Picture Framing and Wall Decoration Specialists

Annual Holiday

We will be closed for a week from Monday, 30th May & re-opening on Monday, 6th June
Any orders placed during this time will be processed when we return to work.

Help Section

Click on the titled sections below to view the help associated with the product

hanging guide
Detail Images

We've done the brain work, so you don't need to

Is it difficult to align the panels?
WELL, WE HAVE GIVEN THIS SOME THOUGHT!
Each multi panel wall art set comes with a full size printed template, with drill points in-place making it easy to get the holes in the wall, in exactly the right position.
Not only that, the template gives a great visual reference of the scale of the wall-art. So you can see the best position to hang it, before you've drilled any holes in the wall.
What if the drill slips when drilling?
DON'T WORRY, WE'VE THOUGHT OF THAT TOO!
Each panel has a nifty hanging fitting that allows you to fine-tune the position of each panel in any direction to help with alignment.
What do I need to fit the panels?
We provide all the fittings required to hang your Multi Panel Wall Art.
You will need a Drill, Hammer, Screwdriver, and a Competent Person ;)

You will need to screw the blocks onto the rear of each panel, the positions are clearly marked out, and the screw holes are pre-drilled.

Each Panel has its wall location marked on the back too, so you will know exactly where it hangs.

They're really, really simple to hang

another view of a template for hanging multi panel wall art
yet another view of a template for hanging multi panel wall art
Click the images to enlarge
When you have decided where to hang your panels, we suggest you stick the template to the wall to get the exact positioning right (use something easy to remove like Blue-Tack).
  1. Drill the holes in the locations indicated on the template.
  2. Remove the template.
  3. Tap the rawlplug into the holes.
  4. Screw the fixing disks to the wall, position them in the centre of the slot.
  5. Hang the panels on the wall in the correct order.
You can fine-tune the gaps between the panels if necessary by adjusting the corresponding hanging disk location on the slot.
Tip: Drilling a smaller pilot hole first will help keep the hole in the correct place before using the correct size drill for the rawlplug.

Detail Images

rear view of pixcel multi panel wall art
Rearview of panel 
pixcel multi panel wall art adjustable hanging disk
Adjustable hanging disc
closup view of pixcel multi panel wall art
Panel hanging location
closeup view of surface finish for pixcel multi panel wall art
Low reflection coating

Size really does matter...
... When it comes to printing ;)

If you're after crisp prints, social media images just won't do!
Before
Social Media
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Don't use web or social media images for printing, here's why

Photos sent through social media are massively reduced in size to reduce download time; this reduces the print quality dramatically.
It may look OK on your device but to produce the same size print as your screen it requires 4x the amount of pixels.
If the image on your device looks a little fuzzy when you zoom in a little it's likely to be low resolution.
A typical device screen displays an image at a resolution of 72 dpi - When printing the optimal resolution is 300 dpi
We recommend uploading images with a high pixel count (resolution), an image over 3MB is the way to go, whereas 200 kb is too low.
Emailed images do not reduce in quality if you send them as 'ACTUAL SIZE'.

Avoid images shared through whatsapp, facebook etc.

Print Media

Poster Paper
Canvas
Photo Paper
Fine-Art Paper

Poster Paper

Canon 130gsm Matt Poster Paper produces a decent photo-quality print with a good colour range and is an ideal material when you're keeping down the costs,
Sacrificing a small amount of saturation and shadow depth compared to quality photo papers; this is an ideal choice if your budget will not stretch to photo paper.
We highly recommend selecting the Posterboard option if you intend to frame your print, otherwise it may *cockle (go wavey), in your frame.
*Cockle:- used to describe the wavey, wrinkled effect that happens to prints. Generally due to them absorbing condensation when framed.
printed poster paper
printed canvas sample

Printed Canvas

The canvas we use is a 390gsm bright white, matt cotton canvas.
seed free with excellent crack resistance when stretched over bars.
With a gentle canvas texture and excellent colour saturation, your printed image will have a very slightly softer appearance than a photo printed on paper but with a quality printed canvas feel.
Your printed canvas will look great for years.
Printed with archival inks, your canvas will remain as vibrant in years to come as it was when you originally received it.
The hair-fine print quality and colour saturation on our canvas prints make them an ideal choice for all types of art and photos equally.

Photo Paper

The satin & gloss photo paper we provide is manufactured by Canon and has been selected for its colour saturation, shadow depth, clarity and durability.
At 260gsm both Satin and Gloss Photo Papers create beautiful photos with excellent colours and detail on a medium weight paper.
Both papers are printed with Canon's Lucia Pro archival pigment inks, colour calibrated to the printer to ensure prints look as vivid and colour accurate as possible, as well as lasting 100+ years without fading.
The Canon gloss optimiser on the printer ensures that glossy photo prints look great!

