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Question: How do you have your fine at photographs matted?
Mat covers all four edges with signature on mat (and on photo but not showing).
Mat is approx. 1/4" outside of image edges with a wider margin at the bottom allowing the signature to show.
Mat is approx. 1/4" outside of all four image edges with the signature showing on the mat (and signature on photo but not showing)

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« on: August 10, 2012, 05:19:56 PM »
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Different strokes for different folks, but I'm curious about what style other Lu-La forum contributors use for matting. No doubt everyone signs their photographs somewhere, but does anyone consider one way to be "more correct/acceptable" than another?
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2012, 02:22:01 AM »
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Signing the matte results in a signed matte.

Failing to sign the print results in an unsigned print.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2012, 09:05:06 AM »
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Signing the matte results in a signed matte.

Failing to sign the print results in an unsigned print.


Succinct!

;-)

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2012, 02:55:28 PM »
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Succinct!

Less so since the OP decided to modify the options. A poll is only as good as the questions asked ;-)

The original options:-

Mat covers all four edges with signature on mat.

Mat is approx. 1/4" outside of image edges with a wider margin at the bottom allowing the signature to show.

Mat is approx. 1/4" outside of all four image edges with the signature showing on the mat.
 
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2012, 01:45:10 AM »
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For one glorious moment, I misread the title, removed one of the "t"s and wondered where the discussion would lead. Then I discovered it's about cutting cardboard.

Hey ho.

Jeremy
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2012, 03:00:29 AM »
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For one glorious moment, I misread the title, removed one of the "t"s and wondered where the discussion would lead. Then I discovered it's about cutting cardboard.

Hey ho.

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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2012, 03:25:22 AM »
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For one glorious moment, I misread the title, removed one of the "t"s and wondered where the discussion would lead. Then I discovered it's about cutting cardboard.

Yes, would have been far more interesting.

I always sign the print on the border and have the matte cut to allow the signature/edition to show. No rules regarding dimensions of the over-sized matte, whatever looks right for the subject, print, frame and size.
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2012, 05:20:11 PM »
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Another thing to think about...

If you sign the mat and it gets damaged after it is sold, then the person who bought it has to get the mat replaced and there goes your signature.

Go ahead and sign the mat if you want but ALWAYS sign the print SOMEWHERE!

That is the only rule I consider inviolate.
Anything else is up to your personal whims.
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2012, 10:33:08 AM »
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Another option is the signature on the print but not visible. Regardless, as a framer I believe it is critical to always have the photo signed. Especially if you sell your work matted but not framed. If your customer takes it to a frame shop the mat may be discarded for various reasons.

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Mark
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2012, 02:41:25 PM »
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Once again Framah is correct.
If you do not sign  somewhere on the art itself it becomes just an open edition

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