I noticed that Mpix does not give the option of putting a mat or glass on metallic prints. Anyone know why that is? Is it a concern about not seeing metallic affect under glass? I really like the metallic print for landscapes but I am concerned about framing something without glass (which I can still do at a local frame shop). Also, is there another way of protecting the print wtihout putting it under glass? Thanks ahead of time.
I can't explain Mpix's reasoning, but I have been matting and framing their metallic prints behind glass for years and have never had a problem. In my experience, the metallic effect is wholly dependent on the subject matter and glass does nothing to diminish - or enhance it. I agree that you should never mount the print in contact with the glass since that leaves you open to a host of problems ranging from Newton's rings to emulsion damage. Even a single weight pre-cut mat (i.e., cheap) offers ample separation between the image surface and the glass.
My friend has many photos up to 20x30 that are metallic that are framed and under glass. A good frame shop will do it by using plastic corners and/or tape to keep the photo in place. You do need to have it matted so the print will not come intact with the glass.
I have made many moves and every time I have had the glass broken on one of the photos. This not only broke the glass but also spoiled the photo. I now use clear acrylic and have not any problems. Except for the last move and that was because the moving van caught fire and I had sever smoke and chemical damage plus a couple burned up.
Over achievers make the rest of us look bad.
LynnP - Quit moving. The odds aren't working out for you. ;-)
Sorry to hear of your problems. Losing photos/slides is no fun.