Everything There Is to Know about Acrylic Prints

Everything There Is to Know about Acrylic Prints

While photographers and artists have been using acrylic prints for years to display their work, acrylic prints are still a mystery to the general public. It’s time to shed a light on what acrylic prints are, the types of acrylic prints available at Baboo Digital and ways you can create custom acrylic prints out of existing artwork.

What are acrylic prints?

Here at Baboo Digital, our acrylic prints are the result of a custom mounting process. Once we produce your archival photo print, we permanently bond the face of the print behind framing grade acrylic. Once the print is bonded to the acrylic, we then apply a backer substrate of either Sintra Board or Dibond to protect the print itself and add rigidity to the overall piece. The last step is to add an aluminum subframe on the back so when the print is hung, it appears to float off the wall. Our acrylic prints are available in a variety of thicknesses (1/8″ & 1/4″) with either a glossy or matte finish.

Advantages of big acrylic prints

Traditional picture frames do not have the same clean, modern finished look that custom acrylic prints offer. This is especially true for big prints that can warp or wrinkle in traditional frames over time. Not only does an acrylic print protect the print, but it also highlights the image itself. Instead of looking at a print through a piece of glass surrounded by a chunky frame, big acrylic prints offer a contemporary “frameless” style. Best of all, our acrylics are moisture resistant and can last a lifetime with a little care. Since Baboo Digital has the luxury of producing products up to 60″ by 120″, we are the area’s premier source of big acrylic prints.

Direct Printing vs Face Mounting

Direct printing is a process where a special machine prints directly to the acrylic. What results is a water-resistant, sign quality image, suitable for displays and signage. While direct printing is often the less expensive option when it comes to displaying a photo or print, it is not a gallery grade display. Its lifespan is also much shorter than its face-mounted counterpart. Face mounting, the process of permanently bonding the face of the print to the acrylic and backing it with a board and an aluminum subframe, results in a museum grade display of your print. It is also water resistant and long-lasting, giving you decades of enjoyment in vibrant color or stunning greyscale.

What type of paper and ink should I use in my print?

We could go on for days, waxing poetic about paper and ink used in acrylic prints. Suffice it to say, when looking into acrylic prints, you are likely to find two types of printing – C prints and inkjet prints. C prints use chemicals typically used in a darkroom process to create color, shading, and texture in your finished product. Inkjet prints use pigment-based ink or dye along with inkjet printers.

As for paper, the best results are achieved with a glossy paper or a metallic paper. Often, metallic paper is preferred for color images since it seems to add depth to the colors that are printed on it.

Fortunately, there is no need to go searching for a printer who can produce the type of print you are hoping for. Our in-house digital photographic printing processes offer both C prints and inkjet prints on a variety of paper sure to give your finished acrylic print the look you are hoping for.

Whether you are ready to turn your art into acrylic prints or are looking for a printer to get you started, Baboo Digital has you covered. Call us today for more information or get a quote online and see what happens when your art comes to life.

We could go on for days, waxing poetic about paper and ink used in acrylic prints. Suffice it to say, the best results are achieved with a glossy or a metallic archival photo paper. Often, metallic paper is preferred for color images since it seems to add depth to the colors that are printed.

Fortunately, there is no need to go searching for a printer who can produce the type of print you are hoping for. Our in-house digital photo printing processes offer prints on a variety of paper sure to give your finished acrylic print the look you are hoping for.

Whether you are ready to turn your art into big acrylic prints or are looking for a printer to get you started, Baboo Digital has you covered. Call us today for more information or get a quote online and see what happens when your art comes to life.


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