How to Create Photos that Make the Best Prints for Plywerk

Plywerk's studio manager, Cyndy, spoke with me about the types of photos that are favorites in the studio, and she shared some tips about how to make the best prints.

One of the techniques that is lovely to see is silhouetting. The high contrast of people against the sky and similar visuals look amazing. Because there is no frame on Plywerk panels, that type of image works well. Alternatively, borders on pictures can also look good. We do ask that people follow our guidelines for borders, however, since the hand mounting process has certain requirements to make the border come out evenly.

Silhouettes of animals are also acceptable.
(Photo credit: Mark Muschett)

Implicit bilateral – or even vertical – symmetry also takes advantage of the frameless medium. Photos divided into thirds also look fantastic. The rule of thirds works particularly well for group photos. Most photo editing software has a tool for overlaying a grid that divides the picture in thirds so you can line up that pleasing balance.

(Photo credit: Ryan Lunde)

Strongly colored photos are exciting. Pictures with full saturation are vibrant and stand out. On the other hand, there is timeless beauty to monochrome shots.

It's always nice to hear your photos called Ansel Adams-esque.
(Photo credit: Steve Lumpkin)

Implied motion in an image makes it more dynamic and attention grabbing.

(Photo credit: Frank, Nicholas Edward)

For super close-up pictures, there is a concern that some of the content could be lost during the trimming process. If you take pictures a little wider, they can always be cropped or zoomed in later.


You wouldn't want to snip off the tip of a puppy's nose, would you? Be sure to leave room for trim!
(Photo credit: Becky Huddleston)

Camera phones, or pictures taken on a long vacation where the images were compressed to save space, sometimes have low resolutions. In this case, consider making a collage. They look great, and keep the photos small enough that they still have quality resolutions. There are apps to make collages for most phones and computers.

Collages of pictures could all be on one larger panel, or arranged on numerous small panels, as in this mobile. (Photo credit: Traci French)

We look forward to seeing more of your lovely photos that use these techniques. Happy photographing!

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