Large Prints - Glossy or Matte?

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  1. roteague

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    Question: Which is preferable for large prints, glossy or matte? Or does it matter.

    Yesterday, I dropped a 30x40 Fuji Crystal Archive glossy print off at the framer. He told me that he couldn't guarantee the mounting since I had it printed as glossy. He says matte is preferable for such a size. What is the problems associated with mounting and framing a print of this size? This is the first print I have done of this size.

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  2. Dave Wooten

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    Robert maybe it is the heat...sometimes it bubbles and blisters more on the glossy?

    Just dont dry mount it, hang in with the acid free tape and mat over?
     
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    That is a possibility. Heat here isn't too high, rarely hits 90F. Mostly humid. My framer mounts everything with tape, and hinges. No dry mounting. All acid-free boards, UV glass.
     
  4. David A. Goldfarb

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    I have a glossy 16x20" Crystal Archive print hinge mounted with linen tape that's been hanging for at least a year or maybe two with no problems. I don't see why glossy would be a problem, as long as it is handled carefully, other than preference for one or the other.
     
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    I would imagine the biggest difference is their attention to detail and working carefully. I have not mounted any glossy Crystal Archive prints this large. I have mounted a few glossy prints that needed done in sections because they were too big for my platen. Calls for very close attention to detail that is not as critical with a matte surface.
     
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    Robert I had incorrectly assumed you were having them drymounted to back board etc.....I dont know what would be the problem with the tape method
     
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    I am guessing that over such a large area the issue is ripple. It will be hard to keep a large print totally flat, which may cause specular distortions/reflections on the surface when viewing. The ripple will still be there with matte but there will not be any reflections.

    Just an idea - not speaking from experience, though.

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  8. Gerald Koch

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    Robert,

    Why not ask the framer. I'm sure everyone would be interested in his reasons rather than speculation.
     
  9. Bob Carnie

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    Being glossy should not be a problem for your framer, I am framing 30x40 high gloss cibachromes all the time as well as very large fujiflex prints. I think he may be intimidated by the size of print and his working methods.