Illustrated Framing Guide for Your Convenience

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In this blog post, we want to offer to you an easy visual guide about the options you have when choosing to frame a paper print with us.



Getting The Frame You Want





Some prints, paintings and photographs look better without a mat or a border. Large vintage travel posters, for example, have a crisp finish when placed directly in a frame. Photographs and photographic prints can also look great straight inside a black or white frame. If you’ve got a graphic or typographic print and want a polished and contemporary finish, again, opt for a frame without a mat and without border.

It will look like this:


Without Mat and Without Border




Mats create a gap between the artwork and the glass which helps prevent damage from condensation or high-gloss prints sticking to the glass. Use a mat if you want a more formal or traditional effect.

We offer 4 different mats:

Pure White (8 ply)

Off-White (4 Ply)

Black (4 Ply)

Linen Textured Mat (4 Ply)

It will look like this:


Matted Framing Type





Using a white border all around, will make your print look more contemporary and minimal. It will look like a framed poster from the 1970’s.

This is a photo of a corner using a white border:


With a 2 inch white border all around


If it is too minimal for your taste you can add a linen liner and make it look more sophisticated.

This is the result using a Natural Linen Liner:


Using a Natural Linen Filler The Picturalist


We offer Linen Liners in the following combinations:


-Natural Linen



-White Linen


White Linen Liner The Picturalist


-Natural Linen with a Gold fillet


Natural Linen Liner

We use as our standard, the following size of Liners:


Liner Profile





A spacer is used to separate artwork on paper or photographs from glass or acrylic when a mat isn’t being used. Spacers are also used on artwork that is dimensional or doesn’t lie flat Spacers can be made of wood, plastic, or mat board. 

The result is your framed print will look like being framed in a shadowbox without the print being ‘floated’. We will explain next, what a floated print in a shadowbox looks like.

A recessed framed print will look like this:


Recessed Frame






Float presentations are used with prints with a deckled or torn edge and it is critical and it is important that nothing is covered. 


The different layers will look like this seen from the top:


Floated Sections The Picturalist


And looks like this from the side:



Shadowbox Profile The Picturalist



As a standard we use a textured linen decorative backing or a white backing. You can specify a specific mat color if you wish to by sending us an email mentioning your order number after placing your order online.

We offer the choice of a Torn Edge or a Straight Edge.

A Torn (also called Deckled) edge will look like this. See how there is a shadow over the linen backing and the edge of the print is uneven.


Torn or Deckled Edge The Picturalist



And this is what a print framed in a shadowbox with a straight edge looks like:


Floated with a straight edge




Let our consultants help you make your artistic vision a reality.

You need a totally personalized frame, size or artwork? Our custom frame service helps make your artistic vision a reality.

Tell us about your project sending an email to [email protected] or contact our customer service team at 1-833-742-8872 and we will guide you through the process based upon your needs, and will assign a design and framing expert to be your guide – your Art Assistant – who will ensure your satisfaction from the concept stage through the project’s completion.

Together, we can create the piece that will perfectly suit your design.


Thank you and have a great Fall Season.


Roy Caro Cohen



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