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Old 05-01-2009, 17:19   #1 (permalink)
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Pressure spots on framed photo

Dear all,

Not sure how to word this.

Iíve had a couple of photos printed, standard 10 x 8 sort of stuff that did involve more than average post processing. The prints themselves look good but when I put them in a standard frame with glass front, the pressure from the glass on the photo is causing the print to suffer from some sort of pressure ďspottingĒ in a few areas, causing the colours to disappear and the white of the paper to show through, or thatís what I think it is.

Does that make sense? I have had the same image printed at Photobox and Jessops, both with the same results. Anyone know whatís causing this and what sort of frames are available that would alleviate the problem?

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Re: Pressure spots on framed photo

You need to put a matte between the glass and the print to give a a small gap between the glass and the print. You can buy them in standard sizes or make them up yourself. The ready made ones will probably have bevel cuts that look better, or if you anticipate dong a lot, you can buy a proper cutter.

Alternatively, I bet you have glossy prints. If you get matt finish the problem will not be as great.
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You need to put a matte between the glass and the print to give a a small gap between the glass and the print. You can buy them in standard sizes or make them up yourself. The ready made ones will probably have bevel cuts that look better, or if you anticipate dong a lot, you can buy a proper cutter.

Alternatively, I bet you have glossy prints. If you get matt finish the problem will not be as great.
Thanks for that Graham. Don't suppose you can provide a link to explain what a matte is and what they look like

Yep, have glossy prints, will give the matt ones a try.

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Re: Pressure spots on framed photo

A matte is basically a piece of matboard that has had an apature cut out to leave it as a sort of border. You could equally well use a bit of decent quality cardboard - about 2-3 mm thick.

This is not a great illustration, but better than nothing.

These might give a better idea

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Yes, never put glass directly onto a photograph as it will damage it. Wilkinsons are brilliant for basic sized mounts or you can cut them yourself.
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Thanks guys for the explanations, all makes sense now
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Re: Pressure spots on framed photo

Another tip, & its personal preference...

Off the shelf frames you don't have choice, but once you start getting into the custom size of frames etc, go non reflective glass
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Re: Pressure spots on framed photo

Professional framers are really good at suggesting the colours and size of the mattes. Framing quite an art, it can really add to a picture, if it is done well. Its expensive though.

I agree with the non reflective glass.
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Re: Pressure spots on framed photo

This will happen if your prints are on glossy paper, you need to have a paper or board border around the print to keep the print away from the glass if you know the print is going to be put behind glass do not choose glossy paper!
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