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Argghh - Printing! Do I put a border on my shots?

I am going slowly insane trying to get some images printed for a 6 x 4, 7 x 5 and 5 x 5 aperture on a mat in a frame. When I go to order the image it is making them 6 x 4 but if this is the same as the aperture, I won't have anything to fix the image to the mat. What does everyone else do? So far I have come up with using GIMP to put a .5 inch white border on my 6 x 4 and then think of ordering 7 x 5 to give me the image plus the border. It seems a lot of work to get something that should be (?) simple. All thoughts comments welcome. The second image has a border on it...

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Mike what site are you using to create this met/frame print? Not all sites have the same format and some sites are better at judging the best way you print should look when framed or at a particular size. just for viewing purposes, I use Aaron brothers to get an idea of what the framed print will look like. Another site is CanvasHQ but again i'm just using these sites to size and get an idea. Using sites like Walmart photo, shutterfly etc are main stream and do not allow for odd ball sizes. In fact a couple of times, I've had to add a boarder to the print in order to have the image fill the frame.

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I have found that nearly all sites print to a size the same as the frame making it difficult to get the full shot displayed. I resorted to using software to add a white border of my own that would fit inside the mounting card and still show the shot. It must be a process or cost issue that they don't allow custom sizes. Or at least not without any further cost.

Correct sites like shutterfly/walmart etc set size and frame limes but their software doesn't calculated the placement of the image in the correct orientation. Thats why I suggested Aaron brothers or CanvasHQ sites as a way to see what you print should look like based on you print size criteria. Then take a screen shot of the completed image and goto micheals/Aaron brothers. For instance, I did a mock up of my Still Water image on Aaron brothers site, took a screen shot then to this image to Micheals. It's going to cost me $195.00 for a 26'' x 17'' matted & framed print, ready for show quality in a few weeks. here's the Teddy Bear Image submitted last year also done by Aaron brothers. Again costing nearly the same price as the current Still Water print matter & framed.