Mount Cutting and Print Mounting (by Brian Sankey).

In this workshop Brian explains how he produces those superb quality print mounts.

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Note: In this workshop, if you click on each image, it will link to a larger view, so you are able to see more clearly what Brian is doing.

1: The mount card in this tutorial was cut to 20 by 16 inches.
2: Never assume that your photograph or mount card is perfectly square.
3: Place your white backing card and your overlay together, in what will be the correct orientation. If necessary trim the edges to obtain a perfect match.
4: Trim the print back to its borders. See Figs. 01 and 02


Fig 01

Fig 02
 
5: Place your overlay card face down with your print also face down lined up with the left hand edge. Measure the distance from the right hand edge of the print to the right hand edge of the mount card. See Fig 03. One half of this measurement will be the width of the borders at the top and to either side of the print. In this case it was
4 inches, allowing for 2 inch borders to either side, and the top. Always make the side and top borders identical with a deeper border at the bottom.


Fig 03

 
 
6: Measure 2 inches down from the top of the mount card in 2 places and mark with a dot in pencil, also put one 2 inches in from the left. See Fig 04.

Fig 04
 
 
7: Line your print face down with the pencil dots, it should then be 2 inches down and 2 inches in from either side.
8: Then mark short lines on the back of the overlay card either side of each of the corners of the print. See Figs 05 and 06

Fig 05

Fig 06
 
9: Measure out 3/8 ths of an inch from each of the corner lines and mark with a pencil dot. Now join these dots with a continuous pencil line the full width and length of the card. See figs 07 and 08. These will be the guide lines for the bevel cutting.

Fig 07

Fig 08
 
10: Fig 09 shows the clamp which I made for holding the mount card whilst the bevel cuts are made.

Fig 09
 
 
11: Place the mount card in the clamp, lining the pencil lines up with the edge of your cutting guide. Cut the bevels on all four of the lines in accordance with the instructions with your own particular bevel cutter. See Figs 10 and 11.

Fig 10

Fig 11
 
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