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Old 03-22-2008   #1
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Anyone have suggestions on where to purchase nice looking 8.5x11 frames? It seems like most of my creative paper is 8.5x11 and the only 8.5x11 frames I can find look cheap. I don't mind matting if that is the fix but even that, a custom matting is like $20.00 a piece. Suggestions, comments? Am I missing something here?

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I was looking for mattes one time, and could only find them either in 8x10 or 11x14. There weren't any 8.5x11 mattes. The frame situation seems to be similar.
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I was looking for mattes one time, and could only find them either in 8x10 or 11x14. There weren't any 8.5x11 mattes. The frame situation seems to be similar.
I was told on another site that a lot of document frames will hold 8.5x11 prints. The only 8.5x11 mattes I could find were custom made.
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Default Re: Framing 8.5x11 prints

I know ...It's one of those catch-22 thingies---what a waste of paper(and money!) if you do any amount of printing.I don't have an easy answer for you, other than what I do,which is make my own frames.( I own a table saw.) A recent convert to digital,so to speak,I find that the waste involved with the available paper is driving me to distraction.Good luck!
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I know ...It's one of those catch-22 thingies---what a waste of paper(and money!) if you do any amount of printing.I don't have an easy answer for you, other than what I do,which is make my own frames.( I own a table saw.) A recent convert to digital,so to speak,I find that the waste involved with the available paper is driving me to distraction.Good luck!
My luck, I'd loose a finger on the table saw.

I'm trying to learn to be a better shot, I don't have time to learn frame making too. Although I may have to if I want to frame some of my work.
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Default Re: Framing 8.5x11 prints

I get my mattes at Hobby Lobby. Use a 11x14 frames and mattes,
with the matte hole cut to 8x10 and there
should be a good variety of them. They usually (at ours anyway) have
"double mattes that run 4.99. Or you can wait till they put their matte
board on sell for 1/2 price and buy big sheets and cut your own and just
buy the frames... (usually what I do)
I have the hand held matte cutter and just clamp my
mattes to a table with scrap pc under and use straight edge and cut
them down. The cutter is about 20.00.
Anyway I find that the 8x10s look much better matted out at 11x14.....
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You might try:
Picture Frames and FREE Mats from American Frame

You can choose the sizes you want.

Hope this helps,

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Default Re: Framing 8.5x11 prints

Try this site. They have mattes for 8.5 X 11 prints that fit into a 11 X 14 frames. The prices look good also. Depending upon what kind of frame you want mpix has a nice selection of the plain metal frames like I have always used.

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Anyone have suggestions on where to purchase nice looking 8.5x11 frames? It seems like most of my creative paper is 8.5x11 and the only 8.5x11 frames I can find look cheap. I don't mind matting if that is the fix but even that, a custom matting is like $20.00 a piece. Suggestions, comments? Am I missing something here?
Finding frames to hold just an 8.5x11 print can be done. If you have any retail places that carry a decent selection of frames, you will be looking for frames for certificates or documents. They are made at 8.5x11 with no matting and also larger frames like a 12x15 but with a mat. If you are putting photograph into the frame, I would highly recommend having the print matted for a larger frame to keep it off the glass. Doing this will protect the print from damage but also make for a much nicer presentation. You can put the print into a standard and easy to find 11x14 or 12x16 frame and for the mats, get just the size opening for a 8.5x11 print from Redimat.com. They have mats that are 11x14 outside and an opening for an 8.5x11 certificate.
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IMHO printing out images fullsize on 8.5x11 paper give the viewer the impression of looking like it came from a home inkjet printer. It comes out to something like a .77 crop ratio.... between a 5x7 and a 8x10. It is close to a 10x13 in crop ratio and slightly less than a 11x14. I really don't like the 10x13 crop ratio and I tolerate the 11x14 for sales between 8x10 and 16x20.

It is an interesting idea if selling 8.5x11 prints, and offering frames, but as soon as you mention the image/frame size the public thinks "cheap, home amateur printer"... even if you are printing on a $10,000 pro inkjet.

With that said, I have used a lot 8.5x11 photo paper, but printed images at 8x10 or 5x7 (2), and trimmed to fit "standard" frames. I even designed photoshop templates to package print on 8.5x11 paper which yielded more wallets, etc., on that size. And I spent one year printing most of my work inhouse on three different Epson printers. But I worried about what would happen if I could not deliver the printing and had to use an outside lab to fullfill orders. I decided to stay with lab standard sizes for "insurance." Now I outsource all of my work to a couple different pro labs and I am happier, my wife it happier, etc.

Just my opinion... not worth any more or less than any one else.


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