FRAMING

Framing your picture correctly can enhance the image tremendously. There is a wide variety of options available, some with considerable price differences.

Variables are; Frame, Glazing, Mat and the backing board.

Frame

Framing comes in many different varieties of section size, shape and colours.
The framing colour choices on the images pages is just a guide to give you an idea what you think would look best for a particular shot.
Below is a few images of different frame types I find we have been using the most

Basic square sections, in black, dark, light browns, in gloss or satin finishes. These sections are available in different sizes for small and up to medium sized images.

A little more decorative in light and darker browns, these frames could be considered country style and suitable for small to medium size images.

Larger section sizes for larger prints, these frames are a darker colour and work well with black matt. The patterns on the frames add a touch of class.

Satin black in square or round moulded sections for larger images. Black sets off the colours in the print and being plain doesn't detract from the actual image inside.

Glazing

Glazing has the most options and the widest price range of all the framing items.
There are two main basic options for glazing. Glass or Acrylic, then there about 3 levels of options within those two major options.
Pros and cons of both are;
Glass;
Pros; Cheap, scratch resistant.
Cons; breaks easy.
Acrylic.
Pros; Shatter proof.
Cons; Expensive, easy to scratch.
Glass is overall cheaper than Acrylic, though glass is not advised if you need to ship it. Glass will break in transit and most likely damage your print as it breaks. So if you want your prints shipped, then Acrylic is the only option.
Of the 3 sub options available there is Conservation Grade, Non conservation grade and Basic grade.
The basic differences are; UV protection coatings, anti glare, of which there are two types, a high end clear coating, or a cheaper fine sand blasing type of matte look that takes the shine off. Then you just have the basic "clear".
Museum grade is the highest standard, it has UV protection coating as well as the anti reflective coating.
Conservation grade has the UV coating in clear or the cheaper reflection control matte like finish.
Standard clear, can also have the reflection control coating, or the cheaper anti-reflection surface finish.
For a quick price guide I've done the maths and worked out approx price per SqM for your reference.
Glass.
Museum Grade: 99% UV protection, Optically coated anti reflection coating. Approx $180.00 per SqM.
Conservation Reflection control grade: 99% UV protection and Non Glare matte finish. Approx $56.00 per SqM.
Conservation Clear grade: 99% UV protection. Approx $31.00 per SqM.
Non Conservation Grade.
AR Reflection Free glass. Optically coated anti reflection. Approx $150.00 per SqM.
Reflection control glass: Matte finished glass to reduce reflection. Approx $25.00 per SqM.
Plain glass: Plain premium quality glass. Approx $15.00 per SqM.
Acrylic.
Museum: "Optium" 99% UV protection, anti reflective, anti scratch, anti static. Approx $455.00 per SqM.
Conservation: 99% UV, Non glare, anti static: Approx $335.00 per SqM.
Conservation: 98% UV, Non glare matte finish: Approx $105.00 per SqM.
Conservation: 97% UV: Approx $80.00 per SqM.
Non Conservation: "Optium" 93% UV, coated anti reflective, anti static: Approx $425.00 per SqM Reflection control: Matte finish to reduce glare: Approx $85.00 per SqM.
Premium Clear: Approx $50.00 per SqM.

Matboard

We mostly use only two colours of matboard, Black and White. The black mat we use has just a black face with white internal board so when it is cut on the angle it produces a nice clean white pinline around the image. I prefer black as I feel it enhances colour in the image. I would recommend white matboard for black and white images and may look good for other types. Of course it's entirely up to you what you think works best for any image. This is why we have made the frame and mat viewing feature in the gallery.

Backing Substrate

We offer two backing substrates. The most commonly used backing board by far is "Foam Core". It's cheap and light weight. We use a high quality foamboard with a high density polystyrene core, covered with a PH neutral matte surface paper.
Foam core board is fine for most images, but it's only drawback is it may tend to have a slight bow in it on larger pictures. The other major drawback if mounting a "high gloss" image such as the Fujiflex Crystal Archive papers is that foambaord is not "perfectly" flat and the imperfect surface finish will show up. So for a perfectly flat image on a large picture and a completely smooth finish on high gloss photo paper, DIBOND is the ONLY choice.

DIBOND from Alcan Aluminium is the proffesional choice for high end images. Dibond, made in Germany, is an aluminium composite material comprising of a 0.03mm sheet sandwiching a layer of a polyethylene core.
Perfect flatness and perfectly smooth ideal for mounting high gloss images and using for larger images.

Prices

Foamboard approx price per SqM $15.00.
Dibond approx price per SqM $52.00.