How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster
How to frame a poster
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Framing a poster helps protect it from damage or deterioration over time. It can also add a more formal touch to the decorative item than just taping or pinning it to a wall. By following these few simple steps, you will soon have a perfectly framed poster hanging on your wall!

Steps

Part 1 of 3: buy the right frame

Frame a Poster Step 1

Step 1. Decide whether or not you are going to use a mat (cardboard frame)

It is not always necessary to use a mat, but it can accentuate certain colors on your poster and frame it nicely.

You might not need to use a mat when you are framing a vintage poster or a poster of a classic work of art, but that is up to you

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Step 2. Choose your master key if you are using one

You have to take a color that goes with everything, your room, the setting and the image. A white or light-colored mat is usually used over an accent color. The color that gives the accent is the one that would go with the general tone of the poster.

  • There can be several general tones on the poster so you can choose the one that looks best to you and goes best with the rest of your room. It is also up to you to decide whether to use two mat or just one.
  • Black and white photos will work best with whites or light grays or even black.
  • You don't want the poster to fade in the background if you are using a mat. Choose colors that will work well with a width of at least 3.8cm. Smaller widths can also be used for posters, as they are generally large. As always though, it is up to your willpower.
  • You should also not take a mat that is lighter than the lightest color in the image or darker than the darkest color in the image.
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Step 3. Decide where you are going to put the poster, if possible

Knowing where you are going to put the poster will help you decide which frame to buy, as you will know the general color scheme there.

If you don't know where it will be placed or if it's a gift, that's okay. There are plenty of simple frames that will look great in any location

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Step 4. Measure the length, width and thickness of your poster with a ruler or tape measure

You will need the length and width to determine the size of the frame you should purchase. Thickness is important as many frames will only support very thin posters and you should pay attention to the required depth before purchasing.

If you are using a mat, be sure to include the dimensions (width, length and thickness) of the mat when you measure

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Step 5. Choose a frame larger than the dimensions of your poster if you are using a mat

The extra space in the frame will provide a decorative or protective background mat and prevent the frame from damaging the corners of the poster. The frame must be able to accommodate and post it and the passepartout.

Measure the dimensions of where you will insert the frame rather than the outside size of the poster. If you only measure the outside of the edges of the frame, it will be difficult for you to fit the poster

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Step 6. Pick a frame with the right style

Choose a frame that has the right style for the room it will be placed in and that matches your personal preferences and the poster in question. Wood frames generally give a more elegant and classy appearance while metal frames give a more modern or clinical look.

  • Some plastic frames have a finish that gives them the appearance of wood or metal. These plastic frames are often cheaper and lighter, which can be a good thing to frame a poster.
  • Acrylic frames can also be useful, in the sense that they are often clear and therefore will not interfere with the images.
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Step 7. Consider taking a fairly thin frame

Posters are generally quite large so it is better to choose a thin frame to have a good balance of shapes. Thinner frames will enhance the poster, making it stand out more.

If you want to create a more dramatic or darker and thicker look, then choose a standard or wider frame

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Step 8. Buy a frame with high quality plexiglass

Look for a poster frame that has high quality plexiglass, like Acrylite OP-3, which is 0.31cm thick. While normal glass is always an option, it can break or retain moisture inside the frame, which will damage the poster. Poor quality plexiglass may not prevent the poster from yellowing over time.

  • High quality plexiglass can also be matte and much lighter than glass, making it ideal for large frames like those for posters.
  • Plexiglass can also be UV resistant, which is important if you are hanging the poster in an area that receives a lot of sunlight.
  • Plexiglass is more prone to scratches, although there are some scratch resistant types.
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Step 9. Buy a used frame to save money

Large frames that can accommodate posters can often be quite expensive, so consider looking for them at thrift stores near you to see what's available. You may find frames that already contain images that you can remove to put on your poster.

Even if the frame is not the right color, if it is wood then you can repaint it later in the color of your choice

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Step 10. Purchase an acid-free poster holder for your frame

It is not always necessary to use a poster stand, but you can choose to use one to make it look more professional. It is important that the poster backing is acid free, to prevent the poster from quickly fading and deteriorating. Some frames already contain support.

Part 2 of 3: make your own frame

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Step 1. Make your own frame to save money and get it at a custom size

Making your own frame can be a good option for those who are looking not to pay too much to frame their poster, and / or those who have a poster with a bastard size for framing. Making your own frame allows you to customize options without paying the expensive prices of a professional framer.

