Mat Board

  • Designing Custom Mat Boards

    After spending quite a bit of time mulling over the choice of picture frame, the decision-making seems to be over—until you get to the mat board. While it’s certainly fine to choose the standard white or cream mat board, you can create a truly striking visual effect with the right color and... more
  • Cropping vs. Floating Artwork when Using Matboard

    Here we explain the difference between “cropping”, also known as overlapping and “floating” artwork when using a mat board. Many customers have seen both options when viewing other people’s art, but are unsure what application will work best for their own images. When matting artwork, the... more
  • The Definitive Guide to Mat Board

    Mat board is an essential part of a proper framing packaging. Most off-the-shelf frames do not include a mat board, allowing the framed photograph or document to rest right against the glazing — causing irreversible damage. Mat boards, however, do more than separate the glazing from the... more
  • What’s the Difference Between Mat Board, Mount Board and Foam Core?

    Most people are familiar with the basic components of a framing package, including the frame itself and the glazing. But there’s more to it than that: namely the mat board and mount board, sometimes referred to as foam core. While they both have the appearance of sheets of paper, they serve... more
  • White Mat Boards for Picture Frames: Understanding the Differences in Color

    One of the most frequent questions we get is how to tell the difference between our white mat boards. In this post, I’ll explain the basic differences and provide some suggestions as to what types of art look best with each color of mat board. Artists and DIY picture framers use white mat... more
  • How Large Should a Frame Mat Be?

    Choosing the right frame mat is just as important to the complete framed look as choosing the frame itself. Choosing the material of your mat is important to art preservation, but things like mat color, how many mats, and how large the mat is have a major impact on the aesthetic of your framed... more
  • The 7 Most Popular Mat Board Styles Defined

    ol li {font-weight: bold; font-size: 16px;} The style, color and cut of a mat board can dramatically change the look of your framed artwork and photos. While most ready-made frames have a typical, generic mat, understanding your mat board options can help you achieve the final look you’re... more
  • The Materials of Mat Board

    Mat boards are a key component to any framed work of art or photograph—and they’re not just for aesthetics. Mat boards, positioned in between the artwork and the glass, are flat pieces of paper that contain an open window through which the artwork shows. They are designed to keep the glass... more
  • Float-Mounting Artwork on Uncut Mat Board Blanks

    Float-mounting is a mounting technique where the edges of the artwork are left uncovered. When mounted this way, the artwork appears to be floating within the frame or mat board window. Float-mounting is normally used when the image goes all the way to the edge of paper and you don’t want any of... more
  • How Professionals Preserve Priceless Documents & Art

    Many of our historical artifacts are absolutely irreplaceable. While the language and information contained in documents can be transcribed, and artwork can be photographed or reproduced, the originals are one-of-a-kind links to our past. It's a sad fact that many of these artifacts have been... more

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