NLV Creative Glimpses does not offer framing and matting services.  However, I do hope I can help  you with some of the options that are available.

 

NLV Creative Glimpses Print Sizes:

The 8 x 10 prints for sale on this site, will all have an actual image size of  8 x 10 with an extra ½ inch of white space around the image, so the full sheet  size is 9 x 11.   Other companies may sell 8 x 10 prints that have a full sheet size of 8 x 10 with the image size of 7.5 x 9.5 inches.  Likewise the 16 x 20 prints sold on this site,  have an actual image size of 16 x 20, with a ½ inch of white space, for a full sheet size of 17 x 21.  Again, other companies may sell prints that have a full sheet size of 16 x 20,  with an image size of 15.5 x 19.5.  This matters when you select a mat for your frame.  I purposely chose to have the image be a true measure of either 8 x 10 or 16 x 20,  as it does make a significant difference in the image size and overall  effect.   It is surprising how much larger an image appears when expanded ½ inch on each side.

 

Framing 101

Fine Art Paper Prints

1.  Custom framing:    Simply bring your print to a custom frame shop and let them guide you through the frame materials, matting colors & styles, mat opening desired (white space visible or not), glass types, and hanging hardware.  This is the easiest solution for framing your print.  Note that all large art / hobby stores offer 50% to 75% off all framing several times a year, so it is well worth it to watch for those opportunities.  Why pay full price!

2.   Do it yourself:     Yes, you can !  Department stores and art/craft stores offer a great selection of off the shelf matted frames .  If you do decide to use an off the shelf frame, I would recommend that you also purchase a ‘custom cut’ mat to replace the precut mat that comes with your frame.  Custom cut mats are very inexpensive, they can be ordered online or cut to order at a art/craft big box stores,  (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc).  If  you do not purchase the custom cut mat, and chose to use the precut mat, the image will be cropped by ¼ inch on all sides.  You will find some images may not be impacted by the cropping, others may have a critical portion of the image cropped out causing an undesirable effect.

 

My recommendations when using the ‘off the shelf’ frames at big box stores

  To frame your 8 x 10 fine art paper prints

               •    Purchase a frame to fit an 11 x 14 (unmatted) or 8 x 10 (matted) image.  This frame will come with a mat that has an outer measure of 11 x 14

                     with a precut opening for 8 x 10 image, (7.5 x 9.5 inch opening). You will not use the mat that comes with the frame, unless you decide the

                     image cropping is something you can live with.

               •    Purchase a custom cut mat (see option A, B, below)

                              Option A:  Custom cut mat with 11 x 14 exterior measure, which will fit the standard frame you purchased.  Then have the opening in

                                                 the mat custom cut to a true 8 x 10 opening.  This will mat the image precisely (no cropping of the image, no exposure of

                                                 the white space on the print)

                              Option B:  Custom cut mat with 11 x 14 exterior measure which will fit the standard frame you purchased.  Then have the opening in

                                                the mat custom cut to 8.5 x 10.5 inches.  This will mat the image and also show ¼ inch of white space around the image,

                                                which is desired in some cases (personal taste).

   16 x 20 fine art paper prints

               •    Purchase a frame to fit an 20 x 24 (unmatted) or 16 x 20 (matted) image.  This frame will come with a mat that has an outer measure of

                     20 x 24 with precut opening for 16 x 20 image, (15.5 x 19.5 inch opening). You will not use the mat that comes with the frame, unless you

                     decide the image cropping is something you can live with.

               •    Purchase a custom cut mat (see option A, B, below)

                              Option A:   Custom cut mat with 20 x 24 exterior measure, which will fit the standard frame you purchased.  Then have the opening in                                                     the mat custom cut to a true 16 x 20 opening.  This will mat the image precisely (no cropping of the image, no exposure of

                                                 the white space on the print)

                              Option B:  Custom cut mat with 20 x 24 exterior measure which will fit the standard frame you purchased.  Then have the opening in

                                                the mat custom cut to 16.5 x 20.5 inches.  This will mat the image and also show ¼ inch of white space around the image,

                                                which is desired in some cases (personal taste).

Custom or DIY ?

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