To keep your photographs safe from damage in transport, we ship them rolled in triangular tubes. Below are tips to safely flatten your rolled Prints.
1. Before you start unrolling, stop and make sure your hands and the surface area you’re working on are clean. Any grit or dirt on your fingertips can bruise the Print, plus any oils on your skin can leave unwanted marks.
2. When handling your Print, only touch the edges – keep your fingers away from the image’s main part!
If you have it, place a piece of smooth paper on your working area that’s bigger than your Print. (If you don’t have a piece of paper, that’s okay! It’s just an extra layer of protection.)
3. At Artsy Couture, we use smaller scraps of photo paper to wrap your Prints, so there’s no fear of tearing the print when you undo the tape. You’re free to tear – or even cut open – that tape and start unrolling.
4. Carefully place the Print image-side down on your smooth paper or clean workspace and begin to unroll. You want to be gentle, so you don’t accidentally crease your Print.
5. When your Print is fully face down, take some smooth, flat, heavy objects (i.e., books) and place them on the ends and even the middle of your Print. Let it sit overnight!
6. Once it’s been 24 hours, check your Print. If it’s still not lying flat, put your heavy objects back on it for a couple more hours.
Your Print is now ready for hanging or framing.
Note: You can also gently flatten your Print by rolling it in the opposite direction, of which it’s curled over a heavy-duty cardboard tube. Don’t have a tube? The book’s method will work just fine, although it needs a bit longer time for flattening.