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Pagemount vs Overlay

We offer two types of matted album — Overlay Matted and Duo —and one of the important differences between them is whether the prints are mounted Overlay or Pagemount style. So what's the difference?


Industry-wide, almost all matted albums are overlay mounted, so overlays may not be new to you. Details may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but the photographs are attached behind the mat, which covers and conceals the edge of the prints. You can see this clearly in the photographs below.

Mat hiding the edges of the prints.

Overlay mounting, side view.


In Pagemount albums each photograph is trimmed to fit inside the mat, exposing the core page beneath. This creates a striking key line around each of the images, which you can see clearly the photographs below.

Prints trimmed to sit inside the mat apertures.

The white core page is visible.

As you can imagine, a lot of intricate handwork goes into pagemount albums. Each page can be "free designed", and within reason each image aperture custom-sized. Every image, and the film it's mounted on, must be individually trimmed and laid down on to the page by hand. Because of the time and expense involved, Pagemount is restricted to our high-end Duo range, which offers additional presentation options. You can opt for overlay mounting in Duo if you wish, but Overlay Matted is a more affordable option unless you want Duo-only features like Wing and Flip pages, split mats, and panorama apertures.

Each print is laid into the mat by hand.

Designing a Pagemount Duo

We recommend using our album design service or, if you wish to do the design yourself, Photojunction. Workspace offers a simple template based alternative. Workspace and Photojunction are free to use. Pagemount albums cannot be designed in third-party software, as such software won't understand the necessary technical rules that make Pagemount possible.

Some photographers do submit a preliminary design but if so we need to redesign , and charges will apply. You should allow for a gap of about 16mm (5/8”) gap between images. That’s a combination of the gap between apertures plus the amount trimmed off the prints. Close cropping will cause problems. Please enquire first.

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