Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

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I bought one of your matted photo frames, how do I attach my photo to the mat?

Attaching artwork (a photo, print, document or paper) to the back of a mat is called "hinging" by picture framers. This is very different to "taping". A picture showing a hinged photo is shown at your left. Another image in another page document taped to a mat. The blog also explains why taping artwork to a mat is a bad idea. We recommend hinging instead. Hinging means .. attaching the art to either the backing board of the picture frame (as shown in the picture) or the back of the mat (not shown in the picture) using 2 hinges (short tape sections) of "hinging tape". This is a special, acid-free pressure-sensitive tape carried by most picture framers. Hinging, instead of taping, allows for expansion and contraction of the artwork during the seasons. If the artwork is taped, the artwork is too rigidly held and not allowed to expand. If this happens the photo, print ... 

 
Help! My new photo under the photo frame glass has weird "wet" marks or spots!

You will most likely to see this unusual phenomenon when you put a glossy, brand-new photo inside a picture frame, or a photo frame, so that it touches the glass of the frame. In fact, if you squeeze the glass and the back of the frame together, or run a fingertip hard across the back of the frame, you should see the mark, 'spot' or 'stain' increase or travel in the same spot or direction as your .. squeezing or your fingertip travel. And the more the photo touches the glass, the bigger the mark or 'stain' will appear too be. Release the pressure or lift you fingertip and the mark will lessen or disappear altogether. This will confirm to you that this occurrence is caused by the photo coming in contact with the glass. Those odd, seemingly "wet" or dark marks, or spots, you may see when a photo touches the ...

 
Why you should get photos picture framed with a window mat or window mount

In this moisture-damaged example photograph, moisture or water has caused the water-soluble emulsion (the top part with the actual image) to partially liquefy and adhere or stick to the picture frame glass. This would probably not have happened had the photo been framed with a mat (or window-mat) to keep it away from the glass. Picture frames with photos should always .. be matted or have window mounts which, as well as visually enhancing the photo, help prevent photos from sticking to glass. Glass should always be kept away from and not touch the photograph. If this is not done, any moisture or condensation trapped inside, can react with and melt the emulsion (the thin photographic film) making it stick to the glass. When this happens we see "wet" marks under the glass because the photograph is actually wholly or partially stuck fast to the inside of the glass usually ruining it for good. While matting the ...

 
Elegant, timeless, classic and yet, affordable black photo frames

The black photograph frame remains still a simple, yet striking and stylish method to exhibit your favourite photos and pictures. You can hang these frames individually or clustered on your wall, to effect an artistic and impressive display. Our affordable photo frames are very popular and come with a standbacks or easelbacks so that these may be stood on tables as .. well as hung on walls. The most popular finishes are black, brown and brown with silver. Treasure your precious moments with our beautiful photo frames. You can cheaply and easily build your very own collage of frames on your wall and make it a room feature. We have all common sizes are available Get creative and mix and match with different size formats Sleek, black photo frames present your photographs elegantly, letting the viewers concentrate on the picture these hold. Nowadays, many modern homes have...