A passe-partout is background cardboard cut out in the middle. This is placed in your picture frame between the picture and the glass. The size and position of the cut-out can be freely defined.

A high-quality Passepartout offers additional design freedom within the frame. In this way, it is an additional frame for your picture and additionally enhances the overall impression. The matching Passepartout to the picture can thus provide a reinforcing effect. But there is another decisive advantage: a picture can be optimally fitted into an existing frame with the help of an individual Passepartout.


With a bevel-cut Passepartout, the work can unfold multi-dimensionally. At the same time, when used with a picture frame, it prevents the glass from resting directly on the object. A carefully executed bevel cut of the inner edges conveys a certain depth and avoids shadows on the picture. A thickness of 3 mm instead of 1.5 mm enhances this effect.

The additional distance between the picture and the frame makes the framing larger overall. The eye is actively drawn to the picture. Framing with a Passepartout is not for nothing the most original form of picture presentation.


You can get passe-partout in different colours. The three white tones (white, antique white, natural white) fit almost all motifs. A solid grey or black Passepartout is used when a clearer distinction is required. Thus your Passepartout is coloured completely after your conceptions.

The pure white shade goes well with light motifs and glossy photo papers. Old white is a very neutral and slightly muted shade of white that goes well with fine art papers. Natural white, with its slightly yellowish tint, goes well with older or darker papers. Our tip: tend to choose the cardstock colour a shade darker than the paper of your image.

A passe-partout not only frames the picture inside a frame, but it also gives it more room to unfold. In addition, it prevents direct contact of the glass with the object. Framing with a passe-partout inside a frame is the earliest form of picture presentation.

Framing with a passe-partout provides plenty of possibilities to enhance the presentation and the impact of your picture. It makes your work of paper look more valuable. With strong, wavy works of paper, you should also use a strong passe-partout. In addition, the picture does not directly touch the glass when framing with a passe-partout.

With a passe-partout, you can create different settings for your art. Generally, the placing of the picture within the frame is important for the overall visual effect. There are multiple options, from central positioning to golden cut.


Mostly the cut-out is placed at the centre, i. e. with the same edges at the top, bottom, left and right. Like this, you can use your passe-partout in landscape or portrait format, which is convenient for changing exhibitions. For a more interesting presentation you can place the picture slightly higher.


With this variation the cut-out in the passe-partout is slightly shifted to the top: the lower edge of the passe-partout is then slightly wider than at the top, which makes it looks as if the cut-out was placed in the middle. With the "central" variation, depending on the picture and proportions, the lower edge of the passe-partout seems to be smaller than at the top.


The golden cut is a harmonic ratio that is particularly comfortable for us to view. In terms of art and placing a picture in the frame, according to a mathematical formula, the lower edge of the passe-partout is made considerably wider than at the top.

For a perfect presentation of your picture, there are various design possibilities for your passe-partout cut-out. Generally, all inner and outer measurements can be determined down to the millimetre.


This is the most common type of picture presentation with a passe-partout: The motif is usually covered all-round by a 3 to 5 mm bevel-cut passe-partout. When ordering your passe-partout the cut-out should be respectively smaller than the picture. This makes the picture easy to install and not too much of the motif is covered and lost.


Often the sheet of paper is larger than the actual motif. In this case the passe-partout cut-out can be 5 to 10 mm wider all-round than the motif. The gap between picture motif and passe-partout edge intensifies the effect of the picture. Ideal for signed pictures!


Displaying the entire sheet up to the edge and presenting it with a passe-partout is called an exposed sheet of paper. Here the picture is mounted onto a background cardboard of a folding passe-partouts and the cut-out is larger than the paper format. Like this, the edge of the paper looks special.


The Passepartout size depends on your picture and your frame. The outer format is based on the glass size of your picture frame. The cut-out is based on the dimensions of your picture.

Experience shows that a harmonious passe-partout width is approximately 10-12 % of the dimension of the longer side. The passe-partout cut-out should also be 5 mm smaller all round than your picture. This ensures that the picture is well covered by Passepartout.

Happy Framing!

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