Fine Art Prints
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Due to inherent differences between viewing an image on a computer monitor and viewing a printed image, there may be some variation in color and tonality between what you see on your monitor and the print we deliver to you. In order to eliminate any uncertainty we offer sample prints of our fine art, canvas, and textured prints. Having 30 years experience in interior design we understand how a shade off can sometimes make a difference in the final package. We want you to be totally satisfied with your choice. See our Samples for more info or ordering info >
Our prints are available in "proportional sizes only". These sizes provide the entire composed image- no cropping or editing required. Our standard photographic prints are sized in a 2:3 ratio. Panoramic prints are available in 4 ratios. 2:9, 3:9, 4:9, & 1:2. The sizes listed on this website are our standard options. If you require a special size we can accommodate your requests. Call or e-mail us for a quote. Our print sizes are approximate image size (photography standards). Matting will decrease the image size approximately 1/4" on each side. Matting/ framing adds to the outside dimensions of your image.
All Prints signed
I sign all my photographs in the lower right hand corner of the print. My full name is Charles Marcus Wilkes- I go by Mark. I sign the prints C Marcus.
Archival Photo paper (Click here to see visual comparisons of our display Options).
We use Crane Museo Max paper for inkjet on all fine art photographic prints and all panoramas. This fine art paper will produce vivid colors with subtle shadow details and last for generations. With a color gamut larger than any other fine art paper on the Market today you'll get huge reds, vibrant blues, and explosive greens. Crafted to archival standards, Crane Museo Max paper is made of 100% Cotton Rag that is internally buffered (to prevent long term environmental acidification) and contains no optical brighteners (which are known to fade overtime). Crane and Co. has been manufacturing the finest cotton papers here in the U.S. since 1801. Well known for stationary and currency papers.
We love this paper! You'll love it too. It truly makes our fine art photos look like a work of art.
What is the best way to mount inkjet photographs or prints? There are basically two schools of thought on this:
Dry Mount the photographic print with a Vacuum Press using acid free mounting tissue and Conservation Acid-Free Mount Board. This keeps the photo perfectly flat. I like to allow a 4" salvage edge on all four sides of the print to protect the edges and as a support for matting. (The matting can always be changed at a later date but the mounted print is permanent on the conservation board).
Archival Mounting - Archival standards require that the mounting process be fully reversible. The above process of pressing is not reversible. In archival mounting we would use archival corners to hold the print in place on an archival matte board. I would also use hanging tabs made of Japanese paper glued with rice starch glue.
What is the best way? Each has pro's and cons. We may mount a print here in Kansas using the archival method and ship it to a high humidity region and chances are you'll notice some curling and buckling eventually. I print and frame using all Acid Free materials and UV Glass to help ensure longevity. If you order your Fine Art Photographic Print, mounted only, or mounted and framed, we typically use the Dry Vacuum Press Method. If you prefer Archival Mounting, please specify when you order.
Matting material should be 100% cotton rag to counteract environmental acids and air pollution which may come in contact with the art. Aside from making the artwork look cool, the matt serves as a spacer to keep the paper surface away from the glazing (glass).
Photographs can be finished with a single or double matt. I prefer two matts to one, because it looks more professional and gives the photo added depth. I prefer a 3-4 inch primary matt to give separation from the frame and wall covering. It makes the photo stand our more and not bleed off at the edges. The secondary, or filet matt, can be the same color as the primary matt or an accent color. This secondary color can really make a photo "pop" and set it off. On most of our photo's we use Crescent #1610 White for both matts. This is a rag matt, acid free and looks great. If you require something different, please contact us and we can talk.
Our photographic prints are framed with the highest quality materials available.
We have chosen 10 beautiful wood frame options to compliment our photographic prints. (See frame options). You can choose your favorite frame for your print or you can leave that decision to us.
We put alot of thought into each package we put together. We can also work together on these choices by phone or e-mail. You can supply us with wall colors, floor finishes, fabrics, etc. and we can help you through the process. Remember, we've been in interior design for 30 years, and are confident we can help you make the right decision.
Glass- Prints must be mounted behind glass or acrylic. We use Tru-vue Conservation Clear Glass as our standard. This glass doesn't have glare protection. If you want the best option on glass you may want to use Tru-vue Museum Glass. Museum glass is the highest quality anti-reflective picture framing glass available in the industry. Tru-vue protects against 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays and has the highest light transmission along with the lowest reflection rating of any other glass product. A 32 x 40 piece of our standard glass, Conversation Clear, has a price of $30.00, whereas the same size in Museum glass is $200.00.
Acrylic- We use an acrylic sheet instead of glass on our oversized prints, 36 x 54 and 44 x 66 and larger. It's not as heavy and won't break in shipping. Conservation Clear Acrylite helps protect art from fading by blocking harmful indoor and outdoor light rays, preserving art for years longer than regular acrylic (Plexiglas).
Laminating- Our newest protective covering for our fine art prints is Lamination. All 3 finishes we offer have a UV coating and are PH Neutral to give maximum protection from the environment.
Glossy- This overlam provides a high gloss surface and really makes the colors pop.
Lustre- This semi-gloss laminate breaks the heavy reflections that a glossy surface creates.
Matte- provides a very dull surface that eliminates reflection on the print surface. It also diffuses the image providing a "soft focus effect".
This is a great covering that is lightweight, non-breakable, and classy. We use this covering mostly on oversized prints too large for glass but it can be used on any size print.