Best in class equipment. Top notch materials. Unmatched expertise. Total attention to detail. Flawless execution. Services designed for artists. Affordable, flexible prices.

Services & Pricing


Scanning & Documentation

Ultra-sharp, direct scans from artwork of any size, at the shop or in your studio – German-built digital capture system with high precision sensor provides unmatched detail and colour fidelity.

Safe, cool, UV-free lighting with KinoFlo® patented light banks. First system of this kind in North America.

We offer decades of expertise in documenting original artworks, from drawing to sculpture – now in completely digital format. Please stop by our shop to see samples of this incredible technology.

Fine Art Printing

As the only Hahnemuehle, Canon, Canson and Epson Digigraphie-certified Canadian printing bureau, we are pleased to offer outstanding  fine art digital inkjet printing  using  archival pigment inks and cotton rag papers. Both watercolour and coated papers are available, with various textures – from ultrasmooth to heavily toothed, as well as artist canvas with different finishes. Choose from baryta papers for luxurious photographic look or go with 100% cotton rag papers for flat matte, fine art presentation. We carry absolutely best papers available today, from paper mills in Germany, France, Italy and Japan.

Processing & Scanning

Because many artists still use film in their practice, we offer affordable, reliable film processing service – E6 slides (chromes) and B&W film, all formats from 35mm to 8×10 chromes. Read more here!

Film scanning charges are based on desired file size. We have a variety of professional equipment to make your scans as close to perfect as possible.

To make pricing as straightforward and affordable as possible we simply charge a $0.75 per megabyte scanned. Scans are delivered color-corrected and free of dust. Click here for more details!

Colour Management & Calibration

If you find yourself sitting on a pile of digital equipment that you can’t make to produce the color you want, we can help. From calibrating cameras, scanners, screens and printers, to establishing a sensible workflow for your practice – we can set you up with a complete solution for all your imaging needs.

Never worry about the color again!

Photoshop Training

So you’ve got all the tools and you have work to do. But Adobe Photoshop is a very complex piece of software and it can be quite intimidating to beginners.

We can help with training and setting up (and it does not have to cost an arm and a leg).

Fine Art Scanning

Imagefoundry is proud to be one of the very few imaging shops in Canada offering outstanding fine art scanning and documentation services.

Our expertise in capturing incredibly lifelike digital images from your artworks is based on two important aspects: unique, custom designed hardware and heaps of hands-on experience working with top artists.

Below is a simple breakdown of service brackets for fine art scanning:

  1. small captures @ $25.00 – suitable for web presentation, slide shows, competition submissions entries, artwork documentation and printing at sizes up to 12″x18″. File sizes are 4000px by 6000px.
  2. medium captures @ $50.00 – suitable for capturing works with critical detail and printing up to 16×24. File sizes up to 4000px by 6500px.
  3. high-resolution captures $ $100.00 – premium service designed for scanning artworks for large-scale reproduction. Printing up to 36×48 inches or more, files sizes up to 8000px by 13000 px.
  4. maximum resolution captures @ $250.00 – an ultimate in detail capture, this service offers terrific amounts of detail and huge files. Suitable for capturing large or ultra-detailed artworks for large scale, ultra high resolution printing – up to sizes 60″x90″ and more. Files sizes up to 16000px by 27000px.

Additionally, the following discounts and surcharges apply to the above.

  1. large originals surcharge – works larger than 40×60 inches will have additional 25% price surcharge, but not more than $250 per scan total.
  2. quantity discount – bringing in 3 or more works at the time will qualify for a 20% discount

Q. Are you still offering $35.00 scans where you make both low-res and high-res scans and keep the large scan for future use?

A. No. Starting on March 1st, 2015 that service bracket is discontinued. The reason for that is a simple fact that over the past 5 years, out of the hundreds of scans that we have done under this arrangement, there were very few instances of clients requesting and buying a high-resolution version.

Fine Art Printing

Available Printing Technologies

As of 2015, 95% of projects we handle here at Imagefoundry are printed on high-end inkjet printers. We currently use two platforms – Epson and Canon, both available at up to 60″ print roll width.

Although we no longer offer chromagenic printing services (ie. large format digital photo imaging using machines such as Lambda, LightJet and Chromira) we still possess plenty of expertise preparing images for printing on these systems, so feel free to approach us for consultation on these matters.

While we still maintain traditional analog equipment for darkroom printing (B&W only, both silver- and platinum-based), and intaglio printing (Takach etching press, along with ability to make plates and screens) – it seems to me that these technologies are heading the same way dinosaurs and Dodo birds went. Still, if there’s an interest in running a print project based on analog techniques, we are well positioned to answer that challenge. Call or write for details!

So, with that out the way, why inkjet printing? The reasons are many.

