COVID-19 Update – We’re Open

We’re still Open and operating as normal….well almost normal

Operating Hours

Our operating hours are slightly limited mainly due to the lower work volume.

We’re now open 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday.

Impacts on operations

We still have FREE Shipping for all orders over $100. We have been shipping Australia Wide and also Internationally (actually quite a lot internationally of late).

We have noticed that Shipping times have been taking longer with Australia Post and all other courier services due to everyone being stretched at this crazy time, please allow for that if you have an urgent deadline.

Can I pick up my orders?

Technically you can… BUT…we’d prefer everything to be shipped. So unless it’s some kind of emergency and you simply can’t afford to pay for shipping please choose to have your orders shipped. This just helps avoid any further contact or potential spreading of Covid-19 (Corona Virus).

If you ‘must’ pick up your orders Please do NOT come inside our workshop. You will have to pick up your order from our Pick-up Box out the front of the workshop.

Phone, Live Chat and Email Support

Are you even there I hear you say?

We’re running skeleton staff at the moment and I’m (Shane) am back on the tools full time now, including phone, live chat, email etc. so the reality is I’m a little slow sometimes and not quite as prompt as far as answering the phone, emailing back at lightning speed and even missing the odd live chat.

Please be patient. Live chat is great if you catch me on it as we can generally work anything out on there.

Phone 1300 90 30 65 or 0426 455 779
Live Chat (bottom right of the website – click to chat)

We’re here to help

Are you struggling with this whole isolation thing? Has business slowed or come to a standstill? If you want to chat and bounce some ideas off someone regarding business and moving forward we’d love to chat call us 1300 90 30 65 OR 0426 455 779 and we can brainstorm together.

It’s actually amazing some of the cool ideas that people are coming up with to keep things moving. We are living in unique times that will certainly shake up the industry with some leaving the industry, others sticking around cementing their place in the market.

Market(ing) Opportunities for Photographers

Do you have a database of existing clients?

Do you have a mailing list of your customers? Past present and ‘leads’?

With the limited capacity to be able to physically get your customers into your studio or on location for a shoot you can be guaranteed that there are alot of your contacts/customers etc. who have photos they need printed or would like to deck the house out since they’re couped up!

You could email OR ideally make it more personal and physically PHONE each of your customers, have a chat, Find out how you can help them, let them know that you’ve put together a special for your valued existing clients if they order xxxxx they get xxxxxx FREE + a Gift Voucher for their next shoot (as an example), you’ve worked out a special deal with your Pro Lab Professional Printer and you’re able to do xxxx for them. (We can ship direct to them for you WHITE LABEL!!)

Driveway Shoots!

I’ve seen this going on in the USA and also in Australia photographers doing ‘Driveway shoots’ where you organize a time with your clients you drive up to their house.

The family get’s all dressed up for their Photo Shoot on their front lawn, garden, in front of their house, tree, fancy car or whatever they like. (You give them clear instructions – just a few dot points on how it works BEFORE you get there).

You do the shoot from a socially responsible distance to get a few great shots (for whatever package you put together as your Corona Driveway Shoot Special / or I’m sure you can come up with a better name with a little brainstorming 😉)

Then we can print and ship direct to your customer!

Anyway, that’s just a few ideas, if you have some extra time, sit down with a pen and paper and work out who is still employed e.g. Emergency services, Police, Fire, Ambo, Doctors, Nurses etc etc etc and then come up with ways that you can connect or market towards those groups of people who would probably love to have a shoot done (in their front yard or wherever) that is legal, and responsible.

Let me know if this is helpful. Let’s chat!

Affinity Photo Overview of the Software

Watch this little promo and introduction for Affinity Photo.

Affinity Photo by Serif is a new photo editing software that is very similar to Photoshop but there is no ongoing monthly cost. It’s a one time fee and it’s VERY AFFORDABLE at only $30.99 for the iPad version or $79.99 AUD for the Mac or Windows version.

My first impressions of the software was just how similar to Adobe Photoshop it is, that it runs very fast and it actually seemed pretty smooth transitioning over from Adobe Photoshop to Affinity Photo and of course it’s price! (See below) it’s sooooo cheap, I was actually (fist pumping) surprised at how affordable it is for what you get!

