Just received my first large scale order from www.DigitalSilverImaging.com, about 15 pieces of various sizes up to 20 x 30. What a wonderful job they did. Prints were done with their Lustre Value inkjet option (which is what I did my tests with last week) and they arrived flat shipped (not in tubes). IGood stuff, from notification, to turnaround, to packaging, to printing. Couldn’t ask for anything better.
Workflow - I work on my files as 16 bit tiffs in Adobe RGB 98 and then save for the specific size that I’m going to print at 300 dpi and high jpg (i.e. level 12). By giving them the exact size I want printed I can do my sharpening for that size without any worries about introducing artifacts. Uploading was through the ROES Value System. Pick the size you want (I did borderless) and pick the Inkjet Lustre Color Paper (yes, even though I’m doing b&w) and let them take it from there.
Their Lustre paper, as noted before is Ilford Smooth Pearl. Feeling really good about this. Tomorrow I’ll sign, ship, add my Certificates of Authenticity, etc. and if I get a good start I should be able to get the bulk of them out tomorrow (there are two other projects I’m working on as well that I should get out tomorrow).
In short, I give them 5 Stars out of 5 stars. Do your own tests. These guys (gals) know what a black and white print should look like.