Tips and suggestions

Unrolling Print

Very simply, you want to roll the print in the opposite direction of the curl evenly along the entire edge of the print. Since your print comes in a protective polypropylene sleeve and packed in a cardboard tube, you can use them to unroll your print.

Make sure the outside of the shipping tube is smooth, with nothing on it that can damage your print. Use a clean flat surface of a table or counter top to unroll your print. With the print still inside the polypropylene sleeve tape the bottom of the polypropylene sleeve lengthwise across the shipping tube. Be sure to tape the inside curl of the print and sleeve to the tube (see diagram). Keeping the tube flat on the table or counter top, carefully roll the tube against the curl of the print and sleeve (see diagram). Keep the print rolled for a few minutes. When you unroll the print, if it is still curled, repeat procedure. If the far edge of the print is curled, (without touching the image, to prevent oils from your hands getting on the print) take the print out of the sleeve and turn it around 180º, place it back in the sleeve and repeat the procedure.

The time you need to keep the print rolled will depend on how long the print was rolled originally, humidity, etc.

Print Handling Tips

Even though prints made with pigment inks are fade resistant, you should still handle your prints with care to ensure a long fade resistant life and to avoid damaging your prints.

Handling

Keep the print in its packaging until you're ready to display it, to ensure that it stays clean and unexposed to excessive moisture or other airborne contaminants.

Handle the paper by the edges or underside to avoid damaging the printed image.

Print Storage

Do not expose prints to direct sunlight, heat, or strong sources of UV. Heat and UV radiation will greatly accelerate fade and paper damage.

Always store prints in a climate controlled environment. High humidity, dust, solvents, adhesives, smoke, and other contaminants can damage your print. 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 50% relative humidity are the benchmarks you should look to when storing prints. Moving air is a big factor in print fade. Try to keep prints in an acid free storage box or print sleeve.

If you are going to store prints in plastic bags or sleeves, look for plastic material that is made from biaxially oriented polypropylene. Avoid using any materials that contain polyethylene or plasticizers which can cause rapid yellowing of your paper.

The polypropylene bag that your print comes packed in is acid free and archival safe. If you rotate your art, you can store your unframed prints in this bag.

Framing and Storage

Always use archival quality mounts and mat boards.

Avoid exposing your print to heat. Use low-heat or pressure sensitive dry mounting substrates. Never use a high-heat substrate, and always test a sample before mounting the actual artwork.

Do not use spray mount or other spray or liquid adhesives. The inks are sensitive to moisture and changes in humidity. Adhesives may react with the chemicals used to produce the image in your print, causing substantial damage.

Do not use tape to adhere the print to the mounting board as the adhesive in the tape can cause damage to the edges of the print.

Use photo corners or strips to mount the print to the mounting board. When it comes to mounting and framing your valuable prints and photos, photo corners are an excellent choice.

Use UV filtered glass in your frame to protect your print from the fading effects of UV light. Seal the back of the frame to protect your prints from atmospheric contaminants. Airborne chemicals and pollution can play a large role in print fade.