Boutique Printing

20130226_Cary_North Carolina_printer_0024-EditWe are happy to open up our expertise in making archival, fine-art prints and reproductions worthy of portfolio presentation and display for fellow visual artists looking for a gallery-quality print of their own images either for personal enjoyment or for sale to clients.  We stock a small selection of papers hand-picked for their unique qualities.  Our current prices and other services are listed here.

Every paper surface will lend its own characteristics to the printed image: the fine sheen of a luster paper and the waved texture of watercolor paper can make for a dramatic shift in appearance for the same photograph!  If none of our papers fit with your vision, we will work together to find another surface for the final image.  We believe that it’s important to talk about what type of surface and presentation best serves the image.
Photographers and visual artists work every day with color and tonal relationships.  We pride ourselves on making prints that closely match what we see on-screen for both color and black and white photography.  Before printing we soft-proof and tone each image and our color-managed workflow is calibrated and profiled from end-to-end with an Eye One colorimeter for our proofing monitors and an Eye One spectrophotometer built into the print carriage of our HP DesignJet Z3200!
As for the image file, please limit the size to 100mb and upload only JPG, TIF, or PSD files.  (If you have a much larger file or are using a different format, please contact us to make arrangements.)  We prefer that you crop your photos to the appropriate dimensions but will make a crop for you.  Please have your files prepared in the Adobe RGB color space.  Note that we do apply sharpening before output.
Finally, please allow for two to three days before your order is shipped: we give each project the time it deserves, and that includes 24 hours for prints to cure before packaging.

Paper Selection at Light's Edge StudiosIn our boutique printing service we primarily work with Epson Premium Luster, Ilford Gold Fibre Silk, Moab Entrada Rag matte, and Moab Anasazi Canvas papers, but will work with our clients for to find special paper surfaces for their images.  Our current print prices with these papers are listed here.
Epson Premium Luster photo paper is an excellent surface for most color and black and white photographs.  The finish has a fine tooth and a sheen instead of a gloss.
Ilford Gold Fibre Silk paper has a baryta-base (just like darkroom photographic papers) with a subtle sheen to the surface that allows for deep blacks and brilliant colors.  This is a heavyweight paper that feels as luxurious as it looks for in-hand viewing.
Moab has made a range of brilliant surfaces for several years and we are proud to offer them to our clients.  We stock Entrada Rag paper in both “bright” and “natural” tones.  These papers are luminous and yet their fine texture ensures that the paper does not draw too much attention to itself. We print our gallery-wrapped canvas prints using Canson Canvas because of the level of fine detail that we find we can achieve using this stock.

Print Size (Inches)Epson Premium LusterMoab Entrada Rag MatteIlford Gold Fibre SilkCanvas Gallery Wrapped Prints on 1.5" stretcher bars