Each VAST Print™ is a true photograph created specifically for you using light-sensitive paper exposed in a darkroom with the industry's highest precision exposure technique. Your print is then sealed between a shine-enhancing protective coating and a sturdy aluminum backing. The artist's handwritten signature on the rear proves the authenticity and unrivaled quality of the print.
VAST Prints are created using a specialty, large-format fine art printer that uses extremely precise, state-of-the-art lasers to expose light-sensitive paper at a truly unprecedented 610 pixels-per-inch (ppi) resolution, resulting in spectacular image sharpness and clarity. For comparison, a 55-inch 4k tv has a resolution of 80ppi and an iPhone 14 Pro Max has a screen resolution of 460ppi.
Most fine art prints made today are created using a process that sprays ink onto paper in small dots. These dots of ink are visible with the naked eye and cause prints to appear "grainy". Our printer, on the other hand, produces beautiful "continuous tones" of smooth color because, instead of using drops of ink, it uses lasers that "draw" the image smoothly onto the paper.
We scientifically tested dozens of paper types to identify one that best produces exceptionally crisp and vivid images even under our demanding printing conditions. The paper we use is one of the finest ever created, with a specialty emulsion set that reveals beautiful micro-contrast, ultra-bright whites, and deep blacks.
The complete workflow of creating a VAST print—from shooting the VAST photo, to editing the digital file, to making the print—is done using processes, devices, and materials that have a high dynamic range (HDR) and an ultra-wide color gamut. This means that the colors in our photos have a sublime vibrancy and a rich level of contrast. Furthermore, luminosity gradients found in subjects such as vivid sunsets appear true-to-life.
The distinctive quality of our prints demands to be protected and displayed in the best possible manner. Therefore, they are sealed on the front with an extra-thick, shine-enhancing protective laminate coating. Alternatively, a non-glossy, satin matte coating can be used on request - just tell us before placing your order. Then, the print is mounted to a sturdy, triple-layer aluminum composite backing that completes the photo's sleek look.
The chromogenic materials and methods we use in our printing and mounting process have been designed to meet the most demanding standards for archival length set by leading museums and galleries. VAST Prints are rated to retain perfect color permanence for 75+ years in typical lighting conditions and have a theoretical archival rating of 200+ years in cold storage.
Our award-winning master printmakers have over four decades of experience calibrating advanced printing equipment to ensure impeccably consistent results that precisely adhere to the artist's vision. Furthermore, every digital file of a VAST photo goes through an extensive proofing and refining process to prepare it to look its very best when printed.
Our photos, prints, production processes, and artists have been recognized industry-wide with leading awards for quality and innovation. Our founder Dan Piech, along with all of our artists, are leaders and pioneers in the field of ultra-high-resolution image-making.
A VAST Print is a one-of-a-kind artwork with no effort or expense spared in its creation. To help protect its value and prove its authenticity, it is accompanied by the artist's handwritten signature (on the rear) and our digitally-enhanced, holographic certificate of authenticity.
A hidden, aluminum mounting brace on the rear causes the photo to appear to effortlessly "float" off the wall by 3/4 of an inch. This floating effect creates a subtle shadow on the wall behind the photo which provides a pleasant, soft border around the image. The floating display's modern, sleek, and minimalist frameless appearance keeping viewers' attention on the photo's remarkable imagery and complements nearly any decor style.
The print is mounted inside one of our handcrafted 100% wood frames with a decorative separation between the print and the frame border so that the print appears to be floating within the frame, providing depth and elegance to the finished photo. Four moulding trims are available: smooth white, satin black, brushed silver, and regal gold.