Fujiflex prints in True Colours Exhibition

The embedded video below (shot for FIFA) shows some of our Fujiflex prints in the aptly named True Colours exhibition currently on show at the National Football Museum in Manchester. The exhibition features the work of Stuart Roy Clarke and his unique view of Football. Watch the video to discover his view of the "beautiful game". Click the following link for more information about our Fujiflex printing

Resizing Images in Adobe Photoshop

 One of the most frequent questions from customers that we get asked about is how to resize image. Well here is a link to a useful guide on doing just that..

How to Resize Images in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

I would say that, in my opinion, 200-250% might be pushing it a bit. If you do want a large print from a smaller file you could resize it in Photoshop to get you part of the way and then let our Lightjet 5000 printer interpolate up from there. In our experience the Lightjet’s interpolation seems to do a better quality job than resizing in Photoshop does, but using a combination of the two methods might get you to a bigger size print than you might imagine possible from a smaller file. The Lightjet can interpolate up from half the dimension size (which is a quarter of the file size) without any noticable loss in quality. So for a 20″ x 16″ print you can supply us with a 10″ x 8″ at 305dpi. The added advantage of supplying files at half size is that upload times are considerably reduced.

Click on the following link for further information in an earlier blog post about Lightjet resizing and interpolation

Bigger Lightjet Prints now available to order online

Due to customer demand we have added some larger print sizes to our online photo printing ordering system.

You can now order prints up to 60″x 40″ through our online system. When sizing your files for these larger prints you can size the files at half the dimensions at 305dpi (the resolution that the Lightjet prints at). So if you are after a 48″x36″ you can upload a JPG sized at 24″x18″ through our online system and because of the LightJet’s superb interpolation abilities you won’t be able to see any loss of quality compared to a print from a full size image. How does the LightJet manage this? Well here is the manufacturer’s technical explanation:

“Using our proprietary adaptive 16-point bi-cubic algorithm, the LightJet enhances sharpness through on-the-fly pixel interpolation. Because the pixels are faithful to the original image, the system can output small files at high resolution with no loss of sharpness. Unlike software interpolators which limit the flexibility of the interpolation process, our hardware uses complex algorithms to produce the best possible results.” 

Well that goes way over my head, so full marks to you if you understand it, all I know is that having used our LightJet for several years I know from the results we have seen that the LightJet interpolation is far superior to results when resizing in Photoshop and the like. The LightJet exposes the photographic paper using lasers to produce stunning true photographic prints which are then processed through RA-4 chemistry. I will again leave the technical bit to the manufacturer:

“Using red, green and blue lasers, the LightJet achieves true continuous-tone photographs without visible dots. Inkjet and electrostatic printers, which simulate photo quality with half-tone dot patterns, would need to image at 4000 dpi to duplicate the same image crispness, highlights and shadow detail.

The larger sizes now available to you online are available in Matt, Gloss or Fujiflex finishes – all Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Photographic papers.

To see exactly what sizes are now on offer please visit the Large Format Digital Printing section of our online system.

Darkroom days..

Here’s a great video about the dying art of the photographic darkroom, courtesy of The Guardian.  I’m glad to say that we still have a couple of traditional enlargers still actively in use in our darkrooms doing both colour and Black & White hand prints and that we still process E6, C41 and Black & White films.. so the art isn’t completely dead. I would guess that 95% of our work is still C-type printing but using digital exposure via RGB lasers, either on our Lightjet 5000 or our Noritsu High Definition minilab, rather than through enlarger, this way you get the best of both worlds.. not only full digital control of the image but probably most importantly a true photographic print on light-sensitive silver-based paper with the tonal gradation and shadow and highlight detail that we think is far superior to that which a giclée printer can achieve.

Anyway enjoy the video, I can smell the chemicals from here.


Supercars, superb photography.. and superior photographic printing

We are pleased to announce that we have been chosen to provide high quality photographic prints for Polished Bliss, a car care product company with a reputation for excellence. In May last year Polished Bliss commissioned Ambient Life‘s leading commercial, advertising and specialist automotive photographer Tim Wallace for a photo shoot of a Porsche 911 Turbo in order to capture the company’s ability to make cars look amazing to full effect. Tim’s superb photographic skill and creativity captured beautifully the ability of Polished Bliss to make cars look amazing.

We are delighted to be associated with both Polished Bliss and Ambient Life in this project and look forward to producing stunning automotive prints of the highest quality for their customers using our superb Lightjet printer.