Scanning, Printing, and Fine-Art Finishing Services
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Digital Scanning & Editing
State-of-the-art film scanning is accomplished using Heidelberg’s ultimate drum scanner, the Tango XL. Each piece of film is wet mounted to the drum using Aztek mounting fluid. It is then brought into NewColor and individually adjusted to bring out it’s maximum potential. Drum scanners offer the highest quality scans available providing a wider tonal range, greater color accuracy, superior highlight, shadow detail and higher optical resolution than high-end flatbed scanners or “virtual” drum scanners.
The digital file is then cleaned to remove scanning artifacts such as dust, and given a quick color and density correction in Photoshop in order to bring it closer to the original. This combination of scanner and software is unmatched by any other scanning system offering museum-quality digitization.
Flat art scanning is done using an Epson 10000XL and SilverFast software. The 10000’s large bed (12"x18") allows for scanning of larger pieces than a standard scanner. Pieces larger than 12"x18" can be scanned in sections and joined together in Photoshop.
We offer digital retouching in Adobe Photoshop. This includes image optimization, restoration, enhancement, and prepress. Please contact us for a price estimate.
We offer a wide range of substrates to mount your prints on. Depending on your budget and end-use, we can recommend a substrate board that suits your needs. Most of our substrates are available at 5ft x 10ft. Some of our most common substrates include:
- White and Black Foamcore (3/16" or 1/2")
- Chipboard / Showcard (1/16")
- Acid Free Ragboard (White 4 ply)
- 1/8" Masonite (Hardboard) (1/8" or 1/4") - Edges can be bevelled / blackened
- White and Black Gatorboard (3/16" or 1/2") - Other thicknesses available
- White and Black Sintra (3/16" or 1/2") - Other thicknesses available
- Clear Acrylic (1/8" or 1/4") - Other colors & thicknesses available
- White Dibond (1/8")
In addition to mounting to the above substrates, we can add a lamination to provide protection to your print. In certain cases where the substrate is rigid, we can also add a recessed backframe for easy and secure hanging.
Facemounting to Acrylic (Second-Surface Mounting)
This is one of our most popular mounting techniques whereby the print is facemounted (second-surface) to acrylic. Using this technique, your image colors appear more brilliant and sharper than in a traditional picture frame due to there being no space between the acrylic and print. This process is favored by our fine art community and can be found in fine-art galleries and museums around the world.
Overlamination of a mounted image will enhance the look of your display and provide protection from moisture, fingerprints and abrasion - and fading under normal interior lighting conditions. Premium vinyl films up to 60” wide ensure excellent adhesion to inkjet output. All of our vinyl films have UV inhibitors.
Choose from: - Matte to eliminate reflection without sacrificing color definition; our most popular film - Semi-matte to give a clear bright finish and enhance color and contrast - Gloss provides the most in sheen, clarity, color and contrast - Scuff resistant for extra durability and a matte pebbled texture - Dry erase (scribe) for a gloss finish and a surface for write-on-wipe-off applications
Polyester (Economic) Films
Ideal to increase the longevity of your prints and to protect from general wear and tear. These are suitable for commercial applications. These films do not offer protection from fading. Matte and gloss finishes are available. We carry thicknesses of 3 Mil, 5 Mil and 10 Mil.
Enhance the appearance of your print and protect the surface against wear and tear. Polyester film is applied to both sides of a paper sheet as it is fed through heated rollers. The heat activates the adhesive and bonds the film to the paper. The finished piece has a sealed lip of film around the sheets edges which provide durability. Adhesion of film can be risky in areas of heavy ink coverage, however with our complimentary testing, we ensure a good result for the final product.
Gauges: 3mil, 5mil, or 10mil
Finish: Gloss or Matte
Finishing Options: Trimming, Hole Punching, or Corner Rounding
FINISHING OPTIONS TRIMMING: If you have a large quantity of sheets with multiple documents up on a page, we can trim them for you before or after encapsulation.
HOLE PUNCHING: After encapsulating, this feature is often used to allow for wearing of badges, name tags, passes, etc. We also offer lanyards for sale to accompany this service.
CORNER ROUNDING: After encapsulation, corner rounding produces a more refined finished product. The standard rounding options are 1/8" and 1/4".
Items up to 17" wide
Great for: Event passes, Counter cards, Phone lists, Menus, Placemats
Large Format Encapulation
Items up to 60" wide & lengths within reason
Great for: Banners, Maps, Charts, Event Posters, Calendars, and Project Charts
POUCH LAMINATING Pouch Laminating offers a heavy two-sided lamination, seals and protects your small printed insert.
Pouch laminating ideal for: ID Badges All-Access Passes Business Cards Luggage Tags Telephone Lists Schedules Reference Cards
Some of our clients are interested in not having their final print framed due to aesthetic and / or budget reasons. We offer eight different framing alternatives to assist you in your display needs. From our most basic Plaquemount option to our Gallery Acrylic Facemount, we offer a style that suits your needs. We can work with your hard-copy print or a supplied image. To learn more about the various styles. please visit the tab at the top of our website labeled Framing Alternatives.
If you are not interested in one of the framing alternatives we offer, we can adhere a recessed backframe on the back of your mount so it is ready to hang. This is very popular for prints mounted to sintra, acrylic and dibond. We can adhere simple, recessed backframes to more elaborate recessed, cleat backframes. Contact us for more information.
Fine Art Framing
Our close working relationship with Seaberg spanning 10+ years evolved more recently. Lamin-8 acquired the Seaberg business in the summer of 2014. With over 40 years of experience serving the vibrant art community of Chicago and beyond, Seaberg has developed an unrivaled reputation for high quality, craftsmanship and customer service. Seaberg is located at 448 N. Halsted Street, Phone: 312.666.3880.
Personalized Approach Understanding and utilizing the full range of mouldings, glazing & matting options, and museum-quality archival materials, Seaberg's highly skilled custom framers have the experience, skill-set and know-how to best advise their customers on finishing, protecting and presenting their valuable artwork.
Excellence and Professionalism Artists, collectors, galleries, curators and designers consistently call on Seaberg to meet their high standards for custom fine-art framing, and they're proud to have earned their trust and business.
Crating & Shipping
Many of the jobs we complete for our clients require to be shipped out-of-state or internationally. We can assist in all your shipping needs.
For larger, more fragile work being shipped long-distance, we offer crating services to package your finished pieces. In addition, we can assist in shipping your crate to your desired location.
For smaller packages, we offer packaging and shipping services. We also offer blind-shipping services for clients interested in having their finished pieces shipped directly to their end-client. Please contact us for more information.
Whether you are looking to execute a brand strategy and corporate identity, execute a marketing campaign or create a branded environment, we have the wherewithal to make it happen. Utilizing the latest in eco-friendly latex inkjet technology, we print on a multitude of media depending on your project specs and end use.
Some of our most popular media we output on, include but are not limited to:
- banner vinyl for signage or banner stands
- self-adhesive vinyl for various uses
- wallpaper or floor graphics
Next time you have a project in mind, reach out to us and we will be glad to assist you in recommending the appropriate graphics and steps to successfully complete your job.