Whether showcasing an award, graphic, medallion, or shadowbox objects, there are a few things to keep in mind to help ensure your measurements are accurate and visually appealing…
- Photos or graphics are generally cropped by 1/4-inch per side by either the matboard or the frame “rabbet.” The graphic needs something to hold it in.
- A standard reveal for a double mat is 1/4-inch. The reveal is the portion of the bottom mat which is showing, usually acting as an accent color.
- The frame width is purely optional and is your choice. Narrow to wide, there is no right answer; either one creates an artistic impression of your design.
-Mark DiBello, About Frames