In addition to canvas and papers, fine art can be mounted and printed on other substrates such as cradled panel, recycled materials, aluminum, acrylic/plexi facemount and floatmount. 

The surface selected depends on the look, feel, and mood you desire for your image. 


Not all papers are the same and it's important to consider which surface will make the artwork look the best and what

types of images are suited to each as well as the size requirements.

There are thousands of subjects, genres, and topics of interest in the world of fine art and here on our site and we will never say you should choose one surface over another. The choice is ultimately yours to make and to enjoy but we are here to suggest, based on experience, and to help you choose. We can show you samples or let us select for you.


Satin and luster papers are a universal choice that can work well with pretty much most images if in doubt.

Most subjects benefit from the satin surface because the slightly textured surface lowers reflection while maintaining good saturation and detail. Portraits are a popular genre for this surface. Digital cameras tend to capture every detail, some in high definition.

While images are still sharp, they have reduced hyper-detail and help mask some imperfections in skin and body features.

A good choice for

  • most photo subjects

  • portraits

  • landscapes

  • scenic

  • various black & white images


These surfaces feature a high gloss metallic & pearlescent look that yields an elegant iridescence to your images. 
Photo metallic & pearl finish papers are much more versatile than many customers think at first. Images from flowers to waterfalls to custom motorcycles look great. We recommend you give it a try!

A good choice for

  • planes, trains, and automobiles

  • images with reflections

  • landscape

  • graphic style imagery

  • bold colors

  • high contrast black & white

  • flowers

  • black & white portraits


Because glossy paper is highly reflective, colors can appear more saturated and bold. The smooth surface also helps text look slightly sharper. Reflections from a polished surface can be distracting and may reduce the viewer's ability to see all of the details in an image but high gloss papers, under special lighting conditions, can create attention-grabbing images. 

A good choice for

  • fashion,

  • car photography

  • aircraft,

  • high contrast images

  • head shots

  • high contrast black & white




Matte is a non-reflective surface. Matte papers are good for advertisments, graphic design, art reproduction, architecture, landscapes, black and white and lower contrast images. No reflection or gloss means that details are the primary focus of the print. This type of paper is available in many weights that make it attractive for book and portfolio production. 

Pigments do not fully sink into the coating and are therefore subject to abrasion, scratching, and offsetting to a greater degree than gloss, satin or semigloss. Protective coatings and laminating can solve the problems presented by matte papers, but coatings may change the surface look.  

A good choice for

  • art prints

  • graphic design

  • landscapes

  • nature and wildlife

  • flowers

  • lower contrast images

  • artistic black & white


Fine art papers, usually heavier weight and made with 100% cotton rag, they can have a smooth or textured surface. You can print any subject on this type of paper.

The point of this media is to add one of the following to your work:

depth with surface texture and warmth through paper color (most fine art paper color is warm white).

Nature, fine art portraits, original artwork, and black & white images are often printed on high rag content art papers.

This paper can have a matte or reflective coating. Matte has no gloss or sheen and uses matte black pigment inks while reflective uses photo pigment inks. Reflective surface fine art papers are typically semi-gloss or satin and have a more dynamic range, deeper color saturation and black density. 

A good choice for

  • Fine art - paintings, drawings, etc.

  • Nature & wildlife

  • Fine art portraits

  • Black & white

  • Abstract subjects

These types of surfaces begin with fine art images printed and infused onto the surface. These sublimation prints provide an impressive backdrop of shimmering brights and brilliant colour shifts as well as bold blacks and whites.



Sought after by fine art galleries and top professionals, printing on aluminum & aluminum panels is the ultimate in elegant presentation with startling clarity, sharpness, saturation and depth of colour. 

Available with custom sizing up to 96"x 48". Gloss coated or brushed matte finish.
These Dye Sublimation Prints are made by infusing special dyes directly into, rather than onto, the translucent coating on the aluminum sheets, which gives them a depth that appears to glow with an internal light source. 


Rivalling aluminum for clarity, saturation and a contemporary look, acrylic/plexiglass is the medium of choice for many photographers looking to give fine art prints the maximum impact. Can be floatmounted or flushmounted.

These types of surfaces begin with fine art images printed with pigment-based inks on archival papers and then mounted.

Most can be glossy, brushed or matte finished.



One inch moulding adhered to the back of the panel and inset two inches all the way round.

Appears to float off the wall. Ideal for recessed walls or niches.


Clean and contemporary, these art panels sit flush against the surface of the wall. 


A cradled panel is a wooden frame, usually birch because of its lightweight properties, with a wood board attached to it with edges smoothed. They accept almost any medium and are excellent for showcasing detailed artwork or photographs and mixed-media. Cradled panels are ideal for painting, heavy collage and textural or sculptural mounting techniques.


Using sustainable sourced wood product, images can be printed directly on the surface and offer a distinctive rustic look. Because of the special treatment needed for these kinds of surfaces to create an acid-free substrate, this can become an expensive option, depending on the size.


The most used and requested surface aside from fine art photographic prints. 

Stretched across bars or mounted on a panel

We use the highest quality stretched cotton canvas, double-primed with white artist gesso. We also use clear primer, instead of gesso, over canvas if a more raw effect is preferred. 

Most of our canvas surfaces are of a medium texture. Canvas can also be adhered to rigid panels.

These supports can be made of solid wood, plywood, MDF, heavy card, thin plasticised sheet or gatorboard. 

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