Quality Explained - Acrylic Mounts

Acrylic Mounts are a modern photographic art display method, which is popular because quite simply - it looks stunning. It gives you a classy borderless look, glossy finish, and an almost 3D floating effect that provide a sleek, modern and vibrant look, with their borderless finish making them suitable for any decor.

The process involves a number of steps starting with fibre based inkjet print. Read more here about my printing standards. The print is then mounted behind 4.5mm museum grade acrylic which stops 99% of UV light and most importantly the UVA rays as explained here. The back is then covered with specially treated aluminium which means your museum grade print is protected from the front and back.

We are firm believers in the face mount method. Why? For two reasons really – one, colors always looks best printed on high quality white paper and two, the face mount takes advantage of the reflective quality of acrylic. Acrylic has the unusual property of keeping a beam of light reflected within its surfaces which is what creates that WOW factor the first time you see an acrylic print done this way. Great color vibrancy with a near 3-D effect. No other display technique can match an acrylic face mount which is why this technique is growing quickly in popularity among professional photographers.

Advantages of Acrylic:

  • Durability - The acrylic provides 99% UV protection and 100% moisture protection.
  • Appearance - Acrylic provides a sleek, modern and vibrant look.
  • Acrylic has a rare reflective property in that light reflects within the acrylic to provide that near 3-D look and greater colour vibrancy.
  • Shatter resistant.
  • No colour cast like glass.
  • Optical properties in regards clarity is far superior to standard framing glass.
  • No matching with furniture as compared to traditional framing as there is no timber to match.

Disadvantages of Acrylic:

  • The main issue is cost. Due to the high quality components, and specialised technique it does prove to be more expensive than traditional framing.