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Hi folks,

When you choose to print your images using Giclee printing technique, one of the very critical steps would be how to choose the right media. VG-Lab has conducted a guide to help you pick the right media in 4 steps.

Step 1: Consider the look

We believe the first thing you should consider is how your prints will look. The print’s aesthetic will directly affect your creative direction.

As for the look of the media, we divide into two main categories: The gloss and The matte.

Each category will have many different sub-categories, VG-Lab has concluded a reference table as below:


The Gloss The Matte
Semi-gloss Pearl Matte Fine texture matte
Metallic Silk Smooth Matte
High-gloss Raster

Note: the names in the sub-categories are for reference purposes only, same surfaces have the same names can look different in reality.

Step 2: Consider the thickness (Basis weight)

 The next step is to consider how thick the print should be. However, in reality, we can base on the basis weight as it’s more common and often be clearly labeled than the thickness value. It’s the “gsm” figure (Gram per square meter).

So when thinking about the thickness of the paper, we can divide it into 2 categories:

  • Heavy-weight/Thick: >=250gsm
  • Light-weight/Thin: <250gsm

Until this step, we are already half way through, our paper options have been narrowed. Moving to the next step:

Step 3: Consider media foundation (What is it made of?) or How long your prints will last?

Yes, knowing the foundation of the media is very important. It’s the main factor to determine how long your prints will last (print longevity).

In fine art printing, cotton based, bamboo based or other fibre based medias yield better print longevity than resin-coated/polyester based medias. Each will suit different usages/occasions.

Better print longevity is also known as archival property.

Note to the artists/photographers: If you tend to make limited edition prints, it’s highly recommended to print on archival media (cotton, bamboo and other fibre based medias).

The last step: Consider the cost

We understand that the cost will affect your investment decision. The prices are varied, depending on the market price, currency exchange and the choice on different papers. We have set up a set of standard sizes to cut down the costs, therefore lower the prices, such as 20x30cm, 30x45cm, 40x60cm, 60x90cm, 73x110cm and 110x165cm. If you need to print any other sizes, please let us know, we can quote you on your custom sizes.


We sincerely hope that this guide is able to make it easier for you to pick the right media for your works and purposes.

Till next time,

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GFS is cotton fibre based paper gives the feeling of traditional darkroom paper. Strong and thick, this paper is certified archival.


  • Basis weight: 310 g/m
  • Foundation: Plant based
  • Thickness: 0,31mm
  • Opacity: 98%
  • OBA: Yes
  • Surface type: Silk

Close up shot of ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm

ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm


You can learn more about this paper in ILFORD’s official web page: CLICK HERE 

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Introducing ILFORD Smooth Cotton Rag 310gsm

If you look for an extreme smooth surface matte paper. Smooth Cotton Rag (SCR) is for you. For a matte paper, SCR is very forgiving, it’s suitable for most artwork from photography to illustration.


  • 100% cotton.
  • Basis weight: 310gsm
  • Thickness: 19 mil (0.48mm)
  • Opacity: >98%
  • Surface finish: Smooth Matte


You can learn more about this paper in ILFORD’s official web page: CLICK HERE

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Simoc ash frame

Some of you might have known, we do not only provide printing service, but we also provide prints archiving and presentation solutions to our clients. That is the reason why we will be distributing frame moulding profiles from reputable brands in Vietnam and international.

We proudly introduce:


The frame is made of ash wood: 2cm wide face and 4cm deep. Simoc is a custom framer in Hanoi who is specialised in making wooden frame profiles. With more than 30 years of experience, Simoc frame represents a high level of craftmanship.

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The advantages of ash frame:

  • Beautiful grain, strong and sturdy, safe for long term display.
  • Imported from sustainable source.
  • Premium feel.
  • Most affordable among premium wood frame.

Available colors: Cream or dark brown.

Framing style: Window matting and floating.

Available framing levels: Commended, Conservation and Museum

Cream color and dark brown color.

Sample images

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Floating frame, dark brown color.
Simoc ash frame
Floating frame, cream color.
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Floating frame, cream color.
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Dark brown, window matting frame.


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Understanding photographic printing techniques

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Understanding photographic printing techniques

Knowing how your print was made will help you to understand its value and how to preserve it


To really understand your photograph, you will need to have a good idea of how it has been made. Knowing the techniques that have been used to create a print will help you to ensure you are paying a reasonable amount for it, care for it, and understand its changing value. However, the terms used to describe photography techniques can seem obscure, especially for new collectors. In the following pages, we outline some common print types that you are likely to encounter, with reference to the Visual Glossary created in partnership between Paris Photo and the ARCP (directed by Anne Cartier-Bresson).

The Visual Glossary is housed on the Paris Photo website and is available in both French and English. It is a helpful tool, detailing and illustrating both contemporary and classic techniques, and is continuously updated throughout the year. If you would like to read more extensively on different techniques, the glossary is a good place to start.

Continue reading Understanding photographic printing techniques

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Museum level is one of 5 levels of framing. The 5 levels of framing indicates the aesthetic and durability of the frame. Different levels require different materials and perhaps, different techniques. The high standard craftsmanship remains the same, regardless of the framing levels.

Museum framing level – The ultimate protection for your artwork.


Objective – To visually enhance artwork and offer the ultimate level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids generated by framing materials for up to 35 years in normal conditions*.


Museum framing package.
    • Frame mouldings: available options include wood or aluminium.
    • Glazing: available options include regular glass, acrylic or anti-reflection 1.5 mm Plexiglas .
    • Conservation Matboard: ILFORD matboard or other cotton rag matboard.
    • Conservation Mount board: ILFORD archival mount board.
    • Aluminium composite panel is a great material which can fight against moisture, chemical and physical harms.

    After assemble, the frame package is sealed using special LINECO frame sealing foil tape, prevent humidity, dirt and insects to get inside the frame.

    All museum frames will be labeled at the back with the following information: mounting materials, glazing material, sealing date, quality control.
The info behind each museum frame.


ILFORD METAL FRAME (Black color) – museum level
ILFORD METAL FRAME (silver color) – museum level

*The term ‘normal conditions’ as used in the Guild’s standards means out of direct sunlight, within the temperature range 10°C – 25°C and relative humidity between 40% and 60%. As we are aware of not many frames can be displayed in such conditions, therefore we recommend our clients to get your frame check-up for every three years (Or in case of any damage to the frame).

**Learn more about the 5 levels of framing in this link.

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Conservation level is one of 5 levels of framing. The 5 levels of framing indicates the aesthetic and durability of the frame. Different levels require different materials and perhaps, different techniques. The high standard craftsmanship remains the same, regardless of the framing levels.

Conservation framing level - Helping preserve your artwork for future generations.