Get Your FREE copy of Top 10 Tips for All Beginning Photographers ...plus Lightroom Develop Presets & Wedding Photography Checklist!


Welcome, Guest
Username: Password: Remember me

TOPIC: Mounting and care for large prints - Help!

Mounting and care for large prints - Help! 3 years 6 days ago #5322

  • Gabe
  • Gabe's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Expert Boarder
  • Posts: 100
  • Thank you received: 6
So I just ordered some really big prints (2 12x18, 1 16x20) and now that I have them, Im not sure how I should display them (guess I should have thought of that first :oops: ) I was thinking of mounting them to foam board so I can hang them on my walls but, without glass or encapsulation, how do I protect the images from the elements? Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance
Last Edit: 3 years 6 days ago by Gabe.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Mounting and care for large prints - Help! 3 years 6 days ago #5323

  • Jim St Croix
  • Jim St Croix's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Expert Boarder
  • Posts: 90
  • Thank you received: 11
maybe a laminate or acrylic front.
The administrator has disabled public write access.
Pickup your Photography Tshirt today

Mounting and care for large prints - Help! 3 years 6 days ago #5325

Frame them! Many times the perfect frame can give your photographs or other prints a huge visual boost.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Mounting and care for large prints - Help! 3 years 6 days ago #5326

  • Gabe
  • Gabe's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Expert Boarder
  • Posts: 100
  • Thank you received: 6
Thanks guys. I agree with Greg for the smaller prints. Now that I look at them, I think the will look pretty nice in a frame with a mat board. I did some searching online and came across mounting photos to foam board, mat board, gator board, etc. I think I might try that for the larger print. I havent mounted prints to board since high school. Has anyone tried mounting to foam board? Any tips/tricks?
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Mounting and care for large prints - Help! 3 years 6 days ago #5328

  • jerry
  • jerry's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Gold Boarder
  • Posts: 300
  • Thank you received: 31
I guess I would go and look at frames or have a custom frame done and hang them on the wall. I've never done posterboard and would never think to do so. Frames to me, is the only option.
Last Edit: 3 years 6 days ago by jerry.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Mounting and care for large prints - Help! 3 years 5 days ago #5329

Definitely frame them. As a professional picture framer I would recommend mounting them on foamboard, matting them to keep away from the glass, and use a nice UV protected glass. If these are cherished prints, your investment is invaluable, and timeless. I use acid free or rag mats on all prints, and highly recommend the UV glass, it comes in clear or non reflective.

Mounting them on foamboard is something a framer can do for you. Stay away from spray adhesives ( they don't last anyway, and are a huge mess).

If you don't like the look of a frame, or do not want to use glass, then having them laminated is the other option. Again, a good framer has access to those options.

Either way, when you go the extra to preserve the art, and display them in a professional way, you will enjoy them forever.
I frame your memories! lcframing.com
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Gabe

Mounting and care for large prints - Help! 3 years 4 days ago #5333

If you care about the prints DON'T go to Michaels or any other big box store. Go to a custom framer who knows what they are doing. I use Bridget to frame all of my work, she will gladly ship everything too!
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Gabe

Mounting and care for large prints - Help! 3 years 4 days ago #5334

  • Gabe
  • Gabe's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Expert Boarder
  • Posts: 100
  • Thank you received: 6
Thanks guys. You both gave me ideas to toy with. Theres a local framer a few blocks from where Im at but Im also on a tight budget. Im leaning more towards the foam board idea as they produce a nice clean look. I just got a new place and using these as decorative pieces. Thanks again for the help. I'll let you all know how they came out.
The administrator has disabled public write access.
Powered by Kunena Forum
256 Eagleview Blvd PMB 104
Exton, PA 19341