Photo & Art Direct To Board Printing

Starting at $11.88 per sq. ft.

(9 customer reviews)

Need a strong print on a solid surface? Use solid and durable PVC Sintra or lightweight yet rigid Infinity Board or Gator Board. Direct to board prints are an ideal option for presentations on the go or lightweight signage.

  • Lightweight yet durable
  • Professional look without the expense
  • White or black options match any decor
  • Available in 2 thicknesses
  • Easy to hang or place anywhere

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Custom Board Prints Advantage – Simple. Clean. Lightweight.

Need a strong print on a solid surface? Use solid and durable Sintra or lightweight yet rigid Infinity Board. Direct to board prints are an ideal option for lightweight photo displays, presentations or on-the-go unique signage.

Sintra is a plastic composite that is rigid and durable. Prints direct to Sintra are available in white with a choice of 3mm (~1/8″) or 6mm (~1/4″) thickness.

Infinity Board is a polystyrene foam board between two layers of styrene-faced veneer. It is rigid yet lightweight, making it ideal for presentations or indoor signage requiring rigidity and easy portability. Print to white face, with 1/2″ or 3/16″ thickness.

Plastic Composite and Foam Board Options

White Infinity Board

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Infinity Board is a polystyrene foam board between two layers of styrene-faced veneer. It is rigid yet lightweight, making it ideal for presentations or indoor signage requiring rigidity and easy portability. Print to white face, with 1/2″ or 3/16″ thickness.

White PVC Sintra

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Sintra, also known as “PVC board,” is a plastic composite that is rigid and durable. Prints direct to Sintra are available in white with a choice of 3mm (~1/8″) or 6mm (~1/4″) thickness. White PVC is the most popular choice for durable signage.

Black Gator Board

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Black Gator Board is a polystyrene foam board between two layers of styrene-faced veneer. It is rigid yet lightweight, making it ideal for presentations or indoor signage requiring rigidity and easy portability. Print to white face, with 1/2″ or 3/16″ thickness.

Black Sintra Mountings

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Black Sintra is not available for direct prints, but it is available as a mounting option.

“I am very pleased with the quality of the Infinity Board prints produced by Artisan. Ordering was simple, and order turnaround and delivery was very quick.”

David R.

Hanging & Finishing Options

Float Mount

Black Gatorboard Float Mount

One of the simplest ways to mount a foam or PVC board to the wall, float mounts also give your signage a 3-D look.

Aluminum Museum Back

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An elegant and long-term solution to hanging your sintra board photos or art prints, aluminum museum black is an excellent hanging option.

NEW Black Museum Back

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Get the museum black back without the additional hardware with our new hanging option.

NEW White Aluminum Museum Back

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Keep the 3-D look and beauty of a museum back with white aluminum museum back hanging option.

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What are some uses for direct-to-substrate prints?2023-11-20T14:02:01-07:00

Direct to Substrate Prints for POS signageDirect to substrate prints, also known as direct to board prints, can be used in a variety of creative ways. You can print your favorite photos, artwork, or design using this method directly on to Sintra or Infinity Board. Then hang the custom artwork in your home or office. It’s also a wonderfully unconventional way to display graphics, such as point of sale signage in a retail space.

Direct-to-substrate For Businesses

When businesses are looking for lightweight, durable, and quick graphic prints, direct-to-board prints are often the first and only choice. These prints are cheap to produce compared to other mediums such as canvas, metal, and acrylic and are easy to instantly display with tape, nails, or other mounting hardware.

  • Product signage
  • Menu and displays
  • Wayfinding signage
  • Retail graphics
  • Door or tabletop signage
  • Floor decals
  • Room dividers
  • Chair covers
  • Presentation boards
  • Trade shows and events
  • Corporate branding
  • Educational materials

Direct-to-substrate For Homes

For consumer use, direct-to-board prints hold the same advantages as they do for businesses but also a marked upgrade compared to posters or other wall hangings. Instead of incurring the expense of framing a poster, you could print that same poster on Infinity board or Sintra board.

  • Posters
  • Artwork
  • Decor
  • Soundproofing

Wondering what a substrate is? Check out the answer in another FAQ.

Why Use Direct To Photo Board Prints For Indoor Or Outdoor Signage?2023-11-21T11:19:30-07:00

For businesses or public spaces, the need for signage to help or inform visitors is a must. One of the most popular types of signage are direct to photo board prints because of the advantages of the unique printing process. Unlike traditional paper or photo paper prints, direct-to-photo prints use a thick foam board and UVgel inks that provide several advantages.

  • Durability – The rigid substrate of a foam composite that is less prone to tearing or damage compared to traditional paper or vinyl.
  • Professional Appearance – The printing process allows for vibrant colors and sharp details, making the signage visually appealing.
  • Versatility – Allows for different colors or graphics to be used for things like retail displays, trade show graphics, wayfinding and general signage.
  • Easy To Handle – Smudge-proof, UV-cured inks and lightweight foam make direct-to-board prints convenient to transport, handle and install.
  • No Bulk Needed – Cost-effectiveness allows for short-run or one-time prints to be produced at reasonable rates.
  • Fast Printing – The simple printing process makes meeting quick-turnaround times easy.

