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Prints, Mats, and Frames

Professional Printing

Unique among photographic galleries, we do our own printing in-house for exhibitors who need it. That gives us the ability not only to ensure that your print is where it should be at the time it should be, but it makes it far easier for photographers to participate in our exhibits by eliminating shipping cost.

More important, it gives us complete control over print quality, so that when we say we deliver an exhibition-quality print, we mean just that. The quality of the prints in the gallery reflects not only your artistry, but also our 50 years of experience in printing.

All prints are made in a color-controlled environment using Canon large-format printers, Eizo monitors, and custom ICC profiles.​​​​​​​

Remember, matting and framing are free for the duration of the exhibit if the printed image area conforms to our standard mat windows and frames. Custom mats and frames in larger sizes are also readily available. Just tell us what you have in mind.

Files for Printing

The image file you originally submitted for jurying is not large enough to make an exhibition print, although it is large enough for reproduction in the exhibition catalog. Please do not upload that file again, unless it is the only file you have.

Prints for exhibition should always be made from the best-edited, highest-resolution file you have, and should be cropped as you want it to appear in the final print. Sizing of the image is not important — we will adjust sizing to fit the matte window you request. Please don’t leave white borders or use watermarks. Without special instructions (“notes” on the order form), we will crop the image tight to the widow you select. With instructions, we’ll make the print and matte exactly as you want.

Of course, if you want to send us a loose, matted, or framed print, that’s a different story. See Framing, below.

We can accept TIFF, PSD, or JPG files for printing. If possible, please upload a file that is:

  • Either TIFF or PSD (Photoshop) file, as, unlike a JPG, they are generally uncompressed files. Layers flattened if applicable.
  • Preferred color space: Adobe RGB. sRGB is OK. ProPhoto exceeds the color gamut of all printers; we recommend you convert to Adobe RBG or sRBG.
  • Resolution: in general, send us the largest file you have. It should be at least the dimensions of the final print area at 240 ppi (pixels per inch).  300 ppi is better.
  • Maximum file size for upload is 250MB. 

The image should be adjusted as you want it to appear in the final print. We will match what you send to the extent possible. Sufficient resolution is the most important quality of your file. In general, send us the largest file you have.

Use the link below to log in and order prints.  You will 1) specify mat window, or 2) order a custom mat window, and 3) tell us the price you'd like to put on the print, and (4) tell us what we should do with the print after the exhibit, should it not sell.

ORDER PRINTS AND MATS HERE (you'll need to log in on the way)

We do custom printing of portfolios and exhibition prints unrelated to PhotoPlace Gallery.  Contact us about your needs.

Paper Options

We offer a choice of five papers. A print up to 12" x 16" on any of these papers is $45.00.

Canson Baryta Prestige (gloss)
A smooth baryta gloss, acid-free alpha-cellulose and cotton white paper base that evokes the look and feel of traditional Baryta Gloss darkroom papers. Coated with barium sulphate. 340 gsm, and distinctly heavy-feeling. Sparkling white and archival. Superb d-max and color gamut.

Canson Platine Fiber Rag (semi-gloss)
Semi-gloss, baryta coated, 100% cotton, natural white, acid free with zero OBAs, 310 gsm. Somewhat warmer than Prestige, with a paper base created from Arches Platinum Platine. Acid free and internally buffered. An extremely durable, great all-around paper.

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag (smooth matte)
For many, this is the standard by which other matte papers are judged. 100% cotton rag, white, lignum- and acid free, 308 gsm, with smooth texture, a wonderful cottony hand-feel and a deep black D-max.

Hahnemuhle Museum Etching (textured matte)
A heavy weight (350 gsm), natural white, 100% cotton rag art paper. Its noticeably textured surface with fine felt structure add depth and a three-dimensional effect unlike any other paper. It’s acid- and lignum free and contains no optical brighteners. As one reviewer put it, “Museum Etching has strength in its sheer weight, but also the subtlety to whisper every nuance of suggestion, both form and color. This is the holy grail of papers for the discerning artist who wants his images to be incomparable and exquisite.” 

Canson Rag Photographique (smooth, satiny matte)
A 100% cotton rag, museum grade white fine art paper. The satiny smooth white surface is achieved during manufacturing by introducing natural minerals to the coating process. Its unique features are its heavy hand-feel and sensual matte surface, which yields an extremely high Dmax. 310gsm, and contains no optical brighteners. It’s our first choice among matte papers.

Uncertain about paper choice? 
Let us pick the paper for you. We’ll match your image with the paper we think will serve your image best.

Standard & Custom Mats

To help artists minimize costs and to encourage submissions from distant photographers, PhotoPlace Gallery will mat and frame juried work free of charge for the duration of the exhibition, as long as the image fits in one of our standard window sizes. All of our mats are white 16 x 20, with widow sizes as follows:

10" x 15"
11-1/2" x 11-1/2" square
10-1/2" x 13-1/2"

If we are making the print, we will size the image with absolute minimal cropping to fit these windows. If you are providing the print, please make the image about 1/8” larger than these sizes, or make it smaller to allow for a white border and/or signature. And please do not size your print to the exact size of the window. It will not be usable without cutting a custom mat.

If your image doesn’t work in one of the standard windows above, you may send your print matted, order a custom mat when you order a print or, if you are shipping us a loose print, you may order a mat on the Gallery Exhibitor Shipping Form (you'll need to log in on the way). The cost of a custom archival mat is $25. If you would like your print returned, we'll include the mat with the print.

Framing

Free framing is available to all exhibitors 

All frames that we supply are 16 x 20 black metal. Mats are white, to fit in 16 x 20 frames. Both mats and frames are free for the duration of the exhibit, whether you supply your print or have us produce your print.

If you would like to send a matted, framed print, it must be a 16 x 20 black metal frame with white or off-white mat, covered in glass or acrylic. We are happy to discuss other treatments and welcome larger sizes or unusual presentations, but you must clear them with us first. Really. Please do not send anything in a non-standard frame without prior approval. Just send us an email or use our contact form.

If you are shipping us a print (loose, matted, or framed), please complete a Gallery Exhibitor Shipping Form and submit it online. It contains vital information: selling price, gallery label information, and more. Should your work not sell and you'd like it returned, you must include a prepaid shipping label with your work or prepay return shipping when you complete the shipping form. Prepaid shipping will be refunded if your work sells. We will not be responsible for work without prepaid shipping 14 days after the exhibit is taken down.