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Logan's Complete Guide to Picture Framing
Cutting a Roman Mat
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

Arched mats are made by combining a circle or oval mat opening with a square or rectangular mat opening.

Arched mats have an elegant, traditional character. Try them on formal photos or classic art images.

1. Trim a matboard to 11" x 14".

2. On the face of the matboard, measure and mark 5 1/2" from the sides, and 5 ." from the top. This will be the starting position for the oval.

3. Cut a 5" x 7" oval (see Cutting an Oval on page 54). Tape the dropout back in place with removable tape. This supports the matboard while the remaining cuts are made.

4. On the back of the matboard, measure and mark 2 1/2" on the sides and bottom, 4 1/2" on the top.

5. Using the straight line mat cutter, cut all four sides of the rectangle.

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