To begin exploring the skill of exhibiting images and framed art properly, you must first have a thorough understanding of basic technical terminology. More goes into it than simply putting a photo in a frame and hanging it on a nail in the wall, as you can see below. Mounting and framing are two distinct processes that may be used in conjunction to create a stunning photo presentation.

The bending and buckling of photographs printed on paper will always be a possibility. By attaching images to a hard backing, mounting tries to prevent this from happening and to provide a stable platform for exhibition. A mounted photo may be handled more readily for matting and framing, and there is less chance of harming the image as a result.

Photographers have additional options when it comes to frame sizes because of the use of mounting and matting. An inserted mounted photo can be placed into a much larger frame – or even a frame with non-standard dimensions – instead of being forced to take a photo fit standard frame dimensions or being limited to standard frame sizes for wall display (as is with certificate frames). This is accomplished by cutting a mounting board to the appropriate size for the frame.

Photos are protected from deterioration using conservation mounting processes, which are intended to keep them safe for an extended length of time. Most photographs do not require mounting and framing in accordance with the most stringent conservation criteria; nonetheless, being aware of the many possibilities for conservation mounting and framing can assist you in protecting photographs of significant personal or professional significance. When it comes to photos that are only needed for a limited period or that can be quickly reprinted for exhibition, using speedier and less expensive mounting processes can be advantageous.

Dry mounting

Dry Mounting is a method of attaching a piece of equipment to a wall or ceiling without using any adhesive. It is the process of attaching artwork to a hard or semi-rigid background without the use of adhesive. Photos, posters, and water-sensitive artwork are all appropriate materials for usage with this product! When it comes to fine art, this strategy is rarely employed.

Using a heat press to adhere artwork or images to a backing board is one method of completing dry mounting. There are several more methods of completing dry mounting as well. The heat press approach, on the other hand, might cause harm to paintings. A vacuum press, on the other hand, may be used in the same way, but without the need for heat.

The most significant advantage of dry mounting is that the technique can remove minute wrinkles and creases from the artwork, in addition to the impacts of cockling. It is feasible to flatten works that would otherwise wrinkle or buckle because of the pressure applied during the dry mounting procedure. However, the most significant disadvantage of dry mounting is the fact that it is permanent. This is not an approved way of mounting for archival purposes. It is often only beneficial for mounting inexpensive artwork that is likely to be rapidly changed, rather than when mounting artwork that is intended to last for a long period of time.