Window Mats Peace Meal

Discussion in 'Presentation & Marketing' started by dancqu, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. dancqu

    dancqu Member

    Messages:
    3,676
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2002
    Location:
    Willamette V
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    What is a window mat? Two verticals and two
    horizontals. Why not assemble a window mat
    using the four components mentioned rather
    than cut rectangular holes in expensive
    card board?

    Are there any who do assemble their
    window mats? Dan
     
  2. DWThomas

    DWThomas Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,916
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2006
    Location:
    SE Pennsylvania
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I don't, but I have seen at least one painter who did that. I tell myself the window cut-outs can mat smaller pieces, but I admit it doesn't often happen here.
     
  3. David Brown

    David Brown Subscriber

    Messages:
    3,604
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2004
    Location:
    DFW, Texas
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    If you don't mind the seams ...
     
  4. Vaughn

    Vaughn Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,346
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2006
    Location:
    Humboldt Co.
    Shooter:
    8x10 Format
    Yes very unseemly to see seams...:tongue:

    Sometimes it takes a little more care and work to make something look as simple as possible. Seams are a visual complication.

    I try to buy my matboard 25 32x40 sheets at a time. I feel secure knowing I have almost unlimited matboard. Out of the 32x40 I cut one 24x28 (for 16x20 prints), one 16x20 (for 8x10 prints) and one 12x16 (for 5x7 and 4x10 prints). That leaves me with a 4x24 extra piece.

    The hole I cut for my 16x20 prints out of the 24x28 is actually slightly bigger than that, so the hole becomes another 16x20. The hole for the 8x10 prints are also a little larger, so I get an extra 8x10.

    So out of a 32x40 I get:
    (1) 24x28
    (2) 16x20
    (1) 12x16
    (1) 8x10

    Fairly efficient usage.
     
  5. bowzart

    bowzart Member

    Messages:
    1,221
    Joined:
    May 23, 2008
    Location:
    Anacortes, W
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Tweech izzown.

    I guess you could put them together with Duck tape.

    For me, one of the main reasons to matte at all is to provide an isolation from distracting elements. I think the seams, even if done carefully, would add back the distraction I'm trying to get rid of. If I puttied the seams, it would take more time and trouble than cutting them the regular way to begin with.
     
  6. phaedrus

    phaedrus Member

    Messages:
    463
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Location:
    Waltershause
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Wouldn't work well with the beveled cuts windows mats have.
     
  7. fdi

    fdi Advertiser Advertiser

    Messages:
    373
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2005
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    Shooter:
    35mm
    The reason for use of “expensive cardboard” is two fold. Quality conservation materials that are acid free are more expensive. The other reason for the cost is chemcals and process for the color of the mat board.

    As far as the method of achieving the window, for anyone setup for production mat cutting it will be much more labor intensive to assemble the four pieces than to cut the window. Especially since you have to cut the 4 pieces you are going to assemble before you start taking time to assemble them.

    If you are concerned about conservation then you also to have to worry about making sure the adhesive used to assemble your mat will not cause the image to degrade.

    Cheers,
    Mark