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How To Choose Standard Picture Frame Sizes PDF Print Email
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Written by: Anne Harvester   
Sunday, 29 May 2011 13:03
A bit of information you may need about standard picture frame sizes for your photos, will be discussed here. Sometimes you need to look at what you are putting into the framework, and is there a portion of it you want to stand out. You can purchase a common size structure and than get a border for the inside. This will change the focus of your photo and make the part you wanted to stand out more visible.


A bit of information you may need about standard picture frame sizes for your photos, will be discussed here. Sometimes you need to look at what you are putting into the framework, and is there a portion of it you want to stand out. You can purchase a common size structure and than get a border for the inside. This will change the focus of your photo and make the part you wanted to stand out more visible.

You need to understand that the dimensions of the framework are taken from the inside where the glass is. If you find that the photo you want is smaller than the casing you can use a "matte" to fill in the outer openings. This is also called a border and can make your photo look beautiful.

The standard picture frame sizes are what you will usually see placed nicely around someone's home. They hold the photographs of family members and usually school snapshots. These casings can have different "mattes" inside them that allow you to view more than one photo. You can view your child's school photos from every year all in one framework, when you have the right backing.

In the United States framework is measured in inches, in other countries they use centimeters for their dimensions. One of the usual areas for a framework in the US is 5 x 7. You need to be careful when choosing the display because while a 5 x 7 casing can be used vertically or horizontally, a 7 x 5 shell can only be used horizontally.

The backing on a framework has a piece that you can use as a stand. When the smaller dimension is the first measurement, the stand on the outside will work for either direction, vertical or horizontal. If you are going to hang the photo, the small piece of mounting hardware on the back of the framework will be on both ends. This will not be the same when the first dimension is the larger number.

Understanding the standard picture frame sizes, and what you can do with them, will give you the ability to display you favorite photos exactly as you would like. Some people like to stand their photos on mantles or tables. Other people like to have their favorite pieces of art hanging in prominent places on their walls. It is artwork or prints that get the custom framework, because the usual sizes will not fit. These can easily be found or made for you in a shop.

It is the 8 x 10 standard picture frame sizes that are normally hung on walls. These normally have an individual photo of family members or the entire family in one photo.

Be sure to keep the size of the artwork or photos that you want framed written down before you go to purchase the framework. You will always be able to measure the size of the backing of the standard picture frame size that you need. You can also choose the correct backing at this time.

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