Frequently Asked Questions: Prints and Framed Prints

Framed Prints

How Do I Choose a Frame for My Prints?

Think about the style of the artwork or photography that you want to frame. For instance, we suggest traditional frames for landscapes, portraiture photography or illustrative works. If your image is busy or abstract, then a plain frame would be ideal. Or, if you have a period piece, then an ornate frame would be well suiting. Consider the colours in your image and whether the frame will be clashing or overwhelming. The key is to ensure that no matter what, your image takes centre stage.

What type of frame backing do you use?

Your frame backing is the material that your print will rest on. We supply a premium quality foam core backing for all framed prints. Our process includes mounting (gluing) the print down on to the backing board to achieve a crease free high quality display.

Mat Boards

What Is a Mat Board?

Mat boards protect your image by separating it from the glass where condensation can build up. It also helps draw your eye to the image, which is why it’s important to ensure that the mat board you choose is not distracting or overwhelming.

How Do I Choose The Right Mat Board Colour For My Framed Print?

The first step is to consider the predominant colour of your image and choose a mat board that will not clash with this. One way to do this is by matching the colour of the mat with a secondary colour in the background of the image. This will make the focal point of your image stand out and emphasise the predominant tones. Make sure to base your decision on what will look best with your image, rather than the space that you hang the print.

Glass

Do You Ship Glass?

Due to the fragility of glass, we offer a range of high quality alternatives to glass to meet shipping needs across Australia. In particular, we offer Plexiglas, which is known as the worlds most durable and versatile plastics. If you choose to pick up your frame from our Melbourne store, then we also offer clear glass, non-reflective, Ultra Violet (UV) filtering, non-reflective and archival quality museum glass.

How Do I Choose the Right Type of Glass?

The type of Plexiglas you choose depends on the where your print is kept, breakage resistance and your required level of conservation. We would suggest using Plexiglas for standard images, while using non-reflective, Ultra Violet filtering or museum grade if it is an artwork of high importance or preservation is required.

Art Prints

What Type of Paper Do You Use?

Our art prints are printed on high quality, 230gsm matte poster paper. Our prints also include a border around the image, and are shipped rolled in a tube.

How Do I Choose the Right Art Print?

Think about what aesthetic you want to bring into your living space. If you want to make a bold statement, then go with something modern or abstract that uses daring colours. Or, if you’re looking for a soft finishing touch, then go with images that use a light tone and pleasant imagery, such as an illustrative or coastal piece.

Canvas Prints

What Are Canvas Prints?

Canvas prints are when your image is printed onto a blend of cotton and polyester fabric. This is renowned as the highest quality fabric to use for canvas prints, due to it’s durability, strength, water resistance and UV resistance.

What Is Canvas Stretching?

Canvas stretching is when your canvas material is stretched out over a frame. This is ideal for long lasting preservation or future framing.

What Are Floater Box Frames?

If your canvas has been stretched, then we also offer floating box frames. This is a box shaped frame that is attached with a gap of ¼ inches to ½ an inch, giving the appearance that the canvas is floating in the middle of the frame. These frames are known for their modern and contemporary design.

Do I Have to Get My Canvas Print Framed?

Our canvas prints are treated to be protected against UV light, fading and dust, which means they don’t require the same level of protection as other prints, and do not require framing. Whether you decide to get your canvas print frames depends on the look you are going for. If you like the minimalist style of an unframed canvas, then it can bring a wealth of style to your interior. Otherwise, getting a canvas print framed can provide a finished and clean aesthetic.

Giclée Prints

What Is a Giclée Print?

A giclée print, also referred to as archival pigment printing, is created using the most advanced printers available. While giclée prints were first developed in the late 1980s, they have since been applied to higher quality inkjet printing. The high quality of these prints are so great that they are most commonly used by artists who want to reproduce their artworks for resale, while preserving the original piece.

What Is the Giclée Printing Process?

The process of creating giclée prints involves squirting or spraying microscopic dots of pigment-based ink onto high quality art paper of canvas. To ensure accuracy, the image is colour corrected and the digital information is fine tuned to match the type of paper being used. The high quality printers used for these prints utilise eight coloured inks, rather than the conventional use of four. They also mix inks, creating a wide palette of colours and producing highly accurate reproductions.

Why Should I Choose a Giclée Print?

Giclée prints are normally chosen for their preservation qualities and the level of detail they provide. These prints can last up to 200 years if cared for properly. Their level of quality is unmatched compared to other printing methods.

Photography Prints

What Type of Photography Prints Do You Offer?

We offer a wide range of photography images, with a focus on showcasing leading Australian photographers. In particular, we have a large range of Ken Duncan and Mike Edmondson images. We also offer various categories of images, ranging from architecture, to portraiture, to wildlife and landmarks.

How Do I Choose the Right Photography Print?

Focus on what colour scheme would best suit your interior style. If you have a light or pastel toned room, then we suggest going with a similarly coloured print. Otherwise, if you want to make a bold statement, then instead go for a stunning and captivating animal print, or an emotive portraiture.