Fine Art Print Media Styles | Thomas Schoeller Photography
PRINT MEDIA STYLE OPTIONS COMPARED
This page allows you to compare unique features and advantages of each print media style I offer, and how they enhance the artwork and your wall space. No matter if you are a serious collector, an art connoisseur, or a first time buyer - You can better make a well informed decision once you become familiar with each of these stunning media choices. All of my "ready to hang" artworks are meticulously handcrafted using the finest museum-grade archival quality materials available. I'm certain you'll choose a print media option that perfectly matches both your personal interior design plan and investment points.
All of the nature and landscape artworks found in my galleries are meant to be displayed as large, jaw-dropping motifs. I've chosen 4 stunning, frameless & ready-to-hang print media options that are available in an assortment of sizes to fit just about any space. They are Chromaluxe Metal Prints, Wood Float Plaq's, Aluma-Mount Gallery Floats, and Acrylic Glass Gallery Floats. *Acrylic Glass Floats can be upgraded to the UltraHD Premier Edition Series* Each of the listed print styles and finish options are well described on this page as you continue to scroll down.
In addition, I also offer traditional Photo Prints (just the print, not mounted, matted or framed) to collectors for those that prefer to manage the mounting, mat and external framing themselves. I provide FREE delivery to any destination in the lower USA 48 states.
45x30" Acrylic Glass Float titled "Old Mill of Weston Vermont"
PRINT STYLE FORMATS
The photo print option is the most affordable route. As simple as it sounds, a fine art paper print that is not mounted, matted, or framed. Perfect for those in a hurry. In addition, this is perfect for those that want to bring them to their local framing gallery and choose the matting and frames in person. I provide (2) stunning photo print choices described below.
The turnaround time, from confirmation of your order placement to destination delivery, takes about 10-14 working days on average.
Endura Pro Lustre - Economy Priced Photo Prints
- OPEN EDITION artworks are now available to order in sizes from 15x10" up to 36x24" as loose prints (not mounted) on Endura Pro Lustre photo papers. They are known for their luminous colors, sharp contrast, and superb detail and are well suited for the style of imagery you'll find here on my website. The lustre finish provides classic glare reducing protection.
Fuji Crystal Maxima Glossy UltraHD Photo Paper - For Limited Editions Only
My go-to paper for Limited Edition photo prints is Fuji Crystal Maxima UltraHD. It provides the ultimate realism in high-end photo prints with crystal clear & stunning details. This is a recently conceived high-gloss paper. The UltraHD increases the maximum visual density by an additional 10% while also increasing dynamic range and luminosity.
Maximum sizes for unmounted photo prints are limited to 36" at the longest edge. The reason is: prints that are not properly mounted to a backing substrate will show ripples or appear to be wavy under certain lighting conditions.
Professional Mounting - I do, however, provide professional print mounting for Open Edition Photo Prints at a reasonable price (see below) in what we call Gallery Board Mounted prints.
GALLERY BOARD | MOUNTED PRINTS - READY TO HANG OR FRAME
This is a budget-friendly, properly mounted print option that allows you to order Open Edition artwork as a Photo Print up to a maximum of 60" at the longest edge. (Square prints are limited to 40x40")
The art prints are first top-mounted over a smooth, blemish free uniform surface. Next, a UV protective clear laminate is applied to the print. The results are a print that will always lay perfectly flat, no buckles, waviness or ripples.
Gallery boards are made of a composite rigid foam core and sturdy wood fiber veneer exterior. This makes for a fairly durable and easy to maintain display, created entirely of archival quality material. This print media provides you with several choices to display the artwork. You can install them into a custom picture frame, or hang them on the wall the moment you unpack your new print.
In addition, there is no requirement to place a fragile glass sheet over the artwork when being installed into a frame! In fact, it's not recommended because all of my mounted prints already come with a UV protective clear laminate over the print, or are encapsulated behind Acrylic glass.
By default, we place 1/2" spacer blocks and hanging hardware on the back-side of each Gallery board mounted print. If you plan to have it framed, be sure to let me know immediately after placing your order so we don't install the spacer blocks!
Depending on print size ordered, Gallery Boards are either 3/16" or 1/2" thickness. As you see in the above photo, the edge treatment is charcoal gray with a subtle texture that is visible if not framed. We provide FREE delivery to all Lower 48 state destinations. S/H fees for Canada, Alaska & Hawaii are automatically applied in the cart.
Please note that Gallery Boards are not available for purchasing Limited Edition artworks. All Limited Editions must be ordered in any of the following print media styles.
