The first step in the printing process is meeting with you to review your images on our color-calibrated monitor. If we created your source file via a scan or direct capture, then your file should be ready for printing. If not, we may need to adjust your image to prepare it for printing – we charge a nominal fee for this service. Our goal is to get an image on the monitor that matches your vision for the print.
Next, we use a raster image processor (RIP) and color management application to control color transitions based on the paper and ink combinations you chose and the lighting conditions under which the print will be viewed.
Finally, the RIP interface allows us to resize your image prior to printing. Often small files can be rendered up to make big beautiful prints – something to think about now that so many of us are using our cell phones as cameras.
Our printer of choice is the Epson SureColor P9000, which uses archival pigment inks and is capable of making prints up to 44 inches wide and up to 50 feet long. We stock a variety of acid-free papers from manufactures such as Epson, Hahnemuhle, Lexjet, and Red River. For those projects that require something unique, we offer a variety of specialty surfaces including: canvas, watercolor paper and waterproof vinyl.
When making choices about what inkjet media is right for your project it is important to consider the characteristics of the paper including surface finish, and archival quality. Pivot Media offers a range of paper stocks in two categories- Fine Art and Premium.
Fine Art papers are cotton-rag, acid-free, inkjet papers with an archival rating that meets or exceeds museum quality standards. With a double weight, 100% cotton base, these papers are the top of the line. Available in smooth or textured matte, canvas and baryta surfaces. Premium papers are available in matte and resin-coated gloss surfaces, and are best used for high quality photographic prints and design projects. With excellent color reproduction and a high Dmax, these papers can give your print that extra pop. Available in matte, gloss, and luster.
Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo-Rag
Fine Art Paper – 305 gsm – Textured Matte Finish
This 100% cotton, matte paper produces outstanding prints with brilliant colors, deep blacks, striking contrasts and perfect reproduction of detail. This acid- and lignin-free classic meets the highest archival requirements. Whether used for fine art photography or art reproductions, the ideal combination of structure, print quality and weight makes Photo Rag one of the most versatile Fine Art inkjet papers.
Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo-Rag Ultra Smooth
Fine Art Paper – 305 gsm – Smooth Matte Finish
This 100% cotton rag, fine art paper is similar to Hahnemühle’s Photo-Rag, but with an exceptionally smooth surface finish. The white cotton art paper has a discreet, very finely textured surface with a strikingly silky feel. The matt premium inkjet coating guarantees extraordinary print results with impressive reproduction of colour, detail and very deep black. Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth is versatile and produces impressive results for FineArt photography as well as art reproductions. The acid- and lignin-free all-rounder meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance and is perfect for high-quality black and white FineArt prints.
Red River Aurora Art White
Premium Paper – 285 gsm – Textured Matte Finish
This 100% cotton, double sided, paper offers the look and feel of a fine art print. Using minimal optical brightening agents, Aurora Art White offers a brighter white shade for crisp color tones, semi-smooth surface, with an acid-free base and coating.
LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas
Fine Art Paper – 408 gsm – Textured Matte Finish
The bright-white, matte-coated surface of this poly/cotton blend canvas provides the wide color gamut and consistency needed to fulfill a wide range of art-reproduction and photo printing requirements. Acid-free, pH-neutral coating and high white point provide consistent, accurate colors. A water-resistant, heavyweight blend makes for canvas with greater durability and ease in stretching.
Epson Enhanced Matte
Premium Paper – 192 gsm – Smooth Matte Finish
This bright-white, matte surface paper yields highly saturated images while maintaining highlight and shadow detail. Enhanced Matte is a versatile matte solution for illustrations, posters, and photographs.
Canson Infinity Platine Fiber Rag
Fine Art Paper – 310 gsm – Semi-Gloss Finish
This paper provides the look and feel of classic F-Type Baryta Fibre paper, having a true pure white tone without using optical brighteners (known to affect the longevity of digitally produced images). Combined with a 100% cotton, acid- and lignin-free base, this paper exceeds museum quality archival standards. The extremely high Dmax and exceptional grey tones make it the product of choice for the more discerning black and white as well as colour photographic prints.
Epson Ultra Premium Luster
Premium Paper – 240 gsm – Luster Finish
This instant drying paper produces vivid, lifelike images that rival those of traditional silver halide prints. Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper delivers highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions. The resin-coated base gives prints a photographic feel, and keeps the paper laying flat.
Epson Premium Photo Paper Gloss
Premium Paper – 252 gsm – Gloss Finish
This paper has a high gloss finish that is perfect for printing your favorite cherished photos and enlargements for use with glass frames and photo albums. This paper is smudge and water-resistant with a smooth, bright white, resin coated stock.
LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic
Premium Paper – 255 gsm – Metallic Gloss Finish
The metallic, high-gloss surface on this photo paper results in prints that are sharp, vibrant, and exceptionally rich-looking. This paper provides the perfect way to make portraits, commercial display prints, and competition prints that stand out from the others. The instant-dry, scratch-resistant surface of LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic Paper makes it practical for everyday use in busy studios.