enough to balance and support the picture; the texture and color should
contribute to the overall tone. For instance, a buff colored or cream
colored pebble grained board would probably do more to enhance a sepia toned
landscape than would any other color or texture of mounting board.
c. The placement of the print on the mounting board is of utmost
importance. Prints mounted at odd angles or in a corner of the mount are
not generally acceptable. The prints should be placed on the board in such
a manner that the borders on the sides are equal to the top border. For
good balance, the bottom border should be about onethird wider than the top
and side. See method for optical centering (fig 214).
Figure 214. Method of optical centering
d. Adhesives. The adhesives used for mounting prints may be either wet
or dry. The liquid adhesives generally used are photo paste, glue, gum
arabic, or rubber cement. When you are using gum arabic, glue, or paste, it
is almost impossible to prevent some staining or smearing of the mounting
board around the edges of the print.
e. Rubber cement is the easiest and cleanest to use. Excess can be
removed after it has dried by lightly rubbing it. There will be no damage
to the print or mount if a good grade of cement is used. However, rubber
cement is not permanent; and, in