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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.
I certainly hope you have enjoyed learning all the techniques I have demonstrated during this course. A couple of things I want to leave you with is thoughts. First: practice, don't feel bad if the first time you try to pull that handheld cutter through the board the line is crooked. I threw away hundreds of mattes early on. And what you see me do is the ease of long practice. Also, the other encouragement I'd give you: don't be afraid to try new things, don't be afraid to go outside the box.
Ofttimes, artistic innovation comes from that outside-of-the-box thinking and change. Take all this information not as a series of hard and fast rules, but a starting point to embrace these techniques and take them much farther than I have shown to you. I really hope you enjoy what you have learned and make it your own.
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