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How to Customise a Frame: A Guide for Memory Keeping

Many moments in life are worth keeping, and some of them are even worth framing. There is nothing like looking at precious memories together with family and friends during small gatherings and having something to physically stare at and touch. In today’s modern world, where digital technology is almost everything, printing photos or artworks is not common. This also makes framing a not-so-popular pursuit.

However, if someone decides to frame a particular memory, it means that the photo or artwork is indeed important for that person. To make it extra special, they can personalise how they want the finished output to look via customising its framing.

If you have been thinking about doing the same and curious about how the process goes, here is a step-by-step guide to help you decide on a custom frame for your art or photo:

Step 1: Choose a Frame and Material

The frame is the first and most crucial feature you must decide on. This is because how your image looks on your wall will depend largely on what type of frame you use.

Here are some designs you might encounter and what they would look good on:

  • Modern Frame: This option utilises thin and minimalist frames, usually in gold or black metal materials. It adds a modern and sophisticated appeal to your chosen image.
  • Floating Frame: This option uses a clear glass or acrylic framing, making your special photo appear as if it’s floating on your wall.
  • Deep Set Frame: This option brings an added layer to your photo. It casts a subtle shadow within, making your eyes focus on the image inside. It is best for landscape or travel photos.
  • Canvas Prints: This option is best if you want wall arts with dimension. It is a perfect choice for those photos you want to pass down for generations.

Step 2: Choose a Mat

The mat is a colourful paper that surrounds your photo. It is an added protection and visual aesthetic so that your image will not fully touch the frame. Additionally, it would make the picture the central focus when you stare at your artwork.

Here are three types of mats to choose from: (1) a paper matt which is the most affordable version but could also decline in quality over time, (2) an alpha-cellulose mat, a treated paper that is perfect if you want no acid present inside your frame, and (3) a rag mat that is the most expensive option, yet also the most long-lasting.

Step 3: Find the Perfect Glass

After you have chosen the frame, material, and mat, you can now choose what type of glass you want to cover and protect your precious printed memory. The glass types will vary depending on the level of protection you want to obtain for your artwork.

If you want to protect them from any damage from the sun, you can opt for a glass frame that effectively blocks UV rays. You can also choose an anti-glare glass or a glass with different thickness levels, which will allow you to have a clear view of your piece, no matter the lighting.

All these three categories can immediately deliver you a work of art that is unique and according to your liking!


Physical memories in photographs or artworks are best kept when framed. It is the best way to protect your memories and art, and give it the attention it deserves. Displaying your most treasured photos will also be easier once they get framed, and you can customise the frame surrounding it to make it more special. When it is time for you to frame your important memory, make sure to hire someone skilled to make sure to do the job right!

If you have a memory worth framing and are looking for someone who can customise it for you, we can help. Newtown Picture Framing Studio has been the city’s picture framer by choice since 1993. We offer a full range of picture framing services in Sydney, from gallery framing to textiles and memorabilia, photo restoration and retouching, and more. Connect with us today to learn more about our custom services!