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Choosing a Substrate for Your Photograph

Since looking is a sensual act, the sensual qualities of your prints are key ingredients in the experience of looking at them. When selecting a substrate, choose one that suits your image’s content and/or your artistic intent. Seaver Photography will do the rest!


Waterproof. Decorative. Outdoors.

Weatherprint is a unique combination of high tech materials, UV protected inks and state of the art processes, specifically designed for outdoor use. My photograph is printed on a composite aluminum and sealed, making it perfectly suited for exterior use. These can withstand conditions in areas where moisture and harsh sunlight would damage my framed art or canvas (think winter, summer, sauna, hot tubs, etc.). It’s virtually maintenance free. I just hose it off with a mild soap. No harsh cleaners or abrasives should be used. The WeatherPrint is easily hung outdoors with its attached mounting system, ensuring stability in the worst weather.


Exciting. Painterly. Modern.

These photographs are made from the highest quality cotton blend artist canvas from Breathing Color, printed with archival inks and sealed with a protective UV coating that guards against fading, cracking, and UV damage. Clean these with a feather duster or soft, dry cloth. They are rated for over 100 years under “normal” viewing conditions. As with the gicées, the canvas should be kept out of direct sunlight and high humidity areas. These are ready to hang for a contemporary, clean look in your home, office or gallery. No frame needed. Just hang and enjoy!


Edgy. Vibrant. Impressive.

MetalPrints are a new ultra hard, scratch-resistant aluminum substrate. The images are not printed on the metal but instead special dyes are printed onto a transfer paper, and then infused into a thick translucent coating using pressure and heat. The images look brilliant, luminous, and contemporary. With the mount on the back, hanging the MetalPrint is easy. Clean with any commercial glass cleaner. The MetalPrints will last for generations when displayed indoors, or fully shaded exteriors, and out of direct sunlight.

Giclée, Archival Pigment Print, Pigment Ink Print

Archival. Museum Quality. Classy.

First coined in 1991, the word Giclée represents the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. It is derived from the French language word “le gicleur” meaning “nozzle”, or more specifically “gicler” meaning “to squirt, spurt, or spray”. Today it is the substrate of choice for professional photographers. Using an archival Hahnemühle Photo Rag with pigment inks produces an archival, museum quality print. Professional photographers now refer to these as Pigment Ink Print or Archival Pigment Print. The term ‘pigment’ signifies that the print is produced using an archival ink.

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