About the Prints
Think about the size of the frame you'd like (images are cropped according to the print size, but contact or specify during checkout for custom sizes if you’d like to show more or all of the image).
Borderless prints can be framed as is, but I suggest adding a mat, a thick paper board that creates a border around the actual image. This not only protects the print, but can also be framed larger, while adding a fine art feel to the print. Many frames come with pre-cut mats with standard print sizes. *Note prints will have a 1/8" (3mm) border for handling and framing.
It's usually a good idea to get a feel for sizes available by visiting your local art or framing store.
Equally recommended is printing the desired image with a border, as pictured above. This creates a similar feel to a matted print, but also allows you to crop less of the original image and show the actual print paper, while maintaining a clean, modern feel.
Prints with borders will print as followed unless customized:
8x10 - 5x7 image size
11x14 - 8x10 image size
11x17 - 8x12 image size
If you're unsure about what size to get or would like a custom image size, please contact me! I can currently print up to 12x18 on 13x19 paper, which can be framed as is, or matted to a 18x24 frame or larger.
I will generally choose and note which paper will be used for each image (but this can be customized). Choosing the right paper isn't easy! There are generally two types of paper: 1) Lustre/Glossy and 2) Matte.
Lustre/Glossy papers are what most people are used to, and have a shiny to pearly appearance to them. While it may make it more difficult to see from certain angles, it allows for great rendition of both lights and darks, and can show finer details.
I've chosen a fine art lustre paper made in Germany by Hahnemühle, that renders both colour and B&W beautifully. The finish is minimally reflective with a light texture that works well with almost all images. It feels wonderful to the touch, and has a satisfying weight to it.
Matte papers lack the reflective coating found on lustre/glossy papers. The flatter rendition of the lights and darks make matte prints appear more graphic art-like. (a) Smooth matte paper looks best with smooth, delicate images, while the (b) textured matte paper makes images with texture or grainy B&W images sing. The papers made by Canson and Hahnemühle have a weight and feel to them that needs to be experienced.
The three paper options were chosen based on their rendition, feel, and longevity. They are all very high-end, 300+gsm, museum-grade archival papers that contain no chemical optical brighteners (OBA) that may change the prints over time. Combined with state-of-the-art pigment inks, the prints should last well over a lifetime when cared for. I'm certain you'll fall in love with them as I have!
Caring for your print
As with any artwork, the surface of prints are fragile. Cared for correctly, however, the prints should last more than 100 years.
Avoid touching the actual image area, and frame the print if possible, or store in an acid-free, archival storage environment.
Absolutely avoid displaying prints in direct sunlight! Moderate illumination, temperature, and humidity are best for longevity.
Picture frames with UV glass or acrylic will prolong the life of the print considerably when displayed.
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