Professional quality digital C Type prints

Our service levels

We have numerous ways we can help you achieve the perfect print here at Metro, from our super-fast Instagram and Kiosk service, fully 'do-it-yourself' file prep, to more bespoke 'in lab' services.
Take a look at our handy chart below, to see how we can help you.

Instagram & Kiosk

Metroprint Standard

Metroprint Deluxe

Metro Imaging Standard & Premier

(in lab)
x Colour managed printers Colour managed printers Colour management
x Adding borders online Colour correction Colour correction
x x
Adding borders online Adding borders
x x x Resizing and cropping
x x x Test strips
x x x Directed printing
x x x Master file archiving
x x x Provenance certificates
x x x In lab service
Creative retouching

Instagram and Kiosk (online)
Instagram and Kiosk is a high speed, fully automated mini-lab printing service. It’s perfect for bundles of snaps and you can choose 5x5in, 6x4in or 7x5in borderless prints on matt or gloss paper.

Prints are not profiled but they are printed on the same high quality Fuji Crystal Archive paper as Metro’s other services.

The quality is high but the price is pleasantly low! Our Kiosk prints are produced on laser printers such as the Agfa D Lab: photographic printers that professionals have loved for decades. Prints are produced using Fuji Crystal Archive paper.

Metroprint Standard (online)
If you are happy to prepare your own files for printing, from colour-managing and calibrating your system to soft proofing your files, the Metroprint automated service is for you.

Using our tutorials and guides you can get everything ready for the perfect print. If your set up is optimised and you use our soft proof profiles, you will find your print colours satisfyingly accurate.

We will install the correct printer profile and individually colour manage the print outcome as exactly as possible.

Metroprint Deluxe (online)
For an additional 50% of the standard Metroprint fees, the Metroprint Deluxe service has a print technician that will correct your colours to make sure they’re properly neutral and check that the blacks are black, the whites, white.

This quick expert judgement could make all the difference to your final print and help to avoid any disappointment.
After all, not everybody has time to download and softproof profiles and for those working on laptops, calibration will always be an issue.

We’ve been doing this for more than 35 years so it’s a simple case of letting us check it to make the improvements that will make that little bit of difference to the final result.

You can send instructions for specific images with your order or just ask us to look over the whole file, all the other standard Metroprint options apply with the same quick turnaround, it’s that simple.

The Standard Service (Metro Imaging: in lab)
The Standard print service is aimed at clients who want high quality prints with a minimum of operator work. We can resize, add borders, colour correct and adjust your print according to your instructions. We do sometimes produce tests but usually for internal purposes. Ordinarily this service includes a quick ‘Once over’ screen check where you can have a quick look on our systems to make sure everything is OK.

For a simple job, this is usually sufficient but if you do need tests for your own reference, these will be charged at half price. Sit down time or Directed Printing is not included in the Standard Service price and as this is usually charged at £25 + vat per half hour, if you think you will need it, it’s probably best to choose the Premier Service where you have the benefit of other privileges, such as a dedicated printer and production manager.

The Premier Service (Metro Imaging: in lab)
The Premier print service is aimed at clients who need more input than a simple on-screen check or quick test. Used by a broad cross section of clients, this service begins with a meeting to establish the parameters of the brief. You are introduced to a production manager and print technician, both of whom will stay with you for the duration of the job and indeed for the duration of your time working with Metro. This creates continuity and trust.
The dialogue between yourself and the print technician extends beyond the initial brief and emails and calls are passed back and forth over the duration of production.
We advise on paper types and their suitability, if required we will test on several media to find the most appropriate paper for the content.

Mac time is all included in working up the files; we provide at size or small tests depending on the final dimension of the work (generally anything up to 20x16" is provided at size). Once the tests are signed off we produce the master set for approval.

We may make two revisions to any test procedure and after that we will charge at 50% off the list price for additional at size test prints.

We provide Certificates of Authenticity as a matter of course and also special wrap instructions for a nominal handling fee.

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