MUSEA offers matting services to help take the presentation of your images to another level. We take our fine art prints and custom mat them to accent the beauty of your work. Matting also provides an added layer of protection for our prints because it encourages people to touch the mat board instead of the surface of the paper. Oil from people's skin can leave marks on the paper, so this is a way to make sure your prints keep looking pristine for years to come.
We do a lot of custom matting at MUSEA. If you have a need or creative idea on how to present your matted images, we can usually produce it for you. We can do horizontal images in vertical mats, square images in rectangular mats, rectangular images in square mats, and we can bottom weight a print inside of a mat, so that you have more room at the bottom margin than anywhere else. We can also do small prints in large mats for an artistic look.
If you have an idea email us and we'll see if we can do it!
Just like everything with the MUSEA Lab, we make sure your prints are given the absolute best treatment. We only use white 4-ply, Museum Rag mat board, which is the best in the industry. It's a cotton rag board that is acid and lignin free, which is why museums use this same board to preserve art and artifacts for decades. For backing board we use another Museum Rag mat board. Then we carefully secure each print with neutral pH linen tape and use an acid free, double sided mounting tape to secure the backing board to the mat board.
Every mat is custom cut to perfectly fit every single image.
BENEFITS OF MATTING VS MOUNTING
1) It gives clients something to hold other than the print itself, which can scuff the surface of the print and leave oils reducing the prints life.
2) It's more archival because the mat board surrounds the print in acid free and lignin free cotton.
3) The print can be removed if necessary (mats may get damaged though).
4) A client can easily frame it and the print won't touch the glass/acrylic.
A mounted print will touch the glass/acrylic if put in a frame without being matted, which is an additional pain because of the thick mounting substrate. If humidity gets in the frame the print can get damaged and stuck to the glass/acrylic.
To properly frame a mounted print without a mat, spacers need to be added between the surface of the print and the glass/acrylic to prevent the print touching the glass/acrylic. Most clients won't know this if they are getting it framed themselves.
5) Holding cotton mats with archival prints gives a luxury experience. It's a classic and timeless look that will never go out of style.
6) A mounted print typically has the ink right on the edge and if the edge gets dinged the ink can come off. A matted print just dings the mat, not the print.
MAT CARE + HANDLING
We offer matting services to simultaneously help protect our prints and to increase the presentation quality. In regards to care, matting your prints gives your clients something to hold on to so that they won't be directly touching the surface of the ink and paper. When handling mats it’s best to do so with clean hands as dirt and oil can transfer to the surface of the mat.
If your mat gets dirty, you can gently apply a white eraser to the affected area to remove the dirt.
For more tips head over to our Care + Handling Page.
COMMON PRINT + MAT PAIRINGS
5X7 Print + 8X10 Mat
8x10 Print + 11x14 Mat
11x14 Print + 16x20 Mat
16x20 Print + 20x24 Mat
We often do custom pairings as well to give even mat borders.
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