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Dry Mounting Art

What is Dry Mounting and Does Your Image Need It?

Does your image need dry mounting?

Dry Mounting Art   Fine Art Prints
The process of dry mounting adheres your image to foam core using a heat press. Sometimes when art is printed, the paper will have slight imperfections. The process isn’t reversible, but it will remove any bends, smileys, creases, or curls that may be in your art work.

Dry Mounting for Paper creases

The best way to determine whether your image needs to be dry mounted or not is based on the value of your piece. It is highly recommended by our team that photographs, posters, prints, and newspapers are dry mounted before framing. This is because they can be reproduced, since the dry mounting process is permanent. The paper they’re printed on can also be prone to creases or bends. Another reason to dry mount a piece is if your artwork has been stored in a tube for an extended time. Dry mounting will smooth out the curl in your artwork.

Signed Posters

If you have a signed or numbered piece, it’s best to opt out of dry mounting as it does decrease value. Foam core is not archival. And once your art has been dry mounted, it is not able to be removed from the foam core.

Dry mounting is a way to make your art smooth and flat. The materials that we use are PH balanced, so your artwork will not yellow over time. Knowing the process of dry mounting will help you determine whether or not it’s the right process for your artwork.

If you ever have questions about our process or what is best for your artwork, feel free to reach out to us! You can contact us or visit our retail store in Cincinnati, OH with your questions.

 

– Manda Hill
Frame USA Retail and Specialty Lead

Creative Uses of Frames

Creative Frame Uses by Frame USA Customers

We love seeing creative frame uses by our customers!

creative frame uses

Here at Frame USA, our customers are our top priority. However, they are more than just important to our business – they inspire us! Seeing our products used in such a variety of creative ways brings out the artist in all of us.

For instance, the photo above was sent to us by the owner of an Etsy shop called CreativeGlassByBecky. Becky uses frames from Frame USA to create faux stained glass artwork that she sells in her shop. We love that our American-made frames are being used to create art and help an American small business owner run their company.

creative frame uses

Above is another piece of art made with a Frame USA Wood Frame. This reverse glass painting was also made by an American Etsy shop owner whose shop is called KRAM Gifts & Crafts. Reverse glass painting consists of painting in layers on the back of a piece of glass and viewing it from the other side. It is a technique of painting that has existed since the Middle Ages.

 

10922567_827679290607306_5225431918033211832_nCustom Framing

These next photos are examples of our custom frames. Frame USA offers a wide variety of standard frame sizes, however sometimes customers have pieces they want framed that are not standard sizes.

This customer had these beautiful posters they wanted to display, but needed a custom size to fit them.

All of our standard frames can be made in custom sizes by using the “Custom Sizes” tab on our site.

The Design a Frame section of our website is also an option for designing your own custom frame.

 

creative frame uses

Our Decorate-It frame series is another popular frame that leaves room for creativity. These wood frames come unfinished so that you can decorate them yourself however you please! These photos are examples of how one customer decorated their Decorate-It frames. This series is great for painting on or using to collage onto like this artist did.

 

creative frame uses

Weddings are also an occasion where having the perfect picture frame is important. This customer used one of our frames to commemorate their big day in 2011. It’s a great way to decorate a wedding ceremony or reception, or to show off photographs from your wedding afterward. Jared and Diana spelled their last name “Thompson” in a photo collage and displayed it as a decoration.

We love seeing all of the different creative ways our customers use our frames. If you’ve purchased a frame from us, we want to see your photos! Contact us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or email us at [email protected]. We will gladly give you a shout out.

 

Floater Frames

Floater Frames and Our New Print-On-Demand Service

Floater Frames for Canvas Prints

Frame USA has recently added to our growing list of services an Amazon.com print-on-demand site. As we mentioned in our recent blog post here, this meant adding a new large format printer to our team in order to increase our productivity.

We offer a huge selection of beautiful art prints and photography that we can now quickly print on high quality canvas. One of the most popular ways our customers choose to have their canvas prints displayed is with our floater frames.

