Lab / DIY
We believe in the “Do-It-Yourself” ethos as key to being a self-reliant artist.
We encourage members of Light Work Lab to use the space in a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) manner. After a short orientation and equipment training, we offer members access to high-end printmaking at extremely low rates. The advantage of this methodology is artists learn a valuable skill set as well as get extremely affordable costs.
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Everything at Light Work begins with membership. Once you have joined our community as a member, you have access to our state-of-the-art lab including computers running Adobe CC, Epson inkjet printers, scanners, a lighting studio, and a darkroom. With an active membership, you can reserve equipment for no extra cost by visiting our reservations page.
We offer paper provided and client provided options for DIY printing. Our two papers that we stock for paper provided are photo weight Hahnemuhle Fiber Matte and Lexjet E-Satin. Maximum width for our media is 44 inches when using our Epson 9800 printers and 17 inches for using our 4880 printers. Use the following chart to estimate the cost of common print sizes. Prints are always billed by final paper size, using the following calculation:
(Height x Width) x (Sq. in. price) = Cost of print.
$0.015 / sq. in.
$0.022 / sq. in.
|4 x 5 in.||$0.30||$0.44|
|8 x 10 in.||$1.20||$1.76|
|8.5 x 11 in.||$1.50||$1.76|
|11 x 14 in.||$2.30||$3.39|
|11 x 17 in.||$2.80||$4.11|
|13 x 19 in.||$3.70||$5.43|
|16 x 20 in.||$4.80||$7.04|
|17 x 22 in.||$5.60||$8.23|
|20 x 24 in.||$7.50||$10.56|
|24 x 30 in.||$10.80||$15.84|
|30 x 40 in.||$18.00||$26.40|
|40 x 50 in.||$30.00||$44.00|
DIY Digital Lab
The Light Work digital lab is set up in an intuitive workstation format with Mac computers, color-managed monitors, print viewing stations, professional grade scanners, and easy to use DIY printers.
• Mac Pros, Mac Minis and iMacs
• Adobe Master Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Premiere,
• Adobe Lightroom 5
• Color-calibrated monitors
• GTI 5500K dimmable viewing stations
• Epson 5000 and 10000
• Canon Pro 1000, 4000, and 6000 (prints up to 60 inches wide)
• Color managed workflow and custom paper profiles
• Large magnetic viewing walls
• Central compressed air
DIY Scanning lab
We have a wide array of scanners available for members to use. All scanners except for the drum scanner are free to use. We recommend making a reservation prior to your planned visit in order to guarantee use of the equipment.
• Professional Hasselblad Flextight film scanners
• Epson 11000xl and V700 flatbed scanners
• Howtek 4500 Scanmaster drum scanner
• Film light tables
Drum scans are $11 a load. The number of scans you can fit per load depends on your film format. You can fit 15 35mm, but only 1 8×10 per load. To DIY on this scanner, a training session is required.