Photographic Printing

Photographic prints are produced using the traditional wet process and the paper is developed and fixed using photographic chemicals. This means that unlike inkjet printing where the ink sits on top of the paper surface and ink colour can alter the reflective properties of the paper, all colour in the photographic print is locked away behind a top layer (like a laminate) and therefore have the same reflectivity. Using either of our Chromira printers, the paper receives the image via LED lights, that expose the paper as super high resolutions to create pixel-free images, with a huge range of colours and tonal quality.

How does CLAB resolution compare with the resolution of an inkjet printer?
The resolution of Chromira is specified in continuous tone Pixels per Inch. Inkjet printers specify resolution in Dots (of ink) Per Inch. It is generally considered that it takes 5-6 times the resolution in DPI to match continuous tone LED resolution. Thus it would take an ink jet printer at least 1500 DPI of resolution to equal the quality of the CLAB Image native resolution of 300 PPI and even higher if you consider the 425 PPI visual resolution created with the Chromira's patented LED Resolution Enhancement Technology.


Beautiful for natural skin tones, Lustre is the most popular choice for portrait and wedding photographers. Even though the intense colours are dulled slightly, the stippled surface of the paper means that the prints can be touched with bare hands and passed around without fear of fingerprints. Even if the prints eventually become smudged, the prints can be easily wiped with a lint-free cloth, and polished back to perfection.
This surface can also be mounted to any of the cheaper substrates, including Foamcore.


The accurate reproduction of colour and the beautiful rich blacks means that prints on Gloss stand out as part of any presentation and perfect for portfolios. Fingerprints can be gently removed with a lint-free cloth, but caution is required.
Avoid mounting onto Foamcore if you need the surface to retain its smooth appearance - try Kappa-mount or Forex.


Metallic Pearl
Embedded pearl-like crystals give this paper a high-gloss reflection, especially in the highlights.
The paper consists of a special layer consisting of metal oxide particles. This means that you can see a change in reflectivity as you move around the print. The paper is similar to gloss in all other ways, so be cautious of Foamcore for mounting and gently polish out any fingerprints with a lint-free cloth.


Fuji Flex (Super Gloss)
Not technically a paper, this thin plastic material has unbelievable exposure accuracy combined with an increased saturation range. The most outstanding property of this material is its mirror-like, super glossy smoothness that makes any type of image look its best.
The only problem with all this "glossy-ness", is how easy it is to damage the surface, so make sure you always wear fresh, clean gloves when you handle your prints, or add our Polycarbonate high-gloss laminate if you need permanent protection, however a small amount of the glossy smooth effect is lost with this laminating. Mounting onto anything other than Aluminium will also take away the mirror-like smooth effect.
In short, this material may be difficult to handle and expensive, but the final result can be amazing.

For a cheaper printing option, take a look at our Lustre and Gloss 'Frontier' prints. The frontier is built for speed, but not quite the quality of the Chromira printers, and suits social and wedding photographers that need cheap volume.

Not all paper surfaces are the same prices, so take note of the page title, which will state the paper surfaces it applies to.

All pricing is based on total sheets of paper, so this means that the prices are the same if you print 10 copies of one image, or 10 different images.

White borders are still part of the image, so if you add a border, take note of the total 'canvas' size.

With unique sizes that are not on the price list, then calculate the price by using the next nearest size up, and make sure your print fits on the width of our paper rolls - 30 and 50 inches for our Chromira printers, and up to 12 inches for our Fuji Frontier printer.


Work out exactly what you need.
To make preparing files easier, it will help if you know exactly what you want us to produce, and feel free to contact us at this point, if you have any questions.

Things to think about:

  • Is the print size on our standard price list, or is it a unique custom size.
  • Is the print going into a frame, or will you be putting a matt over the print - add a small border if necessary.
  • Do you need a border as part of, or in addition to the image, be aware that the total size of the paper sheet, is the size you will be charged for.
  • What paper surface would best suit the place it will be getting displayed, and how it we be displayed.
  • Will it need a laminate protective coating? Then choose a smooth surface like Gloss or Metallic.
  • If the print is going behind glass, then print in Lustre.


Prepare your images
There is a full list of file preparation instructions in our support section, but the important things are that you make sure digital images are high enough resolution for the print size you need, and that you are absolutely sure they are colour managed and ready to go, or you need us to colour correct the images for you.


Place your order
Either drop into the lab with a USB drive, CD or DVD, or send your files over the internet with our upload system. Just be sure to follow the preparation instructions before you start.


CPL Printing Price List
We've created a printable PDF for you to download. This covers all Photographic printing, and includes the instructions for preparing and sending files.


Soft Proofing Paper Profiles
Use Photoshop to preview the effect of different paper surfaces on your images. Download this zip file containing our profiles, and install them onto your computer. To read instructions on soft proofing, CLICK HERE.