6-Cel Set-up on a Master Background
The problem I have found when framing high cel count images is that each cel layer tends to restrict some light and add additional reflections, which tend to result in an overall "dull" feeling. Why is this a problem in the home and not in the production? It's my understanding that in the production process, the images are lit from 45-degree angles to avoid direct reflection and the cel layers are compressed with a cover sheet of glass to avoid wrinkles. To address the problem when showing the images in a non-production environment, some collectors and dealers trim the cels and apply them to a single cel. It certainly does eliminate some of the problems, but I have always been reluctant to trim one of these classic images.
While some of the reflection in the image below is due to my poor photographic technique, you can see some areas were the various cel layers produce a wavy quality. The reason why the image above doesn't seem to have any problems is that before I framed the image, I placed the background and cels on my scanner and piled several heavy books on top to smooth out the entire group...
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From “101 Dalmatians” (1961). A 6-cel set up of Pongo and the Colonel on a master background. [Item: 14.5"W x 11.5"H] Acquired 1998. SeqID-0287