Quality and Framing Defintions
Acid Free: Acid-free means that at the point of manufacture, the product had a pH of 7 (neutral) but this is by no means a guarantee it will remain that way. A grossly over used term which has no bearing on the quality of the product it is referring to. eg a cheap Chinese manufactured mat board can be referred to as acid free and so can a museum grade matboard that costs 20 times the price and 20 times the life. If the only guarantee that is given is "We use acid-free xxxx" then often it is just a marketing ploy.
Acrylic Mounts: Inkjet print mounted behind acrylic that is generally borderless for a clean modern finish. Read more
Cotton Rag Paper: Produced from cotton, a natural acid free product, not requiring the addition of buffers, it is the highest quality inkjet paper available. Read more
Fibre based inkjet paper: Museum grade and the latest technology in paper manufacturing they are made from cotton rag fibres or wood pulp (high grade). A baryta coating is applied directly to the fibres it is this coating that absorbs the ink giving the print a quality and life not possible with resin coated papers. Read more
Giclee Print: (pronounced zhee-clay) is a common term used across the industry meaning an inkjet print.
Resin coated paper: The cheapest type of photographic paper from a layer of low grade wood pulp with a layer of plastic (polyethylene) on top which separates the ink sensitive layer from the wood pulp layer. Read more
Ultraviolet light: Is electromagnetic radiation and has a wavelength of 10 nm to 400 nm.
UV Protection: The application of glazing to filter and block the UV rays. A permanent solution against the effects of UV light. Read more
UV Stabilisation: An additive into the liquid eg ink or lacquer that reacts with UV light and neutralises its effect. Non permanent as the stabiliser is used up by reaction with UV light and will eventually run out leaving no UV protection. Read more