Floater Frames

We stretch the canvas over the floater frames, which gives a sleek and clean look to your art prints. Since the frame is underneath the art, there are no distractions and the image is completely visible! Floater frames make it easy to hang art in your home with a professional look. Many artists and photographers even use floater frames to display their original work.

Using a floater frame for prints or artwork also adds a three dimensional look to the piece. Floater frames get their name from the illusion of floating that they create. The extra dimension it gives your art will really make anyone viewing it even more interested!

Visit our amazon store here to purchase art prints displayed on floater frames, or to get a floater frame for your own artwork visit the floater frame section of our website here.

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Collage Photo Frames with Frame USA

Displaying all your photographs of beloved memories can be made much simpler with collage photo frames. Good times with friends and family from years ago displayed all together is a great way to cherish your memories and reflect on fun times. Here at Frame USA we have collage photo frames in all different shapes, sizes and picture capacities. Very few things are more aesthetically pleasing than your own collection of pictures. Spruce up each room in your house with one of our wide selection of collage photo frames, you’ll be able to find an option to hang in your bedroom, family room, or any other room in your home.

 

Capture your child’s first year with a beautifully arranged, multi-window photo frames. The overall mat dimensions measure 16×16″ and includes 12 openings for 2.5×2.5″ pictures as well as a larger, heart-shaped opening for a 4×6″ photo. The mat is available in five colors: red, purple, raspberry, blue and grey. The Frame has three color options to chose from: blue, natural and white.

 

Collage Photo Frames
Collage Photo Frames – First Year
Show off your child’s school years all in one place. These collage photo frames are available in 3 frame options (black, walnut or mahogany) and two different sizes (a 12×16″ vertical frame or a 10×24″ horizontal frame). Both collage photo frames include 12 openings for 2.5×3.5″ pictures as well as a larger central opening for a 5×7″ photo.
Collage Photo Frames
Collage Photo Frames – School Year

As with anything you place in your home, make sure it’s something that works for you. In the end it’s all about finding something that works for you and makes your home a more comfortable environment. Collage photo frames are simply one of the many ways to make an ordinary home extraordinary!

 

What is the point of matting photos or art?

At Frame USA we offer a wide variety of frame mats that run anywhere from standard mat sizes to to custom frame mats.  A mat is a flat and usually thin piece of material included or sold separately from a picture frame. Mats usually serve one of two purposes; additional decoration to make your art pop or they’re used to separate the artwork from the glass frame. The art of putting mats in a frame is called matting and is an often overlooked aspect that can dramatically improve and protect your artwork.

Matts and Frames
Matted and Framed Artwork

In terms of helping your art pop, matting can be a crucial element. Matting your artwork intensifies the art by adding size, color and depth to what’s being portrayed. The point of the mat is not to distract from your art but to direct the person viewing said art to the main focal point of what they are looking at. Some tips when choosing a mat to enhance your art:

  • When choosing a mat for your artwork, the mat should be lighter than the art or picture but darker than the wall it’s placed on. Great choices for mats most times are simple colors such as gray, white and cream.
  • Using two or three mats will give your artwork a three dimensional look
  • The purpose of matting is to protect artwork & add appeal. To achieve this, the mat border should be 2x the width of the frame.

When it comes to protecting artwork, mats are very important. Mats help keep your artwork safe by separating the glass from the art or whatever it is being framed. Having a mat in between your artwork and framing glass is important because any condensation that might develop on the inside of the glass can be transferred to your art causing water damage, mold or mildew.

If you’re framing pictures then separating your picture from the glass is vital because the surface of photographs are particularly easy to damage. Not only photos, but certain art that can smear or be damaged by touch, or anything of value being hung should also be matted so that the glass and the art don’t come into direct contact.

Matted and Framed Artwork
Matted and Framed Artwork

Head over to our Mat Designer site and make your photos look impeccable immediately.

The Most Popular Types of Photography, Part 2

Photography, the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera, has gained massive popularity due to the abundance of easily accessible and affordable cameras.

