DIY C-Prints

Experience the freedom of affordable museum-quality printing: from your home or at our lab.

Your digital darkroom

We provide on-demand access to a digital printer that uses darkroom technology to produce museum-quality prints.

Our award winning Polielettronica LaserLab (“the Polie”) combines lasers with RA-4 chemistry to create darkroom-style prints from digital files.

The richness, sharpness, saturation and depth of this process continues to be unequaled by other printing methods.

With our DIY C-Print services, you can use the Polie as your own personal printer: from your studio or ours.

Your photos +
the world’s best printer

Traditional darkroom technology — optimized for digital files — at your fingertips.


Print from your studio or ours

Our printer uses the AdobeRGB 1998 colorspace, which is probably what your monitor is calibrated to.

AdobeRGB 1998 makes it easy to prep your images from your home, studio, our lab, or wherever creativity strikes.

Come by the photo lab, enjoy an organic espresso, and use our calibrated Mac workstations to edit your images and send them directly to the printer.

Or, download our ICC profiles, prep your images, and send us your prepped files using our easy upload tool.

View our Polie Tutorial

Need Help Getting Started?

Our friendly staff is always ready to chat about your images and offer suggestions.

(415) 252-1300

Print On Demand

Ready in just 8 minutes — our ‘POD’ prints are the perfect mix of speed and control.

Think of your paper as a blank canvas.

It’s a place to experiment with different print sizes, quantities, and image placements. It’s a way to make test strips, collages, and new pieces of art.

For example, using an 18×30″ canvas, you could make a single large print, two 11×17″ prints, four 8×10″ prints… or even twenty 4×6″ prints. The choice is yours.

Order online — or stop by our lab and send your image directly to the printer using our Mac editing stations.

You’re in Control

Use your favorite editing app to fill the paper with as many photos as you want.


Super Saver Prints

in 24-hours or less

Just upload your image, choose matte or glossy, pick a standard size, and we’ll take care of the rest — within 24 hours.

No one wants to wait for their beautiful new prints … and why should they?

The flexibility of our Polielettronica LaserLab allows us to offer the fastest turnaround on high-quality prints in San Francisco.


Let’s chat about your project

(415) 252-1300
[email protected]

Photograph by Jock McDonald

Type “C” Photographic Prints

Our Polielettronica LaserLab is a state of the art silver-halide photographic printer and processor.

It exposes your image onto photo paper and processes it in precisely calibrated chemistry. The richness, sharpness, saturation and depth of this process continues to be unequaled by other printing methods.

Imagine getting:

  • a traditional “darkroom-style” print
  • prepared in an R-4 chemistry bath
  • created directly from your digital file
  • at unparalleled museum-quality
  • in under 8-minutes

“I used Print on Demand for a show and it felt like I was almost in my own studio.

I’m happy with the prices and my prints are gorgeous. I’ll definitely be back!”

~ Jana C.

Photograph by Ethan Russell

Fuji Crystal Archive Paper in matte and glossy

This professional photographic (light-sensitive) paper is designed for use in fine art, exhibitions, portfolios, advertising, and other high-quality photo applications.

Fuji Crystal Archive delivers rich tonal gradation, superb colors and pure whites with exceptional sharpness and lasting permanence, for archival use and for family pictures and photo-albums.

I’m a professional photographer and I always take my medium and large format film here.

My film is always perfectly developed, dust free, and on time.

~ Penguin P.

DIY C-Prints

Print on Demand



Super Saver Sizes



Paper Schedule
Matte & Glossy

Print your images the moment they’re ready and take them home eight minutes later. If you’re coming into the lab to do your printing, please choose the correct time for your desired paper surface:


10am – 1:30pm

2pm – Close


10am – 1:30pm

2pm – Close


10am – 1:30pm

2pm – Close


10am – 1:30pm

2pm – Close


10am – 1:30pm

2pm – Close


12pm – 6pm

Stop by

1141 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Our friendly staff loves to share their expertise and experience. Come in, load up your photos on a Mac workstation, sip on an organic espresso or tea, and let us help you create the perfect print.

We are open!

Our lab is open – workstations and all – with COVID prevention measures in place. In addition to wearing face coverings, our staff will be regularly sanitizing all computers, tables, and surfaces. Hope to see you soon!

We’re always here to help
(415) 252-1300
[email protected]

Monday: 10 – 6
Tuesday: 10 -7
Wednesday: 10 – 6

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