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There are three types of frames you might want to use: a profile frame, a standard frame, and a shadowbox frame.
A profile frame is the cheapest type of framing and is typically made from wood or metal–but it’s the most susceptible to getting dusty. In this type of framing, the picture is mounted on foam board that is then placed in either an open or closed backless box, so that you can see the side edges of the picture.
A profile frame is used to show two main things: the picture itself, and whether it’s in an open or closed back frame. The picture itself is the focal point, but you can’t see much of it. This type of framing is more decorative than functional.
The next type of frame would be a standard frame , which has a front and back. That way, if you want to display your picture with depth, you can use a shadowbox . This type of framing gives you a lot more clearance on the sides, and let’s the viewer see the entire picture from above.
Finally we have shadowboxes , these are typically made from wood or metal. They have 3-D effects that make them more of an ornamental piece than anything else. Usually, pictures are mounted on foam board then placed in a shadowbox. They’re great for adding depth to any photo and when you have several photos together, they can be used as a stand-alone display.
You should get the best quality picture possible because you want to avoid getting dust on the picture itself, which can ruin it. To reduce the risk of dust getting on your picture, consider placing it in an acid free tissue paper before you put it inside of your frame. This will allow you to take out the tissue paper and clean off any dust without removing the print from its frame.
How To Frame A Picture
If you are framing a picture or photo, then you need to take these 4 steps when doing so:
1. Wash the picture before framing it. This will help remove any grease and grime that has gotten on the photo over time, and will help keep your frame from getting dusty.
2. Place the picture on a hard surface with some paper underneath it so that you can trace the edges of the photo. This way you will know exactly how big your frame should be, and can make sure that it’s centered in your frame too!
3. Next wet a sponge with water and wipe down the back of your picture so that it is nice and clean before placing it in the frame.
4. Finally, gently place your picture into the frame so that it fits well and that you can see the entire picture. Very important in framing a picture!
Custom Picture Frames by BirdieGoGo
Ever wished you could frame your own pictures? Ever thought about building custom frames for your drawings, prints, or family photographs?
Well, it’s not that hard. All you need is some frame stock, a few tools, and a vision for what you want your piece to look like.
Once you have your materials together, the possibilities are endless.
If you have ever seen Measure and cut your page.
Measure and cut your mat board to the size you wish.
Lay facedown and apply a long piece of tape on edge of the page.
Turn your page right side up and hold the mat board over the page.
When you are certain of the position, press the matte down firmly to the page and tape.’
When it is secure, place the matte in the frame.
To make a photo frame, pick your design of cardboard or paper.
Cut a rectangle in the middle of the cardboard
Paint the frame to your preferences.
Decide which decorations you want to accent the frame and glue them on
Make the back of the frame using another piece of paper.
Needs to be slightly smaller, but big enough to cover the rectangle in the frame.
Glue the new rectangle to the photo frame.
Slide the photo down into the frame.
Select your artwork
Find the proper size matting and frame you want for your picture.
Choosing the right mat is important as it should be bigger than your picture.
Pick your frame that will go well with your décor, but at the same time complement the colors in the art.
You can use double sided tape or scotch tape. Tape the picture in a T formation and apply to the mat.
Place the mat and art work down in the frame and hang.
Before even touching the picture to clean it, scan it as is electronically
Find supplies designed just for gently cleaning older photographs.
Make sure you wear gloves
Lay the photo on a towel on a clean dry surface
Brush off the dirt
Wipe with a rag to make sure you have lingering dirt.
Take the wipes and very gently clean the photograph
Use a blow dryer on low heat ten inches from the photo to dry it
Note: for rare or very old photographs, it is best to seek a professional