Why Is Framing So Important
What’s more important than quality? Here at AlphaGraphics in Logan, we believe that not only should your photos be printed with the greatest quality, but framed with one-of-a-kind framing to protect and display your art. Let’s go over the pre-game steps before you mount and frame your work.
There is a lot that goes into framing, and there are things to take into consideration. It is pretty easy to slap a picture into a dollar-store frame, but we offer much more to fit your needs. Much like the Roman gods, we believe in displaying beautiful works of art that could take a century to make. Yet it only takes us a day to create such beauty with our special technology and advanced printers.
What to Consider Before Framing
Did you know that image quality and photo size are related? This is a key step in preparing to frame your fine art. Perhaps you may have messed around expanding and minimizing pictures on Microsoft Word. When a picture gets enlarged and becomes pixelated, that’s where we come to the rescue. We have a passion for DPI: dots per inch. When the DPI is increased, the photo is more focused and can then be considered for framing.
To give you an example, if you’re wanting to print a 4 x 6 picture, it should have at least 1200 X 1800 pixels minimum. This is nothing you need to worry about thanks to our expert staff.
When you achieve the desired clarity of your picture, you then need to decide on the measurements and what would constitute the ideal print size. It is critical to make sure you have the correct aspect ratio so an image doesn’t look stretched or pinched when it is framed.
As discussed in previous blog articles, there are more paper types to choose from than you can imagine. This is yet another practicality that needs to be made to successfully know your framing options.
Here’s a little recap on what you can expect for paper types: AlphaGraphics supplies matte, luster and glossy, all for different artistic looks. Are you wanting a more textured surface for a more artsy look? The Magic 8-Ball says yes to matte. Luster gives a more classic look which is used predominately for portraits. How can you forget glossy paper that is more saturated with color and enhances the original shot? Too many options? Come on over, and we can help you decide.
What’s the Next Step?
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty—your framing options. It’s really not as daunting as it sounds, but it does take commitment to put a nail through the wall. When you’re in that deep, you probably should choose a frame you love and that complements your fine art or prints.
One frame in particular is quite popular in contemporary interior designs called a floater frame. This gives the impression that the painting itself is floating inside the frame. For more traditional and classic photos, a conventional frame such as mahogany, walnut or gold leaf is a great choice as well. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is the more abstract the photo, the darker wood a frame should be. When in doubt, always remember to choose a frame that won’t overwhelm your artwork.
Don’t forget about our gallery and canvas wraps. These are also a spectacular choice when it comes down to framing with a more contemporary look. Our canvas wraps are perfect for the minimalists who are looking to eliminate the need and cost of framing. Being perfect for photographs, these wraps go straight from the box to your wall without the hassle.
How To Get Started
Framing your art or photos is a big step and is crucial to proudly displaying something you’re eager to share. With the help of AlphaGraphics in Logan, choose the right frame that will motivate you to pick up your hammer, pound that nail and show off your masterpiece.