Professional online CType photo printing

A Ctype is a traditional photographic print, not inkjet or dye transfer. Usually used for colour photo printing, it is the industry standard for high quality professional prints from your digital files.

Our digital CType photo prints are produced on the very best machines, giving you high quality, real photographic silver halide prints from your images on traditional archival photographic papers. Order them online for collection in London EC1 or for delivery worldwide.

At Metroprint we only use professional photographic printing papers supplied by Fuji and Kodak, ranging from the classic CType semi-matt, gloss, pure-matt Velvet to Metallic papers.

We are able to produce bigger and better C Type prints than anywhere else. Our prints can go up to 120 x 72 inches, giving you a huge choice when it comes to producing prints.

All our printers use lasers rather then LEDs, giving a sharper image which far surpasses the quality of LEDs. Standard C Types Print time: Under 40 x 30 inches from 4 hours, over 40 x 30 inches, up to two working days. Velvet prints can be ready in 24 hours and are available up to 40" x 30” on Metroprint (for larger sizes please see our Metro Imaging service).
Premier C Types Print time: one working day.
*Specialist C-types (Metallic) 3 working days.

C Type paper types

Kodak Professional Endura Premier Metallic Paper

Kodak Professional Endura Premier Metallic Paper Print time: Under 40×30 inches one working day, over 40×30 inches, two working days. This paper has a distinctive glossy finish and metallic appearance that works well with both colour and black and white images, by providing a visually different aspect to your work. Kodak’s Metallic papers provide a […]

Fujicolour Crystal Archive Professional Velvet Paper (Dead Matt)

Fujicolour Crystal Archive Professional Velvet Paper (Dead Matt) Print time: three working days If you want a dead matt print on a true photographic C Type paper, then Fuji’s new ‘velvet’ is for you. This paper has a wonderfully creamy texture, which is perfect for both black and white and colour images. Ideal for photographers […]

Kodak Professional Ultra Endura Paper

Kodak Professional Ultra Endura Paper Lightjet paper available in Classic Matt or Gloss for over 50 inches to 120 inches Print time: two working days. An all-round winner for colour printing as it’s possible to print directly onto it from both film and digital media. Endura is a resin coated paper and gives us extraordinarily rich […]

Fuji Crystal Archive Paper

Fuji Crystal Archive Paper Available in Classic Matt or Gloss up to 50 inches Print time: Under 40×30 inches one working day, over 40×30 inches, two working days. Fuji Crystal Archive paper uses optimised Silver Halide Crystals for laser exposure. Producing excellent prints from laser printers, this paper is considered to be the industry standard for […]

C Type print prices

Classic Matt & Gloss prices

Inches MM Standard Premier
6 x 4 152 x 101 £2.46 £3.69
7 x 5 177 x 127 £3.21 £4.82
8 x 6 204 x 152 £4.54 £6.83
10 x 8 254 x 204 £5.62 £8.43
12 x 8 304 x 204 £6.31 £9.47
12 x 10 304 x 254 £6.90 £10.36
16 x 12 407 x 304 £8.03 £12.04
20 x 16 508 x 407 £13.64 £20.47
24 x 20 610 x 508 £19.80 £29.69
30 x 20 762 x 508 £24.88 £37.32
30 x 30 762 x 762 £37.45 £56.18
36 x 24 914 x 610 £39.59 £59.39
40 x 30 1016 x 762 £49.49 £74.24
40 x 40 1017 x 1017 £56.44 £84.67
48 x 36 1219 x 914 £67.41 £101.12
50 x 50 1270 x 1270 £84.53 £126.80
60 x 40 1524 x 1016 £84.53 £126.80
60 x 60 1524 x 1524 £208.65
72 x 42 1828 x 1066 £112.35 £168.53
72 x 48 1828 x 1219 £117.70 £176.55
72 x 60 1828 x 1524 £252.79
72 x 72 1829 x 1829 £304.95
84 x 42 2133 x 1066 £171.20 £256.80
84 x 48 2133 x 1219 £176.55 £264.83
84 x 60 2133 x 1524 £288.90
84 x 72 2133 x 1829 £345.08
96 x 48 2438 x 1219 £203.03 £304.55
96 x 60 2438 x 1524 £329.03
96 x 72 2438 x 1829 £397.24
108 x 72 2744 x 1829 £441.38
120 x 60 3048 x 1524 £397.24
108 x 60 2744 x 1524 £369.15
120 x 72 3048 x 1829 £477.49

Turn around time: from 4 hours for prints 40 x 30 inches or smaller, otherwise 48 hours.
All prices are exclusive of VAT. Turnaround times do not include delivery. Prices are for online orders only.

Velvet print prices

Inches MM Standard Premier
10 x 8 254 x 204 £6.30 £9.45
12 x 10 304 x 254 £7.75 £11.62
16 x 12 407 x 304 £9.00 £13.50
20 x 16 508 x 407 £15.40 £23.10
24 x 20 610 x 508 £22.50 £33.30
30 x 20 762 x 508 £27.90 £41.85
30 x 30 762 x 762 £41.75 £62.62
36 x 24 914 x 610 £44.40 £66.60
40 x 30 1016 x 762 £55.50 £83.25
40 x 40 1017 x 1017 £63.30 £94.95
48 x 36 1219 x 914 £75.60 £113.40
50 x 50 1270 x 1270 £94.80 £142.20

Turn around time: from 4 hours for prints 40 x 30 inches or smaller, otherwise 48 hours.
All prices are exclusive of VAT. Turnaround times do not include delivery. Prices are for online orders only.

Metallic print prices

Inches MM Standard Premier
10 x 8 254 x 204 £6.30 £9.45
12 x 10 304 x 254 £7.75 £11.62
16 x 12 407 x 304 £9.00 £13.50
20 x 16 508 x 407 £15.40 £23.10
24 x 20 610 x 508 £22.50 £33.30
30 x 20 762 x 508 £27.90 £41.85
30 x 30 762 x 762 £41.75 £62.62
36 x 24 914 x 610 £44.40 £66.60
40 x 30 1016 x 762 £55.50 £83.25
40 x 40 1017 x 1017 £63.30 £94.95
48 x 36 1219 x 914 £75.60 £113.40
50 x 50 1270 x 1270 £94.80 £142.20

Turn around time: three working days
All prices are exclusive of VAT. Turnaround times do not include delivery. Prices are for online orders only.

Our service levels

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.

METROPRINT STANDARD

(ONLINE ONLY)

METROPRINT PREMIER

(ONLINE ONLY)

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 TEST STRIPS
X X DIRECTED PRINTING
X X MASTER FILE ARCHIVING
X X PROVENANCE CERTIFICATES
X X IN LAB AND ONLINE SERVICE
X X CREATIVE RETOUCHING

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.

Compare our paper types

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

 

C Type papers

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

Giclée/Inkjet Papers

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

Black and White photographic prints

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

 

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