Reverse bevels...

Most times, the mat is cut with the bevel edge showing.  In some cases, it is more esthetically pleasing not to see the bright white bevel cut of the mat.  Take, for example, this original hand-tinted photo by W.R. Macaskill.  Both the off-white top mat and the black bottom mat were cut with reverse bevels so there wouldn't be any white bevel cut showing.  This adds to the overall subdued effect of the photo.

Reverse bevels can also serve an important function when framing graphite and pastel artwork.  Particles from the graphite or pastel have a tendency to fall off.  By reversing the bevel on the mats, and including a spacer between the top and bottom mats, a pocket is provided for the particles to settle in without ending up on the surface of the mat.

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