One of my brothers-in-law, André, was running along a beach in Vietnam when he chanced upon a boat that a fisherman had left moored in the sand. He took a quick photo of it with his iPhone as a souvenir shot.
André asked me last week how big could I print the image that he had shot with his mobile device. He emailed me the file and I got to work.
I told André that we could print it as big as 40”x40” but it was deemed too big.
(In my defense he did ask how big the file could be printed.)
I got to work on the file. I used On1 Perfect Resize to scale up the digital file to a smaller 20”x20” print size. I chose to print the image using a Canon PRO-540 using Ilford Galerie Prestige Cotton Artist Textured paper.
I chose Ilford Galerie Prestige Cotton Artist Textured paper because it was archival (40-60 years before the image will start to have visible signs of fading), has a creamy off white base tint and a texture similar to watercolor paper.
There textured surface of this paper tends to give digital files a painterly look once printed.
There is a 1” gap in the matte board to show off the paper texture. I further specified a 3” thick matte board and a 2” black frame made of artificial wood. Artificial wood is better for our environment and is lighter in weight compared to natural wood. This makes it easier for most walls to bear the weight of a large framed print.
I did take the extra step of showing André the print before I had it framed for him to sign using a pen that uses acid-free pigment ink.
André picked up the framed print today which I gave as a gift to repay the kindness and generosity that he has shown my family through the years.
Yes, even images shot with a mobile device are usually better appreciated if you have them printed.