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Can You Frame Acrylic Prints?

acrylic photo print hanging on wall

Acrylic prints are a stunning & unique product for displaying your photographs.

They make colours pop & because you’re viewing the photograph through a thickness of acrylic, they bring a wonderful depth to the image.

Images printed on other mediums can sometimes be enhanced by presenting the print in a frame & frames come in various styles & materials to suit different tastes.

But can you frame acrylic prints? The appeal of acrylic prints is their borderless design which gives them their unique depth. Framing would cover up the edges, thus losing this unique characteristic. But acrylic prints can be mounted in a fashion that creates a border around the photograph.

Why Would You Frame An Acrylic Print?

Mounted photographs, canvas prints & wraps & even metal prints can all be framed.

Framing can offer an extra dimension & appeal to certain images printed on these mediums.

But acrylic prints can be more expensive & they offer that unique borderless appeal which is why most people choose them.

The acrylic comes in a choice of thickness, usually ⅛ inch (3mm) or ¼ inch (6.35mm), but some printers may offer an even thicker option, especially if you’re ordering an acrylic photo block.

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Framing would detract from their integral design & why they’re popular in the 1st place.

If you really want a framed print that offers depth & colour saturation, you’re better off choosing a metal photo print.

Metal prints produce amazing image quality, are sometimes cheaper than acrylic & because they are made from a thinner aluminium sheet, many framing options can be used.

Acrylic Photo Frames

It’s possible to frame your image in another way.

Not with an actual picture frame as such, but with a border.

Instead of ordering your acrylic print with the image bleeding over the edges, the printed photograph can be smaller, thus creating a border.

Being clear acrylic means the backing board used determines the colour of the border.

Black or white are the most widely used & you can even choose a clear border.

Other Acrylic Framing Options

The main component in why acrylic creates such outstanding image quality is down to the print lab.

A professional printer will use high grade acrylic, photographic papers & inks.

So this high quality image is further enhanced by mounting behind acrylic.

But if you already have a photograph, acrylic mounting frames are available through certain department stores.

These frames can be bought for a few dollars, but they’re not going to enhance your image in any way.

It’s like mounting a photograph behind glass, except these are acrylic or Plexiglass.

Final Thoughts

Acrylic prints aren’t designed to be framed & they only detract rather than add any extra quality to your photograph.

Because acrylic printing can be more costly, you need to be sure that the borderless, clean & modern appeal they offer is something you’ll be happy with for years to come .. because not only do acrylic prints look amazing, they can last for decades.

Dive into acrylic prints even further with this complete guide.

I hope this article answered any questions you may have had & please feel free to share.

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