Different types of prints

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How do you know the best choice with all the different types of prints available?


After a lot of experimenting myself, I can help you avoid some issues. Which means, I've lived the dream, sometimes the nightmare. The last thing you want is to be eager to hang a piece of photo art and then be disappointed. I know. Been there and done that.

The process for printing can be confusing. I've hand-selected the print options that work best for abstract photos to simplify things. I want to ensure you have enough choices but not be overwhelmed with the decision like many art websites do with too many choices. Let me guide you. Abstract photography targets vibrant colors, intricate textures, and close-up details. The print options I show are selected for the qualities they'll bring to the artwork.


I want you to be thrilled with your choice and love looking at your new artwork for years with that same appreciation.

Let's dig deeper into the print choices you'll see with my abstract art prints.


Lumachrome Acrylic Prints

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There's a reason you see Lumachrome acrylic prints in the finest art galleries. Drama. The printing process gives the photo print a 3D-HD quality. The modern look is perfect for contemporary homes and provides a visually-clean aesthetic for a business environment.

The print lab I've selected is well-known and has been used by famous and successful photographers for years. By personal trial and error, I've found that you can see the difference in the precision of their prints versus other printers. Near-perfect clarity of the imagery is crucial, especially when you've fallen for the texture and color of abstracts. The lab is well-known for color calibration and accurate color reproduction.

The process begins with your selected photo printed with an extensive range of archival inks, then face mounted to acrylic. This achieves a broader color gamut and enhanced print longevity. Once printed, they encase the art above an acrylic base layer for protection and below museum-grade TruLife Acrylic glass, which protects the artwork. In addition, this specialized acrylic reduces distracting glare and reflections. Suspended iridium particles are infused between the TruLife Acrylic front and the back layer. Then, as light shines on your art, you'll notice a subtle radiant glow that captivates your eye. And while all that detail may not be something your visitors know about, they will see the brilliance. And so will you.

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Your artwork is finished with a float mount frame on the back, invisible after hanging, which appears to float about an inch and a half off your wall. The print is lightweight, and you can hang it right away. Then, sit back and take in the visual impact of your new abstract art print.

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Loose Fine Art Paper Giclee Print

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Like a jeweler making a special setting for a diamond, a fine art paper print with the right frame and mat can make everyone gasp at that new rock. I mean, art. Tee hee.


Certain abstract pieces deserve a classic treatment.

A fine art paper print allows you to customize your artwork with a frame, mat, and glass. Recently, I printed one of my Bodie Ghost Town photos on fine art paper. The distinct Western style of the photo lent itself to a distressed wood frame to complete the look. I love glancing up from working to see it above my desk, the wood frame pulling out the colors from the wood planks in the photo. It was so realistic I could almost feel myself getting a splinter.

The same lab I use for Lumachrome Acrylics also prints unmounted giclee (pronounced "G-Clay") prints for me. Giclee printing provides high image quality with a clarity you'll appreciate. You'll love the rich colors, tones, and details. This method offers an archival print that will not fade for decades. The process they use produces rich colors, tones, and high resolution.

Let's talk fine art papers. There are several choices, each with unique characteristics: smooth or textured surfaces, matte, glossy, pearl, and metallic finishes. Let's work together on that paper selection if you choose a traditional fine art print. My abstracts vary gallery by gallery, meaning what paper fits best will also differ from piece to piece. Instead of writing out a Wikipedia on this subject, let's talk through the options.

Your loose print arrives unmounted with a 1-inch white border. This allows some room for your professional framer to assist with matting, glass, and framing. Of course, the artwork can also be printed to the edge of the paper if you plan on using a standard frame without a mat.

If this sounds perplexing, please avoid being overcome with art paralysis. I can help you "Preview Your Walls" so you know precisely how an abstract photography print will look. I've got you covered.


Poster Print

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A square (but hip) album cover makes a hit as a poster print.

Sometimes, your art desire and your budget stage a battle. For such a circumstance, I offer a budget-ready solution. While this poster print will not have the same exacting details as a Lumachrome Acrylic or Fine Art Paper print, it might be a good choice for your needs. I only offer this on pieces that fit in easy-to-find, off-the-shelf frames. You'll see these in the Cool Album Cover Art gallery.

You'll still have a giclee print. The 6-point paper is acid-free, archival, and matte with a neutral-white finish. And finish it off in a thin black gallery frame, and you can afford to cover an entire wall with your faux Grammy covers. A girl can dream, right?