As a photographer or artist, you understand that your work is only as good as the materials you use from the inception stage to the presentation. When exhibiting an artistic photo, the quality of the paper is vital if you are to present the lines and the emotions depicted in the photograph in their best light. That said, the mount is also important. Dibond mounting was developed to provide photographers with the amount to exhibit their work, which is both rigid and light in weight.
Dibond is a sturdy composite of Aluminum and PVC which is why it's also known as aluminum Dibond printing. It consists of a compressed composite panel between two Aluminum plates. It is strong, durable, and surprisingly light, and it is a good compromise between Aluminum and some of the softer materials. It is also very versatile in that it can be easily hung onto various systems. Dibond is only about 3mm thick, so it cannot be clearly seen from the side of the print. This means that it won’t change the aesthetics of the artwork. For your art prints, you can print the photo on any paper of your choice, which can then be pasted onto the Dibond. That way, the art can retain all its original properties (feel, appearance, tonality, durability, the dynamism of contrasts and colors, etc.) You get the benefits of the backing and it delivers the message better.
A mounted print creates a backing for the focused picture or artwork, meaning that it becomes a lot more visible and impactful. Read on to see how to apply this to printing on Dibond:
Dibond (see 'What Are Dibond Signs?') can be mounted with a lot of different materials, depending on the effect you want to create on the surface that you're placing the Dibond on. Here are a few Dibond mounting options and how you can do them:
An MDF batten is about 9mm thick, so it will not add any significant width to the Dibond material and can keep the thin appearance of the picture or painting, making it a great choice for Dibond backing. This will give your artwork the illusion of 'floating' from the surface of the wall. To install a split batten fixing,
A shadow box frame also helps give your picture a floating illusion. It applies a perfect finish to your photo and can be combined with a Dibond mount, as well as other types of mount. This is a frame that is both discrete and modern, and that really enhances your work. To hang a Dibond material on a shadow box frame,
A subframe is an Aluminum profile attached to the reverse of the mounting material. This is then hung onto a batten fixed to the wall. Subframes are best for hanging large prints and Perspex mounts. A subframe molding will also give the impression of your artwork "floating" from the wall. The molding is approximately 20mm wide. Those who appreciate a clean gallery look can also mount their picture by using the subframe with a rope suspension system. For this, hook the cable end with the suspension under the rail, the other end you can attach to the ceiling or wall as preferred. This is especially great for exhibitions!
If you get your Dibond without any mounting extras, don't fret. You got this. You can design and build a float hanging system that allows you to exhibit a frameless panel and allows the painting to be the focal point without any distractions from a hanging apparatus.
What you'll need
The above method is intended for large and heavy painting panels with sizing greater than 48” x 60”, and weight of 10 to 25 lbs. For smaller pictures, use a sawtooth hanger on the pre-cut panels, and glue in place with RTV Silicone, which has an even and a lighter spread for a firm hold. However, you need to allow at least 24 hours for RTV to cure after application. After that time, check the panel for balance. The hanger module is now ready to be mounted on any composite surface. To add profile depth and enhance the floating impression, you can: