How to measure a photo correctly

How to measure a photo correctly


Made to measure framing refers to the process of customizing the size and design of a picture frame to fit the specific dimensions and aesthetic requirements of a particular piece of artwork.

This type of framing is often preferred by artists, collectors, and other individuals who have unique or irregularly shaped artworks that may not fit standard frame sizes. It is also a popular choice for those who want to create a cohesive look in their home or office by having all of their artwork framed in a consistent style.

To calculate the overall measurements of a made to measure frame, you will need to follow a few simple steps. First, lay your picture on a flat work surface and check that it is square using a set square. Then, measure both the parallel and vertical sides of the picture and take the shortest measurement as your picture size. Next, subtract 5 mils from both the top and sides of the picture to get the final window size. The size of the frame itself is the sum of the size of the picture, plus the width of its surrounding mount card.

Mount cards are typically between 45 mils and 50 mils for an average-sized artwork, and they serve to create a border around the picture, helping to protect it and add visual interest. To get the final size of the framed picture, you will need to add an extra 5 mil to the vertical measurement of the surrounding mount card, and then consider the width of the moulding you have chosen for the frame.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a made to measure frame, including the size and shape of the artwork, the style of the frame, and the overall aesthetic of the room in which the artwork will be displayed.

By following these simple steps and working with a skilled framer, you can ensure that your made to measure frame is the perfect fit for your artwork, and that it enhances the overall look and feel of your space.