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The Best Finishing Touches in Photo Presentation

October 21, 2015

By Theano Nikitas

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Miller’s Custom Wood Album Box 

Sized to fit Miller’s 8 x 8-, 10 x 10- and 12 x 12-inch Signature Albums, these beautifully etched boxes are crafted from maple and feature a slide top. Choose from 15 stylish templates themed for weddings, seniors and family or choose a more generic any-occasion design. Two lines of custom text can be added to nine of the designs to personalize the box. Or you can opt to have the box engraved with your studio logo or pre-designed template. It’s the perfect addition to album sales that your clients will treasure for many years.

Prices: $75 (8 x 8), $85 (10 x 10), $95 (12 x 12)

H&H Color Leather Wrap Albums   

H&H Color Lab now offers albums wrapped in luscious leather—the Rustic option features distressed brown leather and a strap closure; the Urban black leather wrap comes with a button stud closure. Paper choices include watercolor, art matte or recycled papers, with hand-torn or straight-cut edges. Choose borderless or bordered pages for your 9 x 9 or 6 x 6-inch album. 

PRICES: STARTING AT $99 (9 X 9 INCHES), $65 (6 X 6 INCHES) FOR ALBUM COVER WITH 12 SIDES

AdoramaPix Metal Prints

Adorama has been offering metal prints for a while, but they’ve made some improvements by revamping the metal production process for even more exceptional color consistency. The development of a proprietary backing technology—provided with each metal print—ensures that prints are hung straight and are securely fastened on the wall without wires or saw tooth hangers. Metal print sizes range from 5 x 5 inches to 30 x 30 inches; custom shapes are also available and AdoramaPix offers free shipping on orders over $39.

PRICES: $20-$200 


American Color Imaging Fine Art Line  

ACI has added five new fine-art papers to its Fine Art line of specialty prints, including four media from Canson: Arches Aquarelle, Arches Velin, Baryta and Rag Photographique with sizes ranging from 5 x 7 to 30 x 40 inches. Prints on Hahnemühle’s Torchon, a 100 percent rag substrate with a texture similar to watercolor paper, are also available in sizes from 8 x 10  to 30 x 40 inches. ACI accepts custom size orders as well.  

PRICES: $14-$145 (CANSON, ADD $5-$57 FOR SINTRA MOUNT), $29-$158 (HAHNEMÜHLE, ADD $5-$57 FOR SINTRA MOUNT), 3/4-INCH AND 1 1/2-INCH STANDOUT MOUNTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. 

Meridian Professional Imaging Tins  

The lids of these cute little tins can be printed with an image of your choice. The Wallet tin measures 2.75 x 4.1 x 1 inches and holds up to 88 wallet-sized prints. Rectangular tins, for prints or other goodies, measures 5 x 7.75 x 2 inches. The Circle tin is almost 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep. 

PRICES: FROM $9

Simply Color ImagePops  

Available in seven sizes from 16 x 20 inches to 30 x 40 inches, a portion of the image “pops out” by 3/4 of an inch. Simply Color Lab creates a custom design from your image and sends a proof of the layout for your approval. Media options include Canvas, Fine Art Mounts or Metal Prints and come ready to hang. Use the code PopOne for a 30 percent discount on your first ImagePops order. 

PRICES: FROM $69


Bay Photo Maple WoodPrints  

Printed directly on 1/2-inch thick certified sustainable maple wood board, these prints are not only lovely to look at but ecologically sound. Available in an almost limitless number of sizes, from 4 x 6 to 40 x 60 inches, you have your choice of printing full bleed or with one of eight border sizes. Go for a Natural Finish that allows the grain to peek through lighter areas of the image or the White Finish, which uses a white underlay for a more richly saturated image. Ready-to-hang, you can opt for a wood float hanger or a keyhole mount. 

PRICES: $22-$480

WHCC Float Frames 

Add a little flair to your gallery wrap orders with WHCC’s Float Frames. Available for any standard sized 1 1/8-inch Premium Gallery Wrap (5 x 5 to 40 x 60inches), the wrap is mounted leaving a 1/8-inch space around the edge to give it a floating-within-the-frame appearance. Float Frames are constructed of high-quality, wire-brushed wood in chestnut, white, smoke gray or charcoal finishes. 

PRICES: FROM $78 

Acrylic Press Photo Blocks 

Elegantly encased in 1-inch thick grade-A acrylic with a glossy, smooth surface and hand-polished crystal edges, Acrylic Press’ custom Photo Blocks are free standing but can also be ordered ready-to-hang. For an even more impressive look, add the black acrylic base with reflective mirror for tabletop display. Available in portrait, landscape and square formats, Photo Blocks now come in sizes up to 8 x 12 inches. Want to make even more of an impact? Contact Acrylic Press about larger custom sizes. 

PRICES: FROM $39 (BLOCK), FROM $49 (WITH BASE) 

Finao Album Sales Starter Kit  

If you’ve just started selling albums, your business needs a little boost or you want to learn more about Finao’s products, check out the company’s Album Sales Starter Kit. The kit—which is valued at over $700—includes an image cover example, a Two Tone cover example, matte, metallic and giclée print samples, swatch kits, marketing postcards and a Tag Along Tote for transporting it all. Optional 12 x 12- or 10 x 15-inch sample ONE series albums can be added to the kit. And remember, ONE series albums are always 40 percent off when ordered as a studio sample.

PRICES: FROM $199

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