Custom Framing FAQ

Framing Frequently Asked Questions

There are too many mat and frame samples to choose from. I am having trouble deciding. Can you help me choose the right materials?

Of course! Our custom framers have great eyes for pulling together colors and themes. If you are looking for guidance on which mat and frame to choose, or even if you just need a little bit of inspiration, we'd be more than happy to help you!

Is it important for a mat and frame to match the room it will be placed in?

There are no hard and fast rules to interior design. Sometimes certain mat colors and frames just look "right" and others obviously clash. Other times, it is not so obvious. You may be surprised at what a contrasting color scheme can do for a room. In the end, it's up to you. We're more than happy to help you choose though. If you'd like, you can even bring in photos of the room your frame will be hanging in, and we will help you choose something that will work perfectly.

Can you only mat and frame photographs printed at PhotoSource?

No! We welcome any photo or fine art print in our custom framing lab! We really love seeing the wide variety of work that comes into our store - everything from summer vacation photos to original watercolors.

Do you only frame photos and fine art?

No! We can frame nearly anything. We've framed everything from sports jerseys and marathon bibs to huge blueprints for a 40-foot sailboat.

Why is custom framing so expensive?

There are always cheaper alternatives to nearly everything in life. If your budget does not include custom framing, we're more than happy to recommend that you look for pre-fabricated frames which will save you a lot of money. Pre-fab mats and frames can get you 90% of the way there, most of the time. Custom framing however will complete the piece. Custom framing is considered an art in itself. The right mat and frame can will make a piece of artwork POP and can dramatically change and/or enhance the way the piece is experienced by the viewer! And it really takes a trained eye to make that happen in the right way. Plus, when you select a custom mat and frame, everything is sized and cut specifically for your project. Basically, there is a lot of time and experience involved.