​​How To Pick The Best Custom Frame for a Picture

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Finding the best frame for your art prints and pictures is easier than you think. Fantastic art only gets better when paired with the right frame. It all comes down to matching it with the right style, material, and color. Make your fine art a display of beauty when you frame it in a way that pops and preserves it for years to come.

3 Types of Art Prints to Frame

1. Canvas Art Prints

Raised paintings and oil paintings are exquisite fine art pieces to display. However, the oil or paint can create a more challenging project regarding framing due to the chemicals or raised attributes. Raised paint will smush when placed directly with a glass frame. Oil paintings take years to dry thoroughly, so if you put them in the wrong frame, the oil will crack, smudge, or ruin.

These art print types are best on canvas and paired with a floating frame. A floating frame will provide room around the entire canvas to protect the fine art and add details to the picture. The art will be open to the air to allow for proper drying. You can also have a floating frame with glass, but there will need to be a significant gap between the piece and the glass.

2. Drawings and Illustrations

When learning how to custom-frame a picture, drawing, or illustration, choosing a frame that will preserve the picture is critical. You want to avoid smushing the picture against the glass. At the same time, if you use a mat for the image, you will want to carefully position the mat without causing the ink to smear. 

The best frame for an illustration art print is one with a gap between the glass and the printed work. This will allow room for the fine art to stay clear of brushing against anything causing it to ruin. Floating canvas frames also preserve your ink and drawing for years by helping to keep moisture, dust, and debris from entering the gap space.

3. Art and Photo Prints

Finding the best frame for your art print is all about the color of the frame. Print art is can be colorful or grayscale. When you look at the picture, find the dominant color that sticks out the most. That’s the color frame you will want to use. The frame will highlight the color and add character to your fine art.

If your print has two contrasting colors, such as black and white, it will still pair well with either color. Adding a mat between the photo print and frame will only increase the color and contrast.

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Find the Perfect Frame

When it comes to finding the best frame for your art print, here are a few steps to follow:

  • Figure out your dominant color in the picture. Choose a color that matches this one to create a modern look for the overall art piece.
  • Decide what frame style will pair well and preserve your art for years, such as floating, document, shadowbox frames, or something else. 
  • Decide what type of materials you want your frame made of to determine how well the picture will be preserved in the frame. Materials include UV-filtered glass, acid-free mat, mount, backing, and dust boards. 

How to Custom Frame a Picture

If you are looking to frame an art print yourself, here are the best steps to organize the framing layers of your masterpiece:

  • Start with the frame
  • Add UV-protected glass
  • Acid-free mat board
  • Museum hinges
  • Artwork
  • Mountboard
  • Backing board
  • Dust covers

FrameStore’s Creative Specialists

At Los Angeles FrameStore, we know that framing and creating designs is only for some people. That’s why we have specialized consultants who will talk to you about the vision of your fine art piece and make it a reality. Our framers treat every frame as its own artwork with handmade and artistic creations. Bring your picture by the FrameStore today, and let us help you find the best frame for your art print. We have several locations across the Los Angeles area including Pasadena, Culver City, Thousand Oaks, and Santa Monica, and we are ready to help you protect your art with a custom frame today.

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