If you are a Photographer then there are particular requirements that you will have in framing your work, they mostly relate to design but it is also important to consider the protection of the print.  Here are a selection of our information documents that will help you.

Handy Hints

Components of A Basic Frame  Download PDF Document

An introduction to the key elements of a frame, information about each aspect and the tools used in association with them.

Cutting A Single Mount Using A Logan Bevel Cutter Download PDF Document

Having cut a sheet of mount board to size, this takes you through the process of marking up and cutting a single mount.

Attaching Artwork Using A hinge Mount System Download PDF Document

This illustrates a method of attaching 2D artwork to a mount system.  It explains why you might choose this type of mount system and its benefits.  The sheet then provides step by step instructions on how to make a hinge mount, from scratch.

Planning The Dimensions Of A Mount Download PDF Document

This shows you how to decide on the dimensions of the piece of mountboard, from which you could go on to cut a simple mount.

Choosing The Style & Quantity of Moulding For A Frame Download PDF Document

This sheet provides the reasoning behind how to decide on the amount of moulding required to frame a mounted piece of artwork.  It also takes you through some of the considerations that should be made at the planning stage.

Making Deep Bevel Edge Mounts - (members only) Download PDF Document

Deep bevels in a mount create a real sense of quality and luxury in art work.  In this project we use foam core board to make the bevel strips, to which we attach decorative tapes to create a coloured or textured bevel.

Cutting Mitre Joints Using A NOBEX Mitre Saw: Part 1 Download PDF Document

This is the first of two sheets showing you how to plan, mark up and cut the mitres in moulding using a saw.  This part deals with making a mitre cut (right hand side) on each of the four pieces of moulding.

Cutting Mitre Joints Using A NOBEX Mitre Saw: Part 2 Download PDF Document

This is the second of two sheets showing you how to make mitre cuts using a saw.  This part deals with the meaurement, marking up and cutting the "return" (second) mitre cut for each section of moulding.  Particular attention is given to making sure the moulding is correctly positioned in the mitre saw block and how to use the meauring system.

Using A Mitre Trimmer to Create Perfect Joints Download PDF Document

Using a mitre trimmer along with your mitre saw enables you to create a perfect mitre: as good as the finish from a professional framer's guillotine.  This sheet should be used with the two sheets about cutting mitres with a mitre saw.

Using A Logan Studio Joiner To Create A Frame Download PDF Document

This sheet shows you how to use a joiner to clamp and join the 4 cut sections of moulding to form a complete frame.

Cutting Mitre Joints Using A LOGAN Mitre Saw Download PDF Document

The Logan Saw has been designed specifically with picture framing in mind.  This takes you through the process of cutting mitres in moulding, ready for joining.  Because of this saw's well designed clamps and measure system, it really becomes a simple task.

Stringing a Frame For Hanging - (members only) Download PDF Document

There is no single method for tying a knot in picture hanging cord. The acid test is whether it will hold the weight of the framed artwork! However, a method that works (and the one demonstrated in most training sessions) is illustrated on this sheet. 


Project 1: Shadows & Depth - (members only) Download PDF Document

Create stunning artwork by adding extra depth to your work.  This project uses foam core spacers between layers in a triple mount to create a stunning effect.  It works particularly well with photographic, close up studies and portraiture.

Project 8: Six of the Best (Intro, Options 1 & 2) - (members only) Download PDF Document

This is the introductory sheet, providing an overview for the project.  Option one illustrates the impact that a thicker mount board (8 ply) can have, without needing much depth in the moulding rebate.  The second option described is for a triple mount where the top two layers run at the outside edge of the mount.

Project 8: Six of the Best (Option 3) - (members only) Download PDF Document

Cutting V-Grooves around a mount catches the light, creating a fine, sculpted effect.  This "option" describes two methods for planning, marking up and cutting v-grooves.

Project 8: Six of the Best (Options 4 & 5) - (members only) Download PDF Document

Using deep bevel mounts (option 4) to give depth behind the glass is effective.  When care is taken to match the mount colour and face colour of the deep bevels, the impact is even greater. The second option looks at creating a similar depth from the glass, but this time using a limed slip moulding.

Project 8: Six of the Best (Option 6) - (members only) Download PDF Document

Option 6 again deals with depth away from the glass but reveals how to split a triple mount up and varying the depth of spacer between each layer of mount board.


Basics of Framing

Overview of the Basics of Framing course

Mount Cutting and Decoration

Overview of the Mountcutting and Decoration course

Conservation Framing

Overview of the Conservation Framing Course

Business Advice and Case Studies

General start up advice

A selection of articles aimed at helping with the basics of starting up.

Presentation is Everything

Photographers need to get the most from each appointment they arrange by adding framing to your portfolio it could increase your profits dramatically.

Setting up a framing business in a Photolab

Are people printing more at home? Are shop sales declining? If so how can you add another string to your bow to replace these losses and increase your sales substantially?

Mike - A Photographer

Mike's story is one that will ring an alarming number of bells with people, who have been working long hours and who are feeling more and more jaded with life.  It illustrates how difficult to make the first step might be, but once taken, a whole new horizon of opportunity becomes immediately visible.

Photo Framing - Ian Oliver

This is definitely the first of our case studies, in which we have featured somebody who has started up as a bespoke framer, having taken part in one of our business development weeks.  In fairness, Ian was already thinking along the lines of developing his framed photography as part of his new career, quite a while before he happened across DIYframing.

Alan Forsyth - Photography, Framing & Life In Scotland

Of all the case studies we have shown, this is the first where it has been a “make or break” situation.  Alan had to find a way of making a living from his new businesses. No leisurely start-up, just plain, hard work until it takes off.

Seize The Day - Andy Cunningham

Assistant headteacher and keen photographer Andy Cunningham, has developed his hobby and earns money from framing and photography ... without giving up the day job.