Below we'll go over all our sizing tools that are available to you when ordering custom matboards online.
Image Overlap: You have the choice of setting this options ON/OFF.
ON: We will cut the opening of the matboard approximately 3-5mm smaller on all four sides to allow for an overlap.
If Image Overlap is ON and you entered the image size as 20 x 20cm, we will cut the opening to 19.4 x 19.4cm.
If Image Overlap is ON and you entered the image size as 50 x 30cm, we will cut the opening to 49 x 29cm.
OFF: We will cut the opening to the exact dimensions you have entered in the Image Size fields.
If Image Overlap is OFF and you entered the image size as 30 x 30cm, we would cut the opening to 30 x 30cm.
Use this option if you require a precise opening size.
Remember, an overlap is important in framing to ensure that you can position and mount your image neatly. If your overlap is too small, you'll have a very hard time trying to position your print behind the matboard opening. All cuts are generally accurate to the nearest millimetre, however we do note that there may be a +-2mm tolerance.
Image Size: We generally recommend to measure and enter the full dimensions of your print as your Image Size and leave the Image Overlap option ON.
However, your image may have a border, or unwanted content that you'd like to hide behind the matboard. In this case measure the exact area you'd like to be visible, and enter this as the Image Size, then select the Image Overlap to be OFF.
Outer Size: This is the edge to edge, outer measurement of your matboard. If you're inserting your matboard into a picture frame, we recommend you measure your existing frame's backing board or glass, and use that measurement as the matboard outer size to ensure a perfect fit.
Borders: By default, we will automatically center your opening and calculate the borders based on your Image and Outer Sizes. If you'd like specific borders, you can check the 'Edit Borders' option and adjust your border sizes. Please note that the outer size will be calculated as your Image Size + Borders, so be sure to keep that in mind while editing the borders.
If you are unsure about sizing, options or have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us
to chat about your order.