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Mat Board

In today’s digital world, it’s easy to keep photographs nestled deep within a computer, or stash artwork deep within a closet. This is as true for professional photographers and artists as it is for amateurs. Sometimes, though, we’re compelled to display a really special piece. Maybe it’s your child’s adorable drawing of a sibling or ...

Mat board serves two main purposes: it protects your artwork — keeping your art from touching the glazing — and provides aesthetic interest, as it provides a neat border around the print or photograph. But picture mat board doesn’t just have to be white, off-white or any other solid color. With a bit of creativity, ...

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 style. Customizing mat ...

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 primary measurement is the window opening size, which is ...

Mat board is an essential part of a proper framing packaging. Most off-the-shelf frames do not include a mat, allowing the framed photograph or document to rest right against the glazing — causing irreversible damage. Photo mats, however, do more than separate the glazing from the art. What Is Matboard? A matboard rests just under ...

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. (The latter is sometimes called foam core.) Although mat board and mount board both look like thick sheets of paper, they ...

One of the most common framing questions we get is how to tell the difference between white mat boards we sell. In this post, I’ll explain the basic differences between the and provide suggestions as to what types of art look best with each color of white mat board. Artists and DIY picture framers use ...

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 envisioning. Here are seven popular mat board styles that will each give your ...

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 away from the surface ...

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 it covered. ...