Designing Single, Double and Triple Mat Boards

Whether you need one mat or three for a treatment, at AmericanFrame.com it’s easy to custom-design and order your mats online. Let us show you how.




In this example, we’re going to start by assuming you want a whole treatment, including frame.  If you don’t need a frame, you can always remove it from your cart later.

To begin the framing engine, select a frame.

Next, enter your exact artwork size and click “Next.”

Now, notice the tabs.  Let’s pop over to the MAT tab.  You will be prompted to choose a mat board type: general purpose, acid free, conservation, or oversize.

select mat type


For this example, we are using acid free.

Now we are going to design the mat.  At the bottom, select a color. 

choose mat color

Next, in the box above choose one of the overlap measurements.  This is the amount your mat will overlap your art to hold it securely in the mat window. 

select mat overlap

Finally, enter your border widths.  What do you think of the treatment so far? 

choose mat board borders

If your treatment only needs a single mat and you are happy with the frame, the acrylic and the mounting board that is in your cart, then the design process is done.   If you’d like to remove any of the items, just click “Remove” in the cart at this point.  If you’d like to change any of the items in the cart besides the mat, just click on their tabs.

If you need a double or even a triple mat treatment, click on ADD MAT, and our general purpose, default white will appear. Notice, the system assumes this mat will be on top of the first one you designed. 

click Add Mat

From here, choose the type of mat you want and the color.  Next, enter an offset measurement.  This is the amount of the bottom mat you’d like showing in the frame treatment.

second mat defaults as top mat

enter mat offset

Want a triple mat?  Choose ADD MAT again.  Again, notice the system assumes this will be on top of the second mat.  Again, choose mat type and color, then enter the offset and watch your treatment take shape.

add triple mat

Removing or reconfiguring mats is as easy as adding them. Simply click on the mat you want to change, bottom, middle or top, and change your materials, colors, offsets and borders.  Experiment until you see what you love, then add to cart.  Your custom cut, expertly crafted materials will be shipped from us to you within 2 business days.

Our online framing engine makes designing and ordering easy and fun.  We hope you’ll give it a try soon and see how creative your mats can be with just the click of a button.

Want to learn more? Here are our other articles:

How to Create a Mat Board with Multiple Openings
A Reverse Bevel Mat Board Cut: What It Is and Why Framers Use It
How to Select the Right Mat Board for your Art
Custom Framing with Mat Board: Designing with Size
White Core, Cream Core and Continuous Core Mat Board
Mat Board Terms: Reveal, Offset, Overlap, and How to Order
How Do I Order Mat Board Samples?
Did you Know: Oversize Mat Board is Now Online

AubreyK | 3/31/2014 10:02:20 AM | 2 comments
Comments
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Lindsey,

Definitely try it out.
4/4/2014 2:38:25 PM

LindseyH
What a fun and easy way to add an extra pop of color to my artwork. I will have to try this on my next framing project.
4/4/2014 12:59:51 PM

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