  1. Vastly better resolution and detail vs. chromagenic prints
  2. Vastly better archival longevity, literally order of magnitude difference with regards to light fastness
  3. Significantly better color gamut in midtones and highlights
  4. 60″ wide prints vs. 50″ wide prints provide more presentation options
  5. Tremendous selection of top-notch papers allows for more creative expression
  6. Drop-dead gorgeous black&white prints – something that chromagenic machines were never good at
  7. Ability to print on fabrics, canvas, and more exotic options – such as hand-made washi papers and the like

On the other hand, digital chromagenic prints are cheaper, hold better color in low-key images and present more uniform appearance – specifically because of lack of any gloss differential. Still I am of opinion that future belongs to inkjet printing, even if just based on the current pace of technological progress. And two remaining manufacturers of photographic paper – Kodak and Fuji – are not doing all that well with regards to long-term survival.

Best Way to Prepare Your Images

Although traditionally 300dpi resolution is considered to be a baseline for print imaging, this is somewhat outdated information in 2015 and should be considered a lower margin if you are after exceptional prints. A modern high-end inkjet machine can easily deliver 50%-100% more of discernible detail – which is a major advantage when attempting to reproduce images with important, tiny features – such as etchings, fine ink drawings, watercolors, or even some oils and pastels.

So if you are after a supremely detailed print, aim for 450-500dpi of resolution at size. It’s harder to see improvements past that point, but if you are absolutely, positively in need of maximum perceived detail, consider setting up your files to printers’ native resolutions, which are 600dpi or 720dpi.

And, oh – that does not mean that you should just open your image in Photoshop and upsample it to 600dpi – you actually have to capture your image at that resolution.

Modern machines, when running at maximum quality setting, deliver near-continuous tone – meaning, although the image consists out of tiny dots of different colors, the dots are so tiny and packed so closely together that you can only see them with a strong magnifying glass.

This presents a bit of a challenge, specifically – if your images are prone to banding, which is a fairly common problem with photographing a sky, for example – especially if your camera set to record jpegs instead of raw files – that banding will become all the more obvious in the print.

If that is a concern please consider switching to 16bit per channel workflow; oftentime it will help. All modern platforms support true 16bit/channel processing. This is particularly relevant to grayscale images.

So far I’ve covered resolution and bit depth, the remaining pillar of high-fidelity printing is color gamut. As of 2015, the most appropriate color space for making gorgeous prints is AdobeRGB 1998. Of course, you can still continue using sRGB – just be aware that our machines are capable of printing colors that are far outside of range that sRGB specification can contain, so you might be missing out on vividness (if that is your goal). The color spaces with gamuts wider than AdobeRGB are perfectly fine too – just remember to maintain a 16bit/channel workflow through out the entire project.

About CMYK color. Working with process color has many advantages, discussing most of them would be quite outside of the scope of this quick write-up; so I’ll be brief: these advantages do not translate well to high-fidelity inkjet printing. So, don’t do it.

Of course if your artwork is prepared for a print publication, and you’ve been using CMYK color right from the start – that is totally fine, and we can handle your images properly. But if the goal is to maximize color fidelity, consider sticking with RGB. LAB color is fine too, just remember to stick with 16bit/color, just as with B&W images.

Support


Certification

Digigraphie by Epson / Hahnemuhle / Canson

Operation & Schedule

Imagefoundry operates as a workshop/boutique/consultancy, not as a retail outlet. At times everyone is busy or in a meeting, or working on location – so it’s impossible to accommodate every walk-in – although we try. Please be considerate.

We much prefer booking an appointment ahead of time. And, while on this subject – booking a 12PM appointment and showing up at 2PM, for example, is pretty disruptive. Thank you very much for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Please plan ahead. Certain materials – oversized mounting substrates, frame mouldings, inks, some papers and chemicals – has to be ordered in, as we do not stock rare items. Delivery times on some materials can be as long as two weeks – as is the case with Platinum/Palladium printing supplies and papers.

Deliverables

On average, a custom reproduction project – ie. scanning original artwork, paper selection, colour corrections and proofing, followed by crafting a final print – takes about 1-1.5 weeks to complete; sometimes longer for complex images that require a lot of deliberations, meetings with the artist and so on. It is possible to rush through a project but in my experience quality is the first thing that goes out of the window when timelines are too compressed.

Custom framing usually takes about a week, and scanning jobs take 1-2 days, depending on how difficult the original is. Most simple printing jobs can be completed in a day.

Transferring Files

Yes, you can send us files online. We presently use WeTransfer.com for all of out upload/download needs. Please give it a try! It’s easy and free.

Fine Art Paper

Out of many large and small paper manufacturers, there are 5 that, in my humble but educated opinion, are worth considering for fine art printing purposes. Here they are, in no particular order: Hahnemuehle of Germany, Canson of France, Fabriano of Italy, Awagami of Japan and Crane of U.S.A. You would also probably notice that some of these companies are known for manufacturing papers that national currencies are printed on; this is not a coincidence.