A few weeks ago we made a post dedicated to the most popular types of photography.

  1. Landscape Photography captures large regions of space and nature meant to display the size and look of the environment.
  2. Wedding Photography (just as the name suggests) focuses on the activities relating to weddings; photographs of the couple before marriage, the wedding and the reception.
  3. Black & White Photography features images in black, white and assorted shades of gray.
  4. Macro Photography portrays smalls subjects in extreme closeups making the image in the photo larger than its actual size.
  5. Portrait Photography is intended to capture the personality, mood and expression of a person or group of people.

We covered these five types of photography but we left a few off; Photojournalism, Wildlife and Fashion Photography.

Photojournalism documents an event or story as it is unfolding by using images to tell a news story. Some things to note when doing photojournalism:

  • Make sure you have the correct context – Photojournalism is catered towards making sure that people can see what’s happening and correctly understand what you’re trying to convey with your image. People like seeing photos of other people because that helps to humanize stories.
  • Figure out how to convey the emotion of the moment – Capturing people’s expressions, interactions with others and their surroundings, body language, etc. is very important.
Photojournalism Photography - Black and White Picture Frames
Photojournalism Photography – Black and White Picture Frames

Wildlife Photography is the capturing of images of animals in their natural habitat. This type of photography can be extremely challenging do to the unpredictable nature of certain animals.

  • Get an eye-level perspective (or even lower) of your subject – Shooting at eye-level or below brings the person viewing your image right into the scene as well as provides them with the view of the world from the animal’s perspective.
  • Practice Patience – Animals are often unpredictable; you could spend all day not finding a single thing to shoot.
  • Know Your Subject – Wildlife photography is based upon capturing brief interactions or moments so it is necessary that you can somewhat predict your subject’s behavior.
Wildlife Photography - Architect Picture Frame
Wildlife Photography – Architect Picture Frame

Fashion Photography is committed to exhibiting fashion clothing and models and is most prominent in advertisements. Some tips to set your fashion photography apart from others:

  • Use Props – Have items for your models to interact with.
  • Experiment With Emotions – Instruct your models to imitate emotional outbursts (cry, laugh, act mad or sad).
  • Take Random Candid Shots – During a quick break continue to take pictures because you never know what you might stumble upon.
  • Get the Models to Move – As opposed to just sitting in a stuffy, closed-off studio, take your models outside.
Fashion Photography - Verona Wide Picture Frame
Fashion Photography – Verona Wide Picture Frame

There are numerous styles of photography and unlimited things to shoot, so get out there and start shooting now. Then head on over to Frame USA, Inc. your one-stop secure online shopping place for a wide variety of Ready-Made Picture Frames. We’re proud of our products, our service, and the way we stand behind what we do. We guarantee you’ll love our Photography frames. And you’ll love the way we treat you at Frame USA!

 

 

The Most Popular Types of Photography

Photography, the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera, has gained massive popularity due to the abundance of easily accessible and affordable cameras.

It wasn’t long ago where you had to go out and actually purchase a camera. These box cameras had a standard amount of pictures you could take, then you had to take the camera to the store in order for them to develop your photos. Prior to this you had to buy your own film in addition to your own camera. Once you used all your film you then had to find a dark room and develop your own pictures.

Now-a-days pretty much everybody has their own camera able to take endless amounts of pictures thanks to the evolution of cellphones. As cell phone cameras continue to improve and with the addition of apps like Instagram, which come with plenty of filters to enhance you photos, everybody can now become a professional photographer in their own rights.

Some of the most popular styles of photography include Landscape, Wedding, Black & White, Macro, and Portrait photography.

