Updated: Aug 18, 2019
There are many options out there for photo printing. From gloss paper to canvas to metal to well...acrylic. This post is going to explain what an acrylic print is, how it is made and why we have chosen this method here at Insta-Art.
First things first, what exactly is an acrylic photo print?
An acrylic photo print is when an image is either printed directly onto an acrylic sheet (direct printing) or printed to a high grade photo paper and then reverse mounted onto an acrylic sheet (face-mounted).
Direct printing is the most common method used by big printing companies because it is a less laborious method, more cost effective and is usually done by machines. The acrylic face-mounting method is a multi-step process that requires a human touch that a machine just can't replicate. As a result of this non-machine produced method, the face-mounted prints retain more vibrancy and quality in the photos, and thus the prints.
Here at Insta-Art, we only produce our prints using the face-mounted method.
Over the years we have worked hard to master the face-mounted printing method, and the results have been well worth it. The prints we produce are of the highest quality, with vibrant images, and each one has been made by hand instead of machine. Our photographers have worked hard to capture the perfect photo, we are going to do our part to make sure it is made into a quality print.
Acrylic prints give off the illusion of being printed on glass and many people often use the terms glass prints, acrylic prints or even acrylic glass prints interchangeably (ummmm...confused yet?) However, glass printing and acrylic printing are two distinct methods and not a lot of companies offer true glass prints. Glass prints are usually created with a UV printer where the ink gets cured into the glass. Sure it's a convenient idea, but these printers are expensive and often the quality of the print just can't match that of a face-mounted acrylic print. Often the vibrancy gets lost when you print directly onto a surface like glass rather than a high-grade photo paper. When displayed on the wall, light also shines directly through glass, whereas with acrylic prints the light refracts making the print glow.
(Side Note: All of our prints also offer the metallic finishing upgrade that takes that glow to a whole new level!)
How can I best display my acrylic print?
The acrylic prints you see in galleries are often displayed off the wall, and aesthetically this is considered to best way by many professional printing companies, fine art galleries and art enthusiasts! We think so too, which is why all of our prints also come with stand-off wall mounting hardware so that you can be rest assured you will have what you need to display your new art piece properly. If possible, you should avoid mounting the print on a wall that receives a lot of direct sunlight, as the glare might also take away from the vibrancy of the image.
So there you have it folks! When you shop at Insta-Art you can be assured that you are receiving a high quality acrylic print using the coveted face-mounted method.