Print options explained

lustre – This refers to the type of paper the photo is printed on, which can be glossy, lustre or metallic.  Glossy is as it sounds, with a smooth and highly reflective surface.  This can give colors the optimum punch, but the shiny surface is susceptible to smudges, and the reflective nature can make it a challenge to display well without a dedicated lighting arrangement.  Metallic lends a slight chrome shimmer to the image, which can be particularly stunning with sunset and/or water scenes.  Metallic photo paper has a glossy finish and is highly reflective.  Lustre paper has a very subtle texture to the print which makes it more durable and smudge-resistant.  There is a sort of sparkle and rich color without being overly reflective.  It is a really beautful finish and that is why I suggest lustre prints.

3 mm styrene – This refers to a method of mounting (attaching) your print to a backing that consists of a smooth sheet of styrene (which is a form of plastic).  It can be black or white, but unless otherwise specified your print will be done with white styrene.  Most walls are light-colored and white will be less distracting.  The thickness is like thin cardboard.  The styrene will not warp and is very durable.  You might wonder:  Why bother mounting a photo at all?  Traditionally, photos have been displayed inside glass frames.  It is a matter of taste, but personally I find frames to be a very severe visual boundary around an image.  I prefer my images unrestricted and able to breathe and reach out into space.  A simple and inexpensive way to hang a styrene-mounted print on a wall is to use wall putty.  But the point of mounting a photo is really something you have to see to believe.  I’ve compared plain lustre prints with lustre prints mounted on styrene and can tell you without reservation that mounting improves the beauty immeasurably for a relatively small increase in price.  When a photo is perfectly flat and even, as happens only when professionally mounted, the light bounces off it in such a lovely way that the image just seems to effortlessly hop into your eye.  This is why I suggest styrene mounts as the best value for the low end of the price scale.  It is thin enough that you can still place it in a favorite frame if you prefer.

8 x 10 lustre prints mounted on styrene

8 x 10 lustre prints mounted on styrene

8 x 10 lustre print mounted on 3 mm styrene, on top of second styrene print

8 x 10 lustre print mounted on 3 mm styrene, sitting on top of second styrene print

10 x 20 metallic print on styrene

10 x 20 metallic print on styrene

back view of styrene mount

back view of styrene mount

3/4″ standout – This refers to another method of mounting your print.  In this case, the backing consists of black, extremely lightweight, hard foam, 3/4″ thick.  The edges around the sides are covered in protective plastic.  My prices are for black edges, but other (more expensive) options are white, light wood, stainless steel and bamboo.  There are 4 holes in the corners on the back, which means you can immediately hang it on the wall as soon as it arrives.  Even large standouts are so lightweight that they can easily be hung using push-pins.

12 x 18 black standout, in this case metallic print

12 x 18 black standout, in this case with a metallic print

back of standout

back of standout

metallic, 3/4″ float wrap – This refers to a print that is wrapped tightly around padded Masonite (hard board of wood fibers) and fastened in the back.  The padding creates round soft edges.  The print is coated with a protective laminate.  The back is covered with black paper and has a block of 3/4″ Gator Board (very rigid foam board) in the center with holes to hang your picture on the wall.  The result is a luxurious vibrant image that mysteriously “floats” in front of the wall.   This mount is my personal favorite.  The texture of the print and the soft shape are so sensual, and yet the sharpness of the photo is absolutely brilliant.  Again and again I notice that the float wraps on my wall are the most beautiful of all and speak to me and are full of life!  They can hang right next to a window with no problems with light reflection.   The colors are deep and rich.  Even a float wrap of only 8 x 10 or 8 x 12 is stunningly gorgeous and elegant and worth every cent.  My prices are for metallic paper prints with matte lamination as this combination works beautifully.  This is the option I enjoy myself the most and highy recommend.

10 x 20 metallic float wrap

10 x 20 metallic float wrap

back of a metallic float wrap with Gatorboard block

back of a metallic float wrap

two 10 x 10 metallic float wraps

two 10 x 10 metallic float wraps

fine art canvas, 3/4″ float wrap – This option refers to a float wrap where the photo is printed on canvas material reminiscent of oil paintings.  The details, such as the hair on my dog’s portrait, are still crisp and sharp.  The protective laminate is semi-gloss and does have some reflective quality.  This finish is very sophisticated and professional looking.

8 x 10 fine art canvas float wrap

8 x 10 fine art canvas float wrap

back of fine art canvas float wrap

back of fine art canvas float wrap

5 x 7 folded cards – This refers to a set of 25 identical, folding, press-printed 5 x 7 photo cards on art linen paper with envelopes.  If you add shipping and then divide by 25, the price for each individual card is $2.48, which is still quite a bit less than a retail greeting card in the store, but this is a unique gift sold directly by the artist.  In addition, I can customize your cards by inserting text that you specify.  To do so, please contact me here before ordering.

Notes:

Generally, printed images appear slightly darker than they are on a computer monitor.  Also, colors can vary slightly between various monitors and the printed product.

Like any painting or other piece of art, your final print will have my signature on it.  It is handwritten and then digitally inserted.  The images in my Prints catalog will show this although other images on my website have a logo.  A signature not only authenticates your art but personalizes our interaction, identifies the origin and also can help you to find me again if you wish to at some point in the future when receipts or emails may have gotten lost.

If there is a photo of mine that you’ve seen and taken a liking to and you can’t find it in my Prints catalog, please ask me to place it there!  Even if you don’t end up making a purchase, I’m still happy you liked it enough to consider it and perhaps someone else will also feel touched by it.

Ratio:  This refers to the relationship between the short and the long side of a picture.  A 10 x 10 picture has a ratio of 1.  A 10 x 20 picture has a ratio of 2 (think of it as two squares next to each other).  I typically use three ratios:  a)  1.25, a square and a quarter, example 8 x 10.  b) 1.5, a square and a half, example 8 x 12.  c) 2, two squares, example 10 x 20.  By far, most of my pictures are in a ratio of 1.5.  I just naturally tend to compose my images in such a way that this ratio suits them best.

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