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    Size of mats

    Is there a guide for making mats to fit prints? I am planning to mat some 8x10 and 11x14 sized prints and I was wondering what size (outer edges) the mat used would be. How much space do most of you put around your work?
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    Diane,

    For 8x10 prints I like 14x17 (Although for the print exchange I use 11x14) and for 11x14 prints I like 16x20.

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    That's really quite subjective, I think, as tastes vary widely. I use the next standard size for simplicity. So, I use 11x14 mats for 8x10 prints, 16x20 mats for 11x14 prints, etc. That's partly because I'm . . . well, frugal, and prefer to buy precut mats and standard frames.
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    Like most others, I just use a frame the next standard size up.

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    I agree with JMoore, I usually prefer two standard sized up from what teh photo is (usually leaving at least a 2 inch border).

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    5x7 and smaller I put in 11x14 and 5x7-8x10 (my largest prints) are in 14x18 size mats. I think the 14x18 are a little too wide for 8x10 prints so the next order will probably be for 14x17 instead.
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    I'm with Jim. I'm a sucker for large borders and small prints. Or big prints and even bigger borders.

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    Diane,
    I prefer 16x20 mats for both 8x10 and 11x14 prints..I have done some 11x14 mats for 8x10 recently (don't print full 8x10 prints anyhow), but they just don't look as nice as the ones done with the 16x20 mats. Now for 4x5 and 5x7 contact prints the 11x14 mats look good. Guess like others above, prefer lots of space around the print.
    Good Luck..
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    I have been printing on 8x10 paper and have standardized on a 14x14 mat and frame. It allows me to print horizontal and vertical in various aspect ratios while the frames remain uniform. Some may disagree but I like the look. Maybe it's all those years in the slide business .
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    If there is one thing that you do, it is to buy precut mats. Trying to get nice square cuts on amature equipment can be a nightmare. I find buying the precut standard sizes and cutting the windows to fit to work the best for me.

    Maybe if I started taking more trapezoidal pictures I could salvage all those wasted window mats...

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