Print Media Options

Every image you see on this site can be ordered on your choice of 3 surfaces:

  • Traditional Photo Paper
  • 100% cotton Art Rag (watercolor) paper
  • Exhibition Matte Artist Canvas


Traditional Photo Paper

Prints on this paper look and feel just like the prints we have all seen from conventional photo labs for the past 50 years.

We offer prints on both "Photo Luster" (a soft, pearl-like finish) and "High Gloss," but due to the difficulty and cost of handling and framing High Gloss prints, we strongly discourage the use of that surface for most applications and customers.  Recent technological advances have made it possible for luster surfaces to deliver detail resolution nearly equal to that of glossy surfaces.

FOR THAT REASON ALL PRINTS ORDERED ON TRADITIONAL PHOTO PAPER WILL BE PRINTED, BY DEFAULT,  ON THE "PHOTO LUSTER" SURFACE.

IF YOU WISH TO HAVE YOUR PRINT DONE ON A GLOSSY SURFACE, ORDER THE PHOTO LUSTER SURFACE BUT INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS TO PRINT YOUR ORDER ON PHOTO GLOSS.

We are proud to print on PremierImaging Premium Photo Luster Paper.


Art Rag Paper

Prints on Art Rag exhibit a slight surface texture and wonderfully subtle color transitions not seen on traditional photo papers.  It is not uncommon for viewers to express the opinion that these prints have a look and feel more like exquisitely detailed paintings than photographic prints.  This is by far the favorite printing surface for my wife and for me.  Every print of mine which is hung in our home is printed on Art Rag.

 

We are proud to print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Rag Paper.  Hahnemuhle has been making fine art watercolr papers for the world's art community for over 200 years and is now the world's leading supplier of coated fine art papers for digital printmaking.


Artist Canvas

While painters have preferred to work on canvas for centuries, it is a relatively new surface when it comes to widespread use for photographic reproduction.  Don't let the novelty scare you away, though.  Many people who have tried this surface say they are unlikely to go back to paper prints.

Cost and convenience are additional reasons to explore this option.  Simple stretching and wrapping of the canvas print around a solid wood frame is all that's required for display.  While it can cost hundreds of dollars to frame a paper print of, say, 16 x 20 inches, the cost to professionally stretch that canvas will be more like $40 to $60, depending on the shop doing the work and on the coating option selected.

We are proud to print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Daguerre Canvas.  Hahnemuhle has been making fine art watercolr papers for the world's art community for over 200 years and is now the world's leading supplier of coated fine art papers for digital printmaking.


Print Surface Samples

Accurate reproduction of differing paper surfaces on a smooth computer monitor is, of course, not possible.  The best we can do is a simulation.  Below is one image from the Erin Hills collection with a small section outlined in red.

In the informational gallery "Print Surface Samples"  are 3 paper surface simulations.  The visual difference between Photo Luster and Photo Gloss is so subtle that there is simply no way to illustrate the difference via the internet.  So the three samples in that gallery are a (generic) Photo Paper, Art Rag, and Art Canvas.  You can view those samples here.


 
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