(After Caroline Houdek)
What You Need
• Acid free, white, 4 ply mat board (do not use colored or black board)
• Dry Mount Tissue (Color Mount)
• Utility knife with extra new blades
• Cork back ruler, preferably 24" long
• Soft eraser (not the pink kind)
What to Do
1. Turn on the dry-mount press, it takes 15 minutes or more to heat up, and set it to 200º F. Also plug in the tacking iron and set it in it's cradle so it does not burn the table.
2. Gently attach the dry mount tissue to the back center of your photo with the tip of the tacking iron. You are not attaching the whole paper, just tacking it to the back.
3. Trim down your photo (with the dry mount tissue attached) to the size you want.
4. Cut your mat board so there is AT LEAST 3" of border all the way around your photo with an extra 1/2" of space at the bottom of the photo. (Keep in mind a final portfolio looks better if all the mat board is the same size, 14" x 17" is a good size for 8" x 10" prints).
5. Measure where your photo will go on your mat board and lightly and gently mark two places on the top and one side so you can place your photo.
6. Place your photo on the mat board, use a weight on top just make sure you don't scratch the surface of the print. Carefully lift up the edge of your photo and tack the dry-mount tissue (not the photo) to the board on 2 diagonal sides so it is attached to the mat board.
7. Place the photo/mat board face up in the dry mount press between the release paper. Make sure there is an additional piece of mat board on top of it - Also make sure there is no dust/dirt or it will create bumps on your print!
8. Press at 200º F for about 1 and 1/2 minutes.
9. Test your print by bending the mat board slightly, if the photo pops up, re-press it.
10. Put photo under a weight for about 3-5 minutes to cool.