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“Art size” vs. “frame size.” What’s the diff?

At AmericanFrame.com, our custom picture frames and custom picture mats allow for thousands of sizing options beyond the common 8” x 10” and 11” x 14”.
In the process of showing you how to frame a picture, our website asks for one of these two dimensions: 1) art size or 2) frame size.
We’re often asked, “What’s the difference?”
If your American Frame order includes matting: The exact dimensions of your artwork should be entered as the “art size.” These dimensions will remain the same throughout the ordering process. However, the measurements of your frame, your “frame size,” will change if your mat board dimensions change.
(Note: Our website’s ordering system automatically includes a slight overlap of 1/8” of your mat to your artwork, on all four sides, to prevent your artwork from falling through your mat board’s window. This measurement can be adjusted, if needed.)
If you already have mat board: The exact dimensions of your matting is your “frame size.” This dimension will not change throughout the ordering process.

Are you framing your artwork without a mat? The dimensions of your art would be considered your "frame size." But please remember, the frame has a "lip" that will cover your art by about a quarter of an inch on all four sides. Why? The lip serves to "hold" the art and prevent it from falling through the frame.
When in doubt, reach out to our customer service team for expert assistance with frame and artwork sizing.
July 7, 2020
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