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Premium Giclee, A Natural Coarse Art Paper
May 21, 2018

Of all our fine art papers, the Premium Giclee Finer Art paper is the most widely selected of our papers with a prominent texture. The main reason people love this paper so much is that texture, but there is more to it than the texture alone. With its white matte orange peel surface embossing, the catches the light and can be seen with even some of the most detailed images

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Hanging Artwork Tips
May 16, 2018

You would think that being in the business I am in, within my home the walls would be covered with artwork from framed prints to gallery wrapped canvas art. Actually only recently, after old little girl got older and enter Kindergarten did this start to change. Now pictures are beginning to show up on our walls, albeit generally photos of our daughter or pictures she painted, but the walls are beginning to be populated. As I started adding these pictures of her or her framed art I have developed a few tips I would like to share.

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New Dibond® Mounting for Your Prints
May 11, 2018

Dibond® is now available for mounting your prints. Dibond® is a rigid, durable aluminum composite material combines two thin layers of aluminum with a solid polyethylene core.

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Pixelated, Out of Focus or Ghosted Prints
May 5, 2018

There are 3 concepts to and each one means something totally different. There is pixilation, out of focus and ghosting. Sometimes when a customer tells us their prints are blurry we must ascertain which of these they are referring to since they all can are caused by different things.

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Best Practices for Matting Prints
May 2, 2018

There is a lot of emphasis on choosing a frame for your art and photo prints but sometimes overlooked is the importance of matting.  Not only does the mat help highlight the artwork, it also acts as protection so the glass or acrylic does not come in direct contact with the print.

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Getting the Best Wood Print Possible
April 14, 2018

How do you know if your image will look good on wood or not? All the images we initially tested and made into our new wood prints have looked fantastic! But we have seen some images really stand out above others. It has nothing to do with the image quality of the artwork or the photography. It has to do with the tones in the image. Fortunately we have invested a lot of time in testing the process which allows me to share with you what we have learned. If that is not enough, our print setup tool attempts to simulate a wood print before you order it so you can get a bit of a preview to help you decide.

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Takeaways from a Working Artist Panel Discussion
April 4, 2018

The Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX is one of the city’s treasured gems that is nestled downtown. Originally known as the Ursuline Convent and Academy when it opened in 1851, Southwest School of Art has provided back to the community in the form of these discussion panel, events, a bachelor of fine arts program and community classes since 1965.

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Convert Pixels to Inches
April 4, 2018

Ready to order a print but need help converting pixels to inches? Just enter your image file’s pixel dimensions into the Pixel to Inches Calculator along with your desired resolution. If you are do not know your image’s pixel dimensions, scroll down and we’ll show you how to find it!

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Black Wrought Iron Trivets Now Available
March 27, 2018

Black wrought iron trivets, sometimes called pot holders are the perfect custom decor piece for any kitchen to display your artwork or photography. We offer a variety of shapes and sizes.

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Bayou City Art Festival Working Artists
March 27, 2018

A look at three clients working the 2018 Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, TX as well as some take aways on ways to cultivate collectors at the tent.

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Ways to Diversify Your Art Business
March 27, 2018

Diversifying your art business is a way to generate more income. If you are only following one path with your art, then you need to read this. See some examples but come up with your own ideas as well.

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Matting Photo Prints for Standard Size Frames
March 21, 2018

One area for frustration with photographers is the framing of photo prints. If you have tried to frame one of your pictures recently and you use a digital SLR camera you may know what I am talking about, especially if you have to crop out some of the image to fit the display you have in mind.  

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Merchandising Your Artwork
March 21, 2018

Merchandising your artwork is one of the best way to make money off your photos or artwork. The term simply means offering your imagery as part of a product such as printed on the surface of a coffee mug, mouse pad, puzzle or more. Just walk into any Hallmark or other brick and mortar gift shop and you will see a lot of examples of merchandised artwork.

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PayPal Credit As A Layaway Option Gets You Paid Right Away
March 21, 2018

I was working in one of the largest contemporary art galleries in Austin, TX and one of the tools we had for moving art was a layaway plan. It was time consuming and had the risk of the customer flaking on us and put me as a