Large Format Printing Service (LFPS)

Room 335
LFPS is available for currently enrolled fine arts students and faculty only.
Epson 9900 & Epson 9800 printers – print up to 43.75″ wide.
Several glossy and matte exhibition-quality papers available.
If you wish to print, please read this page as many of our procedures have changed.

 

Fall 2018 Hours: (by appointment only)

Monday: 1:00-4:00
Tuesday: 1:00-4:00
Wednesday: 1:00-4:00
Thursday: 1:00-4:00
Friday: 12:00-4:30
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 12:00-5:00

 

To Book an Appointment:

  • Appointments are made in 1 1/2 hour blocks.  Book multiple appointment slots if you need more time.
  • Appointments must be booked 48 hours in advance.
  • Once on the schedule, you will receive an automated email from the booking service with a summary of the details concerning your appointment.
  • If you arrive 15 minutes or more late without notifying the monitor in charge of your appointment, it will be automatically canceled.
  • Your printing appointment slot is not the time to do any type of editing, resizing, or saving.  If you arrive for your appointment unprepared or with an image that requires further editing, the lab monitor will ask you to leave and you will lose your appointment slot.
  • If you fail to show for an appointment more than twice in a semester, you will lose access to the LFPS.
  • Please plan ahead and print well in advance of any due dates. Hiccups with the printer, files, scheduling, or supplies can always occur.  Large prints are also unwieldy and take a day or two to lay flat.
  • If you do not book enough time up front for your print job, the monitor will politely ask you to leave and reschedule for another time.
  • If there is no monitor in FAB335 when you show up for your appointment, please call 850-445-9820 to let the monitor know you are ready.
  • For large prints (larger than 120″) email Libby Armstrong to discuss how much time you need to book.
  • To print longer than 25′ (300″) in length, you will be required to purchase your own roll of paper.  We do not keep “back stock” of our paper supplies, and cannot guarantee that we will have enough material to create anything that large. Please email Libby if you find yourself in this situation, as the types of papers we allow are limited.
  • Follow the rules below for preparing your files. Failure to follow these instructions will result in the loss of your appointment.
  • Show up with your files on a jump drive saved as .jpg, .psd, or .tiff files. No other file type will be printed (read more below).
  • Follow this link to make an appointment>>>>>>>  SnapAppointments Online Scheduling

 

Faculty who wish for their class to print:

Each student must make an individual appointment following the procedures above. If each student will only be printing one image that is 24″ x 24″ or under, students may team up in pairs for their appointments. In this case, no more than two students per appointment. If the image size is larger than 24″ x 24,” then only one student per appointment. Make sure your students read the guidelines on this page in order to book appointments and prep files accordingly.

 

File Prep Rules:

If you are unsure how to accomplish any of the items outlined below, please email Libby Armstrong prior to your print session.
Your printing appointment slot is not the time to do any type of editing, resizing, or saving.  If you arrive for your appointment unprepared or with an image that requires further editing, the lab monitor will ask you to leave and you will lose your appointment slot.
Once you have edited your file to your liking, setting it up for our printer is simple!  Follow these steps to prepare your image OR download this pdf:

 

#1:  The final image size is set to the desired print size.
This means that your file should already be saved to the size at which you want to print.  For instance, if your FILE was created as an 8″x10″ document, but you wish your PRINT to be 20″x24″, you should save a copy of your file at those dimensions.
PHOTOSHOP:  Image>Image Size>Type in your desired dimensions then select AUTOMATIC under the Resample menu. Note that you should lock your proportions so that your image is not visually distorted.
ILLUSTRATOR:  Document Set Up> Edit Art Boards> Type in your desired dimensions. Note that you may need to resize your art work to fit the new document size correctly.
Please note: the widest you can print is image size 43.75″ .

 

#2:  The image resolution is set to 300 pixels per inch (ppi).
This is the optimum print resolution for high quality image files.  Anything less will result in poor image quality. Please note that if you are working with a raster image and have to change your resolution to 300 from a lower resolution (ie 72ppi), the resulting image may still be of low quality.
PHOTOSHOP:  Image>Image Size> Enter 300 in the Resolution box, then select Automatic under the Resample menu
ILLUSTRATOR:  Effect>Document Raster Effect Settings>Change resolution to High (300ppi).

 

#3:  The file is in RGB color mode.
This is the working color mode for our print software.  As such, our system some times has difficulty processing CMYK files correctly.  For best results, please ensure your file is in RGB color mode.
PHOTOSHOP:  Image>Mode>RGB Color
ILLUSTRATOR:  File>Document Color Mode>RGB
#4:  The file is flattened.
This speeds up the printing process, sending only the necessary information to the printer by reducing file size.
PHOTOSHOP:  Layer>Flatten Image
ILLUSTRATOR:  File>Print>Advanced>Select a flattening preset

 

#5:  The file is saved as a TIFF, PSD, or JPG.
These are the only file types our printing software recognizes.
PHOTOSHOP:  File>Save As>TIFF/PSD/JPG.  If saving as a TIFF, select NONE under Image Compression.  If saving as a JPG, save for maximum quality.
ILLUSTRATOR:  File>Export>Export As>TIFF/PSD/JPG.  If saving as a TIFF, select NONE under Image Compression.  If saving as a JPG, save for maximum quality.

