Audrey Levins made great comments about framing in this post and I was hoping to ask another question that she (or anyone) might be able to answer for me.
I have a couple of photographs of me and my new squeeze, and, per your advice, am avoiding like the plague the idea of placing the picture directly against the glass in the picture frame, instead looking at matting options.
However, while shopping, I notice that none of the mainstream picture frames (i.e., ones you can buy anywhere, as opposed to a frame store) include matting - even in the frame stores, the majority of the ones in the front are just a frame and glass. Granted it cuts the cost of the frame down, and they sell matting in the back fairly inexpensively, but if it’s so heinous to put the picture against the glass, why do they sell this stuff? I guess my question here is, is there ever a case when it is ok to put a picture in a frame and let it touch the glass?
Also, is there something that can be used to separate the picture from the glass other than matting? One frame store employee talked to me about “spacers” to keep artwork off the glass, but said it probably wasn’t practical for smaller frames (such as 8x10" or such).
At the moment I have a small computer-printed digital picture from our trip to an amusement park, and I went ahead and put it in a small frame right up against the glass. (Take that, framing experts! ) But I have a larger 5x7" that I want to last, so I’m going to get a mat and a nice frame for it. Any other advice to those of us who want to preserve our nice pictures?
I realize this is kind of a general “how to frame” thread, but we are the embodiment of knowledge, so…