These museum grade prints are printed on archival fiber based photo paper to ensure rich colors with a long life expectancy (fade resistance). If matted all the materials touching the print are made to archival standards.
Canvas prints are made on museum grade canvas then coated with a high quality canvas varnish to protect, enhance and preserve the image. Each canvas is then stretched over 1.5" deep museum quality wooden stretcher bars. The image is wrapped over the sides so the it is seen from all viewing angles. Your image is ready to hang with no framing necessary. With the cost of framing usually exceeding the cost of the print, the canvas prints are cost effective compared to the cost of professional framing.
Metal prints are fairly new as a fine art offering and provide incredible visual depth and luminosity. The image is infused into the metal in a high heat dye-sublimation process. They have a high gloss finish with rounded corners and are ready to hang with a float block spacing. The finished piece 3/4" from the wall.
The print sizes offered are proportional to the original dimensions of the image as composed in the viewfinder, or post-processing cropping. Therefore you won't see some of the "standard" sizes like 8x10 because it crops too much of the original shot. A proportional enlargement near this size would be 6x9 or 8x12. So you can see an 8x10 "standard size" would need 2 inches cropped off to fit, which is an unacceptable compromise for most images. Some dimensions may vary slightly depending on the proportions of the final image displayed.
Just because the image is not a standard size doesn't mean you need a custom frame. Mats are easily cut to fit the custom size of the image, with the outside dimensions fitting a standard frame size.
The fine art photographs we offer are from high resolution scans of either film transparencies or digital originals using pigment inks. This process offers superior color vibrancy and archival longevity under normal room display conditions. Pigmented inks are new technological breakthrough in creating high-gamut, color pigment inks that have consistent appearance under different lighting conditions, as well as outstanding longevity and stability. They are specifically suited for exhibitions, museum, and gallery displays. Longevity is estimated to be in excess of 100 years! Only the finest quality, fine art papers and canvas are used for longevity, sharpness, and color fidelity. Generally we only use a matte or pearl finish for our paper prints. Paper prints are expected to be framed, under glass (or acrylic)- the finish eliminates any possible surface reflections from the lighting in your room. Canvases are sprayed with three coats of a water protectand and UV coating.
Producing a fine art print/canvas with depth and detail is crucial to me as an artist. My goal is to provide buyers and collectors with a photograph that is of premium quality and archival permanence to be enjoyed for years.
The quality of the small preview image shown on the web page is not indicative of the more detailed final print, which is produced from a much higher resolution image. Colors of your final print may differ slightly from those seen on the website due to discrepancies in how your monitor displays color. (see ‘Viewing Photos’).
You may request a 4x6 print mailed to you at no cost. This will allow you further inspect the detail and specific colors of an image before purchasing. The copyright watermark logo showing on the web images will not be in the final purchased print.
Each print/canvas is made with state-of-the-art techniques and closely inspected for quality before being shipped.
The monitors we use for processing images are calibrated on a regular basis using a colorimeter to a gamma of 2.2. Not every monitor displays color the same, especially if it hasn't been calibrated.
I tune images to look good to our eye on our system. There may be some slight variations in what you are seeing on different computers. So there is a bit of a disadvantage for a photographer to display their work on the internet in that there is a certain lack of control over what you are seeing. Laptops are notorious for displaying images too dark since less illumination preserves battery life.
As a quick check on your monitor - you should be able to see all of the tonal graduations in the two scales below. If you can't, then you are not seeing an accurate representation of the images or prints that you may order.
You should adjust your contrast and brightness setting on your monitor (or laptop) to obtain as many distinct tones as possible. Please note that these adjustments are not a specific need for making our images appear better - it will make all sites you visit appear better! You may have not known what you've been missing if your monitor is really out of wack.
To adjust, start by setting your CONTRAST to its highest setting, and then adjusting BRIGHTNESS (higher or lower) to distinguish the range. Note: The tones on the black and white scale should be neutral with no color casts. The difference between #12 and #13 is barely visible.
Regarding gamma, most Windows based systems use a gamma of 2.2, Macintosh generally uses 1.8. As a quick check of the gamma on your system, look at the boxes below. Squint your eyes a bit, and the box that blends into the background the closest is an approximation of the gamma of your system. If your system appears to be LESS THAN 2.2, then the images on this site are displaying darker than intented.
It can be difficult to decide on the exact size for a photograph you want to display in your particular setting. Here are a few helpful hints when trying to determine the proper size.
Artwork should be displayed at eye level when standing and just below eye level for larger pieces (larger than 36"). It is most always better to be too low than too high.
As a general rule, if hanging art over a piece of furniture (a couch, entertainment center, etc.), the width should be at least 80% of the furniture width. For example, if hanging over a 7' sofa, the art should be around 5 1/2' or larger. Better to be slightly larger than too small. Consider several pieces rather than one extremely large item if you have a really large space to fill.
Height should be about 12" above the furniture regardless of wall height.
Of course all rules are meant to be broken.
To help our customers with making the decision about which of our photographs and what size works best for you, we offer the following service for free. Yep, that's right, no charge.
Why do we offer this service for free? We want you to be happy with any artwork you purchase from us. You're the one who will look at this wall everyday, not us. Quite often people will over estimate the size they actually need.
Here is an example of what we will do..
Original photo, the back of the sofa in this picture is about 84" wide.
Example 1 - with a single 36x54 canvas
Example 2 - Single photo printed on three 20x36 panels