The Logan Border Calculator App

If you’ve ever had to cut a mat (also known as mountboard) to hold a photographic print you’ll know how important it is to get the measurements just right. Any mistakes in your calculations can mean a wasted mat, as my growing collection of badly-cut boards confirms!

I’ve always use a piece of paper and, sometimes, a calculator to figure out exactly where to cut the board, but now there’s an easier, faster way.

Logan, the well-known manufacturer of mountboard cutters and framing tools, has released smartphone apps for Android and Apple devices that will quickly do the hard sums for you.

Here’s how it works, with screenshots from the Android app.

Firstly, input the size of your frame opening or mat. You can use imperial or metric units. A standard large mat used for TPS competitions is typically 500 x 400mm:

Then input the width and height of your image. Let’s say my image is 280 x 160mm:

Now, hit ‘Calculate’ and—tada!—the app shows exactly where you should make your cuts. I’m not sure any of us will be measuring our cuts to 1/1000 of a millimetre but well done if you can!

You can even get additional measurements for a double mat, if you want to get really fancy, you clever thing!

Keep in mind that the app will only give you measurements for a centrally cut aperture. If you’d like to cut this higher or lower in the frame you’ll need to adjust one of the measurements. Perhaps I should hang onto my calculator for a little longer after all!

You can download this free app for your smartphone from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Just search for “Logan Border Calculator App”.

Happy cutting!

Suppliers of Mounting Boards and Accessories

For everyone who attended yesterday’s TPS Meeting where John Howard shared tips on how best to mount photos for competitions, here’s his list of suppliers used by some of our members. There are several local shops where you can buy a wide variety of boards, tapes and tools, and some of the online companies also provide fast delivery.

Don’t forget: If you wish to enter Round 1 of our Colour Prints Competition which will take place on Thursday 12th October, .jpg files of your print images — sized to the same specifications as for our PDI competitions — must be sent to our Internal Competitions Secretary via comps@tpsinfo.org.uk by midnight on Monday 9th October. Each member can submit up to two .jpgs, and you should then bring your prints along by 7.45pm latest on the competition night.

Good luck to everyone. Remember: you’ve got to be in it to win it! And even if you don’t win, you’re only allowed to moan about the scores if you’ve taken part 😉