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    Although my answer is just that, "my answer", it may work for you and it may not. I always use 8 ply mat, which makes a great presentation. I leave a 1/2 inch border between the image and the window in the mat. Sign and date in the lower right part of this border. I generally title my images and this, in my opinion, is an important part of the image. Little time is spent agonizing over the title. The title is placed in the lower left part of the border. A hinge mount is used to attach the print to the back board although I sometimes use archival corners. Borders on the mat are generally the same width on the top and sides and with a larger border on the bottom. Seldom do I center my image on the mat. I like large borders and will use 16X20 mats for my 6 1/2 inch sqaure images or 6 1/2 X 8 1/2 inch images. Bill Barber

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    I'm used to not signing prints, but have seen signatures on the bottom right hand side of the print of other artists. Is there a method to imprint the signature on the print instead of the mat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    I've noticed that people like to sign their prints, and people like to buy signed prints. It seems to add value. But I tend to think that the signature is distracting if it occurs right on the border of the image. Does anyone ever sign down in the corner of the matte? Of course then the print itself is not signed, but you could sign the back.

    Also, if you title prints, how do you display the title? Titling doesn't seem to be super-popular, but then I have a skewed persective, because all you ever see on the internet is digital images themselves, and rarely images of finished prints. All the prints I've seen at galleries or homes tend to be signed on the border, and if titled, they are titled external to the frame by the gallery/displayor.

    One further question. Mattes are popular, and mattes are fine. But does anyone ever print a smaller image into the center of some paper and leave large matte-sized white border around it? A good way to waste paper perhaps, and the print touches the glass that way.
    I prefer to sign and mat the way AA taught it. Use a relatively hard pencil to make sure the signature is faint and doesn't compete with the image. However, I don't give a title to a print, because a print has to evoke emotions, and giving a title to the print kind of ruins the free creation of such emotions with the observer.

    I hope the signing and matting comes across well enough in the attachments.
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    Perhaps that was my hangup. I never use pencil, practically at all. To me, signature=fountain pen. I suppose a faint grey signature would be quite different.

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    Why would you want to sign the "back" of a print? If someone wants to buy an original Ansel, pays big money for it, he wants everyone to see Ansels signature. You can't expect that person to take the frame apart, and raise the print up so someone can take a sneak peak. Why even sign then if it will never be visible. Were not all famous, but the idea of the signature is if we do become important, that signature will have value, especially to collectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Camper View Post
    Why would you want to sign the "back" of a print? If someone wants to buy an original Ansel, pays big money for it, he wants everyone to see Ansels signature. You can't expect that person to take the frame apart, and raise the print up so someone can take a sneak peak. Why even sign then if it will never be visible. Were not all famous, but the idea of the signature is if we do become important, that signature will have value, especially to collectors.
    My suggestion for signing the back of the print is not for everyone. It is for the case where the photographer does not want his signature visible in the frame, or where although the signature is visible, it is on the mat which is NOT a permanent part of the artwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post

    I hope the signing and matting comes across well enough in the attachments.
    Looks good Ralph. That's the way I do mine also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Basierbe View Post
    Looks good Ralph. That's the way I do mine also.

    Jerry
    Since I learned it in Michigan, we might have learned it at the same place!
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