What is a picture mount?
A picture mount is a special cut piece of non-acidic cardboard with 2 primary functions. It provides a visual surrounding of the motif, as well as a narrow space between the front glass and the motif. The latter is important for frames with regular glass as change in humidity may otherwise cause damage to the subject due to condensation.
Only photographic prints intended to sit directly behind glass should be exposed to it. All other types of print should have picture mounts in between, or be mounted without front glass (eg. mounted on backboard).
All our picture mounts are cut at a 45° angle on the inner edge, so you will get an elegant transition to the motif, as well as minimal shadows from the border mat on the motif itself.
The photo print that you would like to place behind the picture mount should always be 1 cm wider in both directions, so there is an overlap of approximately 5 mm behind the border mat on all sides, providing an easy and simple way to attach the design with tape or similar.
The correct size picture mount
Recommended picture dimensions
The recommended picture dimension is the indicative minimum size of the motif, which we recommend in order to make the mounting as easy as possible.
Please note that the motif, for which you would like to use a picture mount, can actually be larger than the recommended dimensions of the motif. Just make sure that vital elements of the motif aren't covered by the picture mount. This can be done by using a ruler to the measure the size of the cut-out on the motif, before ordering it. This cut-out of the picture mount will show the visible part of the motif.
Outer dimensions / frame dimensions
The outer dimensions of the picture mount which are meant to fit in the accompanying frame. With us ( an most other places) this is similar to the "frame dimensions" of the frame itself, e.g. the dimensions of the content which can be put in the frame.
Tip: It's almost always the same dimension as the front glass.
Size of the cut-out
It's the cut-out in the middle of the picture mount and the part of the motif which will be visible. To be precise, it's the inner dimension of the bevel cut edge, and can therefore also be referred to as "aperture", as it corresponds to the section of the motif which can be seen.
We recommend an cut-out dimension which is about 1cm smaller, in both height and width, than the motif you wish to frame. This provides an overlap of about 5mm on each side, making the mounting of the motif a lot easier.
The same method is used to find the horizontal and vertical dimensions.
Which colour picture mount should I choose?
Each colour has its own strengths and weaknesses. See here what is perfect for your motif:
Natural white / warm white
The front of the picture mount is warm white, which makes it suitable for more traditional motifs such as art print, which typically has warm and relatively subtle colours.
Colour print in general, sepia / brown-tinted colour- and b/w motifs go hand in hand with this border mount. However, we do not recommend neutral or cool colour motifs for this type of picture mount, as the mount's warm colour can make neutral b/w images appear bluish.
Porcelain white / slightly warm white / offwhite
The front of the picture mount is slightly war porcelain white with structure, making it well suited for motifs with warm colours and/or white background, which is not chalk white or cold white.
In general we do not recommend this picture mount for neutral b/w motifs, as the light colour of the picture mount can make neutral b/w images appear bluish.
Neutral white / frost white
The front of the picture mount is neutral frost white, which makes it a good allround picture mount. However, it is especially well-suited for b/w images where its neutral white colour matches corresponding neutral b/w motifs, without affecting their perception in a cooler or warmer direction.
The picture mount can also be used for motifs with distinctive colours, where the interaction between motif and picture mount becomes extra eye-catching.
Concerning motifs with very warm colours one should be aware that this picture mounts enhances the effect, so a warm motif will appear even warmer. This effect can of course be used deliberately.
Black with white-core
The front of the picture mount is matte black, making it subtle and as such does not take away focus fromn the motif of the image. The black color is much more versatile than you might think, and can be used for all kinds of motives.
The white-core is visible in the bevel cut edge, thereby accentuating the motif.