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Welcome to Blow Up Lab

Murals, Photos, Graphics and Art Printing

Blow Up Lab is a full-service photo, murals, graphics and art printing business located in San Francisco and serving customers worldwide.  Our services include printing, scanning, mounting and finishing, restoration, art and photography, legal services, pre-production, and post-production.  Always experimenting and following technological advancements, Blow Up Lab prides itself on its ability to offer clients custom, state-of-the-art digital production with old-fashioned, personalized service.

Blow Up Lab is dedicated to eco-friendly printing and uses non-toxic, aqueous, vegetable-based, archival inks; 100% cotton (rag), acid-free, papers and canvases; as well as acid-free mounting substrates and adhesives.

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What We Do

The Blow Up Lab is a murals, graphics, and fine art printing, scanning and finishing business working with commercial and art clients worldwide.  Everything we produce is custom made in our facility.  Our clients range from individuals with personal projects to massive print “roll-outs” for international corporations.

  • We specialize in ink-jet printing with archival inks, papers and canvas for artists and photographers. We print enormous murals and exhibition graphics for museums.
  • We print promotional displays for retail stores, trade shows and events.
  • We custom produce projects for interior architects, designers and art consultants in hospitals, universities, offices, hotels and residences.
  • We offer a full array of pre- and post-printing services and partner with our clients to create the best result possible for their jobs.

Printing

Blow Up Lab’s high-quality digital printing services department produces color or black and white images at large sizes on a variety of media.  We also offer pre-print services including design, layout, color matching, re-touching and restoration using the most innovative graphic software.

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Scanning

Blow Up Lab offers scanning services of originals, prints, transparencies and negatives.  Our state-of-the-art, over-sized scanning equipment can make large high-resolution digital files from single panel, original art up to 5 feet x 8 feet.  And we can composite pixel to pixel from any size originals.

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Mounting and Finishing

Blow Up Lab’s finishing department takes great pride in their skill and attention to detail. Our comprehensive wood shop gives us the capacity to custom-built unique, eye-catching props, life-size cut-outs and promotional displays. We offer a standard selection of mounting substrates with more alternatives  available.

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Fine Art and Photography

Printing of fine art and photography on a variety of mediums is one of Blow Up Lab’s specialties.  We closely work with artists to customize their projects and manage a “print-on-demand” digital archive.  Our printers utilize archival, pigment-based, aqueous ink systems rated to last about 75 to 200 years against fading.

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Restoration

Blow Up Lab’s restoration services include expert use of Photoshop to restore your damaged or faded photographs, prints, posters, drawings, and paintings. The process includes steps to create a new print close to the original state of the piece.

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Legal Services

Blow Up Lab specializes in legal services that include trial exhibits for law firms, government litigators and expert witnesses, and high resolution scanning of over-sized x-rays. We can ‘blow up’ a variety of documents to client’s specifications.

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Pre-Production

Blow Up Lab’s  pres-production services employ the most current digital software to prepare files for optimal print quality; utilizing our expert color correction, cropping, interpolation, and re-sizing techniques.  And we offer professional design and layout services.

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Post-Production

Blow Up’s post-production services include professional installation of small and large projects alike.  We specialize in printing and applying large murals.  And we carefully manage packing, shipping and installation ‘roll-outs’ for retail chains, offices and other institutions.

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Dominique Caron Abstract Painting
photo of Fletcher Benton museum exhibition
photograph of A.C.T. 25th Anniversary
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