By applying a special coating when printing, glossy photos become scratch-resistant, bronzing & flatspots become a thing of the past.
printed photo paper sunset scene with man

When choosing your paper, please consider these points

Glossy Paper

Satin Paper

Pro's

Con's

  • Vivid colours
  • Pin-sharp prints
  • Deep shadow depth
  • High contrast
  • Resilient to scratches
  • Dents are very visible

  • Prints need a mount when framed to stop them sticking to glass

Pro's

Con's

  • Excellent colours

  • Detailed prints

  • Great shadow depth

  • Dents less visible

  • Greater visible angle

  • Not as vibrant as gloss

  • Print surface scratches easier than gloss

watercolour printing paper

Fine art paper

Our 270gsm Smooth Matt Fine-Art Paper with its natural white colour and very light texture is ideally suited for graphic designs and fine art images, but also looks wonderful on portraits and landscape photos.
This paper produces subtle & beautiful tones, rich in shadows & highlights in both colour & black and white, as well as the vibrant punchy colours required for certain artwork.
Manufactured by blending cotton and cellulose fibres and combined with archival ink, your printed images will last and continue to look great for decades without fading.
This paper delivers everything from perfect colour skin tones for photo portraits to dramatic black and white landscapes.

Help related to the Custom Print & Frame tool

Measuring
for framing
Instruction
Slideshows
Frame
Construction
hands with open tape measure

Measuring for custom printing & picture framing

Measuring your artwork for framing is one of the most critical parts of the ordering process when ordering custom-made picture frames online.
If your measuring is wrong.

The frame and mount you order will be wrong!
We can work out the size of everything else you need, providing you give us the correct 'OPENING SIZE'. *Entered in the tool when ordering
Need a Frame only?
Enter the artwork dimensions into the 'OPENING SIZE'.*
*Enter sizes in the tool when ordering
Need a print and frame?
Enter the 'IMAGE SIZE' you require after uploading your image. We will print it to the size you enter and make everything else fit this size.*
Enter sizes in the tool when ordering
Need a Mount & Frame?
Please take a moment to look through the guide and understand what is necessary to measure your artwork correctly.

get the mount size right

Subject Clearance
Subject Clearance is the space between the artwork and the inside edge of the mount. 
It is generally used with prints that have a paper border, to create a space between the print edge and mount for a signature or to create a secondary border.
To create the subject clearance correctly, you will need to add the subject clearance for both sides of the print.

i.e. for a 1cm subject clearance all around, you ADD 2cm to the width and height of the printed area, then enter these as the
Subject Clearance is only used on pictures that have space around the image area and is ideal for needlework and signed prints where the extra gap between the artwork and the mount adds a stylish dimension to the framed picture.
Subject clearance between dotted line and inside of mount
Dotted line shows the mount overlapping the artwork edges
Overlap
An Overlap is when the aperture of the mount is smaller than the artwork.

Overlapping the mount is important if your artwork is printed to the edges, to prevent it falling through the mount aperture.
When measuring your artwork we suggest you DEDUCT 1cm from the artwork width & height.
This will give you a 5mm overlap all around.

