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Logan's Complete Guide to Picture Framing
Slip Sheets
Guide Navigation
Introduction to Picture Framing & Matting
Designing Your Picture Frames and Mats
Measuring and Sizing Picture Frames and Mats
Costs of Picture Framing
DIY Picture Frames
Mat Cutting
Mat Cutter Choices
Mat Cutting Help, Troubleshooting and FAQs
Mounting Your Artwork
Glazing with Glass and Plastic
Securing or Fitting your Artwork in a Picture Frame
Finishing Your Artwork

TRIMMING A BOARD TO SIZE & SLIP SHEETS

In picture framing, trimming a board to the size needed for matting or backing is called "blanking" the board. Board pieces need to be cut as accurately as possible, paying attention to both size and squareness. Squared corners and straight sides are especially important when blanking boards for mats, because blanks that are "out of square" will result in very obvious problems with the squareness of the mat opening.

Blanking can be done using a straight line or hand-held mat cutter, an X-Acto® knife or utility blade guided by a t-square, or a guillotine-style paper cutter (if the blade is strong enough to handle the board.)

SLIP SHEETS

In picture framing, trimming a board to the size needed for matting or backing is called "blanking" the board. Board pieces need to be cut as accurately as possible, paying attention to both size and squareness. Squared corners and straight sides are especially important when blanking boards for mats, because blanks that are "out of square" will result in very obvious problems with the squareness of the mat opening.

Blanking can be done using a straight line or hand-held mat cutter, an X-Acto® knife or utility blade guided by a t-square, or a guillotine-style paper cutter (if the blade is strong enough to handle the board.)

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