At iPrintfromHome.com, we offer 9 different types of prints. We're regularly asked to explain the difference between the various options. Please read on to learn more about the Printing Processes we use and the choices you have when you order prints from iPrintfromHome.com.
At iPrintfromHome.com, we have two production lines. One is more automated and offers quicker turnaround times, where we make our Photographic and Photo Inkjet Prints. The other is less automated and offers more of a "handmade" process, where we make our Giclee Fine Art Prints. The Photographic and Photo Inkjet Prints do not come with the option to select an external border (in addition to the print space) and they have a 1 day turnaround time. The Giclee Fine Art Prints come with the option to select an external border and they have a 3 day turnaround time. All of our prints are archival quality prints. The pricing difference is due to differences in cost of production between the two production lines.
Our Photographic Prints are traditional Photographic Prints. They are printed by exposing light sensitive paper with light and then running the paper through a chemical process. There is no ink involved in the process. These prints can be described as Silver Halide Photographic Prints, Chromogenic Photographic Prints or C-Prints.
We proudly use Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper to print all of our Photographic Prints. This paper offers an extraordinary color gamut and state-of-the art image stability. Photographic Prints are available in four different surfaces: Glossy, Lustre, Semi-Matte and Metallic.
Photo Inkjet Prints
Photo Inkjet prints are made by applying ink to paper. Our smaller Inkjet Prints are made using genuine Noritsu paper and ink on our Noritsu Green II. We use Epson Lustre papers and Epson Ultrachrome HDR inks to print our Photo Inkjet Prints sized 16x20 and up.
Giclee Fine Art Prints
Giclee Fine Art prints are made by applying ink to paper. We use Lexjet Matte, Somerset Velvet and Lexjet Sunset Select Matte Canvas to produce our Giclee Fine Art Prints on Epson printers.
Cost Difference Explained
Many people assume that the higher price of the Giclee and Photo Inkjet Prints means a higher quality print. However, the answer actually has to do with production costs.
The Photographic and Inkjet Printing process has been highly optimized for a digital workflow, meaning that it takes a lot less hand holding to make a Photographic or an Inkjet Print than it does to make a Giclee Fine Art Print. Whenever we save money, we always pass those savings on to you in terms of lower prices.
Archival Quality Prints
All of our prints are archival quality prints. The pricing difference is due to differences in cost of production between the two production lines.
According to Kodak's website, you can expect Kodak Professional Endura Photographic Prints to last 100 years in typical home display, 200 years in dark storage, and 1 to 5 years in commercial display.
According to Whilhelm Research, you can expect our Photo Inkjet Prints to last nearly 100 years in typical home display, over 200 years in dark storage, and nearly 20 years if displayed unframed.
According to Whilhelm Research, you can expect our Giclee Fine Art Prints to last over 60 years in typical home display, over 100 years in dark storage, and more than 30 years if displayed unframed.
Choosing the best finish for a particular purpose is really a matter of personal preference. The best way to learn about the different finishes is to actually see them for yourself. That's why we include our Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit with every customerís first order (unless the order is a drop shipment to a client!).
We also regularly see customers ordering the same image on a few different surfaces to see for themselves how their images are reproduced by the various printing processes.
For a full listing of Print Sizes and Surfaces available at iPrintfromHome.com, please go to iPrintfromHome.com/Pricing
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