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Understanding standard vs. custom mats

From: Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs

Video: Understanding standard vs. custom mats

Another consideration in the matting process is making a decision between working with standard or custom sizes. There are whole series of standard sizes for mattes, frames, and glass that you probably know a few, the by 5x7, the 8x10. I imagine you have some easel back frames somewhere in the home with some photographs of those sizes. There's a whole array of standard sizes running from 5x7 all the way up to 32x40 inches. You might consider when making your photographs working towards standard sizes because they can help you with budgetary concerns.

Understanding standard vs. custom mats

Another consideration in the matting process is making a decision between working with standard or custom sizes. There are whole series of standard sizes for mattes, frames, and glass that you probably know a few, the by 5x7, the 8x10. I imagine you have some easel back frames somewhere in the home with some photographs of those sizes. There's a whole array of standard sizes running from 5x7 all the way up to 32x40 inches. You might consider when making your photographs working towards standard sizes because they can help you with budgetary concerns.

There is a vast array of ready-made frames, precut glass, precut mattes that work towards the standard sizes. Something you need to keep in mind though, most of the standard sizes were based on dimensions of old sheet film cameras. 5x7 cameras, 8x10 cameras, those were common sizes and lot of these standard size frames relate to that rather than the size of the chip in your digital camera. Sensor size proportionately does not match many of the standard sizes well.

So, if you're making portraits with the intent of framing them, if you have a landscape photograph that you want to frame in a standard sized mat, you need to contemplate that when you're making the image or when you're doing a postproduction and cropping the image in order to make that photograph match a standard sized mat and frame. If you do go to custom size, as opposed to standard size, as far as cost frame shops typically calculate the cost of a frame and mat, based on the next highest standard size.

So, to a certain degree, you pay a little bit extra for custom and then you are paying a little more than you might if you'd match to the standard size.

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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs

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Konrad Eek
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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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