How can you make such large prints? And won't they look blurry that large?
Our photographs are created using high resolution original images. This allows us to make large photographic prints that have vivid colors and sharp details. For print sizes 16x24 inches and smaller you really can't see too much difference between images that were made using standard 35mm camera equipment and images that were made using larger format cameras. When viewing photographic images larger than 20x30 inches, the difference is quite noticeable.
How are your photographs printed?
We print our photographic art prints on canvas and fine art papers right here in our studio. With the advances in digital printing technology using archival pigmented inks and the selection of beautiful photographic art papers and canvas materialsavailable, I prefer photographs printed on a professional series wide format digital printer. Being able to adjust the tones and color balance, and run test strips for our digital master files, is a real plus. The process is also much more environmentally friendly than the harsh chemicals that are used in "a wet chemistry process".
What type of paper and inks do you use ?
Our fine art photographic prints are made using premium acid-free papers and pigmented inks. I find that this combination of paper and inks produces photographs with a wide color gamut and works especially well for images with deep saturated colors. For images with more muted or subtle tones, I like to use a paper with a matte finish. I will select the paper that I feel works best with the image (unless you specify a preference when you order).
What if I don't have the wall space for a panoramic image?
Not a problem. Our panoramic images can be custom cropped to smaller size ratios and still look great. You tell us what size of photograph you would like, and we can email jpg files to you with suggested crops.
What do you mean by size ratios?
Here you can see how the same image might look when cropped to different size ratios. A full panoramic image is a 3:1 ratio - which means it is three times longer than it is tall (for example, 24x72 inches). A wide format image is a 2:1 ratio - which means it is two times longer than it is tall (for example 24x48 inches). A traditional format image is a 3:2 ratio - which means it is one and a half times longer than it is tall (for example 24x36 inches). And a square format image is - you guessed it - square (for example 24x24 inches).
Are the images signed?
Some people like their artwork to be signed, others would rather it is not signed. I would be more than happy to sign your photographs for you. Just let me know when ordering. Photographs on paper are signed with a pencil in the white space below the image. Photographs on canvas are normally signed on the bottom of the canvas (below the wrap if the artwork is prepared for a "gallery wrap.
Do you have security hangers available?
Yes, we offer several types of security hangers for our photography artwork.
Are your canvas prints on actual canvas or is it a canvas transfer or texture applied?
We print directly on real cotton blend artist canvas. The canvas has a special water resistant coating to accept the pigmented inks. (It is made by a leading artist canvas company in the USA.) After the pigment inks dry overnight, we spray several coats of a satin finish UV protective sealer onto the canvas. The finished canvas is still flexible and easy to stretch. The satin finish sealer gives the artwork a rich, non-glare surface with a subtle canvas texture.
Which is better, an image printed on canvas or printed on paper?
It really depends on the overall look and type of framing options that you prefer. Photographs on photographic paper are traditionally matted and framed behind glass or acrylic. Images printed on canvas don't need to be behind glass or acrylic. This means no reflections and less weight for large prints. Canvas prints can be stretched as a"gallery wrap" and hung on a wall without using a picture frame. Or the canvas can be mounted to a rigid mounting board and framed (without glass or acrylic) We are selling more and more prints on canvas, especially in larger sizes.
Can I have canvas prints made that will work for a "gallery wrap", where the image wraps around the side of the canvas?
Yes, we create a two inch "mirror image" around the actual image that matches the image on the edges (to wrap around the sides of the wood stretcher frame). With this method you won't lose any of the actual image area and still have a "finished" edge on the artwork. (or we can use a solid color on the edges)
Do you stretch and frame your canvas prints?
We usually ship our canvas photographs un-stretched and "rolled in a tube". You can have the canvas print stretched and framed by a professional framer or gallery that is located near you. Our canvas photographs are also available stretched and framed. Either as a gallery wrapped "stretched canvas" artwork or the canvas can be mounted to a sturdy backing board and framed with a wood or metal pictue frame. Contact us for more details about shipping your artwork "ready to hang".
