How to make large format prints

We offer bigger and better prints than any other online service – up to ten feet wide!

There’s no getting away from the fact that Metro Imaging have invested in all the best kit. We just can’t help ourselves: Lambdas, large format Lightjets…we just want the best for you because we think you’ll notice the difference. We do.

The Océ Lightjet 500XL is probably one of the most amazing printers in the world. At Metro Imaging we have one of only ten in the world so all our C Types over 48 inches wide are printed on this machine. Until we netted ours, you had to go to Dusseldorf to find another one available for photographers. We decided it was time to change all that and now prints measuring ten by six feet are within reach of any photographer in the UK. The paper is so specialised for this machine it is made in one factory in New Mexico: a large format coating plant for the biggest photographic paper in the world. (As you can probably imagine, this printer needs special treatment, so our large format digital C Types are processed slightly differently to other colour photographic prints). See here for more details.

And it’s not just photographic printing that’s got bigger: in the Metro Giclée studio we have an array of top-of the range inkjet printers. The most popular of these is the Epson 11880 a pro quality digital printer capable of printing up to 64 inches wide and the Epson 9900 a fast and capable printer for up to 44 inches using papers of up to 1.5mm thick. These printers are ideal for fine art photography and proofing. Read more about our history of developing innovative printing methods here.

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Photo Printing

Prints ready for collection from 4 hours, or for delivery worldwide. We are able to produce bigger and better C-Type photo prints than anywhere else in the UK. Our photo prints can go up to 120 x 72 inches (3m x 1.8m) in size, giving you a huge choice of sizes when it comes to producing your prints.

Fine Art Giclee printing

While all of our colour and black and white photo printing services are of gallery quality, a lot of photographers and artists like to produce their fine art prints on Giclee watercolour paper, using archival pigment inks.

Black & White printing

We can produce real Silver Gelatin 'Darkroom prints' from your digital files. Working with Ilford, we are able to print directly to Ilford Galerie Silver FB Glossy fibre based bromide photo paper and Ilford Galerie Digital Silver RC Pearl.

Mounting your prints

After your photos have been printed, our mounting team are able to mount the prints on a range of substrates, ranging from the lightweight foamex, foamboard or kapamount. We can also mount ctype photo prints onto more sturdy materials such as dibond or aluminium, backed with either battens or a subframe, depending on print size.

Framing your photos

When ordering online, we offer a limited range of classic photo frames, in three finishes: white photo frame, smooth black photo frame or a solid light oak frame. Alternately, just order your prints online to take advantage of our great value online ordering system, then contact us to discuss alternate framing styles and our range of thousands of frame mouldings.