This frame may not be particularly strong so it may not be able to be used with a piece of glass in front

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Step 2. Decide whether or not you are going to use a mat (cardboard frame)

It is not always necessary to use a mat, but it can accentuate certain colors on your poster and frame it nicely.

You might not need to use a mat when you are framing a vintage poster or a poster of a classic work of art, but that is up to you

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Step 3. Choose your passepartout if you are using one

You have to take a color that goes with everything, your room, the setting and the image. A white or light-colored mat is usually used over an accent color. The color that gives the accent is the one that would go with the general tone of the poster.

  • There can be several general tones on the poster so you can choose the one that looks best to you and goes best with the rest of your room. It is also up to you to choose whether to use two mat or just one.
  • Black and white photos will work best with whites or light grays or even black.
  • You don't want the poster to fade in the background if you are using a mat. Choose colors that will work well with a width of at least 3.8cm. Smaller widths can also be used for posters, as they are generally large. As always though, it is up to your willpower.
  • You should also not take a mat that is lighter than the lightest color in the image or darker than the darkest color in the image.
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Step 4. Measure the length, width and thickness of your poster with a ruler or tape measure

You will need the length and width to determine what materials you should purchase. If you are using a mat, be sure to include the dimensions (width, length and thickness) of the mat when you measure.

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Step 5. Purchase wood baseboards

Buy wood baseboards (thin planks of wood) at the hardware store. You should take skirting boards with a cutout that looks like a frame border and hopefully has a ledge on one of the sides, which would hold a poster like a real painting frame would.

  • You will need enough length to cover the entire length of all four sides of your poster, plus a little extra length if you are using a mat (add four times the width of your mat) and a little more (20 to 30 cm, depending on the width of the plinths) for the corners.
  • You might only find simple skirting boards with edges, but don't worry, you can always customize the colors later to add decoration.
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Step 6. Cut the baseboards to the correct lengths

This requires cutting the ends of the plinths at a 45-degree angle so that they hinge together to form a 90-degree angle in the corner. Measure carefully so that the corners are the correct length.

  • Each outside corner should be as long as the side of the poster plus twice the width of the other edge of the frame.
  • Make sure that the opposing pieces at the top and bottom or left and right are equal lengths so that the frame can have good right angles.
  • Leave extra space when you take into account the dimensions of the mat as well as those of the poster.
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Step 7. Paint the pieces the color of your choice

If you want to paint the frame then, be sure to do it before mounting the frame, as it will be more difficult to paint it once assembled. Pick a color that goes with where you are going to hang the frame, with the poster and your personal goals and preferences.

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Step 8. Glue the pieces together end to end to create the frame

Use wood glue to attach the pieces together end to end. Hold them together while the glue dries using tweezers. Let the frame dry with its front facing the floor, which will be useful later.

There may be gaps between the pieces of wood and the frame might not fit completely on its own, but that's okay. The corners will be attached more securely later

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Step 9. Attach the pieces together using metal angles or wood screws

Use metal angles to attach the corners together. These are "L" shaped elements and you need to take them the right size, neither too big nor too small, to fit on your corners.

  • Be careful that the wood screws you use are not too long and that they do not stick out inside your frame. Use short screws.
  • Screw carefully, the wood must not crack or be damaged.
  • You might need to use a clamp to hold the corners tight, but you don't have to. A clamp is a long piece of nylon with a clamp on one side for putting around the pieces and clamping them together.
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Step 10. Use putty to fill in the voids

You may have visible voids on the front face of your frame. To correct this, you can use wood putty to even out the holes with a putty knife to remove the excess putty. You will then need to repaint the corners to have a uniform appearance.

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Step 11. Attach small pins to hold the picture in the frame

You can find these little hooks in picture framing kits or at a hardware store. You can also skip the need for pins and simply staple your poster in place if the frame is wide enough. Scotch tape can also work if you don't care too much about what it will look like.

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Step 12. Get a piece of glass or plexiglass if you decide to use this

It is not always necessary to have glass or plexiglass on top of your poster, but it can make it look more professional and polished. This frame is not incredibly strong so the glass can be a bit too heavy, but the plexiglass will do. Have a piece of plexiglass cut to the correct size at your nearest hardware store or picture framing store.

  • Alternatively, you can find a piece from another frame in a second-hand store or on sale at a home decor store.
  • High quality plexiglass like Acrylite OP-3 which is 0.31cm thick will work well. High-quality plexiglass can be matte and is much lighter than glass, making them perfect for large frames such as posters, although they are more prone to scratches than glass.
  • Plexiglass can also be UV resistant, which is important if you are hanging the poster in an area that receives a lot of sunlight.

