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Unlike traditional photo printing, making a glass picture is a very popular option. Glass pictures can be made in different formats and shapes and, if necessary, additionally illuminated from behind. In the case of a simple wall picture, you can choose between a single motif or one consisting of several parts. But 3D shapes, such as pictures in a glass cube, can also be designed.

Among other things, we have worked out a few buying criteria for you and thus give you an overview of some of the options you have when designing and producing a glass picture. In addition, we mention mounting systems that are optimally suited for glass pictures.




Summary

  • Glass pictures can bring variety to your own picture wall and, when illuminated, visually brighten up and beautify darker corners and hallways.
  • In photo printing, the image is printed directly onto the back of either real glass or art glass and in most cases also provided with a UV protective layer to make the image last longer.
  • High-quality manufactured glass pictures can be found in every price range, depending on the size. However, the larger the picture, the more expensive it is.

The Best Glass Pictures: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for glass pictures

To help you make the decision to buy a glass picture, we have looked at some buying and review criteria for you to consider. These criteria can help you make your choice:

In the following section, we will go into more detail about the individual criteria. They are intended to offer you a comparison of the individual variants and give you an objective overview of what you should look for when buying.

Personalised glass pictures

Would you like an individually designed glass picture with one of your own photos or even with personal engraving? Personalised pictures come in different shapes and sizes. For example, you can choose between a simple wall mural or, if you prefer, you can also have various three-dimensional shapes made, such as a glass cube or a stand-up display.

Lighting

You have the option of illuminating your picture from behind. For a do-it-yourself version, LED strips, which you can attach to the back of your picture with the help of double-sided adhesive tape, are very suitable. However, you can also find some suppliers who have already completely assembled the lighting for you.

Real glass or acrylic glass

Once you have chosen a photo, you should decide whether you would prefer real glass or acrylic glass in front of your picture. Unlike acrylic glass, real glass has the advantage that it is dust-repellent and scratch-resistant. In addition, it has a higher-quality appearance and is very easy to clean. Acrylic glass, on the other hand, is less fragile.

Multi-part glass pictures

With various suppliers, you also have the option of selecting a series of pictures or having them produced. You can either divide a single picture into several parts or choose a complete series of individual, complete pictures.

Attachment

Pay attention to how you want to mount your picture on your wall later. After all, you want your picture to remain stable and secure. With many suppliers, you can either choose a suitable mounting from a range and order it with the picture, or it is already included in the order anyway.

For example, either a rail system or a screw system are very suitable. The rail system has the advantage that it is not visible to the viewer from the front, as the mounting is attached to the back of the picture. It gives the picture a gallery-like character.

With the screw system, on the other hand, the picture is fixed to the wall by means of screws which are drilled through at the corners of the picture. The attachment is therefore visible to the viewer. However, it is very suitable for pictures with a somewhat heavier weight.

If you do not want to drill holes in the picture, a clamping system could also be used. However, this is more suitable for pictures with less weight. The clamping system is attached to the edge of the picture. With both the rail system and the screw-and-clamp system, the picture protrudes a few millimetres from the wall.

UV resistance

High-quality pictures are usually UV-protected. This ensures that your picture is longer resistant to the harmful effects of light and that the colours do not fade.

You can recognise a reliable UV protection by a high percentage - for example over 90 %. In addition, values for transmission, i.e. light transmission, and a degree of reflection may be indicated.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about glass pictures answered in detail

Here you will find answers to the most important questions about glass pictures so that you can gain a better insight into the subject. Among other things, you can find out how much glass pictures cost or which wall mounting systems you can use.

What is a glass picture?

A glass picture is a high-quality picture that is either printed or painted directly behind real glass or art glass. In photo printing, the image is printed mirrored on the back of the glass and then an additional white layer is applied, which ensures greater colour brilliance and an opaque result. These pictures are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use due to possible UV protection.

What types of glass pictures are there?

Basically, a distinction is made between real glass and acrylic glass pictures. However, there are no limits to creativity, so glass pictures are available in various shapes and sizes. You can find both two-dimensional wall pictures and 3D glass pictures in the shape of a cube or as a stand-up display, for example.

You can have images or text engraved in 3D glass shapes. This type of glass picture makes an original gift for your loved ones as a keepsake. (Image source: Osmij / pixabay.com)

You can also decide whether you want your glass picture with or without lighting and whether it should consist of just one or even several parts - i.e. as a series of pictures - in possibly different sizes.

What does a glass picture cost?

Depending on the size of the picture you want to have on your wall, the price will be calculated accordingly. The table shows you in which price range you can roughly expect which picture sizes.
Price range Available products
Low-priced (10 - 50 €) 20 x 20 cm to 30 x 20 cm, acrylic glass, possibly wall mounting
Medium-priced (50 - 150 €) 60 x 20 cm to 90 x 60 cm, acrylic glass, possibly wall mounting
High-priced (from 150 €) From 120 x 60 cm, acrylic glass, possibly wall mounting

Prices can vary greatly depending on the supplier. However, smaller versions are cheaper than pictures with larger dimensions. The price may also depend on the type of glass to be placed in front of your picture, whether you want the picture with or without a frame, or whether you want to have additional mountings or lighting made.

Real glass or art glass?

It is up to you whether you want to print your picture behind real glass or art glass. Real glass, on the other hand, is more dust-repellent and scratch-resistant than art glass and gives your picture a higher-quality look. The advantage of art glass is that it is less fragile.

There is also the option of placing museum glass in front of the picture. Unlike conventional real glass, museum glass is non-reflective, reflection-free glass and ensures a particularly first-class picture presentation.

How can you mount your glass pictures on the wall?

Rail or screw systems are best suited for mounting on the wall. Rail systems are not visible to the viewer because they are attached to the back of the picture. To mount a screw system, holes must be drilled in the picture. The mounting system is visible to the viewer, but can also support pictures with a heavier weight.

If your picture is less heavy, you can also use a clamping system if necessary. In this case, the screws are fastened to the edge of the picture and there is no damage to the picture.

Conclusion

Glass pictures are definitely a good alternative to bring variety to your own wall gallery. If the picture is also illuminated, it can, for example, visually embellish a somewhat darker hallway very well.

If you value quality and high value, it is better to choose real glass and make sure that an additional UV protective layer is applied to protect the picture from the harmful effects of light and premature fading of the colours. High-quality and professionally produced glass pictures are most likely to be found in the medium price range and above.

(Cover photo: Вахтбович Максим / pexels)

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