Acrylic Mounting vs Traditional Framing

Acrylic - Modern Clean Lines

Great for modern home or condo. Lightweight and lower cost.


Traditional Framing

The most traditional form of protecting a paper print is to mount it behind glass and use a wooden frame. The matte (usually white for galleries) offsets the print and helps to frame the image.

Why Black?

Did you know that the human eye is attracted to brightness (white). We see it before dark areas. By using a dark frame, the viewers eye is held within the image, rather than wondering to the next image in a gallery. Useful for competitions and gallery sales.

Acrylic Advantages

For something a little different, with a clean modern look - float the image off the wall. By laminating a paper print between two sheets of acrylic you will achieve sharp detail, great contrast and rich dark blacks. Although its a gloss finish, acrylic prints have less reflection than traditionally framed prints. The picture below is edged in black (optional - as part of the print) to edge the image without using a separate wooden frame. Simple and clean, it also saves framing costs.

Acrylic Prints

A black ridged 3mm board is used as a backing (or optional DiBond brushed aluminum (32 x 48 maximum size due to weight) and a flack float frame is suggested to keep the image 3/4" from the wall.

Float Frame


Acrylic is lighter than glass and often used for very large images (where glass within a traditional frames is too heavy to easily hang). Printers proofs (using the luster/gloss papers) are encouraged to verify print quality and colour. Acrylic prices are as follows and are customized for each image, the following is small sample of available sizes:

Prints Acrylic Costs
Printers Proof
16 x 20"
24 x 36"
38 x 57"


Prices do not include taxes. Pickup at my location or shipping available at reasonable rates.

Traditional Frames / Matts


Traditionally printed images using archival papers, glass and wooden frames are the most common approach to protecting the print. Note the reflection in the picture below, as is more likely in a print under glass.

Traditional Frame