Flush mount photo books originated as high-end wedding albums that were custom made by boutique binderies. These ranged in price from several hundred dollars to thousands.
Flush mount books differed from regular photo books by being hand mounted on thick inner board with real silver halide photo paper, thus giving the book many desirable characteristics listed below on this pages.
Regular press photo books are low-end photo books that are mass produced using inkjet printers and stock papers. You can find them by Googling “photo books”. Some have a bigger brand, some no brand, but they are the same type of books.
By trade they are known as the “press printed books” because they use the same type of ink, paper, and press print method as magazines and catalogs.
A Book’s Core
Flush mount differs from regular photo books in having a stronger, tighter, finer, superior core.
Don’t be fooled by flashy covers. Look inside for binding, color, paper, strength, texture …
Thin Vs Thick
Press printed books are like magazines. They’re thin, weightless and lack the solid feeling of a real book. Flush mount books are built like a brick, they feel robust and their weight carries a crafted feel.
Flimsy Vs Rigid
Standard press pages are flimsy and bend out of shape with each opening.
Flush mount are rigid and meant for rigorous use.
Curling Vs Firm
Thin pages in press printed books easily wrinkle after light playing from children. Thick flush mount pages don’t bend so they always retain their shape.
Magazine Paper Vs Photo Paper
Press print books use the same paper as found in mass produced magazines. Flush mount books use real silver halide photo paper that comes with a beautiful Lustre finish.
Stains Vs Coating
Standard press paper absorbs stains. Our flush mount books have coating that protects against spills and stains.
Inkjet Printing Vs Photo Printing
Traditional inkjet printing uses a CMYK halftoning method. This consists of small dots packed closely together to give the illusion of transitions. Halftoning can never faithfully reproduce a photo’s true tones, depths or gradiations.
If you examine halftone prints closely you’ll notice grainy noise added where there should be soft smooth transitions. It does not matter whether a printing press uses 4 colors, 6 colors or 8 color “HD” printing. They all rely on halftone CMYK technology, which is fundamentally gamut limited.
Real photo printing doesn’t use halftoning. Instead it uses a chemical process done through exposure practices that have been practiced for 100 years. The final result is a real photo with truly seamless tones where no transition is apparent.
Bulging Vs Layflat
Standard press printed books lose the image inside the gutter. All flush mount books however use a layflat design, which gives stunning panoramic views.
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