Ensuring that every print we develop is beautiful requires a rigorous process. We start by receiving digital work from artists and hobbyists on our secure servers. Next we calibrate our printers to achieve accurate color representation for each print.
Our printers employ digital chromogenic technology. This is the same photographic and chemical process used by traditional dark rooms, except the chromogenic paper is exposed using highly precise lasers rather than a photographic enlarger.
Once the print has been developed we inspect it to make sure there are no imperfections. If the print is being framed, we then cut and polish the plexiglass that will be mounted to the front of the print. This requires routers for even cutting and ultra fine sanding paper to achieve a smooth edge free of any roughness.
After we cut and polish the glass, we then face mount the print to it. Sometimes customers prefer to use a simple laminate on the front of their print rather than plexiglass. This laminate protects the print from UV rays and other particles over time.
To mount the print to the plexiglass, we run the two layers under our highly pressurized laminator. We place a transparent adhesive film between the print and the plexiglass to keep the finished piece unified over time.
The final step is to cut the frame. For some pieces we just use a simple brace that gives the print a floating effect on the wall. The brace can be either wood or aluminum depending on the size of the piece. Alternatively we place the piece inside a floating frame to give it a border to sit within. The framed piece is then installed directly against the wall. A third option is to sit the finished print on our custom designed stainless steel FotoShelf.
The fully finished print is then packaged in a custom-sized box and shipped directly to the customer or, if the piece is a gift, to the customer's choice of recipient.
FotoFoam stands at the crossroads of the digital and real worlds. Our team is an eclectic mix of individuals that ranges from photographic experts to web developers. We all share a common thread: an enduring passion for art.
FOTOFOAM products and services are made of plexiglass and other high-end plastics. These materials are made from petroleum-based inputs. We recognize this has an impact on our natural environment and aim to mitigate these effects through the use of carbon offsets. FOTOFOAM therefore has a commitment to allocate 5% of all profits to purchase carbon offset credits.