Tutorial: Window Mounting Photographs
To start mounting photographs, the equipment required is:
- Cutting mat
- Pritt Stick (or similar)
- The photograph to be mounted
- Mount cutter system together with blades and tape
The mount cutter can also be fixed to a board with a groove cut in it to accommodate the blade as shown below:
To prepare your mount board always work on the reverse side in order not to leave any marks whatsoever on the face.
To mount a photo in the centre of the board, mark the centre of each side and draw lines, quartering the board.
- Measure the length of the photograph
- Transfer the measurements to the reverse of the mount board. (See below)
and join up the marks:
- Repeat the measuring and marking procedure for the height of the photograph
- This will leave you with a centre which will be the area to remove for the photograph to be mounted (highlighted in blue on the picture to the right)
Place the mount board under the cutter using the mark in the centre of the bevel cutter as a guide and cut from the bottom mark to the top in one easy movement.
NOTE: The cutter ruler should be placed OUTSIDE the window area to ensure the bevel is the right way round.
Repeat this procedure on all sides at the end of which the centre should just fall out.
The author always then sticks the photograph to a firmer piece of card to avoid the image flopping about and being transparent when it is fixed in the mount (some people use the cut-out centre for this purpose). Adhesive is applied to the reverse of the image which is then placed on the card, firmed and then cut to the size of the image.
The photograph is then offered up to the mount to ensure that it will all fit together.
Small pieces of tape are fixed to the back edges of the image in order that when the mount is positioned over the image it may be firmly held in place when turning the mount board over.
Having turned the mounted image over on to its face, tape all the edges of the image to the board. All of the pencil marks may be removed with a soft rubber.
You should now have a mounted image to be proud of.
Tutorial by John Houlding