What size frame do I need with mat?
As a general guideline, the mat should be at least 1.5 times the size of the frame to keep the frame from overpowering the artwork.
What size frame do I need for a 12×16 mat?
Image size: 12×16″ This means that you need to have a frame equal to or larger than 13×17″. If you wish to have a frame with a mat, make sure the OPENING is 12×16″ and the actual frame is 13×17″ or larger (for example, 16×20″ frame matted to a 12×16″ opening).
Should I frame with a mat?
For smaller pieces, adding a mat behind the print can be a valuable asset. The spatial effect of the added mat gives the image breathing room by providing a clean border that allows the artwork to shine. Larger prints will also benefit from a mat setting, and in both cases, mats provide a special refined appeal.
What does frame with mat mean?
Matboard: In the picture framing industry, a mat (or mount in British English) is a thin, flat piece of paper-based material included within a picture frame, which serves as additional decoration and to perform several other, more practical functions, such as separating the art from the glass.
When should you mat a picture?
The whole idea of matting is to place even more focus on the art itself, so when it comes to choosing color, exercise restraint. An understated white or off-white will look splendid with most anything. If you want some drama or the piece is almost uniformly white, consider a gray or black mat to set it off.
Do pictures look better with mat?
“Most pieces look better with a mat, with a couple of exceptions,” says Tessa Wolf of Framebridge. “Large-format photography looks incredible unmatted—the image has a greater impact without anything qualifying what you’re seeing.
Is it OK to frame a print without a mat?
If you just put a print into a frame without a mat or spacers, contact with the glass can cause sticking, buckling, newton rings, and a variety of other problems. The trick is to use spacers to create an air gap between the print and glazing (glass or acrylic).
What size frame do you need for an 11×14 picture with mat?
Adina, Our standard size mat for 11×14 has equal 3 inch borders resulting in a 17×20 frame size. We also have a one that takes 11×14 to a standard 16×20 frame if you want to use an off the shelf picture frame.