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Photo Books!

May 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Don't judge a book by its cover, judge it by its paper and ink!


It seems like everyday I'm being offered a photo book at a discounted rate, or even free, from various businesses. This is always an encouraging reminder to make my own book, but not through them, even if they are free. I have so many images of my son that I have printed, cataloged and archived, for him over the years. He has an album for each year of his life. Seeing these little subpar deals reminds me that it's time to be the curator of our own story.

The reason these subpar offers are only reminders, instead of happy purchases, is because they have no archival value and they don't offer the same color richness. I truly believe I have the best albums and books, because I have inspected so many myself over the years. I won't spend my money with any other album maker other than the one I use for my clients, even with a huge giveaway deal.


There are many factors to take into consideration when creating a photo book or heirloom album. Quality and Archival Value for your albums are paramount! I don't want to create anything that's made to tarnish, warp or degrade over time; I want only the best.


The best medium, for any facet of your Portraits, is Museum Grade Fine Art materials. These are the same paper materials used by museums to preserve the work of Artists for centuries. These papers are guaranteed to last over 100 to 200 years. Your images will never fade or turn yellow over time.

An important part in preserving your album is the ink that is used for printing your album. There are a few general options to printing your photographs these days. Press printed albums, which is how most photo books are commonly made today, do not use the same ink or printing processes as top notch Giclee printing does. 


Giclee printers commonly use 8 to 12 different ink colors to render the most perfect tones and hues while press prints use only 4 different ink colors to attempt to match the original artwork. Artists use traditional Giclee printing methods that are on the top tier for First Edition photographic prints that can be found in museums and galleries around the world.


When looking closely at a press print, you'll notice small dots of color that resemble the printing of a magazine or newspaper. Press printing is truly made for mass media printing, like a postcard or magazine, and should never be used to print a Fine Art Portrait.


Contact me today, to see and touch, the best Heirloom Photo Albums and Photo Books and learn how I can design one for you too! 


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