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What's with all of the options?

October 12, 2012

Once you've decided on an image, or two, or twelve, you have several image options to pick from to make it 'just so'.

PAPER - You can go with

  • the default, which is Color.  More specifically, it's Kodak E-Surface (Regular Color) Paper.  Kodak Professional Portra Endura paper (aka Traditional E-Surface paper) is the most popular choice. This paper has slightly textured Matte finish.  Accurate color, realistic saturation, excellent neutral skin-tone reproduction, and brighter colors are just a few of the attributes that describe it. The standard print life is 100 years in home display, and 200 years in dark storage.  NOTE: B&W images will still print in black and white on this paper.
  • or with Metallic, otherwise known as Kodak Metallic PaperIf you have never seen a Metallic print, you owe it to yourself to try this paper.  Endura Metallic paper offers natural looking skin-tones, sharp details and beautifully saturated colors. It is strong and resistant to tearing or curling without any additional lamination. This paper uses a patented combination of film and laminate layers that results in striking three-dimensional images on an ultra-bright background. This paper is truly impressive.  NOTE: B&W images will still print in black and white on this paper.
  • or you can choose Black and White.  Rather than Kodak, you'll get Ilford True Digital Black & White Paper. There is a difference between B&W and True Digital B&W prints. This panchromatic, resin-coated paper is specifically designed by Ilford for making continuous-tone B&W prints directly from digital images in digital exposing systems.  Because the emulsion is silver based, the imaging performance and characteristics of this paper are the same as traditional B&W continuous-tone papers. That translates into neutral tonal characteristics offering good sharpness, display, and archival characteristics.  NOTE: Color images ordered on this paper will be printed in B&W


  • the default is On, meaning Color Correction will be applied.  Color, contrast, and sharpness will be manually adjusted by a trained person to achieve the best tonal response and color density. Slight shifts in color may occur.  There is no additional fee for this service, but if you have a very specific look in mnd, you may want to choose
  • Off, or Do not enhance, which means no color enhancement will be applied. Image will be printed as displayed.

COLOR CONVERSION - None, Black & White or Sepia

  • None or Do not convert, will lead to no color conversion, and your image will be printed as displayed.
  • Black & White will automatically convert the image to Black & White before printing.  There is no additional fee for this service.  You can check the preview of your image before you commit!
  • Sepia is similar to the effect of Black & White, automatically converting to the old-fashioned look of Sepia tone before printing. There is no additional fee for this service.  And remember to check the preview of your image before you commit!

FINISH & COATING - None or Lustre Coating

  • The default is None, which leves the image ready to be framed, matted, and glassed.  If you choose Lustre coating, you'll get an environmentally friendly, non-flammable coating which protects against UV light, finger prints, and dust. With the coverage and appearance similar to lacquer, the Lustre Coating gives your prints a rich, glossy sheen.  NOTE: One extra day is required for processing.

See 'I've been framed (and matted, and glassed!)' for more details your finishing and mounting options!