Where to get photo mats?

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  1. JustJazzie

    JustJazzie Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I have never really bought mats for photos, just acquired them randomly. I scored a few frames at the thrift store yesterday that are 16x20 that I am excited to fill, but I am looking for mats cut to 12x18. I don't think that is a standard size cut. Is there some magical online store I should be looking at, or am I best off going to Michael's/hobby lobby and hoping they don't charge too much for the custom mats?

    Thank you for your thoughts!
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    You can get mats cut to any design (including multiple mat styles) at Hobby Lobby, but if you're going to do very many of them in upcoming years, I suggest you get a mat cutter and make your own. Just be careful with that sharp knife.
     
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    I get mount, mat, and other framing stuff online from American Frame.
     
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    @Designer what a great idea! My photography class in high school had a mat cutting station and we were required to mat every assignment so I remember using them, but I hadn't thought of getting a home setup!

    Where do you get your uncut mats?

    @kmhh Thank you! I will head over and check them out.
     
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    I used arttoframe.com for custom mattes and even cheap custom frames
     
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    Hobbith Lobbith has mat cutters and mat. Also foamcore, which makes a good spacer under a photograph, if you need it.
     
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    I cut my own using the Logan 2000 mat cutter, a 48" steel ruler, and a sheet of plywood with a self healing mat. Lay the mat down, clamp the ruler on each side with clamps, and cut. I have a sizing calculator on Excel. Enter the basic information it gives me the dimensions. I generally cut several at a time because it takes longer to get everything out than it does to cut the mat.
     
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    I cut my own. I've gotten mat board from Michaels and A C Moore, but I prefer Dick Blick (formerly Utrecht in this area).
     

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