FAQs & Tips

/FAQs & Tips

Matboards are the borders around your artwork, under the glass.

Replace matboards after 7 to 8 years.

Oversize prints are produced on large format printers which can print on papers up to 1.3m wide. If you print a panorama format image ‘sideways’ (ie. using 1.3m as the height of the panorama print), you can get very large prints.

There are no set rules about how high you should hang your artworks, but hanging at eye height often works well.

Use windex on glass only. Only ever dust frames, don’t use sprays or similar as they can damage the frame’s finish.

The safest and cheapest way to hang any picture is a wall plug and a flat head screw.

To check if a print or painting will be the right size on your wall, cut a a piece of newspaper to correct size and place it on your wall. This will give you a great visual indication of how your artwork will look when hung.

Artworks need air circulating behind them. Sticky ‘bump-ons’ can help keep artworks the surface off the wall.

Framed paintings or limited edition prints can sometimes take on a ‘wavey’ appearance behind glass.

This is often due to extreme weather (very hot or very cold) with humidity – the more humid the environment the wavier it can get.

The wave effect occurs because the artwork is hinged and not stuck down. It can be rectified by our framers.

Mirrors are a great way to help a room that is smaller or lacks natural light. Mirrors help add light and make rooms appear larger.

Giclee refers to high quality inkjet printing using high quality ink and high quality paper or canvas.

We do our own Giclee printing in-house using our Epson 990 Stylus Pro printer with high dynamic range and 11 colour chrome ink.

All canvas printing carried out by The Finishing Touch Gallery is Giclee quality using Hahnemuhle poly cotton canvas.

We offer optional Giclee quality photographic printing using Hahnemuhle photo paper (Photo Rag, Pearl Smooth) and Canson Aquarelle Rag watercolour paper.


Brush stroking is a technique used on prints to give the effect of an Original oil painting, therefore no glass is required. It gives a textured finish to the print so it is easily wiped and there is no glare also protecting the colours longer than with glass. This technique is only recommended on prints which are stuck down permanently on board and are not going to increase in value. Glass is very heavy so using this method is good for people who like having large pieces of art without having brickwork to drill into. Good for any room, Office or Boat.

  1. Costs and weighs less than framing.
  2. Helps a print look like an original.
  3. No glare in bright rooms.
  4. Can be wiped down.
  5. Protects print colours longer than glass.
  6. Good for areas where glass could be dangerous.

If weight and size is a problem, mounting on 10mm sticky backed Foamcore is a great alternative. White foamcore comes ready to hang, is extremely light weight and can be easily framed.

For larger sizes, MDF stays flatter than foamcore.

Blockmounting is an alternative to framing. Your poster is mounted on a 9mm MDF board and comes ready to hang with flat black edges or a bevelled black edge. It is ideal for any home or office application. If you ever do want to frame your block mount, this is easily done as no glass is required if poster is laminated or sealed.

For small adjustments, there is a screw on back of your frame. When we supply a framed picture, we also provide extra hanging cord.