Enter this size into the online tool.
Overlapping the mount can be used for almost any situation when mounting your artwork.
The size you enter into the 'OPENING SIZE' box in the custom print & frame tool, is the size that everything else is calculated on, please make sure you have measured correctly.
measuring for a picture frame
Click below to select the relevant slideshow
Printing with Framing slideshow
  • If you need PRINTING & FRAMING
    Click the image on the LEFT
  • Uploading your Image
    Click the blue SELECT button to upload your image OR drag & drop it in the select box.
  • Enter the image size you need
    By default, the tool will automatically set the image dimensions to the optimal print resolution. You may increase or decrease this to suit your needs
  • Cropping your image
    Now drag the handles of the box to the section of the image you wish to crop. Note: The crop window will scale proportionately to the size you have entered.
  • Understanding scaling
    If your uploaded image displays a warning box, it's likely the resolution is too low. You can continue, but your printed image may appear fuzzy or blurry when printed.
  • Make a selection from the following choices
    Here you can choose from 4 different options.
  • Printing selection
    Click here for photo, poster, fine-art, poster-board and rolled canvas printing.
  • Choose the material you wish to print on
    If you order the canvas on this list it will be delivered rolled. If you need a stretched canvas, click the 'Change Type' button and select 'Stretched Canvas' there.
  • Stretched canvas print
    If you need a rolled canvas, click the 'Change Type' button below and select 'Print Only'
  • Choose canvas bar depth
    We find that the 30mm depth is the most popular choice.
  • Select the canvas edge finish you prefer
    We find that the white edge is the most popular.
  • Framed print without mount or glazing
    Select this if you require a stretched canvas with a picture frame.
  • Choosing a frame for a stretched canvas
    Choose a frame that is wide and deep enough to support a stretched canvas.
  • Framed print with mount & glazing
    Click here if you'd like to have your image printed and framed with a mount & glazing.
  • Select a printing material
    We recommend the poster-board over the 130g poster paper when framing.
  • Frame choice
    We have sorted the frames into ASCENDING WIDTH order to make it easier to find the width of frame you need.
  • Mount width
    Select how wide you need your mount from the dropdown box, the default 4cm is the most popular mount width.
  • Mount colour
    The preview window displays the mount colour more accurately than the swatch.
  • Click here to add an inner mount
    Adding a complementary or contrasting colour as an inner mount will add an extra dimension to your picture.
  • Understanding the mount width
    Whether it's a single, double, or triple mount, the 'Total Width', of the mount is the width of all mounts combined.
  • Choosing the glazing
    We won't post glass products so It's either 'Clear Acrylic' or 'No Glazing' for orders we are shipping, other selections are for collection from our retail store only.
  • Backing choice
    Select MDF backing when hanging pictures on the wall Stand backs up to 25cm x 30cm ONLY.
  • Adding to cart
    All done! You are now ready to add to cart.
Framing only slideshow
  • If you need Framing only
    Click the image on the RIGHT
  • Selecting the product
    Here you can choose from 2 framing options
  • Opening size
    Please read our measuring guide to ensure you get it correct.
  • Uploading your image for visualisation
    Click the blue SELECT button to upload your image Or drag & drop your image into the select box.
  • Cropping an uploaded image
    IMPORTANT! Change the uploaded image size, to the size you need the opening to be (including overlap or subject clearance).
  • Total Size Warning
    If you see this warning, it's because your combined artwork, mount, and frame dimensions exceed our maximum size of 75cm x 105cm for shipping
  • Framing choice
    We have sorted the frames into ASCENDING WIDTH order to make it easier to find the width of frame you need.
  • Mount width
    Select how wide you need your mount from the dropdown box. (the default 4cm is the most popular mount width)
  • Mount colour
    The preview window displays the mount colour more accurately than the swatch.
  • Adding a second mount
    Click where indicated to add an inner mount.
  • Colour choice for second mount
    Choosing the right combination of mount colours can enhance your finished picture.
  • Understanding the mount width
    Whether it's a single, double, or triple mount, the 'Total Width' of the mount is the width of all mounts combined
  • Glazing choice
    We do not post glass, so It's either 'Clear Acrylic' or 'No Glazing' unless you're collecting in person.
  • Backing choice
    Select MDF backing when hanging pictures on the wall. Stand backs up to 25cm x 30cm ONLY.
  • Adding to cart
    All done! You are now ready to add to cart.

What goes into your picture framing?

Frame
We only use real wood frames for online orders, polymer frames are only available when ordering in our retail shop.
Glass
We only use 2mm plastic glass for online orders.
Regular, Non-Reflective and UV Artglass are only available when ordering in our retail shop.
Mount
We use white-core mount board for the crisp white bevel cut it provides, the board we use meets the Fine Art Trade Guild specifications for standard mount board.
Artwork
Your picture lives here!
Hardboard Backing
We normally use 2.5mm MDF for the picture frame backing, it's strong, hard, and smooth, everything a backing needs to be.
Tape
To seal the frame and keep the dust out we use framers tape, it's similar to the cream coloured masking tape you will find in any DIY shop.

Help related to Custom-made & Ready-Made Frames

Unpack &
Inspect
Mounting your 
Artwork
Fitting
Your artwork
Hanging
Guide
family with young boy sitting down unwrapping a parcel
Please ensure all parts ordered are present.

Unpacking your Frame

When you receive your parcel, please examine the packaging immediately, making sure it looks free from damage
If the parcel looks damaged
Please show the delivery driver the damage and SIGN FOR IT 'AS DAMAGED'. This is important for us to raise a claim against the courier.

Failure to do so may result in the courier company rejecting the claim.
If the package & contents are clearly damaged
please refuse delivery. If it just looks like only the packaging is damaged, open it and examine the contents while the courier is present.
If in doubt
get your camera out! 
It's better to take a photo if you are unsure that any exterior damage has affected the contents. 
Do and Dont fixing artwork to mount

Mounting your Artwork

A mount is the card border you often see on framed pictures.
If your artwork is made from paper
It's important to fix the artwork to the mount across the top with tape as pictured.

Fixing the artwork this way will allow the print to expand and contract inside the frame minimizing the chance of your artwork warping (cockling) in the frame.
If your artwork is a board or a laced needlework
We recommend taping the artwork all around to fix it to the mount.

Expansion on boards is less likely than paper and the extra tape ensures it stays put.