Part 3 of 3: insert the poster into the frame

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Step 1. Attach your poster to an adhesive foam board

This is all the more necessary if your poster has been rolled up for a long time and does not hold straight. Remove a few inches of the protective film from the adhesive foam and line up the print with the edge of the board. Unroll the poster on the board slowly, unrolling it a few inches at a time and pressing down on the poster. Flatten any air bubbles with a credit card or the edge of a book with a sturdy binding.

  • Use a needle to poke a hole in all the big bubbles from behind (through the foam, not the poster). Once you've let the air out, flatten the poster where the bubble was.
  • Trim the excess foam from the board using a knife and a metal ruler to make sharp angles.
  • You can also pay someone to apply the foam board for around 15-20 euros (depending on where you are), if you want.
  • Remember that a foam board will increase the thickness of your poster and may influence the frame you choose.
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Step 2. Remove the hinges on the back of the poster frame if there are any

Remove the bottom board or whatever is currently inside the frame, if there is anything. Glass or plexiglass will remain in the frame, if such a piece is present.

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Step 3. Place your mat over or behind your poster

If you use one, your mat can be placed either in front of or behind your poster. It is easier to put the mat behind your poster because you will not have to cut the mat. If you choose to put the mat on top of the poster, then you may have to cut a shape inside it so that the poster can be seen.

It can be difficult to precisely cut the edges of the mat without damaging the mat, so you may be better off making it easier on yourself by purchasing a mat from a picture frame store for a few dollars

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Step 4. Clean the plexiglass or glass and allow it to dry

It is very important that your glass or plexiglass plate is clean on the inside, where it touches the poster. Moisture will deteriorate the poster, so it is very important that the plate is dry.

  • Fingerprints or other oils should not be made on the surface of the plaque while attempting to touch the poster.
  • Plexiglass is prone to scratches so be sure to clean it only with a microfiber cloth rather than paper products.
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Step 5. Slide the glass or plexiglass back into place

If you are using one, you need to slide the glass or plexiglass into place first. The most important side is the one that will touch the poster so be careful not to touch this side when you put the plate in place.

  • You will always be able to clean the other side again, so don't worry about touching it all over when you put the plate back on.
  • Hold the plate as if it were pizza when you place it in the frame.
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Step 6. Slide your poster into the frame to see how it will look

Adjust the positioning of the poster (and mat, if you have one) inside the frame, if necessary.Make sure the corners are straight and flat so it doesn't look wrinkled or twisted.

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Step 7. Pin or staple the poster in place

Secure the poster in its place so that it does not move when it is hung. You can buy small pins for this at a hardware store or you can just staple the poster in place from behind. If you are stapling, do it well in the corner and with an inclination so that the poster is well attached, but that the staple is not visible when looking at the poster from the front.

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Step 8. Insert a poster holder if you are going to use one

The poster stand is usually not needed if you have attached your poster to a foam board. However, if you haven't done this or want the image to look more professional then you should add poster backing to cover the back of the poster.

Be careful that your poster medium is acid free if you use one or it may damage the poster

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Step 9. Hang the suspension mechanism

You can use either small "D" shaped rings (which attach by screwing them on) and wire, or zigzag photo hangers (which are screwed on with small screws). Both of these systems are available at your nearest home improvement store. Be careful to attach them to the frame and not to the poster, so that they hang securely and are strong enough to hang your poster.

You may need more than one photo hanger if your frame is particularly large and / or heavy. Make sure you have enough for your poster to hang securely

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Step 10. Hang your poster

Insert screws or nails into the wall so that you can hang your picture on it. If you are using more than one hanger, you should make sure they are level on the wall so that the poster does not hang wobbly. Adjust your poster until it looks straight.

Advice

  • To find an inexpensive frame, consider purchasing a printed piece of art, already framed and that is the same dimensions as your poster or exceeds them by 2, 5, or 5cm.
  • Poster frames of all kinds and different materials can be found in stores or online. Some frames are hung on a stand or simply arranged on a wall. Frames can be made of wood, metal or other materials.
  • If you have your poster professionally framed in a store, visit several stores to get an idea of ​​the price and what your finished product would look like.
  • A poster should generally stay in good condition without you having to do anything once it's in the frame. If this is not the case for you, consider using scotch tape or some other adhesive to hang the poster from its support.

Warnings

  • Do not tape or otherwise affix a rare or expensive poster to any medium.
  • Do not use ammonia-based products to clean plexiglass. Otherwise, a hazy film will develop on the surface of the plate.

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