Protecting Your Prints: why you should consider mounting and lamination


If you’ve ever had a tour of this place, you’d know that it’s not just the room behind the glass doors where all the action takes place. In fact, there’s a whole other level of important work being done in behind our photo lab.


There’s the Digital Imaging lab, of course, where you can get precious memories from decades past restored to their full glory, canvas or fine art prints, high resolution scanning and more.


And then there’s Mounting and Lamination.


Smooth Mount

It’s pretty much always busy up there, canvas prints in various stages spread over the tables, prints big and small waiting for their respective finishes, trimming and packaging. Mostly it’s the same clients sending their work through, already sure of what they want. The odd consumer order makes it up there every now and then. To be honest, it’s surprising there’s not more. Of course, most people don’t realize it’s an option- a great one at that. Not only does it give the photograph a nice finished look, it protects it as well.


Let’s start with mounting. If you’ve ever framed a large print, you’re probably familiar with the sag that comes with age. A photographic print all by its lonesome just isn’t sturdy enough to hold itself up for long. There’s an easy fix, though- just mount it. This gives your print enough support to stay where it should.

We have three options available. The average consumer would probably prefer smooth mount. It’s thin enough to fit in ready made frames and as the name suggests, it’s also super smooth. The most popular among our professional clients is currently foamcore. It’s lightweight, but thicker and so better for custom framing. We also offer sintra mounting, which to be honest, is my favorite. It’s sturdier then the smooth mount, because it’s thicker, but offers a similar smooth finish. It’s also a little more dent and warp resistant then the foamcore, has a clean edge and is great for any display prints that wont be framed.


Leather Lamination

Once you’ve got that figured out, you should probably consider lamination. If your print isn’t going behind glass, you’re probably going to want the extra protection against fingerprints and dirt. Lamination can be wiped clean, while a straight print on photographic paper can not. If framing is the name of the game, and you won’t be using a matte, you’re going to want lamination to insure that the print won’t stick to the glass. This will eliminate a hassle down the road, when you need to swap out or replace your frame. If you are using a matte, and your print won’t be up against the glass, then lamination isn’t a necessary step- though it’s still an option.

We offer two different finishes (samples are available on the sales floor). Pearl is a smooth finish with a slight sheen to it. Leather, which is our most popular (and my personal favorite) has the texture its name suggests, but will not fade or change the colors of your image in any way, nor the sharpness.

So the next time you put your time and money into a large print, consider it an investment you need to protect. It’s really only a small cost for the piece of mind knowing that, years later, your print will still be good as new.