The Anatomy of an Acrylic Print

Erik Brede Photography

The acrylic print is referred to by several names such as acrylic face or photo mount and the general acrylic name is often referred to as plexiglas (plexiglass), lucite or perspex which are just brand names of acrylic.

There are also two distinct processes of creating an acrylic print – direct printing on to the material vs printing onto paper and then face mounting to acrylic (the acrylic and print are adhered with 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 or 1″ acrylic in front of the print.  The face mount process is a more difficult process and more expensive, but well worth it.  All my acrylic prints are printed on Kodak Endura Metallic Pro and face mounted a Crystal Clear High-End acrylic glass.

I’m a firm believer in the face mount method which provides greater color pop and vibrancy as well as color permanence (ie far less prone to fading over time).  Photo colors always look best printed on professional grade photo paper and the acrylic face mount takes advantage of the refractive quality of acrylic which helps to illuminate your print in the right lighting.  No other display technique can match an acrylic face mount in terms of vibrancy which is why this technique continues to grow in popularity among professional photographers.

Erik Brede Photography


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