What’s Happening: Fall 2016

What’s Happening: Fall 2016


Canon Adds Three Premium Fine Art Papers

Melville, NY—Canon USA announced three Premium Fine Art papers—Premium Fine Art Smooth, Premium Fine Art Bright White and Premium Polished Rag—for the professional printing market. The new paper lineup is designed for rich-color reproduction and detailed expression of gradation.

“Canon continues to be committed to our professional printing audience and these new papers are a great example of providing the tools needed to create great artwork,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon USA, Inc. “Having a wide range of versatile media support for our printers allows users to choose the best paper to create their masterpiece.”

Canon Premium Fine Art Smooth

Premium Fine Art Smooth

Fine Art Smooth was developed to produce a deep, rich black.  The paper separates the ink-receiving layers into a color-reproduction layer and an absorbing layer to allow more pigment to remain on its surface for improved color reproduction. It uses 100% cotton for the base and does not contain lignin, a substance that can result in yellow discoloration. The acid-free paper is suitable for archival prints and image longevity.

Additionally, when using newly optimized Lucia Pro ink, Canon says users will realize deeper black density, detail gradation of shadow and increased image longevity. The combination of the thickness of the paper and the soft, tender texture of cotton is said to achieve “a luxurious feeling final product.” The 310 gsm paper is available in cut sheet sizes as well as 17-, 24-, 36- and 44-inch roll sizes.

Premium Fine Art Bright White

This high-quality, 100% cotton, acid-free inkjet paper has a bright white tone to provide visual contrast. For photographic prints and fine art reproductions, this paper’s smooth, silky surface lends itself to high-color consistency and gamut. The 305 gsm media is available in 24-, 36-, 44- and 60-inch roll sizes.

Premium Polished Rag

A semigloss, acid-free, bright white, 100% cotton-based paper, it’s designed to meet the needs of photographers or artists using digital photographic output and computer-generated artwork. Canon says the “museum-quality” paper provides “excellent image sharpness and superb color gradation,” as well as “high-color consistency and gamut while being free of optical brighteners.” The 305 gsm media paper is available in 24-, 36-, 44- and 60-inch roll sizes. usa.canon.com

WhiteWall Intros ultraHD Photo Prints

New York, NY―WhiteWall, a professional photo service, introduced its new ultraHD Photo print. As a result of new exposure techniques and technologies, WhiteWall says it has achieved twice the resolution of conventionally developed pictures. The company offers two product variations available in custom sizes.

Regardless of whether a photo is taken with a medium-format camera or a smartphone, WhiteWall claims the ultraHD Photo print lives up to its name. “The pictures appear significantly more realistic than conventional prints. These incredibly sharp results are created by solid-state laser exposure working in perfect harmony with more efficient developing and drying processes.”

WhiteWall’s ultraHD Photo print (top) compared to a conventional print

To make the photo paper as even as possible, it is climatized in a special room with constant humidity and stable temperature. This helps minimize laser beam dispersal to make images razor sharp. In order to prepare the images and make the most of the exposure technique, WhiteWall uses a proprietary software to optimize the color intensity and sharpness of image files.

“From panoramas to circular formats, landscapes or portraits, the ultraHD Photo print on glossy Fujifilm Crystal DP II is a great option for any image,” according to WhiteWall. The prints are available in custom formats from 3.5×3.5 inches to 98×48 inches.

In addition, for those looking for “the ultimate in image sharpness,” WhiteWall offers the ultraHD Photo print under acrylic glass. ultraHD Photo prints are available with 1/16-inch or 1/8-inch acrylic glass to accentuate the image’s depth. whitewall.com

Epson Enhances Creative Print App to Expanded Instagram Capabilities

Long Beach, CA—Epson enhanced its Creative Print app to include expanded customization capabilities for Instagram photos. With a direct link to Instagram on the home screen, Epson Creative Print 4.1 also expands customization features to allow users to place text within a collage and customize fonts and collage backgrounds. Offering wireless printing, Epson hopes to bring consumers bring their digital artwork to life with printed collages, personalized coloring pages, greeting cards and calendars.
epson-creative-print-app-outputThe app is an extension of the Epson Connect suite of mobile printing solutions. They are designed to enable users to transform smartphone photos into prints. The updated Creative Print app connects to iCloud, allowing access to photos stored on multiple computers, tablets, and phones. With a compatible Epson all-in-one printer, the app wirelessly prints photo collages up to 8.5×11 inches. Additionally, it supports patterned printing, a useful feature for DIY projects.

