Longridge mountcutters - q's for Les (and others)
I'm looking at getting a Longridge mountcutter, as mentioned in Les's article in B&WP UK, and starting the whole rigmarole of mounting and matting my own prints. As you might expect I have a few novice questions:
- I'm wondering whether to get a Duo or a Duo Plus. I currently print up to 16x12 but may in future print a few 20x16s. It's very unlikely that I'll be printing any bigger than that. Would the extra length of the Duo Plus really be worth the extra outlay?
- Is a rotary trimmer essential? The Duo's both have the capability to do vertical cuts. Would this not do a good enough job?
- Again, do I really need a squaring arm with the Duo's built-in squaring facility?
- At the moment I'm squeegeeing my prints and leaving them to dry face down, resulting in minimal curl. Will photo corners and the matt be sufficient to hold the print flat? (I don't think I can run to a dry-mount press, even secondhand.)
- By how much does your matt overlap the edges of your print?
- (Okay, *real* newbie question alert!) Do you matt your print with the edges of the image covered or showing, or can it be done either way?!
- Can anyone recommend a good book on mounting and matting and general print presentation?
All help (as always) very gratefully received.
All the best,
Hope this helps Frank, if you need more help PM me.
Originally Posted by FrankB
Les, you're a diamond! I owe you (again!).