors.
A lightweight PVC based material available in 1/8” and 1/4” thickness. Standard colors of black or white are always in stock while other custom colors and thicknesses are available upon special request.
Acrylic / Plexiglass
Clear, smooth plastic that is more favorable than glass due to its strength, impact resistance, weight (half the weight of glass), and consistency. First-surface and second-surface (face) mounting is available with acrylic. Available in standard finishes such as glossy and non-glare; also available in other colors and finishes such as frosted & milk. Standard thickness of 1/8” and ¼”.
Double-sided archival aluminum mount filled with polyethylene core material for maximum stability. Available in 3mm thickness (equivalent to 1/8”). Half the weight of aluminum, dibond is very smooth and is the optimal substrate choice for mounting high-end artwork and other valuable prints. Available in white and black; other colors, such as brushed gold and silver also available upon request.
Overlamination of a mounted image can enhance the look of your display and provide protection from moisture, fingerprints, abrasion and fading under normal interior lighting conditions. Premium vinyl films up to 60” wide ensure excellent adhesion to inkjet output. All of our vinyl films have UV inhibitors.
- Matte to eliminate reflection without sacrificing color definition - our most popular film
- Semi-matte to give a clear bright finish and enhance color and contrast
- Gloss provides the most in clarity, color and contrast
Ph-neutral Adhesive and Films
We care about your projects and we understand the importance of producing artwork that lasts. We use only pH-neutral adhesives that are aggressive enough to last over the years, yet won’t harm or negatively affect your prints. The films we utilize are not only pH-neutral, but they also contain indoor UV inhibitors, protecting the printed image from fading, which is common when it is unprotected or installed in harsh lighting conditions or in constant direct sunlight. Each one of the types of film we offer provides a great look without compromising your images.