We can offer you many different types of prints, but we choose to offer you Luster, because we believe this is the best one for your photo mosaic. This is for those who want the best print as well as the best frame they can get. Take your print to your favorite local frame shop, and add that perfect final touch.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are 3 types of papers. Gloss, matte, and semi-gloss. Gloss is bad for large prints because it will produce too much glare when it's hung on the wall. Matte is not good in most cases because it will look dull, unless you're going for that look. Semi-gloss is good because it has the vivid, sharp, lifelike photographic look while reducing glare with its anti-glare surface. And we believe the best semi-gloss paper is Epson's Premium Luster Photo Paper.
There are 2 types of inks. Dye-based inks and pigmented inks. Dye-based inks have come a long way in quality, but it still does not match pigmented inks. In general, dye-based inks will fade faster than pigmented inks. Pigmented inks are also more vivid. As we use Epson paper, we also only use genuine Epson pigmented inks. Print shops who don't tell you what kind of paper and inks they are using are most likely sacrificing quality to reduce cost, which is fine for certain temporary commercial applications. But for us the need for quality prints for our customers is most important, so we use nothing but the best. After all, your photo mosaic is a piece of art that will be cherished for years to come. The last thing you want is seeing it fade after couple of years.
There are two ways to go about printing when it comes printing process. There is the traditional RIP (Raster Image Processor) software printing, and there is Direct-To-Printer printing. Most print shops will use RIP software to manage multiple print systems. The problem is that most of these RIP systems have some default, ink-saving, "good-enough" settings in them where they will reduce the quality of the image, so your mosaic ends up looking blurry on print, when it should be photo-realistic sharp. This is a common problem in most grocery or office supply store based print shops. We only use the direct to printer method, and always use the highest quality printer settings. This makes a significant different in the sharpness of your small pictures. You can look at it really close, and the pictures will all be very sharp. If you go to other print shops, their printers are most likely set to “medium quality”, which increases the printing speed and lowers ink consumption. So your small pictures ends up not as sharp, which is fine for many applications, but is not ideal for photo mosaics.