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Discuss print mounting and point out how the proper mount can enhance picture appearance. Discuss both dry and wet mounting.

Mounting -- A mount emphasizes the picture. Usually a special mounting board is used for this purpose. A well chosen mount directs attention to the picture, not to itself. Most photographers use a material such as KODAK Dry Mounting Tissue, Type 2, for mounting their prints. Here's how to mount a print:
  1. Tack the heat-sensitive tissue to the center of the back of the print, using a tacking iron or a household iron. (Set the household iron at the lowest setting in the synthetic fabric range and adjust if necessary.)

  2. Trim the print and position it on the mounting board. Holding the print in place, lift one corner of the print and tack the mounting tissue to the mount. Do this on all corners.

  3. If you plan to use a dry-mounting press, be sure to protect the print with a double thickness of heavy Kraft wrapping paper. Before you put your print into the press, make sure that the Kraft paper is completely dry. Close the press on the Kraft paper for about 1 minute. This will keep the paper from sticking to the surface of your print. Place your covered print in the press and close the press for at least 30 seconds. The temperature of the press should be between 180 and 210° F (82 and 99° C).

  4. Remove the mounted print from the press; place the print face down on a clean, smooth surface, and keep flat until cool. A heavy book or other flat weight is useful for this purpose.

  5. If you don't have a mounting press, you can use a household iron to do your mounting. Use the same setting on the iron as suggested for tacking the mounting tissue to the print (see step 1). Cover the print with a double thickness of Kraft paper, and run the iron back and forth over the print. Keep the iron moving and work from the center of the print toward the edges. Don't push too hard or you could mar the surface of the print.
Underlays in gray, black, or color dress up a print. Here's how to mount a print with an underlay:
  1. Tack the dry-mounting tissue to the print and trim off the excess tissue.
  2. Tack the print to a piece of art paper that is slightly larger than the print. Do this just as you would to tack the print to a mounting board.
  3. Tack dry-mounting tissue to the art paper and trim the excess tissue.
  4. Tack the art paper to the mounting board.
  5. Mount the print with a mounting press or a household iron.
Another way to mount prints is to use overlay mounts. You can buy overlay mounts in art or photo supply stores. There's no actual mounting involved when you use an overlay. Just lift the overlay and slide the print into place. Then tape or glue the bottom corners of the print to the mounting board. While these mounts are fine for temporary or home use, they usually aren't acceptable for photographic contests or salons.

You may also mount your prints by using a photographically inert cement, such as KODAK Rapid Mounting Cement. This cement is packaged in small tubes and is especially suitable for mounting small prints in albums. Never use rubber cement for mounting paper-base prints because it may contain compounds which could stain your prints.


Demonstrate dry and wet mounting. Have all the students mount their best prints on appropriate mounting board. Students who are not continuing with the optional meetings should clean out their lockers and return equipment at the end of the meeting.

Arrange to hang the prints in their school, in a church, in a bank, or in the window of the local photo shop. Ask a well known community figure to judge the print show (or you can do it yourself), and award first, second, and third prizes plus an honorable mention.

Assignment (for those continuing the course)

Have the students take some portraits and some cloudless landscapes and process the film before the next meeting.

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