How to Print Like Peter Lik with FujiFlex Photo Paper

What Photo Paper Does Peter Lik Use?

This is something we get asked on almost a daily basis.

“Have you ever seen Peter Lik’s photography work?” or  “Do you know what photo paper Peter Lik uses?”

Our short answer is…

“Of course, and FujiFlex Crystal Archive HD Photo Paper.”

Print Like Peter Lik with Fujiflex Crystal Archive HD Paper Face-Mounted on Acrylic Plexiglass

However, not all FujiFlex HD photo prints are created equal.  Just as Peter Lik or any professional photographer would tell you, there is quite a bit more to making a million dollar masterpiece than just using the same professional grade HD photo paper. It could take hours, days, or even years to capture the perfect award winning image. However, once you’ve captured your stunning photograph, you’ll want to use the very best printing process available. FujiFlex HD photo prints will capture the full essence of the moment you captured that breathtaking image, with a true art gallery look to do your masterpiece justice.

ArtisanHD is well-known for our ability to produce museum-quality FujiFlex photography prints, which is due to:

  • A nearly 20 year history in color matching for some of the biggest name brands
  • Artisan’s fully-equipped print shop with professional grade image creation devices
  • Our experienced professional print specialists

And once we’ve created your HD image, our high-quality online professional printing and image creation services don’t stop there! In fact, our print artisans at ArtisanHD work just as hard to ensure your professionally produced photograph or digital artwork is masterfully finished and delivered without harm to ensure your artwork remains picture perfect and ready for display.

Your High Quality Photography or Fine Art + FujiFlex

HD Photo Paper FujiFlexNot quite sure what FujiFlex is? FujiFlex is a silver-halide digital photographic paper with a polyester-based coating, making it super glossy and slick. Not just any photo printer can run FujiFlex paper. Since it’s true continuous tone photographic paper, it has to be run through photochemistry to reveal the image.

This isn’t just any old HD paper you can run through your home inkjet printer. With this process, the image is burned into the emulsion layer of the paper itself. Not one drop of ink is laid over the substrate to produce the image.

Unlike the good old days, instead of the image being burned into the photo media with light being blasted through glass lenses, we expose the paper with red, green, and blue lasers using an Océ LightJet 5000. The Océ LightJet uses technology originally designed by NASA, and is widely recognized to have the best detail and image quality in the industry. If you store and display your print properly, it should have a lifespan of 100 + years!

Acrylic Mounting FujiFlex to Achieve “Just Like Peter Lik Prints”

Standard Plexiglass Acrylic Face Mounting with Reflection ShineWhat really makes this FujiFlex Crystal Archive HD photo paper spectacular is pairing it with acrylic photo mounting. We do what is called a second surface mount onto acrylic, also called face mounting. What that means is that the acrylic mount is applied directly on top of the print. So, you look through the acrylic to see the print. FujiFlex HD Paper is well-known for its ability to hold amazing detail, giving you incredible low-light shadows as well as highlights that other papers (even high-definition printing papers) would simply not be able to capture.

Aluminum Museum Back HangingTo finish off your acrylic mounted FujiFlex print, we suggest adding a Museum Wall Mount to ‘float’ your photography away from the wall. This is simply a wooden or aluminum frame attached two inches away from the back edges of your print. You won’t see the Museum Wall Mount from the front once your print is hung on the your wall, giving your piece the appearance that it’s actually floating off away from the wall – a very sleek presentation.

To order Fujiflex HD photo prints with acrylic mounting from ArtisanHD, follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Upload Your Photo to ArtisanHD to get your very own professionally printed custom print order started!

Step 2: Configure your custom print order:

Sizing – Choose exactly how big you’d like your custom acrylic mounted HD photo print to be. Our print artisans always want you to be satisfied with the quality of your large-format custom HD prints from ArtisanHD, so we’ve actually built in a file quality analyzer right into our our custom print ordering process. The actual file quality of your uploaded digital file will be analyzed, and our custom online print ordering system tells you EXACTLY how big you can print the unique image you’ve uploaded. If the print size you select is actually too large for your uploaded file’s resolution, it will provide you with a warning before you place an order that would potentially create a poor or low quality print output.
This size check is super helpful, especially if you’re not quite sure exactly how big you can actually print your digital image, and ultimately means you don’t have fret or worry about ordering a GIANT poor quality print!

Printing – Under the Printing tab, select “FujiFlex Crystal Archive HD Paper” as your print medium.

Mounting – For this step, you have a few choices. Select standard 1/8″ acrylic, or choose 1/4” plexiglass (acrylic) for a nice deep edge profile. If ambient light, or reflections from windows or spot lights are a concern, please select our gallery grade 1/8” TruLife acrylic (like the one below from Doug Sturgess Photography).

