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matting/packaging prints

hi all, i'm about to start selling prints and i was wondering exactly what is the process for packaging prints for sale. do i just mount the print between a matte and a backing board and slip it into the plastic envelope or is there more to the process? i want my stuff to be as professional as possible, not just slapdashed together. thanks!
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hi all, i'm about to start selling prints and i was wondering exactly what is the process for packaging prints for sale. do i just mount the print between a matte and a backing board and slip it into the plastic envelope or is there more to the process? i want my stuff to be as professional as possible, not just slapdashed together. thanks!

Definitely on the matting and backing. But instead of using envelopes you might want to look at shrink wrapping, which gives the "most professional" look, IMHO.

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Re: matting/packaging prints

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. do i just mount the print between a matte and a backing board and slip it into the plastic envelope or is there more to the process? i want my stuff to be as professional as possible, not just slapdashed together. thanks!

In order to be professional the prints must to be mounted / hinged correctly. Decorator's masking tape all round the outside of the print is an absolute no no.
Envelopes are fine, or you can shrink wrap as Enchanted suggests.
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Re: matting/packaging prints

I know that shrinkwrapping looks great but I found that the bags from www.clearbags.com work wonderfully. I wasted a lot of shrinkwrap over the years and prefer the different sized cello bags with the sealable flap. The bags come sized to take a print/watercolor with a single mat and foam core backing.

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Re: matting/packaging prints

i was already going to go to clearbags.com. i'm getting envelopes for loose prints as well as some to fit matted prints. i was just making sure i had the process right...i don't want to leave anything off!
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Re: matting/packaging prints

You'll be pleased with the results... For unmatted pieces, make sure you still use foam core backing. I cut mine to fit the bag and it allows me to put any sized print in the package.

One marketing tip that I find works for me: when matting, especially for my prints (hand-pulled linocuts and woodcuts), I always make sure my outside dimensions of the mat are a standard 'store bought' frame size. It gives the buyer more framing options.

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I know that shrinkwrapping looks great but I found that the bags from www.clearbags.com work wonderfully.
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Shrink wrapping does take some practice and it is more labor intensive than using envelopes. But the main reason I prefer it wasn't stated earlier - the ability to store prints in air-tightness. And the shrink wrap doesn't interfere much with viewing the art so that the prints can be displayed in the shrink wrapping as if they were framed behind glass - which it's assumed they will be after purchase.

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Re: matting/packaging prints

Hello, Im just starting into selling prints of my artwork and wondering , Is it unprofessional to just have them on foam core and in a clear bag or do you think they need to be matted? Matting is so expensive. Im sure there should be a price adjustment each way ?? any opinions? thanks!
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Another nice information about packaging here.
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