Today we’ll talk about

the basics of mat cutting to help you frame

your artwork. The first step

in cutting a mat is to take

a sheet of mat board and cut it down

to fit inside the frame. Today’s project we’re going to

use a frame that’s 16 inches wide

by 20 inches tall, so we’ve cut this mat

to fit those outside dimensions. We’ve also cut

a second board that we’re going to

use for mounting. This is also 16×20 inches. Then we’ve taken some artwork

and we’ve mounted it in the centre. Now there are no

rules of thumb for border widths. Some people like to put

a little extra weight on the bottom, and most people like to

have a minimum of about two inches border

around your mat. This particular artwork is

seven inches wide by 12 inches tall, so we’re going to need

to do a little math to figure out how big

these borders will be. Over here I’ve got

a little diagram. The outside dimensions

of the mat board, 16×20 inches,

and the window opening, 7 inches by 12 inches to

match up with our artwork. What we want to do is take

the width of 16 inches and subtract the artwork

side of seven inches. That leaves us

with nine inches. We take that number,

divide it by two, that gives us

a 4 1/2 inch width border on either side. So we’ll put those

numbers in here. Secondly we want to

calculate the borders for top and bottom. We take the height

of 20 inches, we subtract the inside

print size of 12 inches. That leaves us

with eight inches. Divide that number by two,

for a four inch border on top and bottom. So we want to cut a border

that’s four inches on top, four inches on bottom. Those are our

border dimensions, and now we’re

ready to go cut a mat. We used the

Logan Compact Elite to mark out and cut

the opening of the mat. We want to work on

the back side of the mat board, and we’re going to

set the mat guide at 4 1/2 inches so we can

do this width cut first. We’ll make a mark

on either side before we have to

move the mat guide. Now for the top and bottom

we need a dimension of four inches so I’m moving

the mat guide to the four inch mark. And I’ll make those marks

on the mat board. Now keeping

the mat guide there we’ll go ahead

and make these two cuts. We’re going to cut

from start to finish using these lines

as a reference, and our

stop/start mark. So we hold the mat cutter,

insert the blade ’til it goes to the bottom, and then push into

the other side. When you reach

the pencil line, stop and retract the blade. We’re now going to

do the other side, and use the same technique, starting at the line

closest to us, stopping at

the one furthest away. Then retract the blade. Now we need to adjust

the mat guide back to

the 4 1/2 inch line. Tighten it down. Insert the mat board. Using the stop

and start marks, again, as our guides to make

for accurate corners, we cut out

the 4 1/2 inch widths. Now we’re ready to

frame our artwork. And the last step now

is to put it all together. We’re going to take

the mat that we cut, and apply some

transfer adhesive to the outside edges of

the mat all the way around. This transfer adhesive will

help the mat board stay in contact with

the mounting board. Align the opening

over our artwork, make sure everything’s

line up nice and square, and then apply pressure

all the way around the mat board to make sure these two don’t

come apart inside your frame. We take this,

lay it inside the frame after we’ve got

the glass in place. And then slide in

our backing board. Place the clips in place

so it doesn’t fall out. And there we have

our finished artwork. Captioned by GigEcast

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## 52 thoughts on “How to Measure and Cut a Mat”

easy-WOW

@lisaaghamiri Thanks for your note!

That's a really nice mat cutter.

mat cutting made easy. Thanks.

I agree; fantastic, I finally know exactly what to do!! I must have a Logan Compact Elite!!

Thanks a million. I've been struggling to get it right all these years and now I know where I'm going wrong.

What did you use to attach the itself to the board it is centered on?

Very easy to follow

Great, straight to the point, no messing about.

great …very helpful

Very clear explanation, very helpful video. Thanks.

I'm so glad I found this video 7 days before an art show!! Thanks for uploading this.

Thanks! Really clear. Really concise. Much appreciated!

An excellent way of showing how it's done. Am going to try it.

Thanks

Thanks for sharing!

Yes, what did you use to adhere the drawing to the support?

sorcery,,,surely it cant be that easy…and where can i get me one of those cutting gizmos

After watching this video I went purchased. I'm excited to start cutting my own mats and hope to get to the point where I can do it with as much ease as you. Thanks!

whats the math for multiple images in one mounting board?

Thank you, that was a nice presentation!

Very helpfull

Great matting info, thanks. www.wingsdomain.com

Very good!

I would think you would not want the mat whole to be exacly the same as your picture so that it does not "fall" through the whole. Like 1/4 inch smaller whole than the picutre??

Spot on! Clear and concise instructions.

Every Day I look at you procedure till I will learn , Thanks , Negron Bronx, N.Y, City ,.

Thank's

Man , that baby worked like down town . I'm most likely getting one .For some reason I envisioned it being more of a struggle and taking longer .

can anyone tell me where I can find mat and mat board cheap and in bulk? maybe a website or catalog? I have a lot of vintage advertisements that I'd like to sell on ebay and I'm currently looking to buy this mat in bulk somewhere.

What keeps the mat board from sliding as you push the blade through it?

Love this video ! Enjoyed watching it !

I was trained to cut a wider border at the bottom.

Wow, thanks so much!1! This helped a lot. I will definitely be framing my art this way from now on- since I finally learned how!1!!

anyone know what he used to mount the actual picture to the backing? was it the same transfer adhesive, spray, double sided tape?

what is the base instrument with scale called for measuring the length and breath

I just now purchased one of these from Ebay. the 450 model.

This is a great video!! Thank you so much for sharing, very helpful 🙂

Just got the same mat cutter and cut my first perfect mat today!! Used your equation method., made it so much easier to understand. Thank you so much for sharing!!!😃

Thank you so much !

Very helpful. Thank you. 🙂🌲☘

I died when you started using math lol

Makes me want a mat cutter! Great tutorial. Thanks.

plans for this and many other interesting things are on the stodoys site.

What's the name of this machine please ?

great. video

Excellent instruction: thank you.

Thanks!

Something really satisfying about how seamlessly he did this. Picture perfect

"Taken some artwork and mounted it in the center…"

It would have been useful if you had described this part in a bit more detail.

thanx for sharing video of framing technique. its very helpful.

Thank You for de-mystifying this process!!

anyone else think he cut his mats crooked? They really should've lined the camera up with the edge of the mat cutter to make this appear correct

I did a course in the late '80s. There was a bit of scalpel work in the corners post-board cutting. Great to see the process has improved. Thanks for a clear tutorial.