Caring for your Print

Caring for your Print or Photograph

Caring for your print

  1. Try not to touch it with your hands.  Oil will transfer to the print and affect its long term quality.
  2. Don’t let the print touch the glass
    1. Over time the glass will transmit moisture and potentially ruin the print.
    2. Use archival spacing material and mount the print so that it will not touch the glass.
  3. Use UV protection glass
    1. Almost all ready-made frames will have the cheapest glass found on the planet, literally.

                                                     i.     Framer’s can replace this glass for you relatively inexpensively.

  1. Don’t use paper mats found in most ready-made frames.  The acid from the paper will yellow your print over time. Ask your local framer about conservation foam board or mats.
  2. Don’t use regular backing material found in most ready-made frames
    1. Back and/or mount your print with conservation grade materials
  3. Use proper hanging material – specially designed hanging wall hooks can be had at frame shops or hardware shops for just a couple of bucks – worth the peace of mind and ease of installation!

Common Questions

  • Will my print fade? 
    • Everything will fade over time. However, there is a lot you can do to prevent fading and preserve the print to maximize its lifetime.
      • Avoid Direct Sunlight.  Even the best methods can’t protect against infrared.
      • Use laminate or good glass. Even indoor lighting emits levels of uv rays.
      • Use the best printing processes available – do you trust your printing firm?
      • Coating your fine art print is an option to extend the life of your print.
  • How long will my print last?
    • Exactly how long a print will last depends on many issues.  In general, a modern photograph at a lab will last 40-50 years in an ideal circumstance before you notice any fading.  A fine art print can last 100-150 years depending on if it’s coated or not and where it’s displayed.  A home printer print might last 1-10 years.
  • What is a digital negative
    • Clear Image will keep a copy of your digital file in its rawest form on file (not guaranteed) or provide you with a disc (or flash drive) to manage on your own.  Once a photograph, negative, slide, print, or artwork is digitized properly, you have a master image your can print, email, display, and archive.
  • What is a “Giclée” Print? (pronounced "zhee-clay") A term often used in the artist’s community for a high quality, archival ink print made by a custom lab like Clear Image - but we can make these special prints for anyone! Bring in your digital file, slide, negative, or print & let’s discuss a variety of printing and display options.