How to frame your picture

It's not difficult to insert your picture into the frame.
Check out the slideshow to see how.
  • Getting Your Frame Ready for fitting your picture
    Getting your frame ready
  • Bending The Tabs Up that hold the backing board
    Bending the tabs up
    An old credit card works well!
  • Bending The Tabs Up that hold the backing board
    Push them all the way back
  • Bending The Tabs Up that hold the backing board
    Continue until all tabs are done
  • Lift Up The Backing in the3 back of the frame
    Lift up the backing
  • removing The Backing out of the frame
    and take it out of the frame
  • removing the mount out of the frame
    Remove the mount (if ordered)
  • fixing the print to the mount
    Now we'll fix the print to the mount
  • hand holding a picture mount
    Flip the mount over
  • laying artwork onto mount
    Lay the artwork face down
  • positioning the artwork on the mount
    Position the artwork on the mount
  • tape the artwork to the mount
    Fix some tape to the top of the artwork 
    If your artwork is paper, fix tape to the top ONLY
  • rubbing the tape down to secure it
    Press the tape down to secure the print to the mount
  • showing artwork taped to mount
    The print is now attached to the mount
  • checking the print, mount alignment
    Check the alignment
  • cleaning marks off mount with pencil rubber
    A pencil rubber should remove any marks if present
  • acrylic sheet, removing the protective film
    The plastic glazing has a protective cover on both sides
  • acrylic sheet, removing the protective film off one side
    Peel off only 1 side at the moment!
    We'll do the other side in the next few slides
  • acrylic sheet, removing the protective film off the other side
    Flip glazing over and peel back one corner a little
    Do not remove all of it YET!
  • picture frame with acrylic glazing
    Insert the glazing back into the frame
    With the protection film facing upwards
  • acrylic sheet, removing the protective film off one side while in frame
    Peel the remaining protection from edges
    Peel all of the edges of the protective film towards the centre of the glazing so it forms a pocket in the centre and lift off.
    Doing this correctly will trap the dust in the film pocket making it easy to remove.
  • getting ready to insert the mounted print into a picture frame
    Get ready to insert your artwork
    When you have peeled the film off the glazing, you must insert the artwork IMMEDIATELY to prevent dust from entering
  • inserting the mounted print into a picture frame
    Inserting your art
    Carefully insert the mounted artwork into the frame
  • putting the backing board into the picture frame
    Insert MDF backing
  • bending the tabs back on the picture frame
    Bend tabs back to secure MDF
  • bending tabs back on framed picture
    Continue until all tabs are done
  • applying tape to the framed picture
    Prepare to seal the picture
  • trimming the tape
    Trim off any excess tape
  • cutting the tape on the back of a picture frame
    Trim off any excess tape
  • rubbing the tape down to seal a picture frame
    Carefully fold the tape onto the board and smooth down to remove wrinkles.
  • finishing taping the framed picture
    Complete taping to seal the frame
  • fitting the hanging fixing to one side of the frame
    Fit the D-rings for the cord
    Fit the D-rings 1/3rd down from the top of frame
  • fitting the hanging fixing to the other side of the frame
    Fit the D-rings for the cord
    Fit the D-rings 1/3rd down from the top of frame
  • tieing the cord to a fixing on a picture frame
    Fitting the cord
    Tie a few knots on top of each other to secure the cord
  • tieing off the other end of the cord to a picture frame fixing
    Fitting the cord
    Keep the cord tension tight!
  • popping some tape on the cord to keep it in place
    A little tape will stop it coming undone
  • trimming off the xcess cord on the picture frame
    Trim off excess cord
  • A ready to hang picture frame
    Cord completed
  • a completed picture frame
    Your finished picture is ready to hang
    We recommend you read ourHanging guide to learn how to securely hang your picture
a lady haning a picture onto a wall

Picture hanging tips

Picture hanging is relatively simple but a few pointers here and there will help keep the picture on the wall instead of smashed on the floor.
Stretched canvas and average size & weight picture frames will arrive with the cord & fittings necessary to hang your picture excluding the wall hooks.
We will, however, provide heavy-duty wall hooks for heavy or large items that we fit strap-hangers to.
DO'S
  • DO make sure the fittings are securely attached to the frame.

  • DO use 2x hooks/picture pins spaced apart when hanging, to help prevent your frame from moving or tilting on the wall.

  • DO use quality picture hooks or pins, 'x-brand' is great!

DONT'S
  • DON'T use the 'stick-on-the-wall' picture hooks, they are only as strong as the paint or wallpaper you are sticking them to.

  • DON'T change the cord unless you use a proper picture cord to replace it with; string or wool will deteriorate over time.

  • DON'T put cord between the strap hangers (if provided), it will twist the straps and possibly rip them out of the frame.

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