Print Mounting

Commercial Printers

For members who prefer to order their prints online there are a number of good suppliers out there:

  • DSC Colour Labs provide a wide range of print options at very reasonable prices. For example an A3 standard print in Lustre or Gloss is £1.20. They also have more expensive Fine Art paper options if you want a better paper. Turn around time is very quick, often in a couple of days from order. Best to plan to get several prints done at the same time or order with other members as postage is £4.99.
  • For a good local printer try Stream Line Imaging in Camrbidge. They provide a good service and high quality images but they are more expensive at ~£4.95 for an A3 print.
  • Sim Lab based in Hatfield also provide a wide range of print options at very reasonable prices.

Mounts

If you prefer not to cut your own mounts I can recommend Paper Spectrum who provide a good range of pre-cut 40cm x 50cm mounts at ~£2.40 each with either a central window for A4 or A3 prints.. They can also supply 40cm x 50cm mounts without a window at ~£1.20 depending on colour and texture.

How to Prepare your image for a pre-cut Mount using a printing company

First of all it is recommended you calibrate your monitor to ensure your colours are calibrated.

It is recommended to prepare your image using an editor like Photoshop to fit exactly the size of the print you want to order from a printer instead of relying on the tools on the printers Website.

Allow a small overlap of the image to help with mounting. For example if you choose a pre-cut mount for an A3 print with a 400mm x 280mm window, allow at least 3mm overlap all round. In this case with 3mm overlap the image size needs to be 406mm x 286mm. To achieve this in Photoshop:

Select menu Image/Image Size and set DPI to 300 and size 406mm x 286mm.

Note that your actual image size might be not be this ratio and because you are constrained by the mount window you will have to crop some of the image to fit the Window. For example you might have 450mm x 286mm, in which case you will need to crop off the left and right to bring the image to 406mm x 286mm.

Next step is to add a white border to match the print size you are ordering. If you want an A3 print you would need to change the canvas size to A3 which is 420mm x 297mm.

To achieve this in Photoshop:

Select menu Image/Canvas Size and size 420mm x 297mm with a White Border.

Save your new image and you now have an image you can upload to the printers Website.

For more advanced printing you can also soft proof your image in Lightroom using print paper profiles but this is not covered here. For further information there is a good article here.

Mount Cutters

If you want to cut your own mounts then it recommended to invest in a mount cutter like the ones provided by Logan. For example: Logan 301-1

How to Mount your pictures

A demostration video by Gary Dean on how to mount your prints for a competition or exhibition.