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Guidelines In Getting The Best Use Of Picture Frames

Jun 8, 2008
Picture frames are a multi purpose tool used to hang the picture sturdily to a wall, as well as enhance the picture itself. Over the years most of the time picture frames have been made out of wood. Today you can find picture frames made out of all sorts of things, wood, metal, all the way to sea shells. More recently picture frames have been constructed to be electronic and digitally enhanced.

The standard use of picture frames is to protect and support a picture that a person wishes to hang on a wall. Originally paintings were the only thing available to put into picture frames. A person could take a painting and by using a picture frame hang in on a wall without being forced to put a nail or screw through the picture itself.

The picture frame can be used to protect the painting. A sheet of glass was placed between the frame's sides and over the painting. Today Plexiglas has replaced glass for most picture frames. This would prevent insects from landing and harming the painting. It also prevented dust from landing on the paintings and damaging them. Lastly the glass was used to prevent people from touching and or harming the fragile works of art.

The picture frame does more than just safe guard the picture it protects; it also enhances the picture visually, by adding to its beauty. In some cases the frame itself can be considered a work of art. Woodcarvings are put into picture frames by artists who like to express themselves in that fashion. Metal workers can do likewise by molding designs in to the surface of metal frames, thus adding to the beauty of the painting.

With the invention of the camera not all picture frames hold artistic works of art. Family portraits, baby pictures, and baseball team photographs are placed in picture frames everyday. Basic wood and metal frames are used in the average household because most families can not afford to purchase an extravagant hand made picture frame.

With modern technological advancements the picture frame has greatly changed in the modern household. Electronics have been added to the frames, allowing light bulbs to be put inside. A person's favorite Christmas picture can be displayed with red and green colors around the outside.

The most recent advancement to picture frames is digital picture frames. By using digital frames a person can look at their picture without physically having them inside the frame. A picture is taken with a digital camera and then loaded into the digital frames computer. The digital screen inside the picture frame can then display any picture uploaded. The digital frame can also be set to show a number of pictures on a slide show, which means that the frame will show a number of pictures on after the other.

It would take dozens of normal picture frames to display the amount that a single digital frame can. MP3 audio files can be stored inside the digital frames allowing a person to hear music while the see look at the picture. Some people might say these factors would make the digital frames superior to traditional ones, while others argue it is not comparable because you do not actually get to look at the picture, just its image on a screen. These things are for the consumer to decide, they can say which will meet their needs and their visual preferences.
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