In the past if you wanted to get your pictures framed first you would have to get the photo printed, wait for it to be delivered or go & pick it up from the printers. Then take it to your local picture framer & spend ages trying to decide what frame & mount to use by putting samples on one corner. Go home & wait two to three weeks whilst it’s done, then go back to the picture framers to pick it up. Photo framing online can offer the same personal service but with ease! View our photo framing sizes.
Here at posterprint.co as part of our picture framing service we make sure that your framed print remains wrinkle free in the frame by mounting your print onto a thick board. The reason we do this is to stop the paper from wrinkling or cockling to give it its true title.Cockling happens when a picture is placed into a frame & squeezed between a backboard & glass/Perspex front. In time the print will absorb moisture from the humidity in the air around it & expand inside the frame, but because it can’t move it cockles, similar to if you wet a bit of paper. A lot of people, especially some picture framers, will tell you that the cockling happens because the print was rolled up in a tube but this is not the case.
If you are framing a print yourself then try to use a frame with a 1mm thick (or more) mount-board that surrounds the print so that it keeps the print away from the glass. Centre your print onto the backboard & place the mount over the top. Adjust the print making sure that the mount covers the entire edge of the print by at least 1mm on the sides & bottom, 5mm at the top & without moving the print remove the mount & place a piece of masking tape at both top corners only of the print to fix it to the backboard.
If it’s a panoramic or larger print then place tape at about 400mm intervals across the top but tape from right to left or left to right pulling it tight as you go, do not tape the corners first & then the middle. Leave the rest of the print to hang so that it can move as much as possible behind the mount board.