Direct to Photo Board prints, also known as hard surface prints, are great for both indoor and outdoor environment. The printing process used to create them makes them durable in almost any environment. Direct to Photo Board PrintsThe key is the UV curing ink applied to the rigid surface, either Sintra or Infinity Board, using our high definition large format inkjet printer. Using powerful UV light, the printer then cures the ink. This curing process offers incredible durability, which is why hard surface prints are suitable for outdoor displays without any protective coating. Direct to photo board prints also hold up well to indoor displays that receive a lot of direct sunlight. The perfect choice for any environment!

What is Direct to Board or Direct Digital Printing? Why Use Acrylic Ink?2023-11-20T13:50:05-07:00

Direct digital printing to a board is a specialized high-tech printing process where an image is printed directly on a solid rigid medium like wood, acrylic, or metal (tin, steel, and aluminum), instead of on vinyl, photo paper, or canvas.

Why Use UV Curable Acrylic Ink For Direct To Board Prints?

Direct to Board prints produced by Artisan HD are made using our Océ 350 GT UV curable print process. This technology prints the ink onto the paper and then immediately cures it using a high-intensity UV light. This gives prints a thick, almost latex-type feel to them while also being smudge-proof and durable for years to come.

This unique process, printer, and ink type provide many advantages:

  • Good for indoor/outdoor use
  • Durable to the elements
  • Bold and bright colors
  • Can be used on multiple mediums
  • Doesn’t require lamination or extra finish

UV curable inks contain acrylic polymers called monomers and oligomers that when exposed to UV light harden and solidify by forming a polymer structure that provides vibrant colors and durability. These are organic chemicals that won’t require harsh solvents to set.

Is Acrylic Ink Good For The Environment?

In addition, the direct digital printing process using UV-curable inks is more environmentally friendly than many printing options. There are no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) polluting the air while still producing superior display graphic results and taking care of our planet.

  • Water-based – Instead of a harmful organic solvent found in other inks, acrylic inks are water-based with lower levels of VOCs and toxicity.
  • Cleanup – When disposed of properly, acrylic inks are less harmful than traditional inks to the environment.
  • Reduced emissions – Lower emissions in production and use of water-based inks.

It should be noted that as with any product, even acrylic inks can have environmental impacts in their production and disposal. The exact environmental impact of a given ink depends on its formulation process and ingredients.

What is direct-to-substrate printing?2023-11-03T12:03:39-07:00

Direct to Substrate PrintingDirect-to-substrate printing refers to printing an image directly on the surface rather than the image printed on HD photo paper, then mounted to the substrate. In the case of direct-to-acrylic prints, the substrate is Plexiglass. Substrate, in this instance, refers to the surface being printed on.

How Does Direct-To-Substrate Printing Work?

Direct-to-substrate printing for acrylic prints is a specialized printing process that involves directly applying ink onto the surface of an acrylic sheet. This method is used to produce museum-grade art prints and other applications where exceptional image clarity, color vibrancy, and longevity are paramount. The process typically includes the following steps:

  1. Select Acrylic Sheet: Inspect acrylic for any imperfections and correct sizing for the print.
  2. Printing Preparation: Make sure the digital file of the photo meets resolution and color requirements and make any necessary adjustments.
  3. Prep Inkjet Printing with UV Ink: Set up a specialized flatbed printer/UV printer equipped with advanced inkjet technology that can use UV curing ink.
  4. Print onto Acrylic: The printer applies the UV ink directly onto the acrylic surface, using precise and controlled droplet placement.
  5. Initial UV Light Exposure: The UV ink is exposed to UV light during or immediately after printing, causing it to cure and harden rapidly.
  6. Curing and Finishing: Once the printing is complete, the acrylic sheet with the freshly printed image is exposed to UV light again in a separate curing process.

This results in exceptional image quality, color vibrancy, and durability, making it a preferred choice for high-end art and photography displays.

Why Use Direct to Substrate Printing?

Substrate surfaces are so versatile and durable that they are used by professional artists, galleries, museums, framing shops, and specialized printers to enhance the artistry and uniqueness of a photo or fine art piece. Professional mounting finishes the artwork and makes it display as if it’s in a gallery.

Can a customer get anything printed? Are there any restrictions the image printed?2024-03-27T11:13:21-07:00

At ArtisanHD, we take pride in creating high-quality prints for our customers regardless of the content printed. However, we do have some restrictions on the content of images we reproduce. While it is exceedingly rare, we reserve the right to decline any print job for the following reasons:

  • Legality: We cannot print anything that violates copyright laws or depicts illegal activity.
  • Sensitivity: We avoid reproducing images that are overly sexual (no pornography), violent (no explicit gore), or exploitative towards children (no questionable images).
  • Respecting Artistic Expression: We understand that art can sometimes push boundaries.

If you have an image you’d like printed that might fall into a gray area, we encourage you to contact us directly to discuss it. We’ll work with you to find a solution that respects both your artistic vision and our printing policies.

