What Goes Into Your Custom Picture Frame

Artists, photographers, designers and everyday people have limited knowledge in what goes into making a custom frame. Learn what goes into creating a custom frame. Having some background information will help create a more satisfying framing experience for you and us, as your framer.

A visual diagram helps to identify the different materials involved when creating your perfect custom frame. Knowing the difference between the mat board and the mount board are just as important as choosing the right frame. The glazing preference is also a key material that helps you decide on how you want to see your artwork.

Custom Framing Materials


Frame Moulding: The wood or metal that houses and enhances your artwork.

Glazing: The glass or acrylic clear cover. Protects your artwork or photos from dust and sun exposure.

Mat Board: The thick paper border that sits underneath the glazing but on top of the artwork. It provides a cushion between your artwork and glazing.

Artwork: Your painting, fine art print, photo or any artwork that deserves protection and preservation from damages such as dust and sun exposure.

Mounting Corners: Mounting corners are used to secure your artwork onto the mount board. This mounting method is superior than any kind of archival tape that is most frequently used.

Mount Board:  Your artwork is mounted on this board. It is an acid free material the provides extra protection on the back side of the artwork. Sometimes artists will skip using a Mount Board if artwork is attached to the window mat. However, we don’t recommend this because as it aides in giving extra protection and longevity to your piece.

Back Board/ Foam Core: This is the last board used in the custom frame that holds everything together.

Framer’s Points: Artwork, backing board and glazing are secured into the frame by using flexible insert points. Some framers will use staples instead.

Extra Protection: We also tape paper across the back for final protection against moisture and dust.