How To Professionally Mat Photos Step By Step Guide

How to Mat Photos

Mat can add visual appeal and dimension to a photo, and come in a wide range of colors and sizes. Once you attach a photo to the mat with your choice of adhesive, you can choose to either display the photo as-is or frame it.


  1. Pick a mat size.You can customize photo mats to any measurement specifications you want. However, if you want to frame the matted photo, you may want to cut the mat's outer perimeter to fit a standard-size frame. If you choose to mat a photograph with a unique-size mat, you will need a custom frame.
  2. Cut a mat board piece to your specifications.Use a ruler to draw straight lines on the mat board to dimensions of your mat's outer perimeter. Cut the board using a mat cutter or razor knife.
  3. Measure and mark an opening for your photo.Do this on the backside of the mat board. Make the opening inch (0.3 cm) smaller than your photo, to ensure that the photo's edges are covered.
    • Use a T-square to make sure your frame edges are straight. Trace the edges of the square at each corner, then connect the lines using the straight edge of the T-square or a ruler.
    • You can center the frame opening, or locate the photo at the top, bottom or one of the sides of the mat. Leave more edging on one side for artistic effect, or to make room for a caption or title tag.
  4. Cut an opening in the mat board for your photograph.Use a ruler as a guide and slowly cut through the mat board with a razor knife or mat cutter, making sure to completely penetrate the mat. Place a scrap piece of mat or cardboard under the mat so you don't cut the surface you are working on.
  5. Attach the photo to the mat.Lay the mat upside down on a flat surface. Lay your photo upside down on top of the mat so that the image is centered over the open space. Tape the photo to the mat with clear adhesive tape.
    • Use as little tape as possible on the photo. To much tape will ripple the photo in the frame.
  6. Mount the matted photo to display it without a frame.Place pieces of double-sided tape at the corners on the back of the mounted photo. Press the mat down on top of the mounting board to ensure the tape adheres.
    • If you want to display a matted photo in a frame, you do not need a mounting board.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    To position print where it needs to be within matte opening, the photo corners can be partially seen across print. How can I avoid this? If I use archival tape, can print be removed later without tearing?
    Community Answer
    It is best to use tape in this situation. A print will not stay in its proper place if you do not use tape. When you want to remove the print, use an Exacto knife to cut around the edges of the print on the back. This will help you to avoid tearing the print when you try to take the tape off.
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  • Save time when matting a photo by buying a pre-cut mat. Many hobby and craft stores sell standard size mats in varying colors.
  • You can add more than one mat to a photo to give it a layered effect. Choose mats in different colors or textures. Tape the smallest mat to your photo, then continue attaching larger mats behind the original mat with double-stick tape.

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