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Clear Coats put to the Test September 14 2016, 0 Comments

 

One of my recent clients had a lot of questions regarding the image stability of our prints and what he can do to protect them even more. One of the options that we had talked about was a protective coating which would make them moisture-resistant, dust and scratch resistant, UV protected, and non-yellowing.

I decided to do a test on Moab Colorado Satine Paper with three different protective coatings that we keep in the store: Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze 0500, Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss, and Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303.

 

 The image below has no coating on it.

 Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze 0500: It’s definitely a super thick gloss coating. Regarding prints, I would never recommend this coating. The print now reminds me of a cheap Costco glossy bulk pack because you have to move the print in order to see the whole thing because of the light reflections. I might be able to use this one as a mirror if I put another coat.

 Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze 0500

Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss: This low gloss spray turned into a no gloss spray. It looks completely matte after using the spray which in this case I’m not sure I like because I originally chose a coated paper for a reason. It really took the texture out of the paper and makes the image look flat which is something I really didn’t expect. I think for certain images, the Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss could create some really nice results but for this image it wasn’t what I was looking for.

 

Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303: The Crystal Clear has more shine than the naked paper but is still very similar. This coat made a texture on the surface of the print, which is less smooth than the original but isn’t noticeable by just looking at the image. I think this coating is the closest to the coating on the naked paper and would be the one that I use for this series.

 

All in all, I think that the Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss and the Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating 1303 are most suitable to our clients. I feel that the Clear Jet Fine Art Low Gloss would do very well on a matte paper because it does not have any reflection and it feels very natural as matte papers do.

Lumiere Photo charges $3.00 per square foot of protective coating. If you decide to do it yourself just remember to test the nozzle before trying it on your prints. If you have any question please feel free to stop by or give me a call: 585-461-4447.


The Importance of Color Management July 20 2016, 0 Comments

Why should I calibrate? It looks great on the computer after it is edited but have you ever noticed how your piece looks different on other computers or the colors change when you print? That is because every device (camera, scanner, desktop, tablet, printer, etc.) has a different color space. In order to keep the colors true to your piece, you need to have a color management system in place.

Here at Lumiere Photo, we use the Colormunki Photo, and love it. It comes with a calibration device that will calibrate your monitor, and printer. It also comes with a ColorChecker classic. The device is a simple setup and guides you along the whole calibration process until your printer and monitor are accurate colors that would match any other calibrated device. 

Sounds great right? The reason that many artists don’t use it is because it’s a bit expensive. So what to do? Buy an X-Rite ColorChecker. The ColorChecker is an inexpensive card with calibrated color squares on it. To use it, hold it in one of your shots so you have an image of it. Then when you edit later in Photoshop take your eyedropper tool and select the white, middle grey, and black from the card to make your image have a true white balance. 

When I was a student at RIT, I heard “did you use your ColorChecker?” so often in group critiques. It really makes a difference to have truly, accurate colors. Having a color management system, even one as simple as a ColorChecker, takes out all of the guess work and will leave your image as beautiful as when you shot it.


Very excited to announce a new product: The Square Frame July 31 2015, 0 Comments

The Square Frame

 

        

 

Don't Let your Instagram photos float away!

The Square frame is the perfect solution to preserve your instagram, iPhone, or social media photographs. Weather it's for your wall at home, or a gift for a friend. Using 100% archival methods we print and frame your image with museum quality materials, and your choice of a white or black wood frame. 

  • 7 x 7 inch print on 300g cotton rag paper
  • 12 x 12 inch wood frame, choose black or white
  • 4 ply museum quality mat board
  • Premium clear acrylic glazing
  • 100% archival framing methods
Send in our Photos / Choose a frame / We do the rest!

After purchase please send your photos to squareframe@lumierephoto.com