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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Displaying your Framed Art in Faux Interiors

I do very much like to see how my framed photography visually impact's the eye hanging on a wall, framed and made focal by mat and frame. Of course, I cannot print every image and frame it as this would price me out of house and home lol!

The alternative is often to purchase environment shots. Well, many of them don't appeal to me, and I personally feel weird purchasing someone else's image, I'd rather take on the challenge of procuring my own photographically. Though I am sure there are some really great ones out there, and it is worth investigating, so that one may have a variety of feels for their framed prints to mock up on.

Another factor I notice in many is that the print matted and framed, always seems to appear cut and pasted in, mainly due to the fact that the mat is often Too white and not affected by the environment.

An important thing to make sure is addressed, is to have your print's size fairly accurate and true to size, when creating your mock up environment shot showing your framed art on a wall. Don't advertise an 8"x10" print and display it as a 36"+ size on a wall. Try to keep it size appropriate. The size I show here is meant to be around 16"x24" for the print. Not too big and not too small, and gives a fairly accurate idea of how it would look.

Using this "urban grunge" unfinished wall construction photo I shot, at our work premises where the wash rooms are being renovated, upgraded, and have yet to be tiled (with boring beige lol) I have mocked up a few of my photo prints, using frames I already created, with litlte drop shadows, in Photoshop CS5. I would So love this look in my own place lol!

To take out that stark flat bright white of the mat, and make it seem more natural in the environment, but still stand out, I used Image, Image Adjustment and Replace Color from the menu bar in PS. I then grabbed the white of the mat with the eye dropper, reduced the Fuzziness to about 6 - 8 so that my change would Only affect my white mat and not light areas of the rest of my image. I slid the Brightness down a bit, and in some cases I sampled a warmer tone than what was showing as my hue, after. This knocks down the too white whites of the mat surrounding my photo in the frame, and makes it seem a little more natural in its environment.

Replace Color could also be used to actually replace the color of the mat, if you wanted to :-) Fuzziness just needs to be a low # so as not to also be adjusting other light to white areas in your image.\

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