Mat size, border widths vs print size

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by lew, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. lew

    lew Guest

    I'm sure this is a total can of worms, but:
    1. Please share you ideas and practices
    2. Reference to on line/printed material discussing same.


    lew, Oct 26, 2005
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  2. I like lots of whitespace. My latest project places 6x6 inch prints
    somewhat above center in 14x18 inch vertical mats.

    Chris Ellinger
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Chris Ellinger, Oct 26, 2005
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  3. lew

    Ken Hart Guest

    My personnal preference is the frame should be the next standard size up:
    11x14 print-->16x20 frame, 16x20 print-->20x24 frame. As for mat borders, I
    like same width all around. My former photography teacher (back in the
    '70's!) taught that the top and sides widths should be the same, the bottom

    A technique that I like is to mount the photo on a piece of colored stock
    approximitely 1/8" larger than the print all around, then mount that on a
    larger mount board, and framing all that without glass.

    If you are using a thick over-mat, (perhaps cut from a piece of 1/4" thick
    foamcore) you can carefully color the cut edge of the mat with a marker or

    For a cheap source of color mats, buy a supply of white mat board and get
    some spray paint. If you practice, you can get a nice effect by applying the
    spray paint solidly at the outside edge and lighter as you get to where the
    print will be (basically, a bad spray paint job!)

    I also check the flea markets and tractor-trailer truck sales for cheap
    "art" (velvet Elvis, etc) frames. Throw away the "art", reuse the frame. I
    got a half-dozen nice 24x30 art frames at a going-out-of-business sale last
    week for $2 each (the art was pretty bland!).

    You're right, it is a can of worms; mostly it's personnal tastes and how it
    fits into the room decor.
    Ken Hart, Oct 26, 2005
  4. It is a matter of taste & de gustibus non est disputantum.

    Personally, it depends on the size of the print and where it goes.
    A desktop 5x7 gets by fine with 1/2". A formal 20x24 on the wall looks
    about right with 4" and other 20x24's work best borderless and frameless.

    IMO _really big borders_ border on the pretentious, but that is just
    my gustibus.

    Take a trip to the art museum or gallery and see what grabs you.
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Oct 26, 2005
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    Ray Guest

    Re: "cheap art"... That is a great idea!!!

    Ray, Oct 27, 2005
  6. Nicholas O. Lindan, Oct 27, 2005
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