We’ve always been thrilled blown away by the incredible quality of our four print labs, but we still run into quite a few SmugMug customers who don’t know that we offer a way to print photos, period. So in the spirit of spreading the good news, we’ll periodically feature our labs’ favorite print products and dig a little deeper so that you can dig right in and try them for yourself. Remember that print products and merchandise are available for purchase direct from your galleries at any time.
Our first featured lab, Loxley Colour, is located in the UK to more conveniently service our Portfolio and Business customers (and their clients) in the EU, although they will ship your goodies anywhere you wish. Today they’re talking about their robust, waterproof Alumini prints, which feature your image, a durable aluminum surface and a total of 4 optional finishes. Enjoy!
Where does Loxley Colour find inspiration about new products that it offers?
We continually strive to offer our customer the best products on the market, and that takes a lot of research. We study what’s going on in markets all over the world and we listen to what our customers need to make their business thrive. Everyone in our company is encouraged to give input into what our portfolio offers our customers. We have a dedicated research and development team that takes our collective inspiration and creates products of the highest quality. We never stop thinking about how we can make our existing products better and how we can bring new products to the market to inspire our customers and our customers’ customers.
Alumini Prints: What and Why
We introduced the Alumini print to the market in 2010. Loxley Colour was the first lab in Europe to bring this product to the market. We worked closely with specialists in the USA to perfect the process and bring it to photographers in the UK and Europe. The product has a real WOW factor, unlike anything out there in the market. The Alumini print process adds a whole new dimension to wall products. We’ve worked tirelessly fine-tune and improve the process to allow us to offer our customers bigger sizes, up to 60×40”.
What do your employees think about the experience of crafting your products?
Every one of our products is developed and honed to perfection in-house. The team at Loxley have a hands-on approach in creating every one of our products, including the Alumini prints.
Gary, our Alumini team leader & creator extraordinaire, gives each order a personal touch from start to finish, taking the time and care to ensure the quality of each image is flawless as it can be.
“Working with such a unique product is both a challenge and a delight. Because of the nature of the material, it takes time and care to ensure the final product is perfect for our customer.” He adds, “I see some of the most amazing images arriving in the Alumini department. From the vibrant wedding scenes to awe inspiring landscapes, they’re all a real pleasure to produce.”
How do you ensure consistent quality and durability with so much demand?
Each product within the Loxley Colour portfolio is tested, fine tuned, tested and tested again to make sure it’s the best product possible. We never bring a product to market which hasn’t painstakingly developed in house beforehand.
Before introducing the Alumini an intensive research and development process ironed out the finer details of the process and ensured we’d bring to market a unique product, with a range of options straightaway. Since its introduction, much like its popularity, we’ve gone from strength to strength and not only gone bigger and better with our range, offering sizes up to a show-stopping 60×40’.
What makes the Alumini prints such a fabulous product?
The Alumini has so many appealing features: it’s unique, durable, versatile, weather and moisture resistant. Its ability to make vibrant photography stand out and create real impact is second to none. Clarity of image is truly something to behold, particularly in our most popular finish – Gloss.
Finally: What’s your advice for keeping Alumini prints looking perfect forever?
The Alumini from Loxley Colour is an innovative metal print wall product produced using state of the art high definition print technology. Due to the nature of aluminium, from time to time there may be slight imperfections by way of subtle craters or bumps. Whilst we take the greatest care to ensure each sheet is inspected and these are avoided, or kept to an inconspicuous area of the print, some may still be visible.
Whilst the Alumini is weather and moisture resistant, direct sunlight may fade the print, so please keep them out of direct sunlight. The Alumini is at its most impressive teamed with vibrant, colourful photography. It’s the perfect product for landscapes, high key photography, feature wedding and portrait images and any image that creates impact.
We hope you’ve all learned something new about our labs and what they offer, regardless of where you live and what you love to photograph. If you’ve never before turned your images into beautiful prints at SmugMug, we recommend that you give it a try! Simply log in to your account and look for the Add to Cart button in any of your SmugMug galleries. If you’ve disabled printing to visitors, the button will read “Owner Buy.” Learn more about printing at SmugMug.