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    mounting prints

    What size of mounting board should I use for 5X7, 8X10 and 11X14 prints?

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    Re: mounting prints

    Personal preference, really.

    Depends if you want to:

    1) stay with "standard" sizes for cheaper ready-made frames.

    2) minimize wall space taken up or maximize "breathing space" around prints

    Me: (first is smaller for informal gifts, the latter is for a more formal presentation)

    5x7 = 8x10 or 11x14 -- 12x16
    8x10 = 11x14 -- 16x20
    11x14 = 16x20 -- 20x24

    Best bet is to draw the hole size within the mat size to scale (I use graph pape) -- or just lay the print on different sizes of paper to see which strikes you as the best (not what us odd-ball group of forum folks think is the best!LOL!).

    Vaughn

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    Re: mounting prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Personal preference, really.

    Depends if you want to:

    1) stay with "standard" sizes for cheaper ready-made frames.

    2) minimize wall space taken up or maximize "breathing space" around prints

    Me: (first is smaller for informal gifts, the latter is for a more formal presentation)

    5x7 = 8x10 or 11x14 -- 12x16
    8x10 = 11x14 -- 16x20
    11x14 = 16x20 -- 20x24

    Best bet is to draw the hole size within the mat size to scale (I use graph pape) -- or just lay the print on different sizes of paper to see which strikes you as the best (not what us odd-ball group of forum folks think is the best!LOL!).

    Vaughn
    Thanks! when you mount say 8X10 on 16X20 for formal presentation, do you mount it right in the middle or something different?

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    Re: mounting prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Songyun View Post
    Thanks! when you mount say 8X10 on 16X20 for formal presentation, do you mount it right in the middle or something different?
    Center weighted. My mounted 14x17 and 16x20 prints have 3" top and sides and 3 1/2" at bottom.

    Hugo

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    Re: mounting prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Songyun View Post
    Thanks! when you mount say 8X10 on 16X20 for formal presentation, do you mount it right in the middle or something different?
    Just measured two prints I have handy -- both Platiniums with a little black showing around the print (hole slightly larger than 8x10).

    Horizontal -- top about 3.5", bottom 4"
    Vertical -- top about 4", bottom just under 6". This print might be a little high. With verticals, I like to put a bit more weight on the bottom. Perhaps 4 1/4 and 5 3/4 would be better.

    When hanging the frames on the wall -- a mix of H and V 8x10's on 16x20 -- I like to keep the center of the both the H and V images at about the same height off the floor, but the center of the V frames slightly lower than the center of the H frames. Just a personal preference of how the framed prints look on the wall.

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