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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs

with Konrad Eek

Video: Welcome

Describes the creative considerations and the process behind matting and framing, and shows how to plan and hang a photo display, whether in a gallery or in your home.
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  1. 6m 2s
    1. Welcome
      1m 49s
    2. Using this course
      1m 19s
    3. Understanding why we frame
      2m 54s
  2. 25m 31s
    1. Visiting a professional framing studio
      6m 22s
    2. Working with a framer's vocabulary
      4m 16s
    3. Conversing with a framer
      14m 53s
  3. 50m 36s
    1. Selecting a mat
      5m 13s
    2. Deciding on the window size
      9m 27s
    3. Understanding standard vs. custom mats
      1m 46s
    4. Using a handheld mat cutter
      4m 11s
    5. Using a production mat cutter
      8m 37s
    6. Assembling the mat
      2m 5s
    7. Mounting art in a mat
      3m 25s
    8. Mounting the art with photo corners
      4m 51s
    9. Mounting the art with repositionable mounting adhesive (RPMA)
      6m 52s
    10. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      4m 9s
  4. 32m 11s
    1. Selecting a frame
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding the kinds of glazing
      4m 14s
    3. Cutting glass
      7m 15s
    4. Scoring acrylic
      3m 52s
    5. Sawing acrylic
      4m 42s
    6. Keeping the glass clean
      6m 53s
  5. 46m 10s
    1. Assembling an easel back frame
      6m 21s
    2. Assembling a metal frame
      8m 33s
    3. Using a V-nailer to assemble a chopped frame
      7m 49s
    4. Putting the frame, glazing, mat, and art together
      12m 4s
    5. Using a band clamp for assembly
      6m 10s
    6. Reviewing alternative hanging devices
      5m 13s
  6. 13m 21s
    1. Prepping the show
      2m 26s
    2. Using a wall as a canvas
      6m 46s
    3. Hanging the show
      4m 9s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Introduction to hanging tools
      8m 2s
    2. Using lasers for precision
      3m 18s
    3. Hanging on plaster and lath
      6m 42s
    4. Hanging on either drywall or panelling
      6m 56s
    5. Hanging on brick, stone, or steel
      7m 35s
    6. Lighting your work
      3m 29s
  8. 54s
    1. Goodbye

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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs
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Matting and framing is relatively simple, and doing it yourself costs less and is more rewarding than using a framing service. In this course, photographer and professional framer Konrad Eek describes the tools, techniques, and creative decisions involved in matting, framing, and hanging photographs.

The course begins with an overview of framing concepts, terms, and tools and then shows how to choose and work with the various components of a framed print: matboard, frame, glazing, wire hangers, and more. The course also examines the issues and creative options behind hanging an exhibit, whether in a gallery or in a home.

Topics include:
  • Conversing with a framer
  • Selecting a mat and a frame
  • Deciding on window size
  • Using a handheld or production mat cutter
  • Mounting art
  • Cutting glass
  • Assembling frames
  • Hanging photographs in groups
  • Hanging photographs on different surfaces


Welcome to Matting, Framing, and Hanging your Photographs. I'm Konrad Eek, and I'm a Framer and photographer. And over my many years in the business, I have learned lots of techniques for enhancing and protecting my photographs to proper matting and framing technique. One of the things that I find particularly enjoyable about the whole Matting and Framing process is the craftsmanship involved. Too often in this world today everything is done with a mouse click or a touchpad, and when you get into Matting and Framing you get your hands back directly on the art you are creating.

And really, it becomes a part of you and your personal expression comes through in the final presentation of the work. A great question is, why do you frame your photographs? I think part of it is you place a greater intrinsic value on your work by placing it in a frame. And I also think any viewer that sees a framed work immediately takes it more seriously. The whole phrase suitable for framing, I think carries great weight. And that's why I refer to the elevation of the work through the application of the framers techniques.

I can't tell you how good it makes me feel to see a photograph of mine hanging on the wall, knowing that not only did I create the photograph, but I cut the mat, I assembled the frame, I put the whole package together with glazing, used the proper hardware, and hung it in an aesthetically pleasing way. I want to share with you the tools to get to that delightful moment of recognition when you see your work presented that way.

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