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Lynsey Lund
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/14/2005
 

Coatings on Photos


I was exploring some of the photo labs recommended when I searched through past threads. Some of them offer coatings for the prints: prayed lacquer, clear or lustre lacquer, a textured coating. Other than protect the print, what exactly do the coatings do? What is the difference between them? Are they advisable or is one better than the other? I'm new to the professional labs and want to make sure I get quality prints for people. Thanks so much!

11/20/2005 10:32:28 AM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/24/2005
  Hi Lynsey,
I have been very happy with ProLabExpress for my print services. I have always had the Satin coating on my prints. I like that it makes the prints nearly impervious to fingerprints. I recommend that you order some small prints, some coated and some not - then make up your mind.
John

11/20/2005 8:47:19 PM

 
Lynsey Lund
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/14/2005
  Thanks, John. What does the satin look like ... does it make them shiny? Or is it like these texture ones I keep reading about so I see some sort of texture? Thanks for the input.

11/21/2005 7:16:02 AM

 
Haley  Crites

member since: 3/23/2001
  I have a question that goes along with it! I have a couple of people who want to order these pictures from me that have a texture to them that is rough. They said you don't need to have glass and can wipe it clean. It looks like linen almost that stands off the page. Does anyone know what this is and where to order it?

11/22/2005 6:49:38 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker

member since: 12/21/2004
  My lab (prophotoimaging.com) offers prints on three types of paper - texture, matte or glossy. In addition, they offer protective matte spray, standard dry mounting, mounting on art board with either canvas or linen texture as well as the print bonded to canvas and mounted to a stretcher frame. Check them out, if you wish.

11/22/2005 7:06:24 AM

 
Marquee Smith
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/17/2004
  Hello, All! Just thought I'd add my $.02 ... I usually get my prints done with the lustre coating. It is great at repelling finger prints. Mpix has a metallic coating that makes colorful images pop off the page, but I have not used it for any of my prints yet.
Haley, I think the textured print you are describing is a canvas print. I have a canvas print and it does have a linen look to it.

11/22/2005 7:12:02 AM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/24/2005
  Lynsey, I haven't checked in for a while - too busy putting my house back in order following Katrina (I live in Biloxi).
I have only had my prints in Lustre with satin coating. There is a slight texture from the coating. I'll stay with my original suggestion: Experiment by uploading a couple of your favorites to the lab(s) and order to see what you'll get. Both MPix and ProLabExpress offer generally the same services Satin or lustre, metallic, etc. ProLab ships free for orders over $25 so I always maximize my order to take advantage of that.
John

11/22/2005 2:02:02 PM

 
Lynsey Lund
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/14/2005
  Hope everyone had a great Thankgsgiving. Thanks for the info John....I hope your house and everything is getting back in order and everyone is doing well...I have some friends somewhere around Biloxi/Hattiesburg....wish you the best!
I will order some with my next order to see what I like best. While searching through past threads I thought I read something about some textures making it more difficult for people to scan -- that they don't scan well or something. Did I read that right or was I confused?

11/29/2005 7:26:07 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker

member since: 12/21/2004
  You are correct.

11/29/2005 7:28:51 AM

 

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