Could this be the end of Adobe Photoshop? or could this be a new player on the market that fills a space that Adobe isn’t willing to fill.

Watch the video below for a bit of an overview of the UI.

Leave a comment below on what you think about Affinity Photo and whether you think it could replace Adobe Photoshop for editing photos. I’ve been using it now for a good few months and I have to say I’m very very impressed with it.

It’s fast, easy to use and seems to be able to do everything that you can do in Photoshop (sometimes it’s almost identical, other times there is a slightly different way of doing things).

One thing that isn’t available in Affinity Photo is a replacement for Photoshop Actions. This maybe something that is added in future versions but that is yet to be seen.

Let me know if you would like to see more tutorials or have more info about Affinity Photo. Have an awesome day. Leave a comment below now with any thoughts.

Christmas Order Deadlines & Closing Dates

Leading up to Christmas things tend to get pretty wild around here, this year we will have clear cut off dates to get your orders in to ensure you get your orders in time for Christmas and avoid any disappointment.

I know it always gets crazy for everyone but if you have any specific things you need where possible try and plan ahead so we can help wherever possible so Santa’s helpers can do their thing.

Closing Dates for 2019

Closing: Friday 20th December 3pm

Reopening: Monday 6th January 7am

Order Deadlines for 2019

Aluminium HD Metal Cut-Off Dates
6th December, 2019 (some flexibility especially if sizes in stock)

Canvas Cut-Off Dates
11th December, 2019 (some flexibility / depending on your location)

Paper Prints Cut-Off Dates (some flexibility / depending on your location)
11th December, 2019

Framed Prints Cut-Off Dates
6th December, 2019

Cut-off dates do not allow for remote/rural shipping addresses. If you need something shipped to Humpty Doo in N.T. or Broome W.A. then please obviously get your orders in ASAP to avoid any disappointment.

Couriers and shipping companies put on extra staff and try to go the extra mile around Christmas to ensure everyone get’s their goodies in time for Christmas, but sometimes if they don’t have enough time they just can’t perform their magic!

Urgent / Rush Jobs after Cut-Off Dates?

We’ll try and help you wherever we can. Rush Service is available (where your job can ‘leap frog’ to the front of the queue if required for urgent jobs. Otherwise jobs are completed in the order they are received.

We do have some flexibility with the cut off dates especially for CANVAS and PAPER PRINTS and some ALUMINIUM HD METAL (as long as we have the size you need in stock!) so please CALL us if you’re wondering if it’s possible. We’ll try and work some magic for you if it’s humanly possible.

Please phone us 1300 90 30 65 or 0426 455 779 for any specific requests and keep an eye on our Facebook page for current turnaround times. But, don’t be afraid to call or jump on live chat to confirm.

If you order but do not upload we will not be able to process your order. I know seems obvious but 🙂

Float Mounted Metal Prints that are Amaze Balls

If you’re looking for an amazing, modern new look in your home or office, you need to look at what float mounted metal prints can do. Float mounted metal prints are stylish, modern, pretty to look at – there are so many words in there that we can add to describe these Next Level prints!

You can have a single image or a collection of them printed and hung in your home, and they are a super classy addition to your walls.

float mounted metal prints

What Are Float Mounted Metal Prints?

Without getting too technical into the magic of float mounted metal prints, they’re effectively photographs or artwork that has been printed and fuzed into the coating of the Aluminium Metal then our unique float mount hanging system is attached to the back of the print. The subframe / hanging system is approximately 18mm thick, which then gives your float mounted metal prints the look of a floating print standing out from the walls.

They’re classy, and they look like glass, which gives your artwork a far glossier look than regular metal prints and float mounted metal prints appeal to those who want something a little more upmarket.

You can print any photography or artwork onto them, and you can simply upload your images on a computer or via smartphone to have them printed onto metal.

float mount metal prints backs

Colour Popping Quality

Float mounted metal prints are – hands down – the best metal prints available today. The float mounted metal prints will pop with vibrant colours, and the image clarity is enhanced and beautiful to look at. The rich, glossy finish can transform your favourite pictures into a piece of floating art on the walls. Our float mounted metal prints are a class of their own, and our achievements in winning Gold Medals in both the State Queensland PICA/Printing Industries & Craftsmanship Awards and the National PICA Awards.

float mount metal prints colourful

Why Choose Float Mounted Metal Prints?

