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    Posted: 15 April 2008 at 09:28
It seems that there is not much information about "real life" framing of prints there, so please share your experience:

*how do you frame your prints?
*how many ones do you frame?
*which kind of frame? (metal, wood, acrylic,...)
*any specific glass/acrylic?
*do you use glue to avoid "weaving"?
*what about matting?
*do you only use cardboard but no frame?
*do you have some specific lighting setup for your frames?

...or anything else you might think about...
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gabriel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2008 at 10:32
For a starter, if you are totally lost regarding how to frame, here is a crash course
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Octupi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2008 at 15:45
I usually frame up a couple a year.

I use Hobby Lobby to buy my frames. I stick to the "build your own" as the tend to be more stable once assembled. I also buy UV glass which is a bit matte so reflections don't show on the glass.

I print my images on matte/lustre, although if it's a night shot I've been using a metallic paper.

I digitally matte the images (simple frames) and have them mounted on gatorfoam...this prevents the warping or "weaving" in the frame.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote sporky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 April 2008 at 00:47
If your print is an odd or large size and you don't want to build it yourself, it can get pretty expensive. For doing a 5x1 foot panorama frame, americanframe.com ended up being the cheapest for me. I imagine they are competitive on most custom framing (except for the standard sizes). In this case I went with an anti-glare acrylic to keep the weight minimal.

Generally, I print lustre and most of the time I just look for good deals (sales) on frames at local retailers (i.e. Hobby Lobby and World Market). A matte looks nice, but adds cost so I do without it some times.

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I hit Target and Michaels regularly, checking out the large clearance frames. I stock up on just about all matted frame sizes that are larger then 8x10. At the moment I have 30-40 sitting in my spare room, waiting for pix. Those are mostly for gifts though. My walls are covered in frames, and I just refresh the prints with new pix as the mood strikes. For the most part my frames are black wood with wide white matting. On one wall is a conglomeration of every style frame, but all of those pix are 5x7 or 4x6. On a couple walls I have framed a series of pictures, either in a line of matching frames, or in a couple cases, a single 36 x 12 frame with 5 5x7s in a row, under a custom matte.

If I change a print in a frame, I tend to leave the first print behind the new print. It's fun to surprise myself when I go to change a print, and find 3-4 older prints hiding.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gabriel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 April 2008 at 10:32
I only framed my first 3 pics about 6 monthes ago.
Having selected where they would be displayed, I decided on the size. I choosed 30x45cm (about 11.8x17.7 inches for the metric-impaired), in order to keep a 3:2 aspect ratio. As wall space is limited, I decided to go without matting. I've soon discovered that it was incredibly difficult to buy already made frames of 30x45cm.

I put the pics within the frames without glue or adhesive. Now, 6 monthes latter, one of the prints is weaving. Conclusion: even for moderate size, you'd better tape or glue the prints to some cardboard.
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I print A4, handcut a white matte and stick the whole thing together with archival double sided tape to a foamcore back-board. Outside size is standard 30x40 cm.

I pack these in see through foil (the one also sometimes used to pack flowers) and change them out between a couple of 30x40 aluminium frames spread through the house. So I've got a large stack unframed ones that I can still show (off) packed in clear foil so they don't get dirty, while a few (~ 5, but on the increase as I bought some more frames) are on permanent display (changed out every couple of month).

I'm still thinking about an A3+ printer or have some larger ones printed in a lab or internet service but still undecided if/when to start with that.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote RosieA100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 April 2008 at 14:45
Frameco is a company here in Melbourne who will cut your frame to your precise measurements and post it along with the foamboard backing and the glass for you to put together yourself - using tools sold by Frameco, the product seems good and I had a tour of the factory last week with my camera club. The initial pice of the tools is a bit $$$ but in the long run it will be much cheaper (I HOPE).

I have purchased one of their mat cutting systems and as I use around 24 mats every few months with competitions, I hope it's going tosave me quite a bit!!

The frame side of things is a different matter, I don't have those tools but one of the club members does so for mt next lot of Christmas pressies, I'm going to save a packet and give great individual gifts to the whole family!!!!
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Here in the US I like www.americanframe.com. I live near American Frame, so I like to buy from them because they are a local business, and I wish to support them. Working with them is very very easy, and their prices for frames are OK, so others who live in the US might want to try them out.



Their website is also very good at helping you set the measurements of the matting and frames.

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