Finally got around to cutting some new mats this week, and after a short schooling by Lee (Thank you Sir), must admit they came out quite nice. I understand that many do not like to mess with cutting their own mats, but after going through some less than acceptable service from outside sources, I will continue to cut my own. I prefer to use a 16x20 mat and cut to fit, so anything other than 11x14 is a custom cut anyhow.
Since many are involved in the print exchange, I thought it was worth bringing the subject up. Two important notes: 1 Have a good clean area to cut the mats and 2. keep a sharp blade in the mat cutter.
[QUOTE=photomc]Finally got around to cutting some new mats this week, and after a short schooling by Lee (Thank you Sir), must admit they came out quite nice. snip
Well I can testify to the quality of Mikes's matting. We are in the same print exchange group. Mike's print is really good and the overmat is cut better than I have been getting at the local framer. So let's see now, the cost of a mat cutter and a ticket to Texas....probably worth it!!
We have been using pre-cut windows in class; however, the company has become very difficult to work with and my vendor has given up trying to work with them. She found this company for me (as we use a lot yearly and since they are 8 ply can't be cut by hand).
I compared prices with Light Impressions and if you want just one or two windows there isn't that much differences. However, if you start buying 12 or more the savings are serious. They have pre-determined window sizes and then they will custom cut.
I have not ordered any yet, but will be doing so in a week or so, and therefore can't vouch for quality of the board; however, my contact has another customer who has been using them and is very pleased. They too had been using Soho windows in the past and got caught in the same bind i did.
p.s. i compared the prices including my discount with light impressions.
I will get back to you all with feedback concerning quality later in the month when i have a chance to review them myself.