Landscape Photography captures large regions of space and nature meant to display the size and look of the environment. Most landscapes include very little to no human interaction and instead are focused on an unadulterated representation of nature. When taking landscape pictures make sure to:

  • Photograph the same image multiple times but with different points of view – These altering points of view can bring an unexpected aspect to your image.
  • Maximize your depth of field – This is a good technique for landscape because it causes everything in the photo to be in sharp focus.
  • Place points of interest in your foreground
Appalachian Barnwood Lanscape
Appalachian Barnwood Lanscape

Wedding Photography (just as the name suggests) focuses on the activities relating to weddings; photographs of the couple before marriage, the wedding and the reception. Wedding photography is big business and most good wedding photographers have their weekends booked from spring until fall. Important things to remember when taking pictures of weddings:

  • Visit the wedding venue – It is important to see the locations of the places you’ll be shooting (church, reception hall, etc.) in advance, that way you can have an idea of a few positions and shots you intend to take.
  • Turn the sound on your camera off – There’s nothing worse then a loud noise interrupting an intimate moment and you as the photographer are going to be have access to all the intimate moments the wedding will posses, so turn your camera sound off and make sure you don’t ruin the evening.
  • Shoot everything – Make sure to include even the smallest details of the wedding (shoes, menus, flowers, table settings, candid shots, nameplates, etc.) to ensure the couple is completely satisfied and it will help add a little extra boost to the end wedding album.
Colori Picture Frame -- Wedding Photography
Colori Picture Frame — Wedding Photography

Black & White Photography features images in black, white and assorted shades of gray. This version of photography is popular due to the old time feel it can add to images ass well as the fact that if you take a picture in color and the colors don’t pop, you can make it a black and white image and it will be an impressive picture. Some things to pay attention to when shooting black and white:

  • Shoot and edit in color – Doing these steps in color ensures that you have more detail to work with so once you convert your photo to black and white you’ll have a much stronger image.
  • Take advantage of poor weather – Dark and overcast days usually provide low contrast due to the lack of light.
  • Pay attention to texture, contrast and shape – When shooting in black and white you don’t have colors to bring an image to life so you need to look for scenes with strong black and white tones as well as various shapes and textures in the image to allow the blacks and whites stand on their own.
Black and White Picture Frame -- Black and White Photography
Black and White Picture Frame — Black and White Photography

Macro Photography portrays smalls subjects in extreme closeups making the image in the photo larger than its actual size. There are a few steps to making the most out of your macro photography:

  • Use natural light and back light – The sun, especially at dawn, is great for bringing out previously unknown details.
  • Take pictures using the burst effect – Setting your camera to shoot in bursts is a great way to get a lot of decent images of a moving object, or and object that can’t sit still such as insects (which are perfect for macro photography).
  • Select a simple background – Doing this ensures that the subject and background aren’t competing for attention.
Verona Picture Frame -- Macro Photography
Verona Picture Frame — Macro Photography

The goal of Portrait Photography is to capture the personality, mood and expression of a person or group of people.  When taking portrait pictures you want to make sure to:

  • Fill out the frame – You want the subject of your picture to take up the majority of the photograph.
  • Leave the studio – Shooting portraits in a studio is fine but changing the location can give you pictures a refreshing feel. Simply going to a park can add so much more to your picture than simply taking it in a photo studio.
  • Ditch the on-camera flash – The built in flash on a camera is for people just snapping pictures to capture a moment. If you’re serious about photography then having additional lights is important. The on-camera flash is very flat and often creates a “deer in headlights” look.
Metal 1 Picture Frame -- Portrait Photography
Metal 1 Picture Frame — Portrait Photography

There are numerous styles of photography and unlimited things to shoot, so get out there and start shooting now. Then head on over to Frame USA, Inc. your one-stop secure online shopping place for a wide variety of Ready-Made Picture Frames. We’re proud of our products, our service, and the way we stand behind what we do. We guarantee you’ll love our Photography frames. And you’ll love the way we treat you at Frame USA!

