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Glass for Framing in a Nutshell

Framing glass

Almost every framing order we take involves a discussion about what type of glass should be  used. The short answer is that if the item is worth framing, it’s worth protecting. But what does that mean?

The most common statement we hear when discussing glazing is “I don’t need good glass because my art won’t be hung in the sun”. Yes, direct sun will definitely harm artwork, but there are many other sources of environmental damage to artwork. 

When you  frame with us, we’ll explain all the ways we can help protect your artwork. Until then, here’s Glass for Framing in a Nutshell.

Acrylic vs. Glass 
We offer both glass and acrylic for all of your framing needs. Some of our customers prefer one over the other and we believe there is a time and place for both options. Glass is less likely to scratch, but acrylic won’t break as easily. We advise acrylic for pieces in kid’s room, high traffic areas, or to keep the weight down on larger pieces. It is also beneficial when art needs to be shipped or will be carried to different events, etc. Otherwise the new and improved varieties of glass we carry are great options.

Protect Your Investment 
Conservation grade glass helps to protect your art, but it also helps to maintain the integrity of the frame designs you purchase. When you spend just a few dollars more to purchase conservation glass, it helps protect your mat borders from fading. Without the protective properties of conservation glazing, damaging light rays can quickly cause both your art and mats to fade. When this occurs, your entire frame design could lose its visual appeal, not to mention value.

Give Me The Best
The best glazing we offer is either Museum Glass, or Museum Acrylic. Both are anti-reflective and offer 99% ultraviolet light protection. All of the framing grade glazing we offer is supplied by Tru-Vue, the #1 supplier of quality framing glazing.

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Prints on Paper

Print your photo on a variety of high-quality photo paper.

Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster delivers highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions. The Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster’s 10-mil RC base gives prints a photographic feel, and also keeps the paper cockle-free. These two options are ideal for use with all Epson Inks.

  • Highest color gamut available for vivid color reproduction prints.
  • RC paper base for actual photo prints.
  • Luster E surface finish.
  • Enhanced 2880 dpi printing for the highest quality output.
  • Dries instantly for easy handling with Epson Inks.
  • Compatible with Dye, EPSON Archival™, UltraChrome, and UltraChrome K3™ ink.
  • 10 mil thickness for a durable photographic feel.

Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta is a bright white, cellulose-based FineArt inkjet paper with an inkjet coating specially tailored for FineArt use. The clearly visible, exquisite felt structure lends the paper its lovely soft feel and tactile surface texture to produce prints with a stunning three-dimensional quality and depth. The high-gloss premium inkjet coating guarantees outstanding print results with perfect reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks and striking contrasts. The barium sulphate within the coating gives FineArt Baryta the feel of a traditional analogue baryta paper and makes it a popular alternative for inkjet printing. The acid- and lignin-free FineArt inkjet paper meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance. FineArt Baryta is a versatile classic for FineArt applications and sets standards in the printing of both black and white and colour photographs.

  • 325 gsm, 100% α-cellulose
  • Bright white
  • Clearly visible, exquisite felt structure
  • High-gloss premium inkjet coating for outstanding print results
  • Acid- and lignin-free
  • ISO 9706 conform / museum quality for highest age resistance

Luxurious, textured inkjet fine art paper

  • * 100-Years Certified Archival (certificate) by Accredited 3rd Party
  • * Certified by Canon Alliance Partnership Program for imagePROGRAF Large-Format Solutions in conjunction with the Rochester Institute for Technology (RIT) for the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, PRO-2000, PRO-4000, and PRO-6000 devices
  • * Perfect for fine art prints
  • * Eye-popping color gamut & Dmax
  • * Consistent and reliable quality
  • * Manufacturer direct
  • * Lightly textured finish  |  19 mil thickness  |  310 gsm weight

290 gsm · 90% bamboo fibres · 10% cotton · natural white

Hahnemühle Bamboo is the world’s first FineArt inkjet paper made from 90% bamboo fibres, for a natural look and environmentally friendly paper production. The natural white, warm-toned bamboo paper does not contain optical brighteners, and stands out thanks to its soft, lightly textured felt structure and sensual feel. The matt premium inkjet coating delivers excellent printing results with defined reproduction of colour and detail, particularly for warm hues and monochrome prints. Bamboo is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most precise requirements in terms of age resistance. The unique combination of sustainable bamboo fibres, soft surface texture and impressive print quality gives the artwork outstanding expression and soul.

  • 290 gsm, 90% bamboo fibres, 10% cotton
  • Natural white, without optical brighteners
  • Soft, lightly textured felt structure
  • Matt premium inkjet coating for outstanding print results
  • Acid- and lignin-free
  • ISO 9706 conform / museum quality for highest age resistance
  • Compatible with pigment and dye inkjet systems
  • ICC-profiles available on www.hahnemuehle.com/icc-profiles

Prints on Metal

Prints on metal are vibrant and long-lasting.

Chromaluxe® HD Aluminum Photo Panels for Sublimation Printing

The latest in metal printing technology means your image will be rendered with outstanding image clarity and vibrancy, along with exceptional detail and resolution. The metal panels we use are also extremely durable, offering scratch and abrasion resistance without hiding your image behind glass. In addition, they offer the higher fade resistance than every other medium.

ChromaLuxe is the leading brand of print media, providing the ultimate image clarity and vibrancy. Through dye-sublimation, images are infused into specially-coated metal surfaces to provide the most durable, longest lasting print medium. The vibrancy and dimensionality of ChromaLuxe products rival any photographic product.

ChromaLuxe HD Aluminum Photo Panels are available in a range of traditional photo sizes as well as for large scale commercial or non-traditional usage, such as in a museum or gallery settings.

Prints on Canvas

Our Pro Matte Canvas is a cotton blend canvas with a water resistant matte finish and bright white surface. This archival inkjet canvas is pH neutral and acid free, allowing for consistency in prints, and is compatible with all inkjet dye and pigment ink printers.

Why choose canvas?

Our Matte Canvas is ideal for photographic and fine art reproduction prints with its heavy 418gsm weight and artistic texture. The canvas printed canvas can easily be stretched, mounted, sewn, or grommeted.

Canvas durability.

Orders produced on this canvas will be protected with Satin ClearShield Canvas Guard for durability and ultraviolet protection.