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    I don't feel so bad now.......(Print Mounting)

    I have been getting frustrated lately trying to mount some of my prints. It seems that I am having some trouble getting everything square.

    I just received 3 original Fred Picker prints that I won on eBay today.

    Out of the 3 one of them is trimmed/mounted a little crooked. It's still a nice print and not a big deal to me.

    But it does make me feel a little better knowing that even Fred Picker wasn't perfect all the time

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    You should see Weston's prints. The ones hanging at the Weston Gallery in Carmel have dry mount tissue showing on 2 or 3 sides of the prints and they are slightly off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac
    You should see Weston's prints. The ones hanging at the Weston Gallery in Carmel have dry mount tissue showing on 2 or 3 sides of the prints and they are slightly off.

    Hmmmm... Very interesting.

    I'm I being to picky? I just don't like sending out a print that's not close to being perfect. I have several mounted prints stacked up that are "just a little off" but can't bring myself to sending them out.

    I'd be interested to hear other opinions on this.

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    Jim,
    I always tack the tissue to the center of the print and then trim the print. After I cut the hole in the mat, I line up the print in the hole and use some shot bags to hold the print in place. I usually tack one corner of the print to the mounting board. Then the print and the mouning board go into the press. I sandwich the print and the mounting board between 2 clean mat boards and carefully close the press. I let the heater get to about 200f before I start the whole process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee
    Jim,
    I always tack the tissue to the center of the print and then trim the print. After I cut the hole in the mat, I line up the print in the hole and use some shot bags to hold the print in place. I usually tack one corner of the print to the mounting board. Then the print and the mouning board go into the press. I sandwich the print and the mounting board between 2 clean mat boards and carefully close the press. I let the heater get to about 200f before I start the whole process.

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    Thanks for the info Lee!

    That sounds like the way I do it, except for one big difference.....

    I mount the print first, then I cut the matt.

    I will give it a try the other way next time I mount some prints to see how they turn out. Sounds like it might be a little easier to get the print even that way.

    Thanks again,

    Jim
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    Jim, it is never really perfect!

    I start by tacking the tissue to the center of the print. Then I trim the print with tissue using a roller blade. Then I center the print on the board by eye with the window mat in place. Then I tack two corners from the center. Then I place in the heat press with two boards - one below and one above. That is all you need.
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    I follow the same procedure Francesco described. The other little "trick" is cutting the overmat hole larger than the print. I use 1/4" on tops and sides, 7/16" on the bottom, 1/4" above center. This way, I can cut the overmats independent of the print unless the print gets trimmed to an odd size.
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    start by tacking the tissue to the center of the print. Then I trim the print with tissue using a roller blade. Then I center the print on the board by eye with the window mat in place. Then I tack two corners from the center. Then I place in the heat press with two boards - one below and one above. That is all you need.

    I follow the same procedure Francesco described. The other little "trick" is cutting the overmat hole larger than the print. I use 1/4" on tops and sides, 7/16" on the bottom, 1/4" above center. This way, I can cut the overmats independent of the print unless the print gets trimmed to an odd size.

    we are all on the same page here.

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    Just a question-Why don't you folks do the sticky corners? It is a hell of lot easier to get things straight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    Just a question-Why don't you folks do the sticky corners? It is a hell of lot easier to get things straight.
    Mark,

    I have used them and will probably use them again.

    I prefer dry mount though. It just looks more "finished" to me.

    Jim
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