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Jun 22, 2022 13:44:07   #
BigOldArt Loc: Seminole, FL
 
I saw a set of photos in a display. The backing appeared to be about 1/4 inch thick and a dense white foam. The images were only on the surface, not wrapped like canvas. There was no frame.

What is the material called? Is it something that is done in an inkjet printer and then applied to the backing? Is it something one has done at some vendor?

I would only be using it for personal use or gifts not for money-making.

Comments? Considerations? Experiences?

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Jun 22, 2022 13:48:59   #
NJFrank Loc: New Jersey
 
I think you are referring to transfer paper.

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Jun 22, 2022 13:51:25   #
ecurb
 
BigOldArt wrote:
I saw a set of photos in a display. The backing appeared to be about 1/4 inch thick and a dense white foam. The images were only on the surface, not wrapped like canvas. There was no frame.

What is the material called? Is it something that is done in an inkjet printer and then applied to the backing? Is it something one has done at some vendor?

I would only be using it for personal use or gifts not for money-making.

Comments? Considerations? Experiences?


Sounds like a Foamcore backing.

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Jun 22, 2022 13:53:59   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
NJFrank wrote:
I think you are referring to transfer paper.


https://www.staples.com/ink+jet+transfer+paper/directory_ink%2520jet%2520transfer%2520paper

Unless the print was mounted on foam board.
https://www.staples.com/foam+board/directory_foam%2520board?autocompletesearchkey=foam%2520board

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Jun 22, 2022 14:03:06   #
Architect1776 Loc: In my mind
 
ecurb wrote:
Sounds like a Foamcore backing.



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Jun 22, 2022 14:43:24   #
Alafoto Loc: Montgomery, AL
 
ecurb wrote:
Sounds like a Foamcore backing.


Ditto.

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Jun 22, 2022 16:03:56   #
BigOldArt Loc: Seminole, FL
 
Unless the print was mounted on foam board.
https://www.staples.com/foam+board/directory_foam%2520board?autocompletesearchkey=foam%2520board[/quote]

The examples on this link are much larger than what I saw. If I remember correctly, all the ones I saw would fit on ordinary 8.5 * 11 or smaller.

The pictures of foam core on various sites look like it is probably the material I saw.

Do UHH members send out to have photos on this backing? If so, to where?

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Jun 22, 2022 16:06:29   #
tradio Loc: Oxford, Ohio
 
Foam-core works OK for the smaller stuff- if it get too big it will warp. Gator-board is the heavy duty stuff for the larger prints.

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Jun 23, 2022 06:08:26   #
SHWeiss
 
Agree with Gatorboard

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Jun 23, 2022 07:48:13   #
parenta
 
BigOldArt wrote:
I saw a set of photos in a display. The backing appeared to be about 1/4 inch thick and a dense white foam. The images were only on the surface, not wrapped like canvas. There was no frame.

What is the material called? Is it something that is done in an inkjet printer and then applied to the backing? Is it something one has done at some vendor?

I would only be using it for personal use or gifts not for money-making.

Comments? Considerations? Experiences?


its called archival foam core backing

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Jun 23, 2022 09:08:21   #
Bill May
 
I ve used Bay Photo they offer printing and mounting of both Foamcore and GatorBoard

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Jun 23, 2022 09:40:04   #
AzPicLady Loc: Behind the camera!
 
If you buy foamcore from a framing supply house, it comes in large sheets and can be cut to size. It comes in white (which likely isn't acid free), off-white (which should be acid-free) and black. Normally, a mounted photo would be framed, but there are hangers that can be applied to the back of the foamcore so that it can be hung without a frame. Be careful purchasing foamcore from hobby stores. If it's sort of slick-looking, it probably isn't acid free. It if has a matte finish, it likely is. And sometimes the clerks don't know (and don't care).

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Jun 23, 2022 09:49:20   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
ecurb wrote:
Sounds like a Foamcore backing.


+1

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Jun 23, 2022 10:11:07   #
StanMac Loc: Tennessee
 
BigOldArt wrote:
I saw a set of photos in a display. The backing appeared to be about 1/4 inch thick and a dense white foam. The images were only on the surface, not wrapped like canvas. There was no frame.

What is the material called? Is it something that is done in an inkjet printer and then applied to the backing? Is it something one has done at some vendor?

I would only be using it for personal use or gifts not for money-making.

Comments? Considerations? Experiences?


Along with the other replies, it is probably foam core board. The local Hobby Lobby will mount your art work or photo on foam core board in any size.

Stan

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Jun 23, 2022 10:17:27   #
photoman43
 
ecurb wrote:
Sounds like a Foamcore backing.


It can be called Gatorboard or gatorfoam.


https://bayphoto.com/prints/photographic-prints/

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