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The right substrate depends on how you are planning on displaying your work and what your budget is. For high end fine art dibond and aluminum offer the archival qualities that many artists and collectors look for. If the fine art is to be framed dibond is an excellent choice as it is rigid, great quality and less expensive than aluminum. Gator mounting is an economical way to have work mounted. It offers a light-weight, rigid surface that can be framed or finished with a back frame or hanging cleat.
Lamination is not mandatory. Art work that is to be framed does not require lamination as the glass of the frame will provide the protection that the laminate would offer. Lamination is most appropriate when work is displayed with a back frame or hanging cleat or when protection from UV light is desired. Polycarbonate lamination will protect work from damage when work is to be displayed in a high traffic area or where there will be excessive handeling of the print such as tradeshows.
Skip this step if you plan on framing the work traditionally. If not, there are two options. For work larger than 16x20 it is recommended that you opt for a cleated back frame. This method of hanging will keep your panels flat and offer a secure method of hanging the work. A wall cleat is included which is screwed into the wall and the artwork hangs on this cleat. Simple and easy. For smaller lighter works money can be saved by opting for a cleat and spacer. On the top of the art there is a cleat and a wood spacer at the bottom which keeps the work paralell to the wall. Wall cleat is included.