Our high-quality wooden frames are custom made for each artwork by a professional framer.
We frame using a matte that we place over the print, creating a beautiful decorative white border around the image. If a print is numbered and/or signed on the front we make sure that these elements remain visible. The matte also ensures that the acrylic glass panel does not rest on the printed surface. We do not glue our prints to the cardboard back of the frame so they can always be taken out of the frame later.
We use acrylic glass instead of regular glass. Acrylic glass is better, more transparent and lighter than regular glass and also more resistant to damage.
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About our fine art prints on metal
We call our fine art prints on metal 'HD Finish' which stands for 'high definition aluminum photo panel'. This product has the same look and feel as our more 'traditional' print on paper with Dibond + Diasec and Acrylic glass finish but is an improvement on that.
HD Finish is a very new printing technique that sees water resistant inks infused in the top layer of an aluminum panel using heat and sublimation. The result is a beautiful, contemporary art product that is of superior quality to most other art printing methods available in terms of contrast, color intensity, color depth and archival qualities.
HD Finish does not have a 'metallic look' unless that is explicitly specified as a separate finishing option on the artwork's page. The characteristics are the same as a print on paper with Dibond + Diasec and Acrylic glass finish but with an even higher quality.
HD Finish works come ready to hang.
HD Finish is archival quality (minimum 100 years), water/heat/cold resistant, relatively lightweight and scratch proof.
The measurements listed next to the artwork are those of the printed surface and not the size of the paper, unless specified otherwise in the artwork description.
All unframed prints are shipped with a white 2.5"/5cm border on all sides used for numbering and signing and to allow for custom framing.
Real-life measurements can deviate slightly from those listed on the site because we round-off to whole numbers online.
Unframed prints are carefully packed and shipped in a tube with a diameter of at least 4.7"/12 cm.
What is Liquid Gloss?
Liquid Gloss is an epoxy resin that gets poured on top of the print after it is mounted on a Dibond panel and has been cleared of dust.
This is precision work and afterwards the epoxy needs to harden out for several days to a glass-like layer. The end result is a beautiful, clear and high-gloss protective layer with rounded edges and corners. Liquid Gloss is not archival quality though which means that the gloss can yellow a little over the years.
Liquid Gloss has the same contrast enhancing qualities as Diasec with acrylic glass but saturates the colors slightly, making for a very vibrant piece or artwork.
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About Diasec® and Acrylic glass
Diasec® is a transparent gel and patented process used for facemounting prints against acrylic glass.
Because of the different light penetration and refraction of our acrylic glass compared to normal glass, the colors of a print behind acrylic glass will show to be more brilliant and the image sharper when compared to standard glass. The Diasec®/Acrylic glass process also makes the print resistant to ultraviolet (UV) light and is therefore the standard for museum-grade usage.
Cook & Becker uses Dibond as a carrier for Diasec®/Acrylic glass prints and photo's. The result is a completely flat mount that comes ready to hang.
What is Dibond?
Dibond is a patented composite plate of aluminum and plastic. The top and bottom of the plate are aluminum with a polyethylene core.
Dibond is extremly durable, will retains its flatness and will not 'bow' like solid aluminium. It is an ideal backing for giclee prints and fine art photography.
We fasten our prints to the Dibond panels using a non-acid glue that keeps the archival quality of the print intact. Cook & Becker's Dibond mounted Certified Art Giclees™ can be ordered with several finishes such as Diasec with Acrylic glass or Liquid Gloss/Epoxy.
We fasten a frame to all Dibond mounted artworks so they arrive ready to hang!
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These 100% cotton archival papers offer superior contrast and are ideal for printing digitally created artwork. Lab tests show that in combination with our archival pigment inks and UV-coating these prints keep their original quality for over a 100 years. That is why we provide a lifelong guarantee on all our Certified Art Giclee™ prints.
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