“More than 80 million photos are uploaded to Instagram each day; the app has become such an integral part of our lives. And Epson has simplified the process of turning these digital collages and images into physical photos that can be displayed for decades,” said Jack Rieger, senior product manager, software, Epson America Inc. “The new Creative Print updates make it easy to create professional-looking masterpieces with Instagram photos—with just a few clicks on your mobile device.”

The app (iOS/Android) also accesses Facebook to use posted photos for creative inspiration, including photo collages with up to 12 photos. It also helps create custom greeting cards and stationery, as well as prints photos onto CDs/DVDs. In addition, users can purchase ink and paper through the mobile app. epson.com

Hahnemühle Offers Three Portfolio Boxes

Crystal Lake, IL—Hahnemühle FineArt is offering a new “elegant portfolio box with a refined linen look that is well suited for high-quality presentations and storing of fine art prints,” the company announced.

The black portfolio box is produced from acid-free, archival materials according to the Photographic Activity Test (PAT). The box’s textured cover is made of 100% cotton. The cotton was refined through an environmentally friendly, acrylic coating. Additionally, the coating is designed for durability.

hahnemuhle-portfolio_box-lifestyleThe limited edition portfolio boxes include 50 sheets of FineArt inkjet paper in A3+. Hahnemühle FineArt is offering the box in three versions: Photo Rag 308; high-gloss FineArt Baryta; and also the semigloss FineArt Baryta Satin.

In addition, Hahnemühle FineArt portfolio boxes come with 50 interleaf sheets of acid-free glassine paper. The paper protects fine art prints from scratches and abrasions. Furthermore, the boxes come with a certificate of authenticity with holograms and one pair of Hahnemühle gloves.

Hahnemühle’s 13×19-inch portfolio boxes have the following reference numbers: Photo Rag® 308, 10 640 175; FineArt Baryta, 10 640 176; and FineArt Baryta Satin, 10640 177. hahnemuehle.com

MailPix Catalog Now Includes B2B Products

Huntington Beach, CA—MailPix expanded its product line to include display products and signs suitable for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.  MailPix is a photo printing and gifting site.

“The use of full-color photos has expanded to include displays for businesses of all sizes,” said Fred H. Lerner, CEO and founder of MailPix. “Local businesses can make a big impact at the area chamber gathering, for example, with a freestanding roll-up banner. These vinyl banners are also great for seasonal retail displays. The possibilities are endless.”

MailPix photo floor mat

Glossy roll-up banners are 33×79 inches and collapse down into a compact metal case to protect the banner from damage. Roll-up banners are designed to be set up in seconds. They also include a carrying case to keep all the pieces together on the go and in storage. They retail for $345.

MailPix customized photo floor mats can also be marketed to small businesses as well as consumers. They feature full-color reproduction of photos, collages, designs or logos in several classic and square rug dimensions. The lightweight floor mats have a low-pile felt surface to facilitate the reproduction of clear and crisp photos. In addition,  a rubber backing prevents slipping and increases durability.

Photo floor mats come in six sizes, from 3×3 feet to 8×10 feet, and retail prices ranging from $150–$640.


MailPix.com is an online service offering printed photos instantly at thousands of retailers via a phone app or PC. It also offers mail-to-home services. Furthermore, its mission is to preserve photo memories as photo books, canvas, prints, cards, enlargements and other photo gift products. The service is integrated to print photos from any phone, device and also computer.

MailPix, with offices located in Huntington Beach, California, is the latest start-up from Fred H. Lerner, its founder and CEO. mailpix.com