Lox­ley Colour, UK

This Scot­tish lab has es­tab­lished a well-de­served rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity, speed and value for money

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Lox­ley Colour has long been favoured by pro pho­tog­ra­phers who de­mand great qual­ity while also want­ing to stretch their profit mar­gins. Com­pared with White­wall, for ex­am­ple, one-off or small-quan­tity 12x8-inch photo prints work out at £2.30 each in­stead of £7.95 for glossy or lus­tre fin­ish, and £3.46 in­stead of £12.95 for me­tal­lic. That said, prices are more com­pa­ra­ble for larger sizes from 24x16-inch up to Lox­ley’s max­i­mum of 66x44-inch.

The ROES (Re­mote Or­der En­try Sys­tem) makes it easy to nav­i­gate the huge range of photo prints, gi­clée fine art prints, wall dis­plays, fram­ing and many other prod­ucts that Lox­ley of­fers. An ICC pro­file is avail­able for soft-proof­ing be­fore or­der­ing. One mi­nus point is that there’s only a lim­ited choice of pa­per for con­ven­tional photo print­ing: Fuji Colour Crys­tal Archive DP2 for glossy or lus­tre, and Ko­dak En­dura Premier for me­tal­lic. On the plus side, five free test prints are avail­able ahead of plac­ing your first or­der.

Per­for­mance

One thing that sets Lox­ley apart from many com­peti­tors is that colour cor­rec­tion by hand is avail­able with­out any ad­di­tional charge. The ser­vice is well worth us­ing, even if your mon­i­tor is metic­u­lously set up, as it en­ables Lox­ley’s tech­ni­cians to de­liver spec­tac­u­lar re­sults, which nor­mally pop through the let­ter­box in just a day or two.

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