CHROMALUXE DYE-INFUSED METAL PRINTS
There's a saying amongst professional photographers that not all Metal Prints are created equally, especially when it comes to print quality and aesthetics. I've done extensive testing to find high-end labs that are pioneers of the fine art industry, using only Chromaluxe panels which are the top option for professional nature & landscape photographers. This high quality print media is also very cost-effective, being just a fraction of the investment of the Acrylic Face-Mounted Gallery floats.
Chromaluxe metal prints are shipped ready to hang, or if you prefer, they can easily be dropped into an external frame! Created by using a special dye-infused heat transfer method and specially coated aluminum sheets that are CNC cut for precision. The end result is a lightweight piece that is waterproof, have a durable scratch-resistant surface to go along with excellent archival quality. There is no mistaking a high-quality metal print due to the magical luminescence, tremendous visual depth, and exceptionally rich, vivid colors.
An aluminum rail hanging system is attached to the reverse side of each print. We avoid cheap wood backings here as the integrity of our metal prints is important on BOTH sides. (these are NOT the cheap knockoffs you'll get from online sources like FineArt America or the other print-on-demand websites) The hanging rail system floats your new print @ 3/4" off the finished wall surface. The edges are smooth to the touch, and all 4 corners are slightly rounded for a stunning finishing touch.
I've made sizes available from 18x12" up to 60" at the longest edge for most of my artworks. If you have your eye on a 72" wide print, depending on the artwork file, I can provide that size by special request. Be sure to contact me.
Chromaluxe metal prints have some unique characteristics I need to point out. To begin with, the finish comes as a smooth glossy sheen like no other. They tend to boost color saturation when compared directly to photo prints. Also, some darker artworks that depend on subtle shadow details (as an example: dusk, dawn and deeply forested scenes) may experience a slight loss of those details in a Chromaluxe Metal Print. This is inherently due to the dye-sublimation process.
Brighter and evenly lit scenes with good mid-tones do not experience loss of subtle shadow detail. Scenes with deliberate high-contrast (bright highlights and deep dark shadows) are perfectly suited for this media! In fact, they deliver the most outstanding deep rich blacks of any media. Lastly, these metal prints have an anti-microbial surface that can be cleaned with most any all purpose glass cleaner and a soft cloth. This makes them the ultimate choice for display in the healthcare industry or public exhibits.
This media style is available for both OPEN EDITION and LIMITED EDITION prints.
WOOD FLOAT PLAQ'S - READY TO HANG
This is one of my most popular selling mounted print display options. Wood Floater Plaq's, also known as DuraPlaq, deliver when it comes to making a dramatic statement on your walls combined with an equally attractive investment point. This print media style, by comparison to traditional Gallery Canvas Wraps, are FAR superior to traditional Canvas prints in every conceivable way.
The print papers utilized for Wood Floats is either a satin finish or metallic/pearl. I decide which paper is best suited for the artwork once the order has been placed. The artwork is then top-mounted on a sturdy eco-friendly HDF smooth wood surface substrate. A special crystal clear protective laminate is placed over the photo print surface - protecting the artwork from UV light, dust, smudges and fingerprints.
A beautifully pairing of 24x36" Zion National Park prints mounted on Wood Float Plaqs
PROTECTIVE REDUCED GLARE SATIN FINISH
Each Wood Floater Plaq comes standard with a reduced glare satin finish.
The plaq's are finished off with a gorgeous visible beveled edge treatment! This saves you from needing to invest further for custom external frames and mats. Each Wood Float Plaq comes with a recessed 3/4" thickness French cleat style floater frame on the reverse side that allows the piece to appear as though it's floating off the wall after it's been installed.
· Easy To Maintain
This unique print media style is easily cared for and cleanable with a soft, slightly dampened cloth.
· Arrives Ready To Hang
Each Wood Floater Plaq is shipped to you ready to hang the moment you unpack it. No external frame or custom mats are necessary, they arrive as intended to be displayed. They are so much higher in quality over Canvas Gallery Wraps that I no longer will ever make Canvas prints available.
Simply click on any artwork and scroll down beneath the image to see the Wood Float Plaq sizes offered.
LIMITED EDITION wood floater plaq's include a Certificate of Authenticity document with a unique serial number I'll be mailing to you separately in a unique folder. Enclosed with the "COA" documentation folder will be a matching tamper proof serial number (adhesive sticker) that you'll need to attach on the back-side of the plaq as soon as possible.
ALUMA-MOUNT GALLERY FLOATS - READY TO HANG
Aluma-mounts provide a breathtaking straightforward frameless & glassless presentation. Since there is no polished acrylic glass included with this media style, they are priced below the Acrylic Glass Gallery Float media option.
