Square Format Framing

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Tim Mathers

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Dec 16, 2000, 7:25:53 AM12/16/00
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I purchase my framing materials at Lumiere Photo (formerly
Light Impressions) here in Rochester, NY. In addition to the
"standard" sizes you mention, they sell pairs. I purchase 2
pairs of 11 inch and make 11 inch square frames. I also print
at approx. 7 1/2 inches square. The matte border is then
approx. 2 1/4 inches "all around" if you center (but I prefer
2 inches above and 2 1/2 inches below for "optical centering").
I prefer to cut my own mattes because I purchase "black core"
board. I think it looks better than the "off white/cream" of
other matte boards.

Timmy
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From: <eo...@my-deja.com>
Subject: Square format framing ???
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2000 4:06 AM
Hello,
Being a recent 6X6 convert, and loving its inherent aspect ratio, I am
wondering if there are any sage suggestions from you learned printing
folk regarding what size to enlarge square negs at to fully appreciate
the frame, and frame them accordingly.

I recently was printing them at 7 1/2 inches, but was dismayed when I
tried to have them framed. I am not into framing, and soon discovered
that everything seems to fall in the 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, 16x20
ranges of aspect.

Has anyone printed a 7x7 on to a 8x10 frames size? Does this work well?
Should I (regardless of print size) always force the square higher than
center? CAN ANY HASSIE FANS HELP ME OUT HERE???!!!Art students???
TIA,
GK


FOR7

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Dec 17, 2000, 4:18:45 AM12/17/00
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> I purchase my framing materials at Lumiere Photo (formerly
>Light Impressions) here in Rochester, NY. In addition to the
>"standard" sizes you mention, they sell pairs. I purchase 2
>pairs of 11 inch and make 11 inch square frames. I also print
>at approx. 7 1/2 inches square. The matte border is then
>approx. 2 1/4 inches "all around" if you center (but I prefer
>2 inches above and 2 1/2 inches below for "optical centering").
>I prefer to cut my own mattes because I purchase "black core"
>board. I think it looks better than the "off white/cream" of
>other matte boards.
>
>Timmy

Just curious but what is "optical centering"?


E.T.
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Michael Briggs

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Dec 17, 2000, 2:51:31 PM12/17/00
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FOR7 wrote:
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> The matte border is then
> >approx. 2 1/4 inches "all around" if you center (but I prefer
> >2 inches above and 2 1/2 inches below for "optical centering").

> Just curious but what is "optical centering"?

If you make the top and bottom of the mat exactly the same width, it
will frequently appear that the bottom is narrower. Perhaps this is an
optical illusion. Some people, myself included, prefer to make the
bottom of the mat slightly wider than the top so that the image appears
centered, even though it isn't. Many people don't do this, it is a
matter of taste. The idea seems to come and go out of fashion.
Unrelated to "optical centering" is another matting style, in which the
bottom margin is much larger than the other margins.

--Michael

ele...@home.com

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Dec 20, 2000, 1:55:06 PM12/20/00
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I also make the bottom of the matt a little larger. This is a cultural
thing. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that in oriental art, the top
is made larger.

Michael Briggs <Michae...@EarthLink.net> wrote:

: --Michael

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E. Ray Lemar ele...@home.com

Russell

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Dec 21, 2000, 2:41:47 AM12/21/00
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Wm = Width of mount
Hm = Height of mount
Wp = width of print
Hp = height of print

Distance between top of print and top of mount = (Wm + Wp)(Hm - Hp) / 4Wm

--Russell


"Pierre Renault" <cheu...@videotron.ca> wrote in message
news:9010E33FAcheun...@205.237.233.50...
>
> Here's how to automatically optically center any print on any board.
>
> Place the print to be mounted in the upper left-hand corner of the
> board. If you are placing a print under a matte board, then place a
> piece of paper the same size as the desired cut-out.
>
> Bisect the vertical strip to the right of the print and draw a light
> line with a pencil from top to bottom. Do the same thing for the strip
> below the print. Draw a line from where the horizontal line crosses the
> vertical line you've drawn to the right edge of the board.
>
> Next, place a straightedge from the point on the right-hand edge of the
> board where the horizontal line ends to the bottom left-hand corner of
> the print. Mark the spot where the line intersects the line bisects the
> vertical strip.
>
> Place the lower right-hand corner of the print at this intersection.
>
> This works first time, every time.
>
> Pierre


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