- Mat Styles
- Determine Window Size
- Designing Mats for Standard Size Frames
- Designing with Standard Sizes
- Mat Size and Proportion
- Mat Proportion
- Should Mat Bottom be Wider?
- Trends in Matting Design
- Measuring and Sizing Picture Frame Mats
- Border Finder
- Measuring for Mats
- How to Calculate Border Size
- Making the Most of a 32 x 40 Sheet
- Trimming Mat Board to Size
- Trimming Mat Board to Size with Straight Edge
- Trimming Mat Board to Size with Compact
- Trimming Mat Board to Size with Simplex
- Mat Cutting
- Cutting Single Mat Using a Straight Edge
- Cutting a Single Mat With a Simplex-Basics
- Cutting a single mat with a simplex-detailed
- Cutting a double mat
- Cutting a double mat- detailed professional version
- The professional framers secret for cutting a double mat
- How to measure and cut a double mat,
- Cutting a stepped corner mat – basics
- Cutting stepped corner mats – detailed
- Offset (stepped) corner mat
- Cutting a v groove mat with the trim –and-tape method
- Cutting a v groove with the tape – and –flip method
- Cutting a v groove using a logan V groover (discontinued)
- Slip sheets
- The importance of using a slip sheet when cutting
- The importance of using a backing sheet
- Why am I getting a ragged cut?
- How to avoid rough or ragged edges when cutting mats
- Dealing with inconsistencies in the bevel edges
- Adjusting your mat cutter for proper blade depth
- The importance of proper blade depth
- Why am I getting a hook in the corners or curve in the bevel cut?
- How come I don't cut all the way through the mat board?
- How to conquer overcuts and undercuts?
- Dealing with overcuts and undercuts
- Why am I getting overcuts in the corners?
- Why are my mats not coming out square?
- Why is my bevel cut going the wrong way?
- How to cut left handed
- How to cut a 40" sheet of mat board on the 32" compact mat cutter
- Is using production stops the fool proof way to get perfect mats?
- Tips for working with production stops on your mat cutter
- Basic mat cutter maintenance
- Mounting your artwork
- Grappling with conservation and archival mounting concerns
- Supporting Artwork
- Hinge mounting T, V and S methods
- A simple method to a T-hinge mount
- Trapping methods
- Permanent mounting
- Wet mounting
- Pressure sensitive adhesive mounting
- How to mount artwork using positionable mounting adhesive (PMA)
- Spray adhesives
This example will make a 7 ."x 9 ." oval opening mat with a ." liner.
1. Trim two matboards to 11" x 14":
Gray for the top mat
White for the liner mat
2. Apply double-sided tape to the face of the White mat, placing a small strip on each of the four sides of the face as near as possible to the edge of the mat.
3. Carefully align the outside edges of the Gray top mat and the White liner mat and press them together, adhering the back of the Gray mat to the face of the White mat.
4. Draw two intersecting lines on the face of the Gray mat. They should intersect exactly where the center of the double oval is desired.
5. Set the adjustable slide scale at 2".
6. Set the scale arm at 8".
7. Position the base of the front of the mat so that the indicator notches line up with the intersecting lines. Press the base down and cut an oval. (See Cutting an Oval on page 54).
8. Remove the base to allow the fallout to drop out. The White mat will not be cut and the indentations from the base will be present.
9. Set the scale arm for 7 .".
10. Position the base in the indentations previously made and cut an oval in the White matboard.