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« on: July 29, 2007 03:14:55 PM »

Okay, I have a bunch of questions, namely:

Those of you who get individual prints of your art made (ie, not in bulk), how do you do it? Do you use a printing site online or in your hometown? (obviously, the cheaper the better) Does a regular scan of the piece with a regular scanner work to make prints from?

Sellers, how much do you charge for your prints?
Buyers, how much would you pay?
(if it depends on the sizes, could you give examples?)

Buyers, what sort of prints do/would you buy? Would you buy prints of simple things like line drawings, or digital stuff, for example? (I guess it depends on your tastes obviously but some people consider line drawings and sketches to be unfinished etc so I thought I'd ask anyway)

Do you print on photo paper or cardstock or something else?
Buyers, which do you buy? Does it matter? (and would it affect the price?)

How do you ship them? (Tube? Envelope?)

Anything else I should be asking or that you want to tell me?

Thanks so, so much for any help and input!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2007 02:54:15 PM »

Ok, first off, scanners. I use a flatbed scanner, but not my own. I've tried out lots of scanners around town until I found one that gets an accurate scan of my paintings, and I use that one each time. One day I plan to buy a nice one for my studio, but one thing at a time Wink

Printers are kind of the same. If you're doing line-art, it's not too difficult. The most important thing is haveing a good digital software to clean the art in. Once it's cleaned well, it will print well. Colored pictures are a little trickier. I had to try 5 different places in town before I got a laser print that didn't mess with my skin-tones, and then it was only one of their printers I could use. I ended up doing some research and buying a $600 photo printer that will print up to 11x17. Right now all of my prints are 8x10, on 8.5x11 bristol, which helps the prints look like the original paintings. I wouldn't trust online printers unless you're able to get a printed proof in your hands.

I sell them for $12 each, and ship them in hard cardboard envelopes. Larger prints I'd suggest mailing in a tube.

Having worked in a frame shop for many years, I can tell you that detailed pencil and ink work do fairly well. Many people like the "unfinished" look of pencil work, when it's highly detailed.

Hope that helps!

« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2007 04:03:25 PM »

It does, thank you very much! Smiley

I think I'll just have to do a bit of research into printers in my area and see what I can come up with.
Thanks for the really helpful comment!

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