Some people take up framing as a hobby. These individuals take immense delight in ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) framing. They find it to be fun and fulfilling. However, professional framing companies take the entire activity more seriously. They know the importance of picking the right frame for any kind of picture or artwork.
The purpose of a frame is to draw attention to the object in the frame. As such, if you were to select an attractive frame for a treasured photo or painting, you might not achieve the desired goal. For, in many cases, the frame will capture the attention of the viewers, rather than serving to deflect the attention of the viewers on to the object in the frame. It is evident that you will not want anything to detract from the look of your pictures and photos. Therefore, if the frame ends up gaining all the attention, you will not feel very pleased about things.
When you visit any framing company, you will invariably come across a diverse range of frames. To pick the best one for your purpose, consider the following parameters:
- The Material of the Frame: Metallic or wooden frames tend to be the best in quality. You might have come across photo frames of other materials e.g. acrylic photo frames. These could be ideal in certain situations. However, you cannot go wrong with metallic or wooden frames. If you want to show off your black and white photos, metallic frames are ideal. Similarly, if you want your pictures to look warm and more inviting, opt for wooden frames. Wooden frames are ideal for displaying pieces of art e.g. paintings, photos etc.
- The Type of Photo Matting: Many people find this to be the most complex aspect of selecting a frame. For the uninitiated, the mat board refers to the material placed between the picture and the glass. It serves to create airspace between the two. This ensures that the picture does not stick to the glass over the passage of time. At the same time, the photo matting creates a smaller border between the frame and the artwork as well. This ensures that the attention of the viewers remains centred on the picture rather than the frame.
- The Mounting (or Foam) Board: This refers to the rear of the frame, to which people attach the picture. In many cases, people use cardboard as the mounting board. But, cardboard is acidic in nature. As a result, it could easily accelerate the yellowing of the picture. Domestic and corporate framing companies often use high-quality mounting boards. These boards typically feature a polystyrene core. Bonded between two paper covers, these boards present a smooth surface. This eliminates the problem of warping.
- The Glazing: This refers to the glass cover that protects and preserves everything inside the frame. Pictures and paintings could sustain damage when exposed to changes in the temperature or humidity. Quality glass helps eliminate these issues, thereby preserving your prints for longer.