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I would like to pass on an interesting posting at re: print/frames sizes--pdn forums--tech talk-- print size (Jack).

There is also a response from the PDN Tech Editor, Joseph Meehan, who indicated that the 11x14 size was the most "popular" size for the general public to buy.

What sizes are typical & most common, & what techniques for matting, sizing & framing to those of you on this forum? Raymond

-- Raymond A. Bleesz (, July 19, 2001


Raymond: I couldn't get the PDN web site to come up right. I will answer what works for me as to print sizes in the art shows. I frame 11x14 to 16x20, 8x10 to 11x14, and 4x5 to 8x10. I did frame 5x7 to 8x10, but find the prints look better and sell better doing 4x5 to 8x10. I have done a couple of 16x20 and framed them to 24x28, but they don't sell as well as the 16x20 frame size and take up too much booth space. I have one 8x10 contact print that I frame to 16x20 with a double mat. At one time, I framed 4x5 to 5x7 frames, but it was not as good a seller as the other sized. Also, I was dealing with too many frame sizes, which meant too many glass and mat sizes. My best selling size is 11x14 frames, with the 8x10 frames coming in second. The larger prints sell about 1/2 to 2/3 as many as the 11x14s, depending on the art show and its location.

Hope this helps,

-- Doug Paramore (, July 19, 2001.

to clarify the suggested web site, it is as

pdn forums--tech talk--

typically, my print/frames sizes run from 14x18's, 16x20's, 20x24 and a few 22x28's---all are double 4 ply archival matted, signed lower right with my name & numbering the print---usually, I give a title to the print, lower left---copyright, date & other info on back side of mat--since I do not make but one two or three prints of the same image, I usually indicate if it is the first print or so.

I have used Neilson frames, silver, for years but of recent I found a very reasonable source of wooden frames, custom made, out of Denver. I have decided to use wooden frames since it "may" give the images a "richer" look--I'm impressed with the "transition", however, it is perhaps more work( if I change out the print/frame due to non sale, etc.)

As for matting, I would like to take a workshop and improve upon my technique--I usually make it harder for myself than necessary--however, being of Alsacian decent, I enjoy swearing & cussing. Happy posting et Hopla!

-- Raymond A. Bleesz (, July 19, 2001.

I have recently sensed an increase in double/triple matting. Is that a general perception or only something local to me?

I have also more than sensed a major increase in the price of alum frames. Am I the only one?

-- Richard C. Trochlil (, July 19, 2001.

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