Mini Test

We com­pare six acrylic prints to find the most fan­tas­tic plas­tic op­tion for your pho­to­graphs

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Old-fash­ioned pic­ture frames are just so passé. By con­trast, acrylic prints have a thor­oughly mod­ern look. We’re test­ing acrylic prints from six on­line labs, all of which of­fer reg­u­lar photo print­ing as well as photo prod­ucts.

Typ­i­cally, making acrylic prints in­volves cre­at­ing a print and then mount­ing it be­hind clear acrylic. The re­sult is a durable, sleek im­age that you can hang di­rectly on the wall. In some cases holes are drilled through the acrylic at each cor­ner, into which posts are in­serted to lift the art­work away from the wall and cre­ate a float­ing ef­fect. We’ve cho­sen a dif­fer­ent method for the con­tenders here, in that the wall fix­ings are at­tached to the back of the prints; this en­ables the print to be lifted away from the wall, but with­out any vis­i­ble means of sup­port.

We went for 24x16-inch float­ing acrylic prints. Dif­fer­ent labs use dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, but all prod­ucts on test are based on sil­ver halide prints on photo pa­per. This dif­fers from the in­fe­rior, but cheaper, method, where a six-colour process is ap­plied onto the un­der­side of an acrylic sheet.

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