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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs
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Assembling the mat


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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs

with Konrad Eek

Video: Assembling the mat

Now that we have cut the window in the mat, the next step is assembling the mat in order to prepare it for the placement of the artwork. I have the board that we cut the window in here and then another matboard that's cut to the same 11x14 size. There are numerous choices you can use for backing board, but in this case, we have a quite a bit of matboard on hand. It also makes for a when we're hanging it just as a matted work having a double layer matboard is a little bit more elegant than some of the other backing boards you can choose. So I have got both mattes face up and then I'm going to fold this one back.
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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    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
      54s

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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs
3h 30m Beginner Sep 20, 2012

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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
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Photography Printing Photos
Author:
Konrad Eek

Assembling the mat

Now that we have cut the window in the mat, the next step is assembling the mat in order to prepare it for the placement of the artwork. I have the board that we cut the window in here and then another matboard that's cut to the same 11x14 size. There are numerous choices you can use for backing board, but in this case, we have a quite a bit of matboard on hand. It also makes for a when we're hanging it just as a matted work having a double layer matboard is a little bit more elegant than some of the other backing boards you can choose. So I have got both mattes face up and then I'm going to fold this one back.

So the side that I have marked is visible. And the bevel is going in the right direction, I'm going to very carefully align the edges. And then I'm going to take an acid-free artist tape. I'm going to tear a small strip of it off. And then double checking my corner alignment. I'm going to place tape at this corner. And take another small strip and tape this corner. And now that I have kind of stabilized the two pieces together, I'm going to take a third strip, the length of the junction, center it carefully.

And now I have the two sides of the mat well affixed together. Then I'm going to fold it closed. Make sure everything is aligned well. And I'm going to take this moment too to just visually inspect the mat, and make sure there are no flaws in it at all, make sure there's no marks on the surface. And one thing I always look to is the corners where there's the slight overlap in the cuts that we had to make in order to make the beveled corners nice looking and the cuts even. And I notice, there's a couple of places where there are little over cuts, and I have a burnishing bone here.

And I'm going to take and just gently rub on those over cuts. This place has a little bump and just by the slightest little bit of pressure with this burnishing bone, we smooth all that out and make the mat really pristine. And at this point it's ready for the insertion of the artwork.

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