Mounted vs Matted Prints – Which Should You Order? | Pure Natural Portraits


Are you confused about the best option when it comes to choosing between mounted and matted prints? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many people struggle to understand the differences between these two options and which one is the better choice for their needs. In this article, we will explore the characteristics and benefits of both mounted and matted prints. By the end, you will have a clear understanding of the distinctions and be able to make an informed decision.

Mounted Prints

Mounted prints are visually similar to regular paper prints but come with an extra rigid backing for enhanced stability and protection. These prints are perfect for displaying individually or in a group on an easel, as keepsakes in an archival image box, or for use in frames. The mounted backing ensures that the prints do not warp or damage easily. They are a great option if you want your prints to last and be preserved in top-notch condition.

Mounted Prints
Mounted Prints

Matted Prints

Matted prints are likely more familiar to most as they are commonly seen in framed pieces in family homes. These prints come encased in a mat, providing stability and protection against warping and damage. They are considered stand-alone pieces and are perfect for displaying individually in a beautiful frame or as keepsakes in an archival image box. Matted prints offer a touch of elegance and sophistication to your photographs.

Matted Prints
Matted Prints

Bulk Prints

Bulk prints, also known as proofs, are perfect for archiving purposes or scrapbook projects. They offer a cost-effective option when ordering a large number of prints of the same size. These prints are printed on high-quality photo paper that comes on a roll, ensuring durability and longevity. However, it is important to note that storing these prints flat or upright in a large stack is crucial to avoid any potential curvature over time.

Bulk Prints

Choosing the Right Option for You

Now that you are familiar with the differences between mounted and matted prints, you can make an educated decision on which option is best for you. Both types of prints are of high quality, so your decision will depend on how you plan to use them and where you intend to display them. Consider your personal preferences and the aesthetics of the space where the prints will be showcased. Remember, there is no wrong choice here!

Photographer’s Choice

As a professional photographer with years of experience, my personal preference is matted prints of my all-time favorites in a linen folio box. I enjoy swapping them into frames as life goes on and I capture new photographs. The rest of my prints are stored in bulk on high-quality photo stock, preserved in an archival linen image box. This combination serves as both a backup system and a way to share cherished memories with future generations.

Photographer's Choice


Whether you choose mounted or matted prints, both options offer exceptional quality and will beautifully showcase your photographs. Take the time to explore the available products and see how our clients have used them. And if you have any questions or want to see and feel the products for yourself, don’t hesitate to contact us. Your memories deserve the best representation, and we are here to help you find the perfect print option for your needs.

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