What is the difference between the mat styles?

Posted by Daisy Briceno on Oct 28, 2013

We currently offer various options for matting. Depending on what art type you are framing, we will recommend specific mat styles as you Build a Frame. If you are unsure on what to select feel free to email us or check our our blog post, Matting 101, for more.

Framing full bleed means framing to the edge of your print. No mat for this selection. You can add a spacer to the frame to keep the print from touching the plexiglass.

Framing with a single mat to the edge will add a 4-ply white core mat with an opening to the edge of your print. This adds a white mat border to your image and increases the size of the frame. Does your print have a signature or title you would like to show? Select Single mat with a reveal to have the mat opening include a border on your print.

The Double Mat selection will include two mats layered on the edge of the print showing a 1/4” of the mat below. We typically will add a black mat to increase the contrast and add depth to the frame.

Floated with a spacer is a method of framing to keep the art fully visible in the frame, edges and all. This gives the illusion the piece is floating within the frame either on a mat or on a foam core lift. A spacer is added to the frame to keep the artwork from touching the plexiglass. Both methods require additional time and materials so floating does cost more but is highly recommended for any pieces with deckled edges.

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