They are available to procure in both Open Edition or Limited Edition. They are delivered to your destination ready to hang the moment you remove them from the packaging material. A recessed float-mount hanging system is pre-installed on the reverse side of the artwork making this possible. Once the artwork is installed in place, it appears to magically "float" off the surface of the wall. I describe them to people as a virtual window where you feel as though you could walk right into the scene. This is especially true when selecting a frameless piece. External frames and mats found on older traditional display styles often distract the viewers eyes from the artwork presentation.
Aluma-Mount floats feature high-end fine art UltraHD print technology with a vibrant shimmering almost 3D effect. The prints are mounted directly to an aluminum DiBond 3mm thickness substrate black polyethylene core. A special crystal clear UV protective fine art grade laminate encapsulates the artwork, which provides an added level of security and allows you to properly remove dust and finger print smudges. You can choose from either Glossy or a reduced glare finish - (please be sure to notify me of this choice when you place your order!)
Although technically a "metal print" as is the Chromaluxe option, Aluma-mounts are different due to the mounting process as explained in the paragraph above. They are more robust (thickness) material and require a UV protective laminate to encapsulate the artwork. The process takes a bit more time to fabricate the Aluma-mount as compared to the Chromaluxe. The hanging rail systems are nearly identical however. Aluma-mount prints generally deliver slightly more sharpness and clarity, and have a better handle on reflecting ambient light.
· Are easily cleaned using a soft, slightly dampened cloth · Lightweight and totally glass free · UV protective crystal clear laminate provides extended 75+ years of color brilliance · Available in every size I offer 24" and up· DiBond aluminum and polyethylene core substrate provides robust gallery quality material that does not warp · Attractively priced below Acrylic Glass Gallery Floats since glass is not included · Choose from either High Gloss or Reduced Glare Finish
LIMITED EDITION HOLOGRAM SERIAL NUMBERS
For all LIMITED EDITION Aluma mounts, I'll be mailing you a Certificate of Authenticity separately. Enclosed with the "COA" documentation in an envelope will be a tamper proof hologram Serial Number. Carefully remove the paper from the adhesive backing, and attach it behind the artwork in either the lower left or right corner.
Please note that large print sizes of 45" and up require a hand crafted crate supplied by the print master for safe transport.
Aluma-Mount Gallery Floats come with a recessed hanging system at no extra cost
ACRYLIC GLASS - FACE MOUNT GALLERY FLOATS (MUSEUM STANDARD EDITION)
The Acrylic Glass Gallery Floats are the pinnacle of Fine Art image quality and modern print technology. They represent the highest standard of excellence for the photographic fine art industry. When displayed with proper lighting, they are truly a sight to behold. The acrylic glass used in this style of media showcase print clarity, vibrancy, extreme detail, and a dimension of depth that no other print media can achieve. Traditional glass (used for framed prints) does not come close to the unique light refraction properties that are native to acrylic glass.
All of the images available in my website galleries are available to own as an acrylic glass gallery float. Since @ 2016, Acrylic prints make up nearly 45% of all pieces procured online, making them the singular most popular sold print media.
I offer (2) levels of Acrylic Glass floats. The Museum Standard, and a Premier Edition - Gallery Ultra | Tru Life® Acrylic print. Both the Museum Standard and Premier editions are paired with shatterproof 1/8" thickness glass and a sturdy aluminum Dibond backing substrate. I do offer an upgrade to 1/4" thickness glass for the Museum Standard option INQUIRE HERE. In addition, you can select from the Standard or Premier TruLife series for any Limited Edition of 150 or Open Edition prints in any sizes offered sitewide.
60x40" Acrylic glass gallery float - artwork titled "Risen"
Starting with the Museum Standard Edition - each print is created by a master printer, applying modern state-of-the-art technology and development to ensure flawless results. The process for the Museum Standard acrylics begins by face-mounting Lexjet Sunset Metallic high-end photo papers behind specially developed UF4 95% UV Acrylic 1/8" or 1/4" acrylic glass. (please contact me for 1/4" pricing) Face-mounting is the process of permanently bonding the art print behind the specially formulated acrylic. This in turn increases color vibrancy, saturation and intensity - increases the image clarity - and eliminates refraction as light is deflected through the acrylic towards the artwork.
Not only is acrylic glass shatter proof, it is temperature resistant, and it provides an additional layer of UV protection. The mounted glass is then backed by a sturdy 3mm thickness DiBond aluminum substrate backing material. The artwork is fully and permanently encapsulated from environmental and airborne elements.
