Acrylic prints have long been the secret weapon of photographers and artists, elevating their creations to a new level of visual brilliance. Yet, for many, the world of acrylic prints remains shrouded in mystery. In this comprehensive guide, we'll illuminate every aspect of acrylic prints, from what they are and the advantages they offer to the critical choices of printing methods, paper types, and inks. Join us on a journey through the world of acrylic prints, as we delve into the artistry and technology behind these stunning creations. Discover why Baboo Digital stands as the premier source for big acrylic prints, and learn how you can transform your artwork into captivating masterpieces that last a lifetime.
What Are Acrylic Prints?
At Baboo Digital, our acrylic prints are the result of a meticulous custom mounting process that breathes life into your artwork. We begin with the production of your archival photo print, after which we permanently bond it to framing grade acrylic. To ensure both protection and structural integrity, we add a backer substrate, choosing between Sintra Board or Dibond. The final touch is the aluminum subframe on the back, giving your print a captivating "floating" appearance when hung. Our acrylic prints are available in varying thicknesses (1/8" & 1/4") and finish options, including glossy and matte, allowing you to tailor your print to your desired aesthetic.
Advantages of Big Acrylic Prints
Traditional picture frames fall short when compared to the sleek, modern finish of custom acrylic prints, especially for large artworks that can warp or wrinkle in traditional frames over time. Not only do acrylic prints safeguard your artwork, but they also enhance the image itself. Instead of viewing your print through glass surrounded by a bulky frame, acrylic prints provide a contemporary "frameless" style. Remarkably, our acrylics are moisture-resistant and can endure for a lifetime with minimal care. With the capability to produce prints up to 60" by 120", Baboo Digital stands as the foremost destination for big acrylic prints in the area.
Direct Printing vs. Face Mounting
Understanding the nuances of printing methods is crucial in achieving the desired quality for your acrylic prints. Direct printing involves a specialized machine printing directly onto the acrylic, resulting in a water-resistant, sign-quality image suitable for displays and signage. While direct printing is often more cost-effective, it falls short of the gallery-grade display achieved through face mounting. Face mounting involves permanently bonding the print to the acrylic, backing it with a board, and adding an aluminum subframe. This method delivers a museum-grade display, combining water resistance and long-lasting vibrancy for decades of enjoyment in both color and greyscale.
Choosing the Right Paper and Ink
Selecting the right combination of paper and ink is pivotal in achieving stunning acrylic prints. Two common printing methods are C prints and inkjet prints. C prints utilize chemicals typically found in darkroom processes to produce color, shading, and texture in the final product. Inkjet prints, on the other hand, rely on pigment-based ink or dye in combination with inkjet printers.
When it comes to paper, the best results often stem from glossy or metallic archival photo paper. Metallic paper, in particular, is favored for color images as it imbues the printed colors with remarkable depth.
Fortunately, there's no need to search for a printer capable of delivering your desired print type. At Baboo Digital, our in-house digital photographic printing processes offer both C prints and inkjet prints on a variety of paper types, ensuring your acrylic print captures the exact look and feel you desire.
Whether you're poised to transform your art into captivating big acrylic prints or are embarking on your printing journey, Baboo Digital is your trusted partner. Contact us today for more information or obtain an online quote to witness the magic that unfolds when your art comes to life through acrylic prints. Unlock the brilliance of your artwork with the unmatched quality and expertise of Baboo Digital.
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