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    showing panoramic print

    u have a hard time to figure it out how to frame panoramic images with matt board. i shot 8*20 and try to find the right size matt. Any suggestion?
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    Buy complete sheets then you can cut your own. I'm slightly undecided how to mount &frame the prints from my 6x17, at present I plan to put then in 20x16 frames and current prints are just under 5"x15".

    However I think that as I'm going to be exhibiting them along side images shot 6x6 and 5x4 (also 10x8) again in 20x16 frames I might have to increase the siz, as they may look out of balance, and then get some new frames made, I like at least 2" of mat between image and frame.

    You have a fixed print size so why not go buy some cheap card and cut a rough matt template & see what size works best, I'd start around 13½"x25" that's allowing 2½" margin with an extra ½" at the bottom, but you might want wider.

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    13 x 25 for convenience size. 16 x 28 for exhibition or hanging on the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pateeid View Post
    u have a hard time to figure it out how to frame panoramic images with matt board. i shot 8*20 and try to find the right size matt. Any suggestion?
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    You can cut your own as someone suggested, or buy at a discount from an online wholesale company such as mine. We carry 8x16 and 8x24 but not 8x20. We also do full custom just as other mat wholesalers will.

    Cheers,
    Mark

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    Buy a matboard cutter; a good one. The cost of the matboard cutter will be amortized in only a small number of prints. Shortly you will be ahead of the game and that will encourage you to print more panoramas.

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    Cutting your own overmats is a tedious task. Superior Archival Materials (www.superiorarchivalmats.com) carries only the finest mat board and at best prices. And everything is custom cut. Underboard and overmats

    Yes, I now have an interest in the company, which is being re-named "Lodima Archival Materials." And we are photographers, not just a business, so we understand truly what "custom" means.

    Michael A. Smith

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    Michael is right that cutting mats is a time consuming job, which is why framing can add up when getting ready for a show. I do a lot of large panoramics with cirkut cameras and otherwise. A lot of my recent work goes in 16x72" frames and if I had someone matt and frame, each piece would cost $600.00 in framing costs, so I do it myself. I use a 40" logan matt cutter, and can cut most any size matt with it, up to 110 inches long so far. I wish I could afford to let others do it but,,,,. Once you've cut a few matts you get pretty quick at it. Matting is just part of it too. then you have to buy make the frame, and frame it. I've been making my own frames, which takes longer than the matting. Save a LOT of money, but would rather be out taking photos.

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    Have to agree Jamie, my last exhibitions have been 60 or so prints and putting out the matt cutting just adds too much additional cost.

    Matt cutting is relatively easy, in real terms it's not that time consuming when you look at it in context of the overall time it takes to mount & frame a print. Anything that can help cut the overall framing costs is without compromising quality best done yourself.

    Ian

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    I've been making my own frames, which takes longer than the matting.
    jamie, can you describe the frames you make?

    Thanks
    Curt

    I have to cut my own mats, I could buy them but it cuts into the pocket too much, in college I used a straight edge and a Dexter mat cutter, now that is worse than typing up an English paper on an 1920 Underwood typewriter at 4 in the morning.
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    I still use a Dexter mat cutter and a straight edge, quick & easy - there's a knack

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