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Cynthia A. Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/29/2004
 

mounting larger > 11x14 photos


I have problems gatting larger photos to mount flat. I mount and mat them and they look okay. Then when the light shines on them I see waves and the photo is not flat. Does anyone have any suggestions re: mounting larger photos for framing.
Thank you very much for any help.
Cynthia


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12/1/2004 2:23:18 PM

 
Piotr M. Organa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/12/2004
  I just had a revelation! Have you seen the oldfashioned device for squeezing water out of washed clothes, you know, two rubber rollers and a crank?
Find something like that and you have a pro quality mounting machine! Get me one, too! Those 60K laminators are just like it, only with motor. I used to work with those.


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12/2/2004 5:18:01 AM

 
Piotr M. Organa
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/12/2004
  Hey, it's me again.
To mount print by hand you need a small roll of mounting adhesive (call commercial photo supplier). Cut off a piece, put it on a flat surface sticky side up. Place the short edge of your print on it holding the other end up. Start massaging it so it sticks gradually further and further (use soft cloth). The idea is to prevent bubbles of air coming under it. It can be done safely with 5x7, but 11x14 is too big, I think.
When it's done peel the release paper off and mount it the same way on a cardboard.


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12/2/2004 5:40:09 AM

 
Mikki Cowles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2004
  Well, it's a little messy, but I have mounted large images for shows by spraying them with an adhesive, letting it dry until tacky, then GENTLY laying the image on the mounting board to align it on premarked areas (you should be able to adjust it by sliding it into place). once it is in place, tap it at each corner on one end to hold it in place then working from that same end, with a cloth or your hands, smooth the surface and press it to the board as youwork your way to the other side...hope this helps...


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12/2/2004 8:50:14 AM

 
Cynthia A. Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/29/2004
  Thank you Piotr and Mikki,
I appreciate the help. I have some photos that folks want to purchase, and I do not want to spend the money on professional mounting, and I want the finished product to look really good.
Thanks
Cynthia


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12/2/2004 9:14:50 AM

 
Lucia De Giovanni   Hi Cynthia - I have tried everything I could think of to mount large photographs and I like both methods described above - another easy way is to use a restickable ahesive glue stick - look for the "Photo Safe" kind - it's the same glue used in Post It notes - use it on the back of the photo and position it until you have it "just right" - then put a soft cloth on the right side of the picture and (yes, it works!) use a rolling pin to gently smooth it out - gently is the key word here, because you don't want to move the photo from the board. Hope this helps.


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12/19/2004 12:39:37 PM

 
Amanda    As a custom framer I have to say that mounting is often a horrible thing to do to a beautiful picture....and no matter how well you mount the piece....it will probubly warp and get bubbly someday anyway. So, if you're using a Mat...use acid free tape to make two "T" hinges on the back of the print so the sticky top the the "T" sticks out above the picture. then position the mat overtop and press, then turn the whole thing over and press the tape down firmly on the back of the mat. There, the picture should "Hang" from the mat so it can strink and expand as the atmosphere around it causes....it will tend to stay flatter too!


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12/22/2004 6:27:37 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  The ones I've had the most trouble with, are the enlargements which came rolled in those tubes.
I couldn't get all the bubbles out no matter what method I tried.
For large prints which are flat to begin with, if you use as much foam-core backing as your frame can take, your prints will lay flat,...and stay flat.


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12/22/2004 7:06:40 PM

 
Cynthia A. Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/29/2004
  I have been working on this problem. I had to abuse a couple of prints to get it right. I placed marks on the foam core for correct placement of the photo.

I spray the foam board with photo mount, being careful of overspray. (it is so sticky)
After correctly placing the photo, I used a rolling pin to roll the photo on the foamcore. It works well, with no bubbles.
The only drawback is keeping the photomount from geting on the photo.
Thanks for all the responses.


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12/23/2004 9:23:39 AM

 
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