How do I get prints made in the Binning Lab?

Printing is only available during the Fall and Winter academic terms when classes are in session: 2pm to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 2pm to 4pm Fridays. Drop off and pay for your print during those times. Please read the instructions below carefully.

Our printing services are for VISA students enrolled in photo/digital courses and other users within the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory only; to provide a cost effective means for our students to print their assignments. Our print lab is located in room 208 of the BC Binning building.

Our main printer (Epson SureColor P8000) is capable of printing on media up to 44 inches wide in a high quality colour photographic format. We normally stock and print on Epson Premium Luster photo paper in rolls 16, 24 or 44 inch wide. Other media may be available on request, but as a photography lab we only use materials that produce high quality photographic prints.

We also have an Epson SC P800* printer. This is a smaller sheet fed printer that produces prints of exceptional quality on a selection of Fine Art papers. We currently stock – Epson Hot Press Bright (a heavy-weight smooth matte paper) and Epson Legacy Baryta (a traditional looking semi-lustre Baryta paper). These papers are available up to 17×22 inches and are excellent for making exhibition quality 16×20 prints. If interested on printing on these fine art materials please discuss with Rob or the Lab Assistants. Cost is approximately 50% higher than our standard Luster photo paper on the P8000 machine.

* The P800 printer is not necessarily intended for standard class assignments but rather for those who appreciate learning how to produce Fine Art prints and are interested in spending the extra time finessing their digital files to do so.


Lab hours are 10am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 4pm Friday.

Printing is done 2pm to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 2pm to 4pm Fridays*. Bring your files in and pay then. During busy times (ie. day before class assignments due) we may not get all files printed if everyone leaves printing to the afternoon before as we can only print so many files per shift. We suggest you come in several days before you actually need your print to ensure you get it by your deadline. Please note Friday is a short shift.

* Printing is only available during the Fall and Winter academic terms when classes are in session.

Need assistance?

Our Work Learn student lab assistants are available during the above printing times for questions, assistance and print production.

• Your file should be set up in RGB (even if it’s black & white) – NOT CYMK or any other mode.

• We print in the Adobe RGB (1998) colour space. If you aren't sure what your file is set in check under the "Edit" menu in Photoshop. In AdobeCC or CS6 look under "Edit Menu", "Assign Profile". Here you may change the colour space to Adobe RGB(1998). This is a wider colour space which reproduces a better range of reds and blues.

(If you give us files set in sRGB or ProPhoto RGB colour spaces, we automatically convert them to Adobe RGB (1998) BUT they may not print as you expected).

• Files should be given to us for printing saved in TIFF format.

(JPEGs generally should NOT be used as they are for screen viewing - not printing - they compress and discard information and generally degrade the print quality.)

•  Flatten all layers to reduce the file size and speed up printing time.

• Optimum file resolution for printing is 300 dpi – do NOT submit files of higher resolution – it makes file sizes larger than necessary and takes longer to print  - there is no benefit to printing at higher resolution than 300 dpi.  Files of 200 to 240 dpi are OK for good reproductions in most cases but generally less resolution will result in poorer quality images. If you need help understanding resolution and setting it correctly, please read through the resizing tutorial.

• Do NOT build in white borders to your image file. Border width is determined by the paper size you choose. The image will be centered on the paper automatically.

• Your files should be ready to print which means sized to fit the appropriate paper requested – we do NOT resize your images. Give us your print sized in inches as that is how our paper is measured. If you have multiple small images it is more cost effective to print them laid out together in one file, otherwise they will be printed separately on our smallest paper which is 16” wide. If you need help understanding resizing and doing so correctly please read through the resizing tutorial.

•  All media is supplied – students should not expect to print on their own paper.


As you can imagine when we have 20 or 30 files to print and they are all named "project 2" or "print me" or "to be printed" they all sound the same - we can't tell quickly who's is what and that slows the whole process down - that means we might not get your print done on time!

Please name your files in a way we can identify them and so we can tell who they belong to - using your NAME would be a good start! Also adding something descriptive about the subject matter would also be helpful.

For instance:

"Jane_Smith_portait.tif" OR "John_Doe_Haunted_House.tif" would be GOOD names. These identify the owner quickly and tell us about the image we are looking for.

"project 2 final print.tif" OR "Visa210-2nd project.tif would be BAD names - these say nothing about who's it is and nothing useful to identify it visually.

Also of note - do NOT use characters other than upper or lowercase letters, numbers, hyphens or underscores in file names. Other characters like #, @, /, ?, (, ) and spaces in file names are generally BAD practice and your file may not open in some instances.

  1. Bring in your files on a USB flash drive. Make sure your name is on your flash drive!  We need to be able to find yours among all the other disks in the basket.  If there's no name on your disk and we can't find it yours gets printed last!
  2. Fill in your info on the printing sheet located near the printing computer. Print legibly your name, phone number, date/time needed, and name of file to be printed.
  3. Fill in the Image size which is size of your image (inked area only) – do NOT include white borders in your image size.
  4. Fill in the Paper size (the paper size will always be 16 in x ?, 24 in x ?, or 44 in x ? as the paper comes in 16, 24 or 44 inch rolls).  The paper size should be at least 1 inch bigger than the inked area ... In other words, put in on big enough paper to leave at least a half inch border around your inked image. We cannot print (ink) right to the edge of the paper!
  5. Leave your disk (with your name on it) in the basket labelled "To Be Printed".
  6. Ask the Lab Assistant to calculate the price of your print(s).
  7. Pay for it! Lab personal will calculate the price and you can now pay online. We no longer except cash. Prints may be paid for by CREDIT CARD though our secure online payment portal at
  8. After it is paid for we print it!
  9. Finished prints are left on the table in the print lab (Binning 208) and are ready for pick up the next day. Prints may be picked up anytime the lab is open 10am to 5pm. (We suggest you don't leave them too long after they are finished; people may handle them causing damage).
  10. Remember to take your USB flash drive back after your file has been printed. USB's we are finished with are left in the "Finished" basket.

  • Printing is done between 2pm and 5pm Monday to Thursday, 2pm to 4pm Friday. There is NO self serve printing.
  • Please drop off your files between during the Lab Assisted hours (see above). The Lab Assistant will calculate the price, accept your payment and write you a receipt.
  • Printing Deadlines - If there is an impending class deadline, submit your files EARLY (several workdays before you need the prints) - If you bring them in at the last minute (i.e. the day before a class assignment is due) printing will not be guaranteed by your due date. Normally we can print within a 24 hour period except during these extremely busy times.

Prints are priced by the size of the material, type of material and the amount inked hence a larger size paper with a small inked area will cost less than the same sheet fully inked.

  • Pricing is approximately $7.00 per sq ft (photo paper and ink) but varies depending on type of paper, ink and size. For an exact quote see our Lab Assistant with your exact inked (image) size and paper size.
  • For example: a 15x19" inked area on 16x20" paper costs $20.00. Cost varies according to amount of ink and size of paper.
  • Payment is due when you leave your file(s) for printing.
  • Prints must be paid for BEFORE we print them.

(Revised September 20, 2021)