 

 

How We Charge:

You may pay by credit or debit card before you leave.

 

Our payment system is based upon the material used for each individual print you create with us. That means what paper is used, how much of it is used, and the ink consumed in creating your print. We cannot tell you exactly how much your print will be until after it is printed.  We can give you an educated guess based upon our experience and the image you plan on printing, but that is not always accurate.

 

Paper consumption is charged by the linear inch (how long your print is). It is also possible for you to supply your own paper to print on, paying only for your ink usage. For printing on your own paper, please contact us before you make your appointment. However, buying your own paper will not save money; we charge for exactly what is used at the price we paid for it.
Ink use is charged by the milliliter, and is tracked during each print session.  Since each image file greatly varies in tone, color, and saturation, each print will use unique amounts of ink. Using this method,  a 20″x30″ photograph of a black cat in a coal mine will use more ink and cost more than a 20″x30″ photograph of a white cat in a blizzard. You may not supply your own ink.

 

Our services are cheaper than any other archival inkjet print service in town. This system gives you the fairest price for your prints while we cover our costs; a win win!

 

Current Paper Options (usually in stock):

Epson Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper:  Heavy weight, smooth texture, white paper with luster finish, vivid color reproduction and density.  Great for photographs with detail. Roll widths: 16″ 24″ 44″
Epson Enhanced Matte:  Heavy weight, ultra smooth texture, bright white paper with no glare.  Great for text, vector imagery, and photographs. Roll widths: 16″ 24″ 36″ 44″
Epson Double Weight Matte: Heavy weight, smooth texture, no glare. Great for text, vector imagery, and photographs. Roll width: 36″
Epson Metallic Photo Paper Luster:Extremely durable, pearl surface, resistant to tearing and curling. Has a 3D effect, brings out the light in the image with a slight shimmer,  sharp details, beautifully saturated colors, rich blacks for better contrast, and is best framed without glass. Roll width: 16″
Epson Presentation Matte Paper Roll widths: 24″ 44″
Epson Premium Semigloss Photo Paper 44″
Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper 44″
HP Bond Paper: Light weight, smooth texture, bright white paper with no glare. Great for text and vector work. Roll widths: 24″ 42″
HP Heavy Weight Coated Paper:  Medium weight, smooth texture, white paper with no glare.  Good for text, vector imagery, OK for photographs. Roll width: 42″
HP Everyday Instant Dry Photo Gloss:  Medium weight, ultra smooth texture, bright white paper with high gloss finish.  Great for photographs and graphics. Roll width: 42″
HP Adhesive Vinyl:  High quality, self adhesive vinyl material with no glare.  Great for text, vector imagery, good for photographs.  Can go through the vinyl plotter! Roll width: 42″
HP Artist Matte Canvas:  Heavy weight cotton and polyester blend with canvas texture, bright white, little to no glare.  Great for photographs and can be used for mixed media applications. Roll width: 24″
Moab Colorado Fiber Satine:  Heavy weight, smooth texture, bright white paper with slight gloss finish.  Gives deep blacks and crisp whites.  Great for photographs and graphics. Roll width: 17″ 24″
Moab Entrada Rag Bright:  Heavy weight, 100% cotton art paper.  White, softly textured paper with no glare.  Wide color gamut and maximum contrast.  Great for photographs, graphics, vector imagery.  Can be used for mixed media applications. Roll width: 44″
Moab Entrada Rag Natural:  Heavy weight, 100% cotton art paper.  Naturally white, softly texture paper.  Gives warmer tone prints.  Double sided.  Great for photographs and graphics.   Can be used for mixed media applications. Roll width: 24″
Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta Satin: Heavy weight, white, satin-gloss surface that enables extremely deep blacks. High colour density and brilliance ensure an outstanding sharpness of details to achieve high-resolution and vivid images for photography and reproductions. Great for digital art, black & white and color photography, and  presentation prints for display purposes. Roll width: 44″
Museum Etching: Heavy weight 100% cotton rag base material that is the texture of a traditional etching board with a natural white point. Matte paper with high water resistance. Great for images with soft tints or fine grey nuances. Roll width: 44″
Leonardo Canvas:  Heavy polyester cotton blend material with a canvas texture.  Bright white with high gloss finish.  Great for photographs.   Can be used for mixed media applications. Roll width: 24″
Monet Canvas:  100% cotton material with a canvas texture. White, with no glare. Great for photographs. Can be used for mixed media applications. Roll width: 36″
Phototex Peel and Stick Removable Fabric Material:  Adhesive back fabric material with a texture similar to canvas.  Great for photographs, graphics, text, vector imagery. Can stick to anything and go through the vinyl plotter! Roll widths: 20″ 42″
Museo Silver Rag: Heavy weight, 100% cotton paper based paper that shows extraordinary depth and detail along with the semi-gloss finish of traditional fiber-based photo paper.  It is internally buffered and uses no optical brighteners, and has superior tonal range in B&W and color. Roll width: 44″

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