It is something we get asked on almost a daily basis – “Have you ever seen Peter Lik’s work?” with the follow up question – “Do you know what paper he uses?”. The short answer is “Of course, and FujiFlex.” However, not all FujiFlex prints are the same. As any photographer will tell you there is a little more to it than just using the same paper. Of course, it can take years to capture the perfect award winning image. However, this printing process is available to anyone who would like to add a true gallery look to their image. Part of why we are able to produce museum quality FujiFlex prints is because of the printing devise we use, and the way the print is finished and presented.
Don’t know what FujiFlex is? Let us tell you.. FujiFlex is a sliver-halide digital photographic paper that has a polyester-based coating that makes it super glossy and slick. Not just any machine can run FujiFlex paper. Like the good old days, being true continuous tone photographic paper, it has to be run through photo chemistry to reveal the image. This ain’t paper you can run through your home printer here, Folks. With this process the image is burned into the emulsion layer of the paper itself, not one drop of ink is being laid over the substrate to produce the image. Unlike the good old days, instead of the image being burned in to the photo media with light being blasted through glass lenses, we expose the paper with red, green, and blue lasers using an Océ LightJet 5000. The Océ LightJet uses technology originally designed by NASA, and is widely recognized to have the best detail and image quality in the industry. If you store and display your print properly it should have a lifespan of 100 + years!
What really makes this paper spectacular is pairing it with acrylic. We do what is called a second surface mount, also called face mounting. What that means is that the acrylic is applied directly on top of the print. So, you look through the acrylic to see the print. FujiFlex is known for its ability to hold detail in shadows and highlights that on other papers would block up. When mounted to the Plexiglass it adds amazing depth and three dimensionality to the image. For that “Oh! and Aww!” moment that you see in the galleries, the lighting of the artwork is also key. When lit properly these prints literally glow. It’s not something that can be measured in numbers or shown on a computer screen, you need to see these prints first hand to fully appreciate it.
We then ‘float’ it away from the wall by adding a museum back. A museum back is a wooden frame that is recessed 2″ in away from the edge of the print. You do not see it from the front once hung on the wall, and gives the appearance as if it the art is floating away from the wall. A sleek and clean presentation.
To order this type of print from Artisan HD follow these simple steps on the Order screen. In Step 1 select FujiFlex Media as your Print Type. As seen in the screen shot here.
Then choose your print size. Part of the ordering process will analyze your file and give you a reading on how big you can print your image before you would loose quality. If the print size you want is too large for your file resolution, it will give you a warning before you would be able to place the order. Very helpful tool!
The second part of the process is the plexiglass mounting. You will find that in Step 3 under Mounting Options. Select 1/8″ Plexiglass. The last option for that ‘floating off the wall’ look is to add the Museum Back. Be sure to check the box for that option.
Creating your own one of a kind masterpiece is just a couple of clicks away.