Fine Art Nature Photography Products
Acrylic, Metal, and Paper Prints
First of all, thank you so much for visiting my website and your interest in my photography! Once you have decided on which fine art image to purchase, the next step is to decide the size and medium to print it on. There are so many options today that this can be a daunting and somewhat stressful choice. I'm here to help. The information on this page should aid that decision and address any questions you might have regarding print size and material. Of course you can contact me at any time if you have questions.
I have already done the leg work of researching the types of print medium available today, and tried countless number of test prints to determine what choices I should offer. I take great pride in my work and highly recommend the very best print medium on the market for my clients. But I think every artist should offer various choices of size and medium to accommodate personal tastes and budgets. So I am proud to offer four distinct options. Each print series uses the highest quality material available.
- World Class Prints: Lumachrome HD TruLife Acrylic Prints
- Premier Prints: LexJet Metallic Acrylic Prints
- Superior Prints: Chromaluxe Dye Sublimation Metal Prints
- Traditional Prints: Fuji Crystal Archive Paper Prints
The details of each series and how they are mounted are listed below. I know you will be very happy with any of these options.
World Class: Lumachrome HD Acrylic Prints
The World Class Print Series is just what you would expect, the highest quality prints in the world today for your home or office. They are Lumachrome HD TruLife Acrylic prints. Your photograph is converted to a transparency using the Lumachrome HD process, then face mounted under acrylic glass. Lumachrome HD Acrylic prints are museum quality pieces of art and widely recognized as top of the line due to their sensational visual depth, bright appearance, razor sharp resolution, beautiful tonal range, and brilliant colors. They have been described as having an incredible 3D image quality to them.
Your transparent archival photograph is infused with iridium particles and encapsulated between a pure white poly surface and a crystal clear, scratch resistant, non-reflective acrylic glass. Light is essentially trapped within the glass, which results in the stunning 3D visual characteristic Lumachrome is famous for. There’s simply nothing else that compares to these prints!
Standard acrylic prints are sensational enough, but I always upgrade the acrylic prints to take advantage of a relatively new technology named TruLife™. The print lab website describes it as follows. “TruLife™ ensures the brilliant colors truly stand out giving your artwork a true-to-life appearance that other acrylic products simply can’t match. That’s because TruLife™ Anti-Reflective Acrylic is manufactured with a proprietary anti-reflective coating that creates a nearly invisible surface, eliminating any distracting reflections or annoying glare that are associated with other acrylic plexiglass printing substrates.”
The bottom line is your print will be more than just a breathtaking piece of artwork. The material will eliminate all reflections and glares, is 99% UV protected, and is also abrasion resistant and anti-static.
The Lumachrome HD Acrylic Print is finished using a "Float Mount" system, creating a ready to hang work of art that does not require exterior framing. These pieces look great without frames which saves on cost, and the float Mount system allows the print to jump off the wall for an even more impressive display.
The Gallery Deluxe float mount system includes the 1/8" inch Acrylic Facemount with a 3mm Comatex protective backing and a 1.3" inch thick ROMA back mounted floating frame.
Lumachrome HD Acrylic prints will always be my recommendation for customers wanting the absolute best print in the world hanging on their wall.
Premier: LexJet Metallic Acrylic Prints
The Premier Print Series focuses on exceptional high-end vibrant prints made to last a lifetime. I'm proud to introduce LexJet Metallic Acrylic Prints, which are a more cost-friendly option to the World Class Lumachrome Acrylic prints. What's the difference? Frankly, it can be difficult to tell. These prints are also face-mounted to 1/8" acrylic glass, but do not contain the TruLife upgrade that is present in the Lumachrome prints. A LexJet metallic surface is used which allows these prints to shine. LexJet Metallic prints provide comparable quality to Lumachrome and are guaranteed to impress any audience. They are sensational artwork additions to any home or business.
These prints are back mounted with Dibond for additional protection.
Superior: Chromaluxe Dye Sublimation Metal Prints
The Superior Print Series are printed on metal. Metal prints have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their visually striking characteristics, durability, lightweight material, and availability at a reasonable cost point. Metal prints are created by infusing inks directly onto aluminum plates, creating a metallic look that enhances detail and provides stunning contrast and color. While metal prints do not have that 3D visual depth or inner light characteristic as acrylic prints do, they are nonetheless stunning pieces of artwork. I have several metal prints hanging in my own house and love them. This is a 30x20" Chromaluxe metal print of Fire Tree we have hanging in our house.
The Chromaluxe aluminum photo panels are coated with a custom formulated multi-layer polymer finish which provides a durable foundation (scratch, fade, fire, water resistant) for visually stunning images.
The ChromaLuxe white metal print is my metal print of choice after experimenting with several print labs and types of aluminum metal. The ChromaLuxe prints have an additional vibrancy and contrast that is unmatched, while maintaining the true tonal range of the image. ChromaLuxe prints also appear to better at true color representation which can be an issue with some metal prints. The process of printing directly on metal with a heat press can lead to minor color changes, especially greens. It is the primary reason why metal prints are considered a minor step down from the acrylics. Metal prints are best suited for environments where reflections and glare are not an issue. This is a very important consideration when choosing your print medium.
All my Chromaluxe metal prints include a black powdered aluminum extrusion frame for a true professional finish. These frames are undersized by 2 inches around the edges of the print and come with an aluminum "Z-clip" for wall mounting. This extrusion frame allows the metal print to extend out from the wall and provides an even more attractive presence in any room.
Traditional: Fuji Crystal Archive Paper Prints
The Traditional Print Series are paper prints. The traditional photo prints on paper have largely given ground to the higher quality and more visually stunning acrylic and metal prints, for understandable reasons. Many of my photographer peers have opted not to include paper products as part of their product line anymore. However, I realize there are plenty of potential customers who may wish to own my artwork, but simply lack the financial means to splurge on museum quality acrylic or metal pieces. So I also offer the best paper prints on the market today as an alternative. Fuji Crystal Archive Paper Prints will last for years if not decades. This HD photo paper uses a polyester-based silver-halide material optimized for professional galley-level displays. It has a high-gloss finish, offers sharp detail, high intensity colors, and a distinctive appearance that gives it a luxury feel.
All my prints will include a 2mm black styrene backing that provides additional protection and a more polished product. A white backing is available upon request. Paper prints are usually framed, but there are so many options and personal preferences for mats and frames, I leave that decision up to the customer.
Choosing the print size is the final decision, and I offer five different sizes ranging from 16"x24" all the way up to a whopping 40"x60". To help visualize what size to order, here are three prints of Morning Glory hanging next to each other.
I offer free shipping to any place within the United States. Shipping is done by the printing company directly to your doorstep, bypassing me and therefore saving a lot of extra shipping cost. Prints are packaged securely and guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. In the rare chance of shipping damage, please notify me as soon as possible and I will get you another print. Prints typically take between 2-4 weeks.
So what are limited editions and why are they important? Most artwork is sold as 'open editions', meaning that an unlimited number of prints of the same image can be produced over time. This obviously limits their value.
An investment in fine artwork should be protected not only physically, but from a financial aspect as well. That is why every photograph in my collection is limited in number, with most as an edition of 150 images. When each photograph has reached it's production limit, REGARDLESS of medium or size it will never be produced again. I'm proud to offer limited editions which includes a paper medium in addition to the very high end acrylic and metal pieces. There are not many artists I know of today who still do that.
When you purchase an image from Chris Marler Photography, rest assured you will truly own a unique piece of art. Every print is digitally embedded in an unobtrusive manner with my signature and your edition number (such as 69/150) in the bottom corner. A signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity is a shipped separately from the print itself for additional provenance.