What size prints are best to order? Traditionally people order prints in 5x7, 8x10, etc. With digital cameras these sizes do not fit the image perfectly. That means if you order these and similar sizes, the final image will need to be cropped to fit the print. Be very careful when ordering prints and always double check the final crop of the photo during check out. The system allows to change how the image is cropped so take advantage of this feature. This ensures that important elements in the photo are not going to be cut-off in the print. Some of the best fit sizes include 4x6, 6x9, 8x12, 10x15, 12x18, 16x24, 20x30 and 24x36. Unfortunately frames for these sizes are not always as easy to find. If you do choose a best fit size print, you can order the print already framed from my website. Another option is to purchase the frame premade and just buy the custom sized mat from an on-line store such as Pictureframes.com. Lastly custom framing shops are an obvious option.
For fine art prints, only those sizes that fit the image can be purchased in order to keep the artistic integrity of the image.
How do I know whether to choose an E-surface or metallic print? E-surface and metallic refers to the type of paper that your image will be printed on. Traditional E-surface paper is by far the most popular paper. Accurate color, realistic saturation, excellent neutral flesh reproduction and brighter colors are just a few of the attributes to describe E-Surface paper. You will see excellent skin-tone reproduction, as well as brighter blues, cyans, purples, and reds.
Metallic features a unique pearlescent surface. The abstracts in particular work extremely well with the metallic paper. This paper uses a patented combination of film and laminate layers that result in striking, three-dimensional, lasting images on an ultra-bright background. If you are unsure which paper to use for a particular print, just ask as I have an opinion on most things photographic! When in doubt, go with E-surface.
With either of these papers don’t worry about prints fading. The standard archival value is 100 years in home display and 200 years in dark storage.
Should I order the “Lustre Coating”? I add the lustre coating to my framed prints. It is a completely clear spray that adds protection against finger prints, UV rays, etc. The cost is small especially when considering the price of the print and frame. For small prints you plan on distributing to family and friends, only you know whether it is worth it.
Can I have a fine art print signed? Unfortunately not if you are ordering a framed print from my site. However, if you order just the mat from Pictureframes.com and have it sent to me, I could sign it and forward it to you for final assembly. If you come to one of my gallery showings, all my pictures are signed.