Frequently asked questions about our artwork:
How can you make such large prints? And won't they look blurry that large?
Most of our images are created using high resolution panoramic images . This allows us to make large photographic prints that have vivid colors and sharp details. For print sizes 16x24 inches and smaller you really can't see too much difference between images that were made using standard 35mm camera equipment and images that were made using larger format cameras. When viewing photographic images larger than 20x30 inches, the difference is quite noticeable.
How are your photographs printed?
We print our photographic art prints on canvas and fine art papers right here in our studio. With the advances in digital printing technology using archival pigmented inks and the selection of beautiful photographic art papers and canvas materials available, I prefer photographs printed on a professional series wide format digital printer. Being able to adjust the tones and color balance, and run test strips for our digital master files, is a real plus. The process is also much more environmentally friendly than the harsh chemicals that are used in "a wet chemistry process".
What type of paper and inks do you use ?
Our fine art photographic prints are made using premium acid-free papers and pigmented inks. I find that this combination of paper and inks produces photographs with a wide color gamut and works especially well for images with deep saturated colors. For images with more muted or subtle tones, I like to use a paper with a matte finish. I will select the paper that I feel works best with the image (unless you specify a preference when you order).
What if I don't have the wall space for a panoramic image?
Not a problem. Our panoramic images can be custom cropped to smaller size ratios and still look great. You tell us what size of photograph you would like, and we can email jpg files to you with suggested crops.
What do you mean by size ratios?
Here you can see how the same image might look when cropped to different size ratios. A full panoramic image is a 3:1 ratio - which means it is three times longer than it is tall (for example, 24x72 inches). A wide format image is a 2:1 ratio - which means it is two times longer than it is tall (for example 24x48 inches). A traditional format image is a 3:2 ratio - which means it is one and a half times longer than it is tall (for example 24x36 inches). And a square format image is - you guessed it - square (for example 24x24 inches).
Can I order a triptych artwork arrangement from one of your panoramic images?
Certainly. Our panoramic format images make great diptych and triptych arrangements. Just select an image that you like from our image gallery, and we will be more than happy to provide cropping suggestions for that image as a diptych or triptych.
Are the images signed?
Some people like their artwork to be signed, others would rather it is not signed. I would be more than happy to sign your photographs for you. Just let me know when ordering. Photographs on paper are signed with a pencil in the white space below the image. Photographs on canvas are normally signed on the bottom of the canvas (below the wrap if the artwork is prepared for a "gallery wrap.
Are your canvas prints on actual canvas or is it a canvas transfer or texture applied?
We print directly on real cotton blend artist canvas. The canvas has a special water resistant coating to accept the pigmented inks. (It is made by a leading artist canvas company in the USA.) After the pigment inks dry overnight, we spray several coats of a satin finish UV protective sealer onto the canvas. The finished canvas is still flexible and easy to stretch. The satin finish sealer gives the artwork a rich, non-glare surface with a subtle canvas texture.
Which is better, an image printed on canvas or printed on paper?
It really depends on the overall look and type of framing options that you prefer. Photographs on photographic paper are traditionally matted and framed behind glass or acrylic. Images printed on canvas don't need to be behind glass or acrylic. This means no reflections and less weight for large prints. Canvas prints can be stretched as a"gallery wrap" and hung on a wall without using a picture frame. Or the canvas can be mounted to a rigid mounting board and framed (without glass or acrylic) We are selling more and more prints on canvas, especially in larger sizes.
Can I have canvas prints made that will work for a "gallery wrap", where the image wraps around the side of the canvas?
Yes, we create a two inch "mirror image" around the actual image that matches the image on the edges (to wrap around the sides of the wood stretcher frame). With this method you won't lose any of the actual image area and still have a "finished" edge on the artwork.
Do you stretch or frame your canvas prints?
Yes, our canvas photographs are available "ready to hang". Either as a gallery wrapped "stretched canvas" artwork or the canvas can be mounted to a sturdy backing board and framed with a wood or metal pictue frame.. We also ship our canvas photographs un-stretched "rolled in a tube". You can then have your canvas print stretched and framed by a professional framer or gallery that is located near you.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We will E-mail an "online invoice" as a PDF file to you along with a link to our secure web page for online payments. We can also take your credit card information over the telephone or by fax if you prefer. We also accept GSA SmartPay Cards.
Do I provide my credit card information to you when filling out the "online order form"?
No, we will confirm the details of your order and provide a delivery date estimate by E-mail along with a PDF invoice for the order. You may then use our secure web page for entering your credit card information.
What happens if I don't like the artwork when I receive it?
We want you to be happy with our photography artwork. If you are not happy, return the artwork to us within 30 days (in the same condition that you received it) and we will refund your money. It is as simple as that.
What is the difference between one of your large "canvas prints" and a small "wall covering mural"? Both are available in a 3 foot x 9 foot size (36x108 inches).
Our canvas prints are made using pigmented inks and real canvas. Our wall paper murals are printed using UV-curable inks on fabric-backed vinyl wall covering media. While the vinyl wallpaper & UV-curable ink combination is very durable (and looks very nice) ... the color palette is not quite as large as the artists canvas & pigmented ink combination.
Do you have a series of images that look like they belong together ?
Sure. One option is to select a series of images that were created at the same location within a few days of each other. They look like they belong together and enhance the feeling "being there". Another option is to crop a series of images from one of our large MegaPan 6:1 ratio images.
Why do the images look dark on my computer monitor?
Computer monitors can vary quite a bit on how they display images. Is your monitor calibrated? You can use this simple calibration image to adjust the contrast or brightness of your monitor. If you are using a laptop computer, try tilting your screen back and forth to adjust the brightness also. The small image files on our web site can not come close to showing the full range of color and details found in our printed photographs.
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