Include your own image and get a complete visualisation of your finished framed picture hanging on the wall.
Please note that these instructions are for when you have a picture that you want us to make a custom made picture frame for – if you want us to print the picture and fit it into your choice of frame, then please start on the print and frame page.
1. Preparing the image
The image that you upload to visualiser (what we call our online framing studio) needs to be exactly what you want to see in the frame or mount so before you start you may need to crop your picture, perhaps rotate it and otherwise prepare it.
Say for example you are framing a watercolour and you have photographed it on the kitchen table: not only will you probably have some of the kitchen table showing but also, you may not want to show the entire piece of paper but instead to cover some of the edges with the mount. In this case you will certainly need to crop the image to the exact portion of the watercolour that you are going to measure for the mount aperture. You may also need to rotate the picture or perform other simple editing tasks.
If you’re new to image editing, go to Photoshop Express Editor and click “Get Started” and edit your picture to your satisfaction and then save it in a known location on your computer. You don’t need a very high resolution image, so select low quality when asked.
2. Upload to Picture Frames visualiser
Go to the “Choose File” button at the top left of the page and find the image of the artwork that you want to frame, prepared as above. Select the file and either double click on it or highlight it and click “open” so that its location appears in the browse box; then click “Upload Image”. Be patient – depending on the resolution of your image it may take a while to upload but it’ll be worth it! (See the upload progress percentage bar in the bottom left hand corner of your web browser window to see the progress of your upload).
3. Enter the dimensions of your picture and click ‘update sizes’ to confirm these settings
The dimensions that you put in here are critical as this is the size we will make your frame or mount. We use millimetres in the workshop so prefer that you do. Remember to put the height and width in the correct boxes so we know whether the frame is landscape or portrait.
If you are having a mount, then these dimensions will be the Aperture size; if you’re having a glazed frame without a mount they’ll be the glaze size, and if you’re framing an oil painting or anything else without glass, we’ll assume this to be the size of the artwork and add a further 2mm tolerance when making the frame to ensure a comfortable fit. Please see our measuring guide and remember that we are always just a phone call away.
4. Try out different frame styles and picture mount combinations
Now that we know the size of your picture, you can move between the picture mount and picture frame options trying out different materials, styles and mount margin proportions.
When you think you’ve got it right be sure to click the “Zoom” and especially the “View Scaled Image” buttons: the golden rule is “if it looks right, it is right” so have fun.
If you need to know whether to have a mount or glass for your artwork, or anything else about the correct or best way to picture frame your picture, look around the website to get general picture framing advice but if you’re still not sure, pick up the ‘phone and speak to one of our qualified framers.
5. Choose your glazing
If you’re picture framing an oil painting then you won’t need glass so you can choose “no glass” on the “Glazing” tab. If you have a picture frame with a mount, you need glass to keep the mount clean so the “no glass” option will not be available.
The “standard glass” tab will be selected as default until the sum of the long side and the short side of the glass exceeds 1250mm after this, Acrylic will be the default. When “standard glass” is offered, you may choose Acrylic glaze instead, for example for use in a child’s room or public area.
6. Now what?
If you’ve decided that you like your choice of picture mount and picture frame but would like to show it to someone else then Click “Zoom” under your complete visualisation and when the Zoom appears, place your cursor in the centre of the image, right click and choose “Save picture as” – you can then show it to someone later or attach it to an e-mail.
If you want to visualise another picture frame now, go back to the “Image” tab and click “Remove Image” at the top of the central panel to keep your framing options or reset to start all over….