Metro is the only photographic print lab in the UK where you can get genuine black and white photo prints online from digital files.
We can give you a photographic print on real black and white photographic paper; that means no colour casts on your images, which you normally get when printing on a C Type paper.
All our black and white Lambda prints are produced on genuine Harman (formerly Ilford) black and white silver gelatin photographic paper, which is a real Baryta / Fibre based paper. With ‘resin coated’ papers, the prints have a consistent and neutral image tone and the paper offers fine tonal benefits including strong blacks and subtle highlight detail.
"Due to the nature of silver gelatin Fibre Based media including Harman GDS and conventional darkroom papers having inherent expansion and contraction qualities, we recommend not ordering any pre-cut mount borders or frames as the dimensions of this product vary slightly on completion of production."
Professor Steve Macleod
- Director Metro Imaging Ltd
HARMAN GDS is a real Baryta/Fibre base photographic paper based upon traditional B&W silver halide technology. It has panchromatic sensitivity optimised for tricolour laser enlargers such as Durst Lambda and Océ Lightjet. It has excellent contrast, sharpness and surface finish that will give superb continuous tone black and white images or text from digital files prepared from either black and white or colour film negatives or positives, prints and digital originals. The results are equal to those seen when using conventional black and white printing materials and exposing equipment.
We use HARMAN GDS Resin-coated paper with a bright base tint. Tried and tested by photographers for generations, the Harman (formerly Ilford) brand is synonymous with quality and their contemporary range of papers reflect this. These resin coated printing papers have a consistent and neutral image tone (in other words – no colour cast) and the paper offers fine tonal benefits including strong blacks and fine details in the highlights.
We have numerous ways we can help you achieve the perfect print here at Metro, from our great value Metroprint online only service, to our Metro Imaging ‘online and in lab’ bespoke services.
Take a look at our handy chart below, to see how we can help you.
|METRO IMAGING STANDARD & PREMIER
(ONLINE AND IN LAB)
|COLOUR MANAGED PRINTERS||COLOUR MANAGED PRINTERS||COLOUR MANAGEMENT|
|ADDING BORDERS ONLINE||COLOUR CORRECTION||COLOUR CORRECTION|
|X||ADDING BORDERS ONLINE||ADDING BORDERS|
|X||X||RESIZING AND CROPPING|
|X||X||MASTER FILE ARCHIVING|
|X||X||IN LAB AND ONLINE SERVICE|
Metroprint Standard (online only)
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 Premier (online only)
For an additional 50% of the standard Metroprint fees, the Metroprint Premier 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 Bespoke Standard Service (Metro Imaging: online and in lab)
The Bespoke 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 Bespoke Premier Service (Metro Imaging: online and 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 20×16″ 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.
C Type prints and Giclée prints are two very different printing processes, one is a digital photographic print and the other is an inkjet print. Choosing the right paper for your image is very important.
Below is a handy guide to help make your choice easier. Don’t forget, you can always order a paper sample pack from us as well, to help you decide.
|FEATURE||C TYPE PAPERS||GICLÉE/INKJET PAPERS||BLACK AND WHITE PAPERS|
|GOOD ALL ROUNDER||✓|
|GOOD FOR WARM TONES||✓||✓|
|GOOD FOR MUTED BLACKS||✓||✓||✓|
|GOOD FOR ILLUSTRATION PRINTS||✓|
|GOOD FOR BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY||✓||✓|
|TENDENCY TO DAMAGE||✓|
|CAN BE MOUNTED||✓||✓||✓|
|CAN BE FRAMED||✓||✓||✓|
|CAN BE SEALED||✓||✓|
Ideal for exhibition printing and the perfect ‘all rounder’ paper type.
All Metroprints are produced on laser printers, giving optimum results for your images for colour accuracy, light fastness and archival quality.
Good for: all photographic work
Can be: mounted and framed
Ranging from German etching to Hahnemühle papers, our Giclée papers create the perfect finish to any fine art print. These textured papers give warmth to colour prints and tonal depth to black and white prints.
Good for: warm tones, muted blacks, illustrations.
Can be: mounted and framed
Metro is the only lab in the UK where you can order true black and white prints. If you want a colour cast free, genuine black and white print then our resin coated paper is for you.
Good for: all black and white photography
Can be: mounted, sealed and framed
We are the UK’s top professional printing lab, and we are able to guarantee to produce the largest and best professional C-type prints in the UK. Sizes go up to 120 x 72 inches, giving you a huge choice when it comes to producing large-scale billboard size prints.
If you are working with tight deadlines, you might be interested in our same day photo printing option available for Standard C-Type prints under 40 x 30 inches, for which the turnaround time is from 4 hours. For prints over 40 x 30 inches, the turnaround time is up to two working days. In the case of Premier C-Type prints, then time would be one working day. Specialist C Type (Metallic) takes 3 working days.
Metro Print is the go-to-service for fast and easy online photo printing. If you feel confident in preparing your own files for print, simply upload the files and follow the guided steps, always with the option to upgrade and have an expert technician to review your ﬁle and make that lat tweak to ensure you get the perfect print. For your peace of mind, our online payment service is secure and guaranteed. Also, we do click and collect in lab or else, we can deliver worldwide. Whichever suits you better, we got you covered.