For me, as an artist, the cost of framing a piece of work can be daunting and overwhelming for a top-notch job. It was important for me to remind myself (as a poor graduate student at the time), that I was preserving these works of art for a lifetime. A one time cost for long term enjoyment and preservation. You aren’t going to frame things lots of times, so it is important to do things right the first time and not skimp. Frame selection and mat selection are also important, and some of that is personal preference (I don’t claim to be an expert here!).
Tip contributed by drawing artist Laurie Winkelman.