Encapsulation – The next step is equally as important as choosing the right photo paper. Be sure to add an Encapsulation layer to your print. Not only will it protect your image, but it also prevents any possible “ghosting”,  dark lines that may become visible as the Museum Back is denser then the photo, especially under gallery lights. The “base level” for this step is our Opaque Adhesive Vinyl layer, but most clients choose 3mm Black Sintra or Aluminum Dibond composite board for ultimate rigidity and durability.

Hanging – Finally, select one of (3) Museum Back (aka Float Mount) hanging options. You can add a basic wooden Museum Back, or one with the sides of the wooden frame painted black. For a true gallery-level finish, we recommend our power-coated aluminum extrusion frame. Smaller prints will ship with a wire for hanging, but for larger prints we provide an aluminum wall cleat.

Step 3: Check Out

  • Complete your purchase, and make sure you double-check your shipping address.
  • You will receive a confirmation email.
  • Log in at any time to see your account and order information, and edit images you’ve previously uploaded.

Step 4: Light Your Print

When photos are mounted to Plexiglass it adds amazing depth and three dimensionality to your image. For that “Oh my!” moments and “Wow!” factor that you see in the galleries, the lighting of the artwork is also key. When lit properly, these acrylic photos literally glow. This isn’t something that can be measured in numbers or even shown on a computer screen; you need to see these stunning prints first hand in real life to fully appreciate them.

So, now you know the “How to Print Like Peter Lik” secret to creating your very own one-of-a-kind plexiglass mounted HD photography masterpiece.

And, now that you know you’re just a few quick mouse clicks away from printing like Peter Lik… Why not get started?

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About the Author:

Mike Goldner of ArtisanHD
With a passion for Artisan Colour's high-quality color matching and digital print process, Mike Goldner provides expert client support services on a local and national level to Artisan Colour's online print service customers who order large format, high-definition prints online direct from


  1. […] Since the customer wanted to emulate a look / style he had seen in high-end art galleries, we had to make sure the image was good enough to print on FujiFlex Crystal Archive Media (see our blog-post on “How to print like Peter Lik”). […]

  2. Beth Hegney April 29th, 2016 at 6:08 am

    “When properly lit”….what’s the best way to light this?

  3. Mike Goldner of ArtisanHD May 5th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Beth!

    We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in our blog. You’ve asked a great question – one we’ve received from multiple people. Therefore, we have decided to write a blog about it and wanted to share it with you here:

    Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

    Warmest Regards,
    The ArtisanHD Team

  4. Robert September 20th, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Hi Mike,

    Can you please update the link you posted for the best lighting? The one you replied with goes to a page that won’t allow access due to some kind of ssl certificate expiration.


  5. Maureen September 21st, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! The link is all fixed up and live. We appreciate your patience. Thanks!

  6. Anthony Hill October 23rd, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I love this blog and im also inspired by Peter Lik. When I visited his gallery in Hawaii, the staff pointed out that all of his prints contain acrylic on the front and the back of the photo (photo is sandwiched between the glass). Is this possible using Artisan? Was this process used in your above tutorial? Thank you so much!

  7. Mike Goldner of ArtisanHD
    Mike Goldner of ArtisanHD October 24th, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Hello Anthony,

    Thank you for the kind words & interest. At ArtisanHD, we pride ourselves in providing gallery level work, made from your own images! To achieve the look you describe, please visit the Acrylic Print Encapsulation page. We recommend the following configuration: 1/8″ or 1/4″ acrylic (regular or TruLife) – then, of course, the FujiFlex Crystal Archive Print, then a layer of 3mm black or white Sintra (PVC sheet). OR, for a real top shelf look, use Dibond as the encapsulation layer. Then add a museum back float mount for hanging, and you have a gallery-worthy print, ready to ship out in as little as 4-6 days.


  8. David Hoffman March 2nd, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    This is very reassuring because I did a lot of research and tried other print labs trying to get that “Peter Lik” look.

    In effort to do JUST THAT, I researched what I could about Peter Lik, YouTube video’s, blogs, etc. and it came down to encapsulation and a quality HD archival grade paper.

    I found ArtisanHD based on that word encapsulation and I uploaded a shot, had it printed, got the shot back and WOW.. an absolute WOW.

    Had I not taken the shot myself, I could have pulled it off as a “Professional Photographer”. 😉

    Anyway..the ingredients are easy.

    Fuji Crystal paper
    True Life Acrylic Facing
    A good backing (I use 3mm black)
    Hanging system (I use the black)

  9. Glenna Goldman
    Glenna Goldman March 5th, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing, David! We’re glad our formula worked for you. Let us know if there’s anything else we can help you with!

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