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Fine Art Photo Frame and Print Sizes

Printing is a Beautiful Struggle
— Andrii Mur (me ^_^)

I hope this Guide might reduce your Confuse about Photos Sizing and Framing.

Standart 'A' Series Paper Sizes

PAPER Size (mm) Size (inch)
A4 210 x 297 mm 8.3 x 11.7 in
A3 297 x 420 mm 11.7 x 16.5 in
A2 420 x 594 mm 16.5 x 23.4 in
A1 594 x 841 mm 23.4 x 33.1 in
A0 841 x 1189 mm 33.1 x 46.8 in

Standard Imperial 'inch' Frame Sizes

Frame Size (inch) Mat Opening (inch) Picture Size (inch) Picture Size (mm)
8 x 10 in 4.5 x 6.5 in 5 x 7 in 127 x 177.8 mm
11 x 14 in 7.5 x 9.5 in 8 x 10 in 203.2 x 254 mm
12 x 16 in 10.5 x 13.5 in 11 x 14 in 279.4 x 355.6 mm
16 x 20 in 11.5 x 15.5 in 12 x 16 in 304.8 x 406.4 mm
20 x 24 in 15.5 x 19.5 in 16 x 20 in 406.4 x 508 mm
24 x 36 in 19.5 x 29.5 in 20 x 30 in 508 x 762 mm
30 x 40 in 21.5 x 31.5 in 22 x 32 in 558.8 x x 812.8 mm

16x20 Imperial 'inch' Pre-cut Mat Openings

Picture Size (inch) Mat Opening (inch) Border Size (inch)
5 x 7 in 4.5 x 6.5 in 5.75 x 6.75 in
8 x 10 in 7.5 x 9.5 in 4.25 x 5.25 in
8 x 12 in 7.5 x 11.5 in 4.25 x 4.25 in
9 x 12 in 8.5 x 11.5 in 3.75 x 4.25 in
10 x 13 in 9.5 x 12.5 in 3.25 x 3.75 in
11 x 14 in 10.5 x 13.5 in 2.75 x 3.25 in
12 x 16 in 11.5 x 15.5 in 2.25 x 2.25 in

Corresponding Imperial 'inch' Standards to Metric ones

Frame Size (inch) Frame Size (cm) Frame Size (mm)
5 x 7 in 13 x 18 cm 127 x 177.8 mm
12 x 16 in 30 x 40 cm 304.8 x 406.4 mm
16 x 16 in 40 x 40 cm 406.4 x 406.4 mm
16 x 20 in 40 x 50 cm 406.4 x 508 mm
20 x 20 in 50 x 50 cm 508 x 508 mm
20 x 28 in 50 x 70 cm 508 x 711.2 mm
28 x 39 in 70 x 100 cm 711.2 x 990.6 mm

Standard Metric 'cm' Frame Sizes with Mount

Frame Size (cm) Mat Border (cm) Image Size (cm)
13 x 18 cm - 10 x 15 cm
18 x 24 cm 2.75 x 2.75 cm 13 x 18 cm
20 x 20 cm 3.5 x 3.5 cm 14 x 14 cm
A4 (21 x 29.7 cm) 15 x 20 cm
24 x 30 cm 3.5 x 3.5 cm 18 x 24 cm
30 x 40 cm 5 x 5.5 cm A4 (21 x 29.7 cm)
40 x 50 cm 5.5 x 5.5 cm 30 x 40 cm
40 x 60 cm 5 x 5 cm 30 x 50 cm
45 x 60 cm - 45 x 60 cm
50 x 50 cm 10.5 x 10.5 cm 30 x 30 cm
50 x 60 cm 5.5 x 5.5 cm 40 x 50 cm
60 x 60 cm 5.5 x 5.5 cm 50 x 50 cm
50 x 70 cm 5.5 x 5.5 cm 40 x 50 cm
60 x 80 cm 5.5 x 5.5 cm 50 x 70 cm
A3 (29.7 x 42 cm) A4 (21 x 29.7 cm)
70 x 100 cm 10.5 x 10.5 cm 50 x 70 cm

*Note: Consider proportions you have 2x3, 3x4, 4x5 etc.


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Conclusion

Probably the most customer friendly thing you can do is to make sure your Print fits a standard frame size

To achieve it it's good to decide before resizing, whether you want to frame it with Passepartout or not. Whether you want to sign it on front or on back. Whether you want additional black border or not. In the edge case, anyway it's simpler and cheaper to cut the custom Mat size than to make a custom Frame.

Bonus

  • Common Mount (Border) is 5 cm and 5.5 cm or 2.25 in
  • A3 Poster Border 2.5 cm or 1 in
  • Pre-cut Mount can not be smaller than 2 cm
  • Usually the Smaller the picture the Bigger the Mount
  • Fine Art prints often have bigger bottom mount to balance the photo weight (weighted)
  • The minimum Bleeding is 5 mm or 0.25 in (that will go under the frame)
  • The Black border before the White canvas of Silver Gelatin prints printed in Darkroom is 1mm, 2mm or 5mm.

p.s. If you're using mm during resizing use mm if inches than in. Do not mix them up from step to step!


* All photographs used in post example are made by Andrii Mur

Fine Art Photo Frame and Print Sizes
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