There has long been a debate on which medium and method is best for art creation. Even at Frame USA, our artists have vastly differing opinions on whether digital art is as effective as traditional, or if traditional is as well-worth the time as digital. In the end though, we all respect one another’s opinions and talents in their own medium, but this debate has spanned internet-wide among artists since as early as the first years of deviantART’s existance.
So why talk about it if artists have generally concluded that art is art, no matter the medium? Well, there are also some distinct differences when it comes to the display of the art. (Not to mention, both sides will always have strong opinions one way or the other.) Let’s find out how this affects framing!
With traditional art, there are a far greater number of variables to consider before framing your work. If the art is on paper, you’ll have to consider the materials of the art and the paper quality while working on presentation. In digital art, the only real consideration is in how you’ll print or display your piece.
The flip side is in the actual creation of the art – many prefer the precision and “messiness” that traditional media allows, where digital art allows for the correction of mistakes and the ability to make multiple immediate prints whenever you want.
Which do you prefer, and why? Leave a comment below to voice your opinion!
We’ve had some big orders and requests recently for metal picture frames — we can only assume that their style is in high demand! And for good reason: metal frames are the perfect minimalist solution to a lot of different framing needs. From contemporary art to colorful photography, a metal frame is well worth the low price.
This weekend, we’re offering 10% off our entire selection of metal picture frames. Simply enter “allmetal” into the coupon field during checkout and you’ll save instantly! This offer ends September 15 2014, so don’t miss out on this chance to save.
Being both an online picture frame company and retail store location, we’ve learned the ins and outs of the framing business. This is not to say that we know everything — far from it! However, we do know a good deal about the difference of the custom framing process. When we released Build A Frame, we changed how custom framing operated.
In our store, retail and online custom framing are of equally high importance. Both orders are assembled with utmost care, attention to detail and design sensibility. The main difference is price point, which is different with every framer out there. Our Build A Frame process and price in the store is the same as it is online. The main difference? Customers in the store can physically see the products in person.
Have you had a great experience with either a retail or online custom framing experience? Let us know in the comments what made it unforgetable!
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives — a frightening statistic, considering the cancer’s devastating effects. Whether women experience it directly or help their friends and family deal with the shock, organizations like the Bethesda Foundation are reaching out to help. That’s why we at Frame USA recently sponsored and attended the TPC River’s Bend Ladies’ Golf “Tee Off Against Breast Cancer” event.
The golfing event went to directly support the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Cancer — a center that does far more than raise awareness. All donations go to assist in cancer research, direct medical care for affected patients and general support for those going through this life-altering disease.
It is because of these reasons that we were (and still are) proud to support the above foundations, and plan to do so whenever we can as a company. To learn more about the Mary Jo Cropper Center, click here.
From their website:
As the Tri-State’s leading breast care facility, we provide compassionate and comprehensive services, including screening, diagnosis, research, and the most current treatment options for breast conditions in one, convenient location. Our facility stands out because:
- We are the only local breast center accredited by the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
- SealOur team provides comprehensive services, including 3D digital tomosynthesis mammography, ultrasound, MRI, breast biopsies, and breast cancer rehabilitation.
- We have an expert multidisciplinary team involved in breast care and disease treatment.
- We offer convenient hours and facilities. Our Center provides on-site radiologists and surgeons.
- We offer Breast Health Navigators to educate you and coordinate care, ensuring that you have a supportive team of specially trained nurses to advocate on your behalf.
- The Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care actively participates in clinical research to ensure the most current treatment of breast disease.
- Our staff strives to allay patient fears by delivering compassionate care in a nurturing, comfortable environment.
As most of you know, Build A Frame is a great web application used to custom-build your frame without the expense of visiting a custom framer. (When you’re spending $150 online vs. spending $300-$400 at a retail framer — the only difference is price!)
Now at these great prices, how can you be sure of the quality? Luckily, we have that covered. Our framers are top-notch experts in the framing industry – extensively trained on joining frames, cutting precise meaurements, mat selections and fine-tuning the details exactly like you want them. These framers also work for our retail store at our warehouse in Cincinnati, OH – not only are they experts in the field, but they deal with custom orders and customers on a daily basis.