Our goal is to provide a comfortable and inclusive environment for all our employees and customers, sometimes this means passing on a print job. We appreciate your understanding. For more information on our policies please visit our policy and terms.

What if my print is damaged during shipping?2024-03-27T11:13:30-07:00

Contact us ASAP and keep the box for the carrier’s claim. We’ll replace your print and keep you updated. Report defects or damage by email within 10 days of delivery to avoid waiving your claim. By accepting the print, you acknowledge ArtisanHD fulfilled all requirements.

Can I cancel my order?2024-03-27T11:13:38-07:00

Artisan HD begins work on your print the moment you submit your order so if you cancel withing 24hrs we can refund your money right away.

What’s Artisan HD’s return policy?2024-03-27T11:13:46-07:00

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your prints contact us within 10 days of receiving your order to return the item. We understand that getting the perfect print is important so our team works with you to either send you a reprint up to your standards or simply provide a refund. Though rare, there are instances in which refunds are not available:

  • Low image resolution: Always use the highest resolution image possible and understand resizing a small file won’t improve the quality.
  • User errors: Spelling, grammar or adding adhesives/hardware not designed for the print.
  • Exact monitor match: Color variations will always exist between a monitor and a print, while we can do exact color matching, that requires a custom order.

Note: Artisan HD does pre-print quality checks on all prints and will contact you to address these issues before printing. For more information on our return policy, please read our policy and terms. We always strive to go above and beyond to meet your expectations – just ask our customers!

Can I see a print proof before I order?2024-03-27T11:13:53-07:00

For most print orders, we do not provide print proofs. However, if you need to see color proofs before you purchase, please email us for custom order pricing and instructions.

How long does standard art print delivery take?2024-03-27T11:14:02-07:00

At ArtisanHD, we prioritize delivering high-quality prints to you as quickly as possible. Our standard turnaround time is 10 business days, this allows for added quality control on each print, secure packaging, and shipping to your door. Turnaround times may vary slightly depending on the chosen substrate, we’ll keep you informed throughout the process and provide you with the fastest delivery while maintaining the quality possible. If you’re in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, you can pick your print up from our office in North Scottsdale at 8970 E Bahia Dr #104, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

How fast can I get my art prints?2024-03-27T11:00:16-07:00

Artisan HD offers expedited shipping options Priority Overnight and 2-Day delivery if you need your prints right away. For large rush orders or corporate art prints, please contact us directly to discuss logistics and the timing of delivery.

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Understanding Aspect Ratio:
Aspect ratio is the proportional relationship between an image's width and height. Think of it as the "shape" of your image. For instance, a common aspect ratio for HD content is 16:9, meaning the width is 16 units for every 9 units of height.

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As the owner of a small startup company, I looked around The Valley and online for professional high quality printed products. Other solutions always seemed to come with a tradeoff: poor customer service, product size constraints, high pricing and volume, or even bad finish quality.

Working with Mike and his team I was able to produce the high quality unique products at competitive prices that I was looking for without compromise. Their knowledgeable customer service was phenomenal! We were even able to find solutions to some of the more complex printing and finishing requirements I needed. I’ll definitely be working with them again on future projects!

ArtisanHD Online Photo Printing Review – Lee D.Lee D., The Art of Lee Davis
I recently sold one of my Digital Art pieces and the team at ArtisanHD have the complete package really sorted out! They are a friendly, client orientated and totally professional team who happen to produce spectacular prints as well! Thanks guys for keeping everyone very happy!
ArtisanHD Online Photo Printing Review – Dale B.Dale B.
Fantastic staff, fantastic facilities, second to none product quality output. I feel like you're my secret weapon.
Beautiful print work and customer service of the highest order – you'll be so thrilled with how well you're treated, and how they'll go the extra mile to make sure you're happy and satisfied with the final result.
ArtisanHD Online Photo Printing Review – Denise S.Denise S.
It's rare I find a company today where the customer service, quality and pricing meet most every need I'm looking for. It's even rarer to find those companies where the staff are not only willing to meet those expectations, but surpass them. In a very stressful situation I created for myself, the staff at Artisan went out of their way to help me find a answer to my predicament. Their team worked with me to find a fast solution pulling me out of a situation I knew very few companies would go out of their way to solve. It's those actions I use to choose who I will send my next job. The service was awesome! The quality was awesome! Their staff was Awesome!
Raegan S.
Artisan Colour is the most creative, talented and friendly place to print and mind meld.  I have been satisfied with every experience I have had with them.  Front end to delivery topnotch.  So glad I was directed to them.
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Simply the best. Great client services, great people, and great products.
ArtisanHD Online Photo Printing Review – Dan M.Dan M.
When I inadvertently shipped a limited edition print to a customer before signing it, Artisan was quick to have it rerouted back to their facility to resolve my issue. When I then showed up during the holiday season –– right before New Year's Eve –– I was met by no less than the company's president, Doug Bondon, who was genuinely happy to assist me and get my order on its way in a matter of minutes. Folks, this is what topnotch, white glove service really looks like. Outstanding!
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