All Acrylic glass options on my website are shipped to you frameless, and ready-to-hang the moment you unpack them. On the reverse side of each piece we will install recessed float-mount hardware. Depending on the size of the artwork, the recessed floater frame will either be aluminum rails or a sturdy composite material. When the artwork is installed, it will appear to magically "float" from the wall. The contemporary frameless style artworks are a virtual window to the great outdoors.
It's important to note that ALL of my Acrylic Glass Face-Mounted Floats can be placed into a frame, or a combination of external frame and a linen liner. They look exceptionally beautiful, especially when paired with Roma moldings.
LIMITED EDITION HOLOGRAM SERIAL NUMBERS
For all LIMITED EDITION Acrylic face-mount prints, I'll be mailing you a Certificate of Authenticity separately. Enclosed with the "COA" documentation in an envelope will be a tamper proof hologram Serial Number. Carefully remove the paper from the adhesive backing, and attach it behind the artwork in either the lower left or right corner.
DELIVERY is FREE to all lower 48 state USA destination.
PREMIER EDITION - GALLERY ULTRA | TRU LIFE® ACRYLIC
These are the crème-de-la crème of the Acrylic glass print media display options. This takes the viewing experience a notch higher than my Museum Standard acrylic face-mounted prints. The process for the Premier Edition begins by face-mounting Archival Metallic Fine Art prints behind crystal clear 1/8" Tru Life® acrylic glass. It is then backed with a 3mm thickness DiBond substrate. A heavy-duty aluminum rail rear floating frame is attached to the back side. The process of face-mounting the artwork behind the acrylic glass is done exactly as the Museum Standard, and you enjoy the same benefits of the permanent bond of artwork to acrylic glass.
The visual quality of the TruLife ® acrylic and LexJet Sunset Metallic-Pearl archival prints are unrivaled, separating the Premier Edition - Gallery Ultra from the rest of the pack. If illuminating the artwork with proper LED lighting specific for artwork, you will enjoy a radiance and ambience that no other print media can achieve.
The low glare Tru Life® acrylic glass offers the absolute finest viewing experience. Not only does it offer 99% UV protection, it also reduces distracting glare caused side light.
Artwork titled "Crawl Space" as an Acrylic face-mount museum float 24 x 36"
The Premier Edition Gallery Ultra | TruLife® Acrylic provide the most value, the highest quality and most impressive visual impact available of any print media available. This is clearly for collectors that require the most luxurious, exquisite fine art experience available.
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISONS OF MY ACRYLIC PRINT OPTIONS
Here's a quick analysis of my Acrylic prints and their primary differences. Both are backed by sturdy a DiBond aluminum substrate.
The Museum Standard Edition features · 2mm (1/8") UF4 95% UV acrylic glass · Ultra high-end Epson premium glossy photo paper, or the Lexjet Sunset Metallic high-end photo papers (I decide what paper works best for the artwork) · Aluminum rail french cleat hanging system
The PREMIER EDITION - GALLERY ULTRA edition features · crystal clear 2mm (1/8") TruLife® reduced glare - 99% UV protection acrylic glass
LIMITED EDITION HOLOGRAM SERIAL NUMBERS
For all LIMITED EDITION of 150 Acrylic face-mount prints, I'll be mailing you a Certificate of Authenticity separately. Enclosed with the "COA" documentation in an envelope will be a tamper proof hologram Serial Number. Carefully remove the paper from the adhesive backing, and attach it behind the artwork in either the lower left or right corner.
Certificates of Authenticity come with ALL Limited Edition artworks and every media style we've described here
CRATING FEES Please note for large print sizes 45" and wider, and for mounted print quantity orders over 3 pieces - there may be a fee for specially fabricated crates required to protect the pieces. Crating fee's for multiple mounted prints apply to all destinations. To obtain a S/H estimate, please provide your destination address and the order details by using the CONTACT page.
PROPERLY FRAMING MOUNTED PRINTS
Almost every mounted print media style I offer can be framed to look beautiful. The lone exception are the Wood Floater Plaqs which already come with a finished edge treatment. You can bring your new artwork to any framing gallery, local to you, to have my mounted art prints properly framed. All of my mounted artworks: Gallery Board Mounts - Chromaluxe Metal - AlumaMounts - and Acrylic Glass Floaters, can be framed.
TIP: If you decide to frame & mat your mounted print, be sure to read this! The BEST solution is to use a Linen Liner which are the ultimate "photo mat" and work beautifully with ANY of the frameless mounted media options I offer (above). The liners are designed to fit perfectly "around" the art piece, not over it. Your frame shop will then place conjoined liner & artwork into a custom frame, securely attached from behind by using offset clips.