Which photographic mounting material should I use?


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Card Mounting

Card mounting is generally only used for mounting photographic and fine art Giclee prints to stiffen them for framing. Card mounting is considered an archival mounting material for photographs. We use grey centred board made from alpha cellulose providing very high degrees of protection. Our board passes the Silver Tarnish test making it suitable for mounting precious photographs. With a ph value of 7.5 even after 200 years, this board offers a very high protection for the future

.Card mounting for photographic framing

Foamboard Mounting

Foamboard is a lightweight mounting material used for large hanging signs and short term displays. It is only considered suitable for short term exhibition use, as it is overall quite a soft material, meaning the corners and edges are vulnerable to damage. Prints mounted to foamboard may be attached to the wall using double sided  velcro, or simply leant up against it. While the cheapest mounting material for pop up or short term exhibitions, when viewed from the side, the off white foam core is visible.  Foamboard is not considered an Archival mounting material.

Foamex Mounting

Sturdier than foamboard,  Foamex is a solid PVC mounting material used for simple, non archival purposes such as exhibition prints requiring a durable substrate for touring shows or photographic exhibitions. Foamex has solid edges for a better visual experience when viewed from the side compared to Foamboard or Kapamount.  Foamex is not considered an Archival mounting material.

Kapamount Mounting Board

Kapamount mounting board is a lightweight mounting material used for large hanging signs and displays or as a smooth and rigid backing board for framing photographs. We use Kapa mounting board, known for its aluminium foil surface, which adds a layer of protection for photographic paper.  As shown in the picture below, when viewed from the side, Kapamount has a grey core. Kapamount is  considered an Archival mounting material.

Aluminium / Dibond mounting

Aluminium / Dibond mounting is popular due to the appearance and archival quality of the material.  Aluminium has the advantage of a clean silver edge, whereas Dibond is a composite sandwich of aluminium and black pvc. Ideally you would order Aluminium with a subframe so that the artwork is rigid, especially at larger sizes, however to save cost, it can be ordered up to 40 x 30 inches with wooden battens instead.

Preferably, you would also add a Matt or Gloss photographic seal to aluminium mounting, so that your artwork has some protection, but note this can only be done for Ctype prints, not Giclee’s.

Reverse Perspex Mounting

Reverse Perspex (acrylic) mounting, supplied with an Aluminium sub-frame is a contemporary way to present photographic prints for interiors and exhibitions. The print is bonded to Acrylic  and then backed with Dibond. Once the Perspex has been bonded to the front of your print the refraction of light through the Perspex gives a high definition effect and deep saturated colour.

Turnaround times are for completion only and do not include delivery.

BESPOKE PRINTING

C-type Matt, Gloss & Velvet up to 40×30 inches/100 x 76cm:  within 24 hours.

C-type Matt, Gloss & Velvet above 40×30 inches/100 x 76cm:  within 48 hours.

C-type Metallic Prints: within 3 working days.

C-type Supergloss: within 5 working days.

Duratran Printing: within 5 working days.

C-type Printing above 50 inches/127cm (shortest side): within 5 working days.

Silver Gelatin B&W Digital Prints: within 3 working days.
Silver Gelatin B&W Hand Prints (from negatives): within 5 working days.

Giclée Fine Art Prints (all papers): within 3 working days.

Unstretched Giclée Canvas: within 5 working days.

Stretched Giclée Canvas: within 10 working days.

Direct to Media Tests: within 5 working days.
Direct to Media Final Prints: within 10 working days.

Vinyl Printing: within 10 working days.

Bespoke Premier Services include test printing upon request, turnaround times are subject to test approval.

 

SELF-SERVICE PRINTING

C-type Matt, Gloss & Velvet up to 40×30 inches/100 x 76cm: from 4 to 24 hours.

C-type Matt, Gloss & Velvet above 40×30 inches/100 x 76cm: within 48 hours.

C-type Metallic Prints: within 3 working days.
C-type Printing above 50 inches/127cm (shortest side): within 5 working days.

Silver Gelatin B&W Digital Prints: within 3 working days.

Giclée Fine Art Prints (all papers): within 3 working days.

Unstretched Giclée Canvas: within 5 working days.

Stretched Giclée Canvas: within 10 working days.

Direct to Media Final Prints: within 10 working days.

Vinyl Printing: within 10 working days.

 

MOUNTING & FRAMING

Foamex, Foamboard, Kapamount & Card: within 5 working days.

Aluminium, Dibond & MDF: within 10 Working days.

Reverse Perspex Mounting: within 15 Working days.

Framing (includes mounting): within 10 Working days.

Scanning

Drum Scanning: within 24 hours.
Flatbed scanning: within 24 hours.
CCD Film scanning: within 48 hours.

Volume Archive Scanning: upon negotiation.

FILM

Process Only:  ready by 6pm the same day if received by 10.30am.
Process and Scan:  ready within 48 hours if received by 10.30am.
Process and Prints: ready within 48 hours if received by 10.30am.
Process and Contact:  ready within 48 hours if received by 10.30am.

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