Having your favourite photograph or artwork mounted or printed directly onto glass is the most vibrant method of display. The colours not only pop, they are completely sealed from the outside air and are protected from harmful UV rays. You can expect your print to be free from fading for at least 50 years. Printing onto glass is more modern and less expensive than traditional glass photo frames. Acrylic prints are an alternative to glass. Acrylic is marginally lighter than glass, however it generates static which attracts dust and because it is very soft and highly susceptible to surface scratches great care is required when handling and cleaning it. Despite care, surface scratches are common. Acrylic is also susceptible to crazing and cracks when subjected to UV light and to warping under the tension of the mounted print. To prevent this it requires a structural frame mounted to the rear of the acrylic to provide stiffness. This adds to the weight and cost of acrylic prints. Prints on Glass offers acrylic face mount prints in any custom size ranging from small, freestanding acrylic blocks (30mm thick) to larger wall prints (6mm thick) that can be hung or direct mounted to the wall.
Canvas has become a popular medium to display personal photographs and artwork because it is cheap to produce and available from just about anywhere – even retail stationery and $2 stores. While it may be cheap, it is not necessarily the best option if you’re looking for a premium quality product. Your photo or artwork is printed directly onto the raw canvas surface and sometimes after printing, the canvas is coated with a clear coat to add some protection to the print. Even with this protective coat, canvas prints do not have the life expectancy that glass, acrylic or framed prints have. Canvas art prints are stretched around a cheap wooden frame that generally will bow and warp in time depending on the pressure applied, the quality of the wood used and the environmental conditions where it is hung. The staples used to hold the canvas in place are prone to rust which can eventually stain and damage your art piece. The top edge of the canvas frame is a great place for household dust to collect and the stippled texture of the raw canvas makes it difficult to clean. Prints on Glass offer stretched canvas art prints in any size up to 1500 mm wide.
The oldest form of photographic art presentation is art picture framing and this is still extremely popular. It does, however, tend to be the most expensive option on the market today. The process involves carefully mounting your photo or art piece on a backing board followed by mounting a white or coloured matt border cut with 45-degree internal edges. The matt border allows the image to be concealed behind a piece of glass in a protective frame without touching the glass. Picture framers do not generally offer digital printing services so you would have to first have your photograph printed and then take the finished print to a framer for framing. Depending on your choice of frame, the cost can escalate significantly. If framed art is your choice, Prints on Glass is a one-stop shop. We offer large format high- resolution photographic quality prints and framing services for any sized print up to 1800mm wide.
One of the latest trends in wall art is the use of aluminium or metal print. There are three processing options for printing on aluminium and metal used for wall prints or signage: sublimation, direct printing and mounting. All three of these are offered at Prints on Glass. The sublimation process utilises a photographic image printed onto a specific medium and transferred to the pre-coated aluminium surface using heat and pressure. The results can be stunning; however, the lifespan of this process is still unknown. The direct printing process involves the use of a flatbed printer and UV activated inks. The printer will print directly to the surface of the aluminium or metal medium. The final print can be laminated with a matt or high gloss film to increase the life of the print and protect the inks from UV light and the elements. When customers are looking for a rustic finish we offer to print directly to the raw finished aluminium face of the material. The mounting process involves the image being printed to a self-adhesive vinyl medium and mounting directly to the aluminium or metal face. The final print can then be laminated with a high gloss film to increase the life of the print and protect the inks from UV light and the elements.
With the growing availability of digital wide format printers, the development of new digitally printable wall papers, vinyl and wall fabrics has risen. In the past people chose to paint a feature wall in a contrasting colour. Now, with digitally printed wall materials being readily available and well-priced, it is becoming popular to create custom digitally printed feature wallpaper. The modern materials are repositionable and suitable for DIY projects. For more information on printed wallpapers, head to https://theprintfacility.com.au