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Can't Decide

Discussion in 'Picture Frame Design' started by Rick Granick, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I want to do a frame for the shop to show off the new LJ Spoleto style.
    I'm doing this B&W sea view with B4015 Black Pearl mat and LJ163405 Metro steel fillet.
    I'm trying to decide between the lighter 494100 silver frame or the 494110 pewter (darker) version. Either seems like it would work well. These photos don't capture them exactly, but I thought I would see how the votes come in for the choice.
    :cool: Rick

    frameA.jpg frameA

    frameB.jpg frameB
  2. simplymatted

    simplymatted SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

  3. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    A for me, not much in it though
  4. graysalchemy

    graysalchemy CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I can't really see much difference to be honest but I have just looked on the mouldings online and I prefer the darker one 494110.
  5. smitten

    smitten CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    B. But out to the 4 inches, margins too thin.
  6. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I like the darker one better as well. Goes better with the mat overall I think.
    Am not all that impressed with this new line so far. Have showed it, but no luck
  7. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    We have sold a fair bit of it, not the profile you have there though, the scoop and the box section ones, although I do like that one too.
  8. Andrew Lenz Jr.

    Andrew Lenz Jr. MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    On my monitor with my settings, I like B. Though the photo looks entirely different hues in the two photos, so it's hard to say. (One is sepia/orange and the other is sepia/violet!)

  9. DVieau2

    DVieau2 PFG, Picture Framing God

    It might be a failure in my monitor but both frames look very similar and both frames look like they have a warm tone.

    I have a pet peeve about warm tone framing with cold tone (B&W) art.

    Mat and fillet are great.

  10. Terry Hart cpf

    Terry Hart cpf SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I had to look at my samples, it's a little hard to tell to tell from the photos but I'd definitely go with the pewter. I thing the waves stand out much better against the darker version, just like they are framed by the rocks & sky. I also would expect the pewter to do better in general than the silver so I would probably rather showcase it although I could be way off there. It's happened ;)
    BTW, does anyone else feel LJ has fallen off in the design department in recent years?
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  11. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    These are hard to photograph accurately because they are pretty subtle. My inclination is to use the darker one because it is lower contrast against that mat, so the image is the boldest element in the package. I do like the way the texture on the moulding relates to the sea image.
    :cool: Rick
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  12. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

  13. skye

    skye MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I'm with Shayla- 'A'... BUT I am wondering, is that the same mat in both?
  14. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Yes they are the same, it's hard to photograph colors consistently in the lighting there. "A" is my inclination too, so I'll probably go that way.
    Thanks for all the input.
    :cool: Rick
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  15. zyblor

    zyblor Grumbler in Training

    I am pensive about either choice fully, though both choices of frame work, but the mat choice will cause the frame, fillet and picture to become more static visually. My suggestion would be to take your idea of accentuation and reverse it, utilize the base tone of the piece (the white parts) match your matting to that. This will offer more clarity for the eyes. An easy example would be to understand what the subject matter of the picture is, in this case the rocks, the shore, the shape of the waves, by using a dark mat you cause the negative space to be accentuated which is opposite of what the picture is displaying. The human eye will have to work harder to see what is on display, as the outline is all that is visible. If you allow your eyes to relax you when looking at it will see what I mean.

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