In this tutorial, I want to show you a few ways to use matting with ImageFramer.

A mat can enhance, or even radically change, the impression of a picture.  With a mat, a piece of art can look far more impressive than without it. To show you some matting tips I have chosen a nice autumn photo with a bright accent on blue shoes. Hope you like it.

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Simple matting

First of all let’s choose the frame that enhances the picture and doesn’t distract us from our main purpose. The frame I chose is called Legion (can be found in Real collection, Wooden set). The width is set to 8%.

Then I’ve added a mat around the photo. In general, neutral colors are always a safe choice. Playing a background role, they help a picture to dominate the space around it. For this reason I’ve picked the Toasty mat in Beige and Yellow collection. I recommend making the mat twice as wide as the frame. I increased the width to 14% by using the slider on the right, in the Layer Settings tab.

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Double matting

In this variant I want to give the effect of more depth to the picture. For this reason I added Fussil mat from the same collection and put it to the inner side of the photo. The inner mat creates a thin line of a slightly lighter color. Where a double matting is used, the color of the inner mat can enhance the bright accent on the picture or be just slightly darker or lighter than the main mat color.

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Choose your own color

But let’s try something different. Don’t forget that you can choose a color of a mat from the picture itself. The picture is full of warm yellow and red colors, so I clicked on the eyedropper and decided to go with a deep orange color from one of the leaves in the photo. To make it even more interesting I did the same thing with the bevel and chose a dark purple color for it.

This makes the photo stand out by adding interesting visual elements and a bit of extra color.

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There are many more creatives ways you can use ImageFramer to improve the presentation of your photographs. Let your imagination surprise you!

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