How to straighten out rolled prints

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Postby otakii901 on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:20 pm

I have had my prints stored in their tubes for a few months while i've waited to get them framed, do they need to be able to lie flat by themselves before I frame them as they are currenty curled up? and if so whats the best way to straighten them out?
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Postby Kramerica on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:21 pm

Mist it lightly with water, place a piece of paper over it, and iron it.
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Postby Jesusmalverde on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:24 pm

Cologne bottles
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Postby otakii901 on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:26 pm

Kramerica wrote:Mist it lightly with water, place a piece of paper over it, and iron it.

I think i'd be too scared to try that
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Postby otakii901 on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:26 pm

Jesusmalverde wrote:Cologne bottles

Doyou mean just weigh down the corners?
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Postby Kramerica on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:27 pm

otakii901 wrote:
Kramerica wrote:Mist it lightly with water, place a piece of paper over it, and iron it.

I think i'd be too scared to try that

Good, you shouldn't do it.

Take them out of the tubes, let them rest for a day or so, and sandwich them between two sheets of foamcore or other acid free material. If they are really curly, you will want to put some weight on the top. Some framers can flatten out prints from what I understand but I am not sure of the process.
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Postby otakii901 on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:29 pm

Kramerica wrote:
otakii901 wrote:
Kramerica wrote:Mist it lightly with water, place a piece of paper over it, and iron it.

I think i'd be too scared to try that

Good, you shouldn't do it.

Take them out of the tubes, let them rest for a day or so, and sandwich them between two sheets of foamcore or other acid free material. If they are really curly, you will want to put some weight on the top. Some framers can flatten out prints from what I understand but I am not sure of the process.


Thanks a lot, I have a couple of pieces and will try it :)
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Postby CoA on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:46 pm

otakii901 wrote:
Kramerica wrote:
otakii901 wrote:
Kramerica wrote:Mist it lightly with water, place a piece of paper over it, and iron it.

I think i'd be too scared to try that

Good, you shouldn't do it.

Take them out of the tubes, let them rest for a day or so, and sandwich them between two sheets of foamcore or other acid free material. If they are really curly, you will want to put some weight on the top. Some framers can flatten out prints from what I understand but I am not sure of the process.


Thanks a lot, I have a couple of pieces and will try it :)


Flattening prints depends on a lot on the weather. If it's hot and humid I find prints flatten a lot more easily. At this time of year with the the air very dry and relatively cold prints are a lot more difficult and take a lot longer to flatten out.

In the summertime here where it's hot a humid, a print will pretty much flatten out by itself overnight, with just a few more days with some weight to finish the job. I've got prints that I've had flattening for months since the start of this winter and they still curl.

Depending where you live, you may find it takes some time for them to flatten this time of year even if you sandwich them.
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Postby ToolFanFromWayBack on Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:58 pm

depends on how it is going to be mounted. If floating they need to be flat. If they are going to be matted, they don't need to be perfectly flat as the mat will help keep it down. In either case you want it as flat as you can get it. If your framer uses the word drymount, do not use them (unless the print is really cheap and you don't mind irreversible process)

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you can also carefully reverse roll the print around the tube. Meaning put the print with the curling down (carefully) place the tube at one end and carefully roll the print around the tube (did I mention carefully?).
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Postby Jesusmalverde on Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:05 pm

otakii901 wrote:
Jesusmalverde wrote:Cologne bottles

Doyou mean just weigh down the corners?

Sorry, was a joke based on a pic someone posted.
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Postby otakii901 on Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:07 pm

ToolFanFromWayBack wrote:depends on how it is going to be mounted. If floating they need to be flat. If they are going to be matted, they don't need to be perfectly flat as the mat will help keep it down. In either case you want it as flat as you can get it. If your framer uses the word drymount, do not use them (unless the print is really cheap and you don't mind irreversible process)

Its definitely not going to be dry mounted, I was going to float mount it. Ill give it a few days to loosen up before taking it in. Thanks
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Postby xbrc on Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:12 pm

alittle wrote:Never go tube to float
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Postby jjbehren on Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:14 pm

I would not recommend reverse rolling. When you roll paper you damage it slightly by stretching the fibers. Reverse rolling does that again, but the other way.

If you do reverse roll, use a tube bigger than the one the print came in to wrap the print around.
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Postby otakii901 on Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:20 pm

jjbehren wrote:I would not recommend reverse rolling. When you roll paper you damage it slightly by stretching the fibers. Reverse rolling does that again, but the other way.

If you do reverse roll, use a tube bigger than the one the print came in to wrap the print around.

i was just going to leave it in the warmth for a few days to let the fibers loosen by themselves, then if need be weigh down the corners
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Postby joseluisamado on Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:03 am

CoA wrote:
otakii901 wrote:
Kramerica wrote:
otakii901 wrote:I think i'd be too scared to try that

Good, you shouldn't do it.

Take them out of the tubes, let them rest for a day or so, and sandwich them between two sheets of foamcore or other acid free material. If they are really curly, you will want to put some weight on the top. Some framers can flatten out prints from what I understand but I am not sure of the process.


Thanks a lot, I have a couple of pieces and will try it :)


Flattening prints depends on a lot on the weather. If it's hot and humid I find prints flatten a lot more easily. At this time of year with the the air very dry and relatively cold prints are a lot more difficult and take a lot longer to flatten out.

In the summertime here where it's hot a humid, a print will pretty much flatten out by itself overnight, with just a few more days with some weight to finish the job. I've got prints that I've had flattening for months since the start of this winter and they still curl.

Depending where you live, you may find it takes some time for them to flatten this time of year even if you sandwich them.


How about using a room with a humidifier? This should speed up the process.
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