There are plenty of reasons to choose float mounted metal prints, and here are some of the best:

  • Modern and fashionable, your pictures will be a talking point in the home or office
  • They look amazing. Glossy, classy and other adjectives that tell you how gorgeous they look!
  • Recyclable and stainless, it will keep looking amazeballs for many years to come
  • Float mounted metal prints are durable, so you won’t have to worry about scratching it!
  • The float mounted metal prints look slick, with the “floating” look making your pictures a talking point.

If it’s a WOW effect you want from your pictures, then you’re going to be in the right place with float mounted metal prints. It looks like glass, with better clarity. It’s light; it’s ready to hang and stand out – literally – on your walls.

Chromaluxe Photo Panels are the #1 Choice for Professional Photographers and Interior Designers who can transform commercial and residential interiors into world-class design experiences.

With our float mounted metal prints, you’ll find that you’ve added a pinch of class to your home or office and a touch of vibrancy to everyone who sees it!

This is why at InkFX Printing we are the Professionals Choice (trusted by over 1,300+ Professional Photographers) for all their Photographic Printing needs from paper prints, to Fine-Art Canvas Prints, Slate Photo Blocks, Framing, Framed Canvas and of course Float Mounted Metal Prints and also Framed Metal Prints too!

If you have any questions at all about anything print related we’d be more than happy to help you out. We understand that it can be confusing and even overwhelming at times trying to decide what to print and on what medium, but rest assured we’re here for you and happy to help advise on the best mediums for your specific shots.

How to Upload Your Photos for Your Order

When ordering at you have 2 ways of uploading your images for your order and they’re both really simple!

Firstly when you are adding your products to cart you can upload your images at the same time, the uploader below is just under where you choose your product size and product options. You can do as it says by clicking on it and then selecting your files OR you can drag and drop them onto the uploader. This is

Step 1 – Selecting Your Files to be uploaded

So, what happens once you have selected your files? See below how it looks.

You will see that you can ‘Delete Selected Files’ OR ‘Upload Selected Files’.

This just gives you the chance to change your mind, e.g. remove any of the selected files for upload before you commit to upload them.

Once you’re happy and you have selected your correct files from your computer / device. Click the UPLOAD SELECTED FILES Button.


Step 2 – Upload the Selected Files

Once you have clicked the ‘Upload Selected Files’ button you will see the progress bar of your file(s) uploading. See below

Once it is 100% complete and has uploaded you will see. Something like the following. It shows your Image file and just an option to Delete it if you want. BUT the Upload Selected Files Buttons are no longer visible as the file has been uploaded successfully.

Step 3 – Complete your order and Checkout

So once you’ve uploaded you can then click the ‘Add to Cart’ button you can complete your order. This is how my Cart looks now with the thumbnail of the image.

Secondly, you can complete the purchase without uploading at the time of ordering and then you can upload your images after by logging into your account and click on your Order History (see below)

Locate your order and click on the ‘View / Upload’ button next to your order.

If you have older orders pre-dating our new (current) website. Then please dropbox your images with your details to us and we can download your images for those older orders that way.

Leave a comment below if this was helpful or any feedback about this post! 🙂 Thanks groovers.

Don’t buy another Chromaluxe Aluminium HD Metal Until You Read This

“Here’s A Very Limited Opportunity to Get Aluminium HD Metal Prints at 1/2 Price!”

For over 5 years, and making thousands and thousands of of amazing, beautiful Aluminium HD Metal Chromaluxe Prints and unfortunately that also means we’ve accumulated hundreds of ‘2nd’s’.

What’s a 2nd? It’s sheetstock that has a small often very tiny defect e.g. a pimple in the coating of the Aluminium HD Metal that is too big to be shipped as a ‘first’. Or a small chip on the edge. To be honest we’ve had many people call us after ordering a 2nd and say “Are you sure this is a 2nd??!! We can’t find anything wrong with it at all!!”

So to be honest when it’s on the wall there is a good chance that you will never see the ‘fault’ with it! If you order one that ‘needs’ to be framed we will call you before proceeding.


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