Buying "custom" photo frames

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Westside guy, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Anyone have a recommendation on a good place (or places) to buy photo frames for prints? I'm looking for what are considered custom sizes - 6"x9" and 8"x12", since that's the aspect ratio of most of my photos.

    We've recently printed some of my photos, and are giving them as gifts - but our local craftsy place (Michael's) wants horrible prices for framing because of the custom dimensions.

    Cropping to a different aspect ratio isn't really an option, since I framed the photos (in the viewfinder) pretty much the way I want them.

  2. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    Instead of cropping the photo, you could always just have a custom matte cut for it. I had that done a while back at the local arts and crafts store for about $15.
  3. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    You can also do this at home–the supplies aren't that expensive if you're doing more than 20 photos.

    I think this is your best bet, because it allows you to stay in the common frame sizes.

    Also, frames a personal decision that need to match the decor of their locale–you may want to just give your photos mat only.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    American Frame. Hands down they're my place to get all my framing supplies.
  5. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    Places like Michael's have systems where you purchase the pieces separately -- that is to say, you buy a package that has two 8" pieces, and another package that has 11" pieces. Then you put them together to make your frame. Have you looked into that? Would that help you out?
  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC

    1) Agree with point re mats. I framed a bunch of photos without mats and they got all wrinkly because there's no gap between photo and glass. You need that gap.

    2) Try Light Impressions. Like michaels, you can order mats in custom cutouts and also frames where you buy two short sides adn two long sides of any length. The selection is better than Michaels, which generally has only metal frames in chrome, black, and brass. Light Impressions has a variety of wood frame styles.

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