Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs

with Konrad Eek
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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs
Video duration: 0s 3h 30m Beginner


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


- [Voiceover] Welcome to Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs. I'm Conrad Eek and I'm a Framer and Photographer and over my many years in the business I've learned lots of techniques for enhancing and protecting my photographs through 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's 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're 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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