Below is a framing and sizing guide to help you visualize what size prints you would like. It's worth noting that prints larger than 16 x 20 are generally left un-matted and directly framed.
Here's a simple step-by-step guide to frame your print:
- Choose a frame: Start by selecting a frame that complements your print's size and style. Frames come in various materials like wood, metal, or plastic, and different colors and designs.
- Measure your print: Use a ruler or a measuring tape to determine the dimensions of your print. Make sure to measure the width and height accurately.
- Choose a mat (optional): A mat is a border that surrounds your print within the frame. It adds a nice touch and also prevents the print from touching the glass directly. Mats are available in different colors and widths. The frame size will be contingent on your mat size.
- Cut the mat (if using one): If you decide to use a mat, measure and cut it so the mat opening is slightly smaller than your print. For instance, if your print is 8 x 10, you'll want your mat opening to be 7.75 x 9.75. You will be taping your print behind the mat opening. You can use a mat cutter or have it done at a framing store. Most smaller frames come with mats. You can go to Amazon and search for "frame and mat for 8 x 10", and you should find plenty of choices.
- Assemble the frame: Carefully open the frame, remove any protective covering on the glass, and place the mat (if using one) and the print inside. If you're not using a mat, insert the print directly into the frame.
- Close the frame: Gently close the back of the frame, securing the print and mat in place. Most frames have clips or tabs that hold everything together.
- Hang your framed print: Finally, decide where you want to display your framed print and use nails or wall hooks to hang it securely on the wall.
Remember to handle your print and frame with care to avoid damage. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, you can always take your print to a professional framing service, where they will handle the framing process for you.