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Timothy W. Morris
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2008

Mounting Photos w/Mats & Foamboard

I have a 6x9 photograph; a piece of 6x9 foamboard; an 8x10 custom cut mat w/a 6x9 (approx.) opening; and self-adhesive hinging tissue on the way. I plan on framing this photograph.
Instead of having the 6x9 foamboard, would I have been better off getting an 8x10 piece, and mounting the mat to that, with the photograph pancaked in between (also using the adhesive on the back of the photograph to attach to the foamboard)? Or is what I have suitable?
Thanks for any and all input! :)

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7/9/2008 1:23:10 PM

John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Tim, don't use the 6x9 foamboard. The backer board must be the same size as the outer dimensions of the mat. I always mount the photo to the backer by carefully measuring the placement and using a T-hinge on the back of the photo to "hang" the photo on the backer. Then I use double sided tape to secure the mat to the backer. The photo should be hung and not firmly taped to the backer so that it can float with humidity changes. All my materials are archival, acid-free, but that may no be necessary - I just prefer it.

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7/9/2008 2:13:10 PM

Loraine Ehresman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/22/2006
  John, I have a 33"x11" panorama that I am framing. Should I have this securely mounted on foamboard or should this also float?

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7/15/2008 8:01:32 AM

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