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Tips for Framing Your Photographs & Prints

The right framing should be able to enhance your picture, drawing attention to the image. Unless you are simply advertising picture frames, framing is meant to complement the picture and not the main idea.

Take good care of your images. if you are making use of a glass, then ensure that a slight air gap exists, because this is the point where the mat comes in. Inkjet prints always outgas for a while after being printed, and most times deposits tend to build up behind the glass if place on the glass too soon. Below are some tips for framing your prints and photographs:

#1: Select your glass carefully

Non-glare glass, anti-reflection glass, and a UV filtering glass could be appropriate for certain locations.

#2: Good and clear borders

Do not be stingy with the border size of your mat, small borders hardly enhance the picture.

Also, how do you intend hanging the pictures? If you are selecting a large photo for your home or you are planning to have very large prints exhibited, then contact Big Acrylic prints as they ensure the wall you are placing the picture can take the framed picture weight as well as the fittings required to hang it.

The black edged frames are a pretty safe choice for many display locations, and it is preferred in many competitions and shows.

#3: How do you measure the frames?

Frames are normally measured from the interior of the frame. That is the piece of glass that will properly fit inside the frame. The normal size of a frame is about 1/8” bigger than indicated for allowing room and space around the mats, glass, etc. The normal rabbet frame size of an 8″ x 10” is about 8 1/8″ x 10 1/8″

#4: Framing/matting your prints for archival purposes and exhibition.

First and foremost, in case you want to frame and matt, then do not print up to the edge of the paper. At least leave an inch of paper round the prints in order to provide sufficient space for the print to be kept in place, and also a place to sign.

A colored matt board is a little bit of a “no” at some exhibitions. However, in case you are selling a print that depends on a color, then choose what will work (just make sure you get someone, you can trust, to properly look at it)

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