Framing & portfolio

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  1. digitalrightnow

    digitalrightnow TPF Noob!

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    It might sound kind of stupid but what size frame is the best size for a picture. Basically, if I print a photo at 8 x 10 should I use a 8 x 10 frame? The reason I ask this is say for instance I have a 8 x 10 picture and I also have a 8 x 10 frame, how much of the picture will I lose in the same size frame?

    With regards to portfolio creation what photo size is standard? I think I once read that 8 x 10 is standard, however I am not really certain. Also when presenting your photos should I have the white border around my picture? I am finding that most of the photo paper that is available for purchase is 8.5 x 11. I am not really seeing very much 8 xs 10. Is there any shop online where I can purchase 8 x 10 photo paper?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I print on 8 1/2" x 11" photo paper and I bought a paper cutter to cut my prints down to size.

    If you are thinking of framing a photo...what usually looks better than using an exact size frame is to use a bigger frame with a mat. So you might buy an 11x14 frame with a mat for an 8x10 photo. Or an 8x10 frame with a mat for a 5x7 photo. You can even learn to cut your own mats and make whatever size you want. You can go a step further and make your own frames as well.
     
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    So 8 x 10 is standard portfolio size? How do you use a paper cutter?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't know much (anything) about a portfolio. 8x10 is probably a standard size...but if you want to carry around huge prints to show people...go right ahead.

    A paper cutter is pretty straight forward...you put the paper down and cut it. There is the guillotine type or the roller type. I spent a bit more and got a roller type.
     
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    If your building a portfolio, generally 8X10 matted to 11X14 is used. Some do go bigger though.
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think portfolio size and format is entirely up to and a reflection of your own creativity and style. Any portfolio should be a showcase of your talents and abilities but should also be formatted with the venue you plan to show it in mind.
     

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