Archival Solution of the Week | Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats






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Archival Methods’ Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats save you TIME and MONEY!
‘Nuff said!



Archival Solution of the Week: 

Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats



Let’s face it, folks, cutting window mats is a FINE ART, in-and-of-itself. A good mat will ENHANCE your photographs, artwork and collectibles, while a badly-cut mat will DISTRACT from whatever you’re presenting.

As a quick example drawn directly from Archival Methods’ very popular series of six (count ’em, SIX!) illustrated blogs on Mat Cutting (please click here to see all six of these informative blogs), this is what I’m talking about:



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A pristine, accurately cut mat will enhance ANY work. Here this acid-free mat performs three important functions: it elegantly ENHANCES the piece; it archivally PROTECTS it; and it essentially “DISAPPEARS,” as all the viewer’s attention is drawn to the photograph itself.
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In this instance the PHOTOGRAPH ITSELF “disappears,” as most of the viewer’s attention is focused on the ripped-up corner in the top left, the smudged right-hand border, the overcut on the bottom right, the doinks to the beveled mat edge here and there, and of course the big, fat, greasy thumbprint on the bottom left (battle damage from a Romulan Bird of Prey?). While this damage was exaggerated a bit for the photograph, even significantly less damage is often EXCEEDINGLY distracting, again making the artwork or photograph “disappear” as one focuses instead on the crappy mat job. (Please click on the image for more information.)



In order to MAKE SURE you have the finest archival mats available, consider ordering our Custom Cut Mats (in any size or quantity you need); our Archival Mat & Presentation Kit (comprised of individual standard-sized pre-cut mats); our Pre-Cut Exhibition Mats (standard-sized pre-cut mats in packages of five); or our Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats (the subject of this Archival Solution of the Week – see below).

With all of these matting options, our computerized mat cutting procedures (see pix below) and our strict quality control standards guarantee a PERFECT mat every time – whether you’re ordering a single custom-cut mat for that important photograph or artwork, or you’re ordering dozens (or even hundreds!) of bulk pre-cut mats for an upcoming exhibition, special project, or for the gifts you want to give.



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Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats: The Specs


As an integral part of our wide range of world-class, museum-quality archival products and services, Archival Methods offers tremendous value and ease-of-use with our Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats. When you need a number of the same-sized mats for a professional exhibition, a student show, or when you’re matting a number of same-sized images for presentation or gifts, our pre-cut bulk window mats are the answer!

Each precision-cut window mat is made of 4-ply Bright White 100% Cotton Museum Board. Our standard-sized window openings are either CENTERED (for both vertical or horizontal use), or with a one-inch WEIGHTED bottom (please see our fully-illustrated blog on Matting / “Centered” & “Weighted” Mats for a full explanation of the difference between the two, and what might be best for YOUR particular application).



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When choosing the mat size and format that is right for you—either pre-sized for standard 2 x 3 ratios or sized for digital prints—also please consider what type of backing board you would like to use. Backing board is available separately, as our Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats do not include backing boards due to the fact that some individuals prefer 4-ply backing while others like working with 2-ply backing boards (see pix above). If in doubt, go with 4-ply backing boards of Bright White 100% Cotton Museum Board to match your mats’ color and thickness, and for added structural support for your photographs, artwork or collectibles (especially with larger mats!).



Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats: Sizes Available



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Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats: Small and Medium Sizes
(available in packages of 25all measurements are in inches)


•  8 x 10 mats (for 4 x 6 prints) – centered 3¾ x 5¾ window openings 

•  8 x 10 mats (for 5 x 7 prints) – centered 4¾ x 6¾ window openings

•  8-1/2 x 11 mats (for 5½ x 8¼ prints) – centered 5-3/8 x 7-7/8 window openings

•  11 x 14 mats (for 8 x 10 prints) – centered 7½ x 9½ window openings

•  11 x 14 mats (for 8-½ x 11 prints) – centered 8-1/4 x 10-3/4 window openings

•  14 x 18 mats (for 8 x 12 prints) – centered 7½ x 11½ window openings

•  14 x 18 mats (for 11 x 17 prints) – centered 8-7/8 x 13-3/8 window openings

•  16 x 20 mats (for 11 x 14 prints) – centered 10½ x 13½ window openings

•  16 x 20 mats (for 11 x 17 prints) – centered 9-7/8 x 15-7/8 window openings

•  16 x 20 mats (for 11 x 17 prints – weighted bottom 9-7/8 x 14-7/8 window openings (horizontal configuration)

•  16 x 20 mats (for 11¾ x 16½ prints) – centered 10½ x 15-3/8 window openings



Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats: Larger Sizes(!!!)
(available in packages of 15 / all measurements are in inches)


•  18 x 24 mats (for 12 x 18 prints) – centered 11½ x 17½ window openings

•  18 x 24 mats (for 13 x 19 prints) – centered 12½ x 18½ window openings

•  20 x 24 mats (for 13 x 19 prints) – centered 12 x 18 window openings

•  20 x 24 mats (for 16 x 20 prints) – centered 15½ x 19½ window openings

•  22 x 28 mats (for 17 x 22 prints) – centered 16 x 21 window openings

•  22 x 28 mats (for 17 x 22 prints) – centered 14 x 21 window openings

•  22 x 28 mats (for 17 x 22 prints) – weighted bottom 14 x 21 window openings (horizontal configuration)

•  22 x 30 mats (for 17 x 25 prints) – centered 15½ x 23½ window openings



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Do you need to archivally mat a whole portfolio box worth of same-sized photographs, artwork or collectibles? Well, look no further than Archival Methods’ acid-free Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats! (Please click on the image for more information.)



With so many sizes and options available, why consider going anywhere else for all your mat cutting needs?

Archival Methods’ museum-quality materials, attention to detail, and our industry-leading customer service all mean that you will be completely satisfied with you purchase of our Pre-Cut Bulk Window Mats—as well as ALL of our top-of-the-line archival products and services—or your money back. It’s that simple! Guaranteed!






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