Epson-branded papers are a mixed bunch. Some of their better papers, particularly “Signature-worthy” collection are simply re-badged products made by one of the big 5; others are also worth considering for specific uses – for example if you thinking of laminating your print I might want to consider one of the papers that I won’t touch otherwise, like Epson Premium Lustre or some such.

References


Cheaper than disappointment...

Over the years Imagefoundry competed a vast number of fine art projects, covering an entire spectrum of print- and imaging-related disciplines. Below are testimonials from some of the artists we worked with.

Suzy Lake

 “I have enjoyed working with Dimitri Levanoff on a wide range of large scale art projects since 2002. Each work was expertly completed in a timely manner. His colour correction or colour matching is impeccable and his printing is rich and accurate. Dimitri is very responsive to the aesthetic of each project, therefore it is very comfortable to rely on his assistance in choosing the appropriate paper for printing. This aesthetic interest is particularly valuable when my work ventures into unusual applications or mixed media; so, problem solving is very collaborative. Dimitri printed all the digital work in my retrospective at the AGO, and worked directly with the AGO installation designers. This relieved me from a tremendous amount of detail pressure. Working with Dimitri is like working with a real partner. “

Geoffrey James

“Working with Dimitri always starts with an interesting conversation and ends with the best  possible print.”

John Massey

“Dimitri Levanoff’s digital-imaging skills are incomparable. Dimitri is a true professional who clearly understands the context and practice of art and is able to dialogue with clients on that basis. He worked on each of my pictures attentively, applying his exacting standards to everything and presenting a beautiful finished product. His patient and affable manner made it a pleasure to work with him. He is simply an outstanding printer, the best I’ve ever worked with.”

Maya Kulenovic

“My nickname for Dimitri is ‘the most helpful guy in Toronto’. He is one of those rare people who, once you work with them, quickly become indispensable.

Dimitri provides art documentation for publications as well as archival prints of my paintings, which present quite a challenge for the photographer: the paintings are built of many transparent layers of various pigments so that colour is achieved through optical mixing, near-black areas contain many nuances and the surface shows a combination of matte and gloss areas. Some of these need to be not simply ‘neutralized’, but ‘translated’ into the digital and print form, which requires not only a lot of creative problem solving but also an intuitive understanding of the artwork and the artist’s preferences. Every time Dimitri has achieved terrific results, and collaborating with him was easy, interesting and informative.

I think that this combination of a remarkable technical skill, creativity and an ability to relate to art (and artists) makes him unique in his line of work. Also he surprises me again and again with his kindness, level of involvement in the project, generosity with his time and readiness to share his considerable knowledge of this industry  – and the price somehow always ends up lower than I expected. The best co-conspirator one could wish for!”

William Fisk

“I have been exhibiting for over 20 years and have worked with some amazing people. Dimitri at Imagefoundry is one of them. His rigorous process and exacting standards is why he is the only person I trust to handle the documentation of my paintings, both here and in the United States. He never lets me down and always impresses me with his accessibility and professionalism”

Marina Black

“I have worked with Dimitri on a number of photographic projects, and feel absolutely comfortable to say that he is the best printer, who have printed my photographs. He is a highly experienced and skilled professional, always striving for perfection. What makes his work remarkable is an amazing attention to details no matter how small. He always provides an exceptional quality and timely delivery. I never hesitate to ask for Dimitri’s advice to achieve the best quality of my work. He truly cares about the work he does and people he works with.”

Jaleen Grove

“In my role as Cahén Archives Scholar in Residence I have worked with Dimitri Levanoff more than once. He has photographed events and artwork for us, and scanned and digitally restored artworks as well. I consider his skill at art photography to be second to none. As an artist, I have also seen him pioneer digital printing on fine Japanese papers not made for that purpose, and he got superior results. Dimitri always maintained a professional communication and standard. I recommend him to anyone with art reproduction needs.”

 

Contact


Contact

T: 416-477-5652
E: info@imagefoundry.ca
F: 647-547-1173

Location

1581 Dupont St.
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3S5
Canada

 

Imagefoundry is conveniently located in Toronto’s West End, close to Dundas St. West and Dupont St. intersection. We are minutes away from High Park, Junction and Annex neighborhoods. The best way to get here from downtown core is (probably, what’s with traffic being so bad lately) is to take Church/Davenport up to Dupont and then just continue on.

Hours

Mon to Fri 10am – 6pm

Whenever possible, please phone ahead and book a meeting. Thank you!

Payment

We accept major credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex), Interac debit card payments, cash and PayPal.
All invoices are due upon receipt. An advance payment up to 75% might be required for larger projects.

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