Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Print Lab Review - WCI

West Coast Imaging – Nothing changes a photo more than the paper it's printed on.


Professional quality prints, at a decent price! And if your a paper junkie like me… you’ll fall in love with this place!

My current favorite paper is the Hahnemühle Photo Rag, but I’ve also recently fallen for the Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl….

quick tip on these two papers…

  • the Hahnemühle prints a little darker, so be prepared for that. But the texture, thickness, and saturation of this paper are amazing! You must try it!

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  • the Fuji Pearl while brilliant with color, not the best for all portraits. Also, do print your b&w’s on this paper, WOW… I mean really… WOW!

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But don’t take my word for it, order your FREE paper samples here!

And if these two papers weren’t enough, they offer a total of 9 choices. And if you still are not satisfied, they will customize your order to print on any paper you want!

That’s another great thing about WCI… they’re amazing customer service. They want to help you, to create projects, to learn themselves! In fact I’ve personally worked with them to create a project I had in mind… just an experiment… and they were more than happy to work with me and bring the idea to life! Unfortunately, in the end the project didn’t work out, but WCI offered to credit back my account, with many apologies even though this wasn’t completely their fault with the project being an experiment.

West Coast Imaging has many different options for printing… the Print Lab, Print Lab Express, Scans, Exhibition Prints, and more!

So if you want a better quality print on fine art papers, you can’t go wrong with West Coast Imaging! I sound like I’m a sales rep for this place! But trust me, their great… their my super secret weapon for making my work really stand out!

Current Sale…. 20% off Super Gloss Prints! Order by August 17, 2009


The only downsides to this lab… the prices are a bit higher, but that’s expected with the finer papers. And the shipping does take a little longer, so best to plan ahead with orders. Also, the order form seems a bit dated compared to other print labs (except the express lab uses ROES). So read it carefully and make sure you understand all the cropping options, papers, etc… because you only get to hit submit once, then your order is in!

So, to review my print labs so far:

  • Mpix ~~~> quick orders, when only 1 or 2 prints needed
  • Miller's ~~~> bulk orders to fill up my portfolio, or press items (ex. greeting cards)
  • WCI ~~~> for your fine art prints


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