How to Make a Large Family Portrait

Add a creative touch to cherished family photos with cropping, large format printing and framing.

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Attach Hooks and Wire

Depending on the size of the frame, mark the back side approximately 2/3 of the way up from the bottom. This is a great height for installing picture hanging hooks and wire to ensure a balanced installation. Next, use a drill to fasten hooks directly into the frame with attached screws. Unfurl picture wire to about double the width of the frame, thread the wire through the first hook (Image 1), looping it around, then twisting the wire around itself to keep it secure (Image 2). Once taut, stretch wire across back of frame (Image 3), then repeat the same process for second hook (Image 4), cutting excess wire with wire cutters.

Arrange Art on Floor

One of the most important steps in achieving the proper look is the arrangement of the framed images (Image 1). Lay the frames out along a flat, level surface, repositioning each piece until the proper layout is determined (Image 2).

Create a Wall Outline with Painter's Tape

Use measuring tape to determine the exact width and height made by the properly spaced grouping of frames. Referring to these measurements, use painter's tape to mark the space along the wall where the frames will be hung.

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