Pleximount or direct-to-plexi print? 6 ways to determine which option is best for you

Posted on November 21, 2015

A question we get a lot from customers is: “what is the different between the pleximount and the direct-to-plexi print (plexiprint)?” This is a really great question and the short answer is: they are quite different! Although both options can use either clear or matte plexiglass, the difference in appearance can be significant. Here are some useful “Yes or No” questions to ask yourself when making the decision:

  1. Is image crispness and perfect color accuracy of the utmost importance? If it is choose the pleximount. If you are satisfied with the next best option choose the plexiprint.
  2. Are there people in the photograph? If so we recommend the pleximount for perfect accuracy of skin tones.
  3. Is it an abstract image with vibrant colors that would look good on a unique medium? If so we recommend the plexiprint.
  4. Is it a temporary display for an event or commercial purpose? If so we recommend the plexiprint.
  5. Is it a gift for an important occasion? If so we recommend the pleximount.
  6. Is it going in a kids room? If so we recommend the plexiprint.

Think you’re ready to start on your project? Go to our printing & framing page here to get started! Want to read more about the difference? Continue reading below!

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A PLEXIMOUNT WITH A GLOSSY PIGMENT PRINT AND MATTE PLEXIGLASS

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A DIRECT PLEXIPRINT WITH 1/4″ CLEAR PLEXIGLASS. CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?

To better understand the differences between these 2 print options, we can describe the process used for each. For the plexiprint we first cut and polish a piece of plexiglass.
Once the plexiglass is cut & polished, we print directly to that piece of plexiglass using our CET printer, which lays down ink and dries it with a UV light. The CET printer does a really great job printing on any type of material at a high resolution of 700 DPI.

OUR CET UV PRINTER

OUR CET UV PRINTER

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OUR CET UV PRINTER

For the pleximount we print on one of our fine art printers. We can use either our Epson pigment printer or our Lightjet printer for c-prints. These print at super high resolution to give a perfectly crisp image with excellent color accuracy. The Epson printer allows for absolute control over color and has the highest archival rating. The Lightjet uses a traditional photographic process which produces continuous tone. Once printed, the processor puts the print through the traditional dark room process. This is a great option for making photos have the ultimate “photographic” feel to them.

THE EPSON PIGMENT PRINTER: EXCELLENT RESOLUTION AND COLOR REPRODUCTION

THE EPSON PIGMENT PRINTER: EXCELLENT RESOLUTION AND COLOR REPRODUCTION

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OUR OUR 72” WIDE OCE LIGHTJET 500XL C-PRINTER

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OUR COLEX DIGITAL RA-4 PROCESSOR

Once we’ve made the print, the plexiprint is complete! We just put on backing material and a brace and it is ready to hang on the wall. However, for the pleximount this is only just the beginning. Once we have the fine art print from our Epson or Lightjet printer, we then apply adhesive to the front of that print. After the adhesive we use our laminator to face mount the print to the plexiglass.

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PREPPING PRINTS TO RUN THROUGH THE LAMINATOR!

This video shows a print going through our laminator to adhere the print directly to the plexiglass. As can be seen, there are multiple steps involved with producing a pleximount. However, the result is well worth the extra time required to make it. Once we’ve face mounted the print to the plexiglass we put the same backing material and brace on the back as we do for the plexiprint.

To create your plexiprint or pleximount you can go to the print & frame section of our website here. If you have any additional questions feel free to email us or call any time at 1-844-FOTOFOAM (1-844-368-6362). You can also create your print using our iPhone app!