Professional C Type Photo Printing

For professional C Type photo printing, look no further than Metro. We offer professional photo printing services online or in-house, with worldwide delivery available. Our C Type prints are produced with laser printers, rather than LED, which creates a much sharper, higher quality, photographic print.

We only use professional photographic papers supplied by Fuji and Kodak, ranging from the classic C Type semi-matt or gloss, to a pure-matt velvet or metallic finish.

We are able to produce the largest and best professional C Type prints in the UK, as our prints can go up to 120 x 72 inches, providing a huge choice when it comes to producing prints.

Digital C-Type photo papers

<h2>Fuji Crystal Archive Printing Paper</h2>Available in Classic Matt or Gloss up to 50 inches. Fuji Crystal Archive paper uses optimised Silver Halide Crystals for laser exposure. Producing excellent prints from laser printers, this paper is considered to be the industry standard for fine art printing.

<br><br>Print time: Under 40 x 30 inches one working day, over 40 x 30 inches, two working days.

Fuji Crystal Archive Printing Paper

Available in Classic Matt or Gloss up to 50 inches. Fuji Crystal Archive paper uses optimised Silver Halide Crystals for laser exposure. Producing excellent prints from laser printers, this paper is considered to be the industry standard for fine art printing.

Print time: Under 40 x 30 inches one working day, over 40 x 30 inches, two working days.

<h2>Kodak Professional Ultra Endura Printing Paper</h2>
Printed on our Lightjet and available in Classic Matt or Gloss (over 50 inches, and up to 120 inches), an all-round winner for colour printing as it’s possible to print directly onto it from both film and digital media. Endura is a resin coated paper and gives us extraordinarily rich colours with great flesh tones, as well as the most intense blacks.

<br><br>Print time: two working days.

Kodak Professional Ultra Endura Printing Paper

Printed on our Lightjet and available in Classic Matt or Gloss (over 50 inches, and up to 120 inches), an all-round winner for colour printing as it’s possible to print directly onto it from both film and digital media. Endura is a resin coated paper and gives us extraordinarily rich colours with great flesh tones, as well as the most intense blacks.

Print time: two working days.

<h2>Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Velvet Printing Paper</h2>
If you want a dead matt C type, then Fuji Velvet is for you. With a wonderfully creamy texture, its muted tones work well for low-contrast, black and white or colour images. Please note that this is a colour paper, and all B&W images will contain a partial colour cast due to the emulsion. For no colour cast, we recommend selecting a Silver Gelatin paper.

<br><br>Print time: three working days.

Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Velvet Printing Paper

If you want a dead matt C type, then Fuji Velvet is for you. With a wonderfully creamy texture, its muted tones work well for low-contrast, black and white or colour images. Please note that this is a colour paper, and all B&W images will contain a partial colour cast due to the emulsion. For no colour cast, we recommend selecting a Silver Gelatin paper.

Print time: three working days.

<h2>Kodak Professional Endura Premier Metallic Printing Paper</h2>
This paper has a distinctive glossy finish and metallic appearance that works well with both colour and black and white images, by providing a visually different aspect to your work. Please note that this is a colour paper, and all B&W images will contain a partial colour cast due to the emulsion. For no colour cast, we recommend selecting a Silver Gelatin paper.

<br><br>Print time: three working days.

Kodak Professional Endura Premier Metallic Printing Paper

This paper has a distinctive glossy finish and metallic appearance that works well with both colour and black and white images, by providing a visually different aspect to your work. Please note that this is a colour paper, and all B&W images will contain a partial colour cast due to the emulsion. For no colour cast, we recommend selecting a Silver Gelatin paper.

Print time: three working days.

<h2>Fujiflex Crystal Archive Printing Paper or 'Supergloss'</h2>
Fujiflex is a reflective silver halide colour printing paper on a super high gloss PET base for professional use at the highest level, and designed exclusively for digital output on large-format laser printers, such as our Lightjet, for optimum high quality images.

<br><br>Print time: three to five working days, pending test approval.

Fujiflex Crystal Archive Printing Paper or 'Supergloss'

Fujiflex is a reflective silver halide colour printing paper on a super high gloss PET base for professional use at the highest level, and designed exclusively for digital output on large-format laser printers, such as our Lightjet, for optimum high quality images.

Print time: three to five working days, pending test approval.


Why choose a C Type print?

C Type prints are ideal for personal and exhibition printing; they are the perfect 'all rounder' paper type, giving good colour rendition as well as clear black and white prints.
All of our C Type prints are produced on laser printers, giving optimum results and colour accuracy for your images, as well as light fastness and archival quality. Please note that C type printing is a colour process, and all B&W images will contain a partial colour cast due to the paper emulsion. For no colour cast, we recommend selecting a B&W Silver Gelatin paper.

What is a C Type print?

A digital C Type is a photographic print, on light-sensitive paper, that has been exposed using digital technology, rather than traditional analogue (otherwise known as ‘darkroom’) techniques.
Digital C Types are created by exposing the paper using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb, like in a darkroom. The second part of the traditional process is much the same however: the paper is processed in a photographic developer, followed by bleach fix before being washed to remove the processing chemicals.

C Type vs. Giclée inkjet printing

C Type prints and Giclée prints are two very different printing processes, one is a photographic print the other is an inkjet.
A digital C Type is a traditional photographic print produced from a digital file, rather than a negative. Many people think that a ‘digital print’ has to be a Giclée print, but this is not so. A Giclée print is quite different, using no chemistry or light sensitivity, only archival ink.

Turnaround times

Matt, Gloss & Velvet up to 40×30 inches: 24 hours.

Matt, Gloss & Velvet above 40×30 inches: 48 hours.

Metallic Prints: within 3 working days.

Supergloss: within 5 working days.