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Custom printing

Work directly with our master printmakers to create the best possible fine art prints. This collaborative process (done in person or remotely) allows you to tap into our fine art printing skills and technical expertise, and help you realize your artistic vision.

PROCESS

We begin with your high resolution digital camera files or your film. For digital capture, we request your raw file to work from. If working from film, 16 bit drum scans of your film are available at an additional fee. Any printed proof or guide (including traditional darkroom prints) indicating your preferred density and contrast helps us target your file efficiently.

PROOFING

Proofing is a critical component of printmaking. We recommend making test prints (8″ x 10″ full frame, or magnification strip) using your chosen media, and reviewing them with us before printing your final prints. (If you’re not local to us, we send test prints by USPS Priority Mail.) Test prints/proofing/magnification strips are $20 per round.

final prints and master files

After proofs are approved. we print your final full size prints. Your master files are archived in studio for easy reprinting, and are placed in your user account on our website for easy re-ordering. They are also delivered to you on DVD or via our WeTransfer page.

What’s the difference between custom printing and your upload to print service?

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Custom Printing

Custom Printing is our specialty. You work directly with our master printmakers to create the best possible fine art prints. We handle all the image editing and color adjustments, file clean up and optimization, and preparation for printing. Drum scanning is available for an additional fee. Proofing is critical – a test print or magnification strip is included to review appearance and sharpness before producing the final prints. Your files are archived in your user account for easy re-ordering. Custom Printing allows you to tap into our fine art printing skills and technical expertise, and help you realize your artistic vision. 

Direct to Print

Direct to to print service is our straightforward, easy to use printing service for files prepared according to our file submission guidelines.  There is no retouching, test prints, scanning, or proofing included with Direct to Print orders, which is why using the Direct to Print service is less expensive than our Custom Printing service. If there’s an issue with the prints as a result of something you did in the file preparation, you’ll need to readjust your files, and make another print at your cost. This includes, but is not limited to: brightness, contrast, color balance, image resolution, focus, sharpening, dust/sensor spots, and cropping. We encourage you to test before ordering large prints, or ordering a large print run – simply upload your files for Direct to Print orders, and order a smaller size print using the same paper you’ll choose for your final prints. 

Why choose custom printing?

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Full service

Our master printers will color correct, enhance, and optimize your images to bring out their best.

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test prints available

Add on test prints and magnification strips to your project to see exactly how your image will print at size.

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film or digital

We can work with your digital files, scan your film or digitally capture your artwork.

 

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FRAMING OPTIONS

Easily add gallery-quality frames on to your order, or order just the prints.

Get a custom printing quote

Custom Printing Quote

Click “Upload and Order Prints” to upload your jpegs or tiffs (up to 100mb) for printing. Our upload to print tool will also calculate custom sizes, quantity discounts, as well as preview frame options!