Creative ways of doing business

Creative ways of doing business

Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing utilizes a variety of methods and technologies to provide custom art and framing products their clients love.

Design consultation - Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing is a 5,000 square foot facility, where clients meet individually with a personal designer at their own design counter.

Point of Sale software – The company’s order entry process has been computerized since 1996 and is perfectly suited to record order details and access client history.

Mitre Saw and Underpinner – These machines aid in the precision and quality of all joined frames.

Computerized Mat Cutter (CMC) – This machine provides accuracy and offers creative options for every mat cut. Mat windows can be a standard rectangle, or nearly any shape imaginable.

High-resolution scanner / Graphic design software – The high-resolution scanner and graphic design softwares, such as Affinity, are used to create custom artwork, digitally restore faded or damaged images, or format special imagery or text to include in a framing order. For artists who want to reproduce their works, these technologies are used to provide color-matching services so the prints look as close to the originals as possible.

Large-format Epson Art Printers – Clients can order prints really small (ex. a photo to go in a locket) or really large (up to 60” wide on one dimension and many feet long on the other dimension). All prints are printed with pigmented inks, which are fade-resistant. Colbert’s offers a variety of paper options, including canvas, photo papers, fine art papers, and repositionable fabric sticker.

Custom engraving machine – In 2023, Stephanie expanded the company’s services to include custom metal plate engraving. Current colors available are silver, light gold, gold brass, black with silver letters, and black with gold letters. Engraved plates are available in custom sizes up to 12”x8”. An engraved metal plate, completed with a diamond drag tool by the company’s CAD software-operated engraving machine, adds class to any custom framing job. Clients can include important information such as titles, names, dates, and more. Other customizable features are font style and font size. The talented Colbert team can make suggestions regarding custom aspects of engraved plates to bring about the best result on each order. “We’ve always been able to source engraved plates to put on a mat or on the face of a frame,” said Stephanie, “but bringing this service in-house opens up more opportunities for the customization and creativity that we’re known for”.

Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing is currently running its Buy 1 Get the 2nd Half Off sale on custom framing orders through August 31. Orders must include custom frames to qualify. Order that use in-stock moulding and in-stock matting qualify for other savings. The on-site warehouse contains thousands of feet of high-quality moulding and sheets of matting.

The 3rd generation family business is located in Market Meadows Plaza on the NW corner of 75th St. and Naper Blvd. The store is open by appointment M-F 10 am to 6 pm and Sat. 9 am to 5 pm. Call 630-717-1448 or email for details.

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