I agree in cases where it been overdone. The idea is to add enough to make it look as if the margins are equal even if they're not.I personally hate weighted mats.
They always look wrong to me.
If a customer wants one, then we do it.
Probably about 1-2% of our projects get them.
They look especially wrong to me on horizontal pieces, and I will advise against them in those cases.
That all being said, on Asian scroll style pieces, I will sometimes recommend doubling the mat width in the longer dimension.
Asks someone to draw a triangle. They will always draw it apex-up. It's a subconscious thing.
Inverted it looks unstable and therefore unsettling. A drawing can't fall over but nonetheless.....
Doh! Well you know what I mean...... ^ not vUm...
The Apex is always at the top.
That's how the Apex is Defined.
1. As I understand, the information about the pictures on the walls was first written by a company that sold pre-cut mats with equal margins, and published it as an excuse to sell mats with equal margins. A very biased source.I used to weight the bottom matt on most of my frames and the only "rule" I applied was that the weighting had to be enough that it looked deliberate - not a sort of "is that wider or not?" distraction. Typically I would add around 20%.
The reason I was given was that, traditionally pictures were hung high on walls which tended to make the top matt look narrower but with modern, low ceilings that hardly holds water. I still believe it looks better and most of my customers agreed with me so that was the way I rolled.
Love this. Just goes to show that we can have different ways of doing things, and it still works fine.Having thousands and thousands of customer projects with symmetrical matting, I have never once had anyone question or complain about the matting being even (or looking odd for being even). So this approach is doing something right for my customers.