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lazy.jane
« on: February 17, 2011 02:01:41 AM »

Hi everyone,

I normally loiter around in the dolls forum so this is my first post here and I have a questions which is probably really easy and obvious to answer!

I like to draw and paint and have sketchbooks full of little things which I thought might look nice mounted up. However, I'd like to be able to make some prints (maybe to sell in my Etsy shop) or little note cards, etc. with my drawings on them. I have absolutely no idea how to go about doing this though and wondered if anyone could help me?

All that my brain can come up with at the moment is either to scan my drawings in to my computer and then print them out, or take a photo of them with a digital camera, and again print them out....is that how people do it, or is there a more 'advanced' way of turning your artwork into prints? Any help would be much appreciated as I am a complete newbie at this type of thing.

Thank you so much.

Lesley.
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011 12:28:56 AM »

yep that's the only way to get them on a print , get them on to your computer then photoshop to clean it and make it more presentable.
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2011 06:18:04 AM »

I sometimes bluetack my work onto the wall & take photos using my DSLR then clean it up in photoshop, but I haven't printed to test out the quality yet, I just use the digital copies to use online. I can't use my scanner as it's rubbish!

You probably have a local print shop (they do photocopies, brochure printing business cards etc) the majority of those will create digital copies of your work for you with a good quality scanner Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2011 07:07:20 AM »

Hi OP

As you had guessed the easiest way is to take a high quality photo of your painting, a good indicator is over 5 mega-pixels - if the image is 1MB or more it should be good enough to make a print of about 50cm by 50cm without any loss of quality. Obviously, the larger the print the larger the photo should be.

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2012 07:28:41 PM »

I am really interested in this question as well and the answers didn't get to my questions. If you want to sell prints of your artwork as I see so many artists doing these days - what are the details such as:

When you take the photo - how many dpi does it need to be to have a local printer (kinko's?) print it out. What do they(kinko's) need from me?

What kind of paper(s) is standard for sold prints? What do I ask for?

Sorry for the general questions but I am completely clueless on this and really interested. Does anyone here do this? Did I get to the post too late for responses? lol.

Thanks so much!
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2012 04:06:30 AM »

I am really interested in this question as well and the answers didn't get to my questions. If you want to sell prints of your artwork as I see so many artists doing these days - what are the details such as:

When you take the photo - how many dpi does it need to be to have a local printer (kinko's?) print it out. What do they(kinko's) need from me?

What kind of paper(s) is standard for sold prints? What do I ask for?

Sorry for the general questions but I am completely clueless on this and really interested. Does anyone here do this? Did I get to the post too late for responses? lol.

Thanks so much!

There are experts in this very field over at  Sunshine Artist magazine. http://www.sunshineartist.com/forum/index.php

Sunshine Artist is a magazine for the arts and crafts industry. There are plenty of professionals who make prints in the forum section. Register, ask, and you will get the answers you need.
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2012 10:34:49 AM »

Thanks so much Chris!
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2012 02:03:12 AM »

Re: the actual printing and selling of prints, depending on your market it might be easier to go through a site like RedBubble.  You just upload your file, specify what you'd like it to be sold on  (posters, canvases, greeting cards...) and then they handle the printing, shipping etc when someone buys something.  It's like Cafepress, but with a more arty focus.

You probably don't make as much money as doing it all yourself - the site you sell through will want their cut - but if you're hoping to sell online rather than in person at art shows or the like, it might be easier.

I've personally never sold anything through them, but then I've only got about three things listed there and I've done nothing whatsoever to promote it.  It's on my list of stuff to do, but life keeps getting in the way. Smiley
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