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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    Thanks for all the responses. I'll check out both vendors. I hate buying full sheets of 32x40 and cutting them myself. But buying them pre-cut works for me.
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    Don
    i always cut myself. what's rhe gig deal?
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    I'm not as as skilled as you ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    i always cut myself. what's rhe gig deal?
    Hi Ralph,
    I don't have a 32" cutter so I have to use the art store's cutter. Most stores in my area don't have cutters available for customers to use for fear of being sued by clients losing fingers. Pre-cut is so easy. BTW, great to see you posting again. Missed ya when you were absent. Best wishes for your health Ralph.
    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    i always cut myself. what's rhe gig deal?
    It's a skill, maybe even an art, that some of us simply hasn't mastered yet. I rarely cut my own because it generally take too long, has to be re-done once or twice, and never looks quite as clean as professionally cut mats. Besides, I'm space-constrained and just don't have the room for cutting mat. I totally understand why some people opt for pre-cut!

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    Late last year I bought myself a used mat cutter.

    Using it reliably and relatively effortlessly is definitely a learned skill - at least I hope it will be.

    I do like, however, being able to cut a mat to the size and aspect ratio that best suits the individual photograph.
    Matt

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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    I use a Dexter mat cutter and a 16" straight edge. Simple and cheap.

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    Good info I will be using soon. precut mats are so expensive in stores. btw are 4ply mats a bit too thin? or ok for a temporary installation lasting 2-3 days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings View Post
    Good info I will be using soon. precut mats are so expensive in stores. btw are 4ply mats a bit too thin? or ok for a temporary installation lasting 2-3 days?
    I usually use 4 ply and think they're fine. The cheap ones you get with frames or at craft stores are 2 ply or less, so the 4 ply look better than that at least. I have a hard time cutting 8 ply myself.

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    4 ply ones are pretty much "standard". All mine are 4 ply - some are single matted, some are double matted.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I highly recommend FramingSupplies.com.

    I have worked with them for several years. They custom cut my matts on the board of my choice and ship them to me here in Atlanta.

    (Just to be sure, I have no financial relationship with them, other than sending them about $100 a month!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdi View Post
    ... When I was first starting Frame Destination I bought pre-cut until we had the revenue to get computerized mat cutters. ...
    I'll add to the endorsement of Frame Destinations. I have visited their shop and been given a tour. They are very very good and Mark is a class act. The mat cutting machines are something to see. They can do basically anything.

    I have no doubt that the other vendors mentioned and endorsed by others are also good, too; in all fairness. But Frame Destinations is a sponsor of APUG, as well as a supplier.

    Cheers,

    And PS: Ralph, I do cut my own, but it is a learned skill and requires the proper tools.

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