UNDERSTANDING FRAMES AND MATTES FOR YOUR PHOTOS

Sometimes picking a frame and a matte is harder than taking the photo. So much variety. In enlarging a photo, first understand that there are different qualities to your enlargements. A standard print today, most likely is printed using “printer ink”. And today, it’s probably just Injected onto your print precisely.

From this you could go to custom work, which is the best type of printing you can do, if you ever want to just save your photo. You can have your print done on a “canvas material”, and also “museum print” or something equivalent.

Matte’s come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Picking one is the hard part.

When you pick a matte and frame, there are two schools of thought to this. I know, for consistency, a lot of photographers will just pick a white matte board, and then a black or white metal frame. And that looks ok. See below:

Simple framing with white matte board and metal frame

Matting and framing color photos:

I found the perfect video describing how to pick mattes and frames. Just click the link below:

I looked through dozens of tips on YouTube, and found this one to be the best. Please watch by clicking above.

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DISPLAYING YOUR PHOTOS IN YOUR HOME – PART 1

Photo courtesy of Remington Avenue

You can add character to a staircase or brighten up a room with a do-it-yourself wall collage – but the seemingly random act of art takes a bit of planning. 


 First, choose a single medium and decide what you want to hang. Either use uniform frames or mix things up, but be consistent with everything. 


 Next, plan your collage on a piece of butcher paper on the floor before hanging it on the wall. Start with the biggest items and work the smaller pieces around it to find the perfect layout balance. 

 Once you’re happy with how things look on the floor, trace the pieces onto the paper, cut them out and tape everything to the wall. 


This is the time to move anything around that doesn’t fit quite right. Once you’re fully satisfied, it’s time to start hanging!

Here are some other wall arrangements that work well:

8 tips for designing a stairway wall | dress your home
15+ Awesome Arranging Pictures On A Stair Wall Ideas / FresHOUZ.com |  Picture arrangements, Picture arrangements on wall, Gallery wall design
Photo courtesy of Andrea Gallagher Photography

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