Whether you’re wanting to frame a piece of art you have at home, a Posterservice art print or upload your own image for us to print, we’ll customize your piece to be the perfect fit for you. Check out the Build A Frame feature here!
Try before you buy – Frame USA offers free quotes on Thousands of Products
If wholesale pricing or bulk ordering is what you’re looking for, then we have the perfect free tool for you. Shopping for anything in bulk can be difficult, or when trying to find that perfect custom framing job without spending an obscene amount of money. We know as well as anyone – making a purchase without knowing exactly what you’re getting is downright unnerving. We have a process of estimating orders and recommending products: our Special Volume Quotes.
To request a quote on any framing need you have, simply fill out our custom quote form. What are the benefits to requesting a free quote as opposed to buying direct? Here are a few reasons:
- You’ll receive a reply within 8 business hours.
- Custom quoting is a free way to know what you buy, before you buy it.
- You won’t spend a dime until you know exactly what you need.
- Our representatives are trained to help you find the best framing options for you.
- Receive the latest discounts and promotions when ordering online based on your quote.
If you have an item you’ve wanted framed for years, but don’t know where to start, fill out our form and we’ll help you quote a price. We also help with volume orders, wholesale requests and anything from posters to plaques — and of course, framing.
Click here to get started on your very own quote!
Floater frames are in high demand among painters and photographers who prefer canvas prints. Framing a canvas is a great alternative to simply hanging a standalone canvas: when framed, the art has much more of a safe shell around it to protect from damage to the outer edges. It also improves the look of the art, with the frame acting as a focal point for the artist’s work.
The above was a great piece done by our specialty framing and retail manager, Jennifer Miller. A skilled artist, painter and framer, she used a great color pallette to work with the frame. Along with the American Maple shown here, we also offer the floater frame series in black. Perfect for nearly any piece of canvas art!
If you have any questions as to the quality or value that a floater frame can bring to your art piece, consider emailing us at [email protected]. You can also fill out our custom quote form if you know you need some floater frames for selling or displaying your work. This week only, these floater frames are also on sale for 10% off!
You work hard for the money, so take a break with 10% off site-wide!
This year for labor day, save money and enjoy your day off! Use coupon code labor10 at the checkout. You’ll save big money on FrameUSA.com, Posterservice.com, FrameCloseouts.com and MatDesigners.com all weekend long!
Did you know that we offer wood mounting / plaquing services at Frame USA and Posterservice? Check out our video to see the process.
Recently, we’ve had a lot of great plaque customers place orders for a variety of reasons. Some are artists, looking for an affordable way to distribute their work en masse. Some are large companies, trying to find unique ways to spend their advertising budget. Some are graduates who want their diplomas preserved. Whatever the reason, plaque mounting is here to stay as one of our most recommended options for long-term image preservation (unless, of course, your print has great value or needs a more archival touch. In this case, framing is your best bet).
While we will always stand behind picture frames and their ability to preserve an image (particularly when the frame compliments the art so well), there is something to be said about wood-mounted plaques. A plaqued image shows the art in its entirety, without the distraction of an outside border. Also, since the print is laminated flat against the wood, there is virtually no chance that the inside image will warp or crease over time, which may happen in a frame if not sized correctly.
To learn more about wholesale plaques and the plaque mounting process, check out the video below!
You can also find more information about this service here.
We had the privelege to show off our very own “Beer” poster on A&E’s Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job!
For those who have never seen the show, the couple Brandi and Jarrod are originally from the show Storage Wars on A&E. This couple’s constant tension and interesting dynamic has created an interest in the couple’s day to day life, resulting in their own reality show called Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job. It was only several weeks ago that we received an email from the A&E studios asking if they could show our very own image on their next episode. We were more than happy to oblige!
Here is the image to look out for:
If this item strikes your fancy after seeing the episode, you can purchase your very own poster here.
To see yesterday’s episode, click on the image below. You can see more on their website, too!