Caring for your print
- Try not to touch it with your hands. Oil will transfer to the print and affect its long term quality.
- Don’t let the print touch the glass.
- Over time the glass will transmit moisture and potentially ruin the print.
- Use archival spacing material and mount the print so that it will not touch the glass.
- Use UV protection glass
- Almost all ready-made frames will have the cheapest glass found on the planet, literally.
i. Framer’s can replace this glass for you relatively inexpensively.
- Don’t use paper mats found in most ready-made frames. The acid from the paper will yellow your print over time. Ask your local framer about conservation foam board or mats.
- Don’t use regular backing material found in most ready-made frames
- Back and/or mount your print with conservation grade materials
- Use proper hanging material – specially designed hanging wall hooks can be had at frame shops or hardware shops for just a couple of bucks – worth the peace of mind and ease of installation!
- Will my print fade?
- Everything will fade over time. However, there is a lot you can do to prevent fading and preserve the print to maximize its lifetime.
- Avoid Direct Sunlight. Even the best methods can’t protect against infrared.
- Use laminate or good glass. Even indoor lighting emits levels of uv rays.
- Use the best printing processes available – do you trust your printing firm?
- Coating your fine art print is an option to extend the life of your print.
- How long will my print last?
- Exactly how long a print will last depends on many issues. In general, a modern photograph at a lab will last 40-50 years in an ideal circumstance before you notice any fading. A fine art print can last 100-150 years depending on if it’s coated or not and where it’s displayed. A home printer print might last 1-10 years.
- What is a digital negative?
- Clear Image will keep a copy of your digital file in its rawest form on file (not guaranteed) or provide you with a disc (or flash drive) to manage on your own. Once a photograph, negative, slide, print, or artwork is digitized properly, you have a master image your can print, email, display, and archive.
- What is a “Giclée” Print? (pronounced "zhee-clay") A term often used in the artist’s community for a high quality, archival ink print made by a custom lab like Clear Image - but we can make these special prints for anyone! Bring in your digital file, slide, negative, or print & let’s discuss a variety of printing and display options.