 

 

DIY Picture Frames – Hanging Photo Collage

As of late hanging picture collages have become increasingly popular. If you have an abundance of pictures laying around then this is a great way to display those pictures without cluttering your walls with a ton of picture frames. What also makes this diy picture frame project nice is that it’s very easy to swap out and update pictures whenever you feel the need, so you can change the aesthetic of your room as often as you’d like.

collage photo frames
Hanging Photo Collage

This project is rather simple and requires very few items. Things you will need to complete the DIY Hanging Photo Collage:

To begin this project you need to figure out how many rows of pictures you want inside your frame. Once you decide that, you’ll need two hooks (or screws) per row in order to properly hang them. On the back of your picture frame is where you’ll attach the hooks. After the hooks are attached evenly on parallel sides, you fasten the wire to said hooks. Remember to make your wire as tight as possible, the less slack the better, so your pictures won’t sag.

Finally, you take the clothespins, clip the pictures to the wire and voila, you have successfully made your own DIY Hanging Photo Collage. There are other little things you can do to spice up your collage such as: painting the clothespins that you use to hold onto the photos, decorating the picture frame, printing the photos on different color paper, etc.

collage photo frames
Hanging Picture Collage

 

Send us pictures and let us know how your hanging photo collage turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.

 

What Is A Floater Frame?

In the world of art, photography and picture framing, the different variations of frames and what they are used for can get a bit confusing. To the untrained eye. picture frames can all look the same and seemingly be interchangeable. In reality, that is not the case. Based on the material, style and size, each picture frame is chosen for a different reason. Due to this, a common question we often encounter is; what exactly is a floater frame?

Floater Frames are used for works of art that are painted or printed on a canvas. This style of frame is particularly popular among photographers and painters. A Floater Frame provides extra space around the canvas and can make is seem like the artwork is floating, hence the name. The floater frame provides a very safe space for the picture housed inside it and often compliments the artwork by adding a three-dimensional feel.

Floater Frame
Floater Frame

 

Floater Frames are in high demand among painters and photographers who prefer canvas prints. Floating frames provide extra space around your canvas which not only adds additional protection to your art, but also compliments your work by adding a three-dimensional feel. These floating frames are perfect for paintings and prints. Offered in two great colors- black and american maple. We guarantee you will love these! Take a look at our Blog for tips and ways to use your Floater Frames.
At Frame USA we offer our Floater Frames in many different ready made sizes and styles. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for don’t worry, we even offer custom sizes for your special projects.

Picture Wall – A Fun Way to Revitalize a Living Space

A picture wall is a wall frame display similar to your own mini art gallery. Basically, it is a ton of different sized pictures thrown on a wall with some kind of order to it. A picture wall is a popular way to display family portraits, artwork, or any type of memory you want to share with the world.

A popular place many people are designing their picture wall is around their staircases. A picture wall display easily livens up a usually boring staircase and is the perfect area to place smaller family photos. As you walk up or down the steps you can arrange the wall frames to gradually age for a nice effect.

Picture Wall
Staircase Picture Wall

One way to spice up your picture wall is to use shelves to help display your pictures. The majority of picture walls are simply a collection of wall frames hung together that all have a matching theme. Using shelves is an underrated means to add a different feel to your picture wall. Also, using a ledge display can save space because you can layer your pictures in order to fit more in a smaller space, something that’s not as easy when arranging them on a picture wall.

On a similar accord, monograms are a nice decorative design that can add flair to you picture walls. This is especially prevalent if you are hanging family photos as it can be a nice way to identify the people photographed as well as break up the monotony of the wall frames.

The newest trend in picture walls is taking full advantage of your bathroom. Similar to how picture walls can be used to liven up a staircase, they can also bring to life a bland bathroom.

Picture Wall
Bathroom Picture Wall

A mistake that some people don’t even consider when embarking on their own picture wall journey is sticking with only the standard photo size. The pictures you chose to hang on your picture wall do not have to be uniform. In fact, using different photo sizes as opposed is a great way to make your picture wall less repetitive.

Lastly, make sure you know the proper methods of how to hang pictures so as not to damage the wall or the frame. Then head on over to Frame USA and select some frames so you can get your picture wall started today!

Take a look at our DIY Page for more do-it-yourself picture frame ideas.