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Frame Your Photos in 5 Easy Steps

If you’re like most people, you have boxes of photos stashed away in closets and drawers. But what good are they doing in there? Get those memories out where you can enjoy them! Here are 5 easy steps to get your photos off the floor and into frames.

Step 1: Consider The Photo’s Purpose

When you’re trying to take the perfect photo, it’s important to first consider what the photo’s purpose will be. Are you trying to capture a memory or document an event? Once you know the photo’s purpose, you can start thinking about how to frame it.

There are a few things to keep in mind when framing your photo. First, think about the Rule of Thirds and try to compose your shot so that the subject is off-centre. This will help create visual interest and tension in the photo. Second, pay attention to the background and make sure there’s nothing too distracting in it. Finally, make sure you zoom in or out as needed so that your subject is either filling the frame or is nicely framed by other elements in the scene.

Step 2: Choose A Frame That Compliments The Photo

No matter what kind of photo you have, there is a frame that can complement it. You just need to take the time to find the right one. Here are a few tips to help you choose a frame that will make your photo look its best.

The first step is to decide what kind of feel you want for the photo. Do you want it to look formal or casual? Once you have an idea of the atmosphere you are going for, you can start narrowing down your choices.

Next, take into consideration the colours in the photo. You want the frame to either match or contrast with the colours in order to create a pleasing effect. If your photo is mostly neutral tones, then you have more freedom with colour choices for the frame.

Finally, think about the shape of the photo and how that will affect the way the frame looks.

Step 3: Select The Right Matting

When it comes time to frame your photo, the third step is to select the right matting. This can be a daunting task, as there are many different types and styles of mats to choose from. But with a few guidelines in mind, you can narrow down the field and find the perfect mat for your picture.

The first thing to consider is the colour of the mat. It should complement the colours in the photo, without overwhelming them. A good rule of thumb is to choose a mat that is one or two shades lighter or darker than the dominant colour in the photo.

The next thing to think about is the thickness of the mat. If you have a large photo or a bold frame, you’ll want a thicker mat to provide a nice balance. For smaller photos or more delicate frames, a thinner mat will do just fine.

Step 4: Pay Attention To The Frame’s Finish

When you frame your photo, pay attention to the frame’s finish. The finish can enhance the photo or take away from it. If you’re unsure of what finish to choose, ask the framer for suggestions.

There are many different finishes to choose from when you frame your photo. Some common finishes are glossy, matte, and distressed. Each one has its own look and feel. 

Glossy finishes reflect light and can make colours appear brighter. If your photo is dark or has muted colours, a glossy finish can help to brighten it up. Matte finishes have a softer look and don’t reflect light. This can be good if you don’t want the frame to compete with the photo for attention. Distressed finishes can give your photo a vintage look.

Step 5: Find The Perfect Placement For Your Photo

There are a few things to consider when finding the perfect placement for your photo. The first is the subject of the photo. What is the main focus of the photo? Is it a landscape or a person? Once you know the subject, you can decide on the best place to hang the photo.

Another thing to consider is the lighting in the room. Where will the light hit the photo? You don’t want direct sunlight shining on your photo, as it will cause glare and wash out the colours. Instead, find a spot where indirect light will hit, such as near a window.

Finally, think about how big or small you want your photo to be. Do you want it to be a statement piece or a more subtle addition to your decor? This will help you determine how close or far away from other elements in the room you should hang your photo.

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Aaron Reimann

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