The accompanying graphic shows estimated print job costs, based on media and typical ink coverage for each medium. Costs given are per square-foot of printing. Actual costs are determined by material (paper and ink) used, plus labor. Labor includes any pre-print work such as custom cropping and sizing and touch-ups, and print cutting and trimming time. The final cost generally will not exceed the estimates, but in certain circumstances they may. If the actual cost and labor is substantially less than the estimate, a lower price will be used.
Please note that a large quantity of small prints may incur additional labor charges.
See next section below for example pricing of some standard photo sizes.
The following sheet shows example pricing for 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10 photo printing. The listed prices include inspection of each image for cropping and resolution. Cropping to specified size is included in the price. This hand inspection and cropping requires human eyes and time and it is the primary factor in why you might find our prices higher than online services.
There are some images that cannot be cropped to desired size. The customer will be offered options for these images.
Some images may be of insufficient resolution or quality to get an acceptable print. The customer will be contacted to see if they still want the image(s) printed.
We do have digital tools that can assist with resolution and quality enhancement, and small amounts of digital retouching can be done. In many cases these options require operator time and if needed, the customer will be contacted for approval. The attached sheet specifies the current rate of charge for these services.
We offer large format printing for your photographs and digital art files. Our system is built around the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 24-inch printer utilizing Canon's archival 12-color pigment-ink system.
Papers we currently use include an economy heavyweight coated matte paper, an extra heavyweight bright white fine art matte art paper, RC Premium Luster photographic paper, and a fine art 100% cotton rag photographic paper. Other paper types, including canvas, are being considered. If you have suggestions and needs, please let us know and we will take them into consideration for future purchases.
Our workflow is fully color managed using X-Rite's i1Studio colorimeter to create custom profiles for our displays and the printer.
For best results, customer files should be supplied already color adjusted. For a nominal fee, we can assist customers in achieving proper color balance for their images.
For color critical applications, we also offer proofing. Part of the cost of the proofing work can be credited toward the final job.
Our display and software are set to use Adobe RGB and ProPhoto RGB colorspaces.
We also have the following media types that are not included in the published price sheet.
Lightweight Coated Paper
Our least costly options, it is 24lb. bond paper coated to accept the ink and produce a very good result. Good for signs and temporary posters. Starts at about $3 per square foot, minimum $6. Actual cost depends on ink coverage.
Artistic Matte Canvas
Print on a genuine canvas medium. The finish is matte (i.e., not glossy). Estimated cost is $30 per square foot with a $60 minimum. Cost may vary based on actual ink coverage.
When ordering a print on canvas, we will add a default 2-inch white margin around the image, unless other options are specified.
It is highly recommended that inkjet canvas prints (whether done by us or another outfit) is framed under glass for maximum protection. Stretching is not necessary, unless the traditional canvas look is desired. Canvas prints may be matted and framed just like paper prints.
We have stock of Moab Slickrock Metallic Silver 300 paper in 13x19 cut-sheet size (printable area is about 12x18). The printing cost on this media is approximately 12.5% more than the price listed for Fine Art Photo Cotton Rag.
Photos of samples using this media do not do justice to what is actually there. The marketing materials for the paper state it offers an almost 3D appearance, and that statement isn't just hype. There really is a depth to the finished print that has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The surface has the appearance of high-polish aluminum. It is fine art, archival paper.
We have a couple of samples on display, so come in to take a look for yourself.
The prints can be mounted in traditional fashion with mat and glass, or it can be mounted directly onto the surface of acrylic glazing giving it even more of a "metal print" look.
The best way to get your digital files to us is via Dropbox or Google Drive. Upload your files to either of these services and share the link with firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can take e-mail uploads at the same address, or physically on USB drives. But we find the cloud-based transfers more efficient and faster.
1. Is there minimum order?
Yes. We charge for a minimum 240 square inches. This is equivalent to three 8x10 photos.
2. Do you print small jobs?
We can, but the minimum charge applies. For smaller prints and in smaller quantities, we suggest researching other options as they will likely be more cost effective.
3. How does pricing work?
We charge per job, where a job consists of all images to printed at the same time onto a single paper type. (Different paper types constitute separate jobs.) Each job is priced by the total square inches to be printed.
4. Rush jobs?
Expedited service may incur up to a 50% surcharge (e.g., a $30 job may cost $45).
5. Pricing for professional and commercial photographers?
Please contact us to discuss your needs, workflow, and pricing for large and frequent jobs.
6. What file formats are best?
Photoshop PSD, Adobe DNG, or TIFFs are best since they are uncompressed and support 16-bit color depth. We can, however, accept any format that Photoshop reads. Files should be tagged with the appropriate color space, ideally Adobe RGB or ProPhoto RGB. The sRGB color space is acceptable, but does not offer the gamut of the other color spaces. We prefer that the files are properly sized to 300 dpi for print. We can scale files (reduce or enlarge) to 300 dpi, if necessary.