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We will E-mail an "online invoice" as a PDF file to you along with a link to our secure web page for online payments. We can also take your credit card information over the telephone or by fax if you prefer. And we accept PayPal payments as well.
Do I provide my credit card information to you when filling out the "online order form" ?
No, we will confirm the details of your order and provide a delivery date estimate by E-mail along with a PDF invoice for the order. You may then use our secure web page for entering your credit card information.
What happens if I don't like the artwork when I receive it?
We want you to be happy with our photography artwork. If you are not happy, return the artwork to us within 30 days (in the same condition that you received it) and we will refund your money. It is as simple as that.
Is it possible to see a sample of the image I selected that is printed at the actual wall mural resolution ?
Sure, you will receive a printed strike-off of the photo mural you select for preview before we print the full room-size mural. This strike-off will show a smaller image of your entire mural and a detailed section of your mural printed at 100% size. The strike-off is printed on the actual wall covering material you selected.
How much does a custom strike-off cost?
We offer one strike-off sample as a free service when ordering our room-size photo murals (40 SF and larger). Most companies charge extra for this service. It does add several days to the custom ordering process. However, we feel that it is an important step when ordering a room-size custom wall mural.
Do I really need to wait for a strike-off to be made?
Most customers find it reassuring to see an actual sample of their custom wall mural before their final mural is printed. It can be difficult to judge actual colors and textures from the limitations of images shown on the web. However, if you are in a time crunch, we can skip the strike-off step.
How are your photography murals printed?
Our photo murals are digitally printed using 8-color UV curable inks and at a high dpi resolution for maximum color and durability. Some companies print using only 4 colors of ink and at lower resolutions.
What type of wall covering material are your photo murals printed on?
We offer a selection of wall covering medias to choose from. My personal favorite is our premium Sandstone textured media. It has a subtle textured pattern (that hides hand prints), is non-reflective and our images look great printed on it.
I have a long 50 foot wall in our building where I would like to put a photo mural. Can you make a wall mural that large?
Sure, this sounds like the perfect place for an image from our MegaPan collection. These are long 6:1 and 5:1 ratio images. (our regular panoramics are a 3:1 ratio). A 5:1 ratio image printed 10 feet tall would be 50 feet long. MegaPans can also be used for photo mural that is going to be on several walls in the same room. Or if you are putting a photo mural above a chair rail and are looking for a photo mural that is 4 feet x 20 feet.
Do you print "wall paper murals" in your studio?
After testing a number of wall covering mural options, we decided to partner with a graphics print shop located several miles from our studio. We prepare each digital file for size and color balance in our studio and then deliver the digital files to the graphics print shop for strike-off samples and final printing. There are less costly options available, however we want to offer our clients the best quality and best looking wall murals possible.
Are the seams smooth where the vertical mural strips come together ?
Yes, our murals are printed with a 1 inch image overlap at the seams to allow for "double cutting" the seams during installation. Photo murals are printed in vertical strips approximately 48 inches wide and the full height of your wall, so there will be a minimal number of seams in your photo mural.
What is the difference between one of your large "canvas prints" and a small "wall covering mural"? Both are available in a 3 foot x 9 foot size (36x108 inches).
Our canvas prints are made using pigmented inks and real canvas. Our wall paper murals are printed using UV-curableinks on fabric-backed vinyl wall covering media. While the vinyl wallpaper & UV-curable ink combination is very durable (and looks very nice) ... the color palette is not quite as large as the artists canvas & pigmented ink combination.
Why do the images look dark on my computer monitor?
Computer monitors can vary quite a bit on how they display images. Is your monitor calibrated? You can use this simple calibration image to adjust the contrast or brightness of your monitor. If you are using a laptop computer, try tilting your screen back and forth to adjust the brightness also. The small image files on our web site can not come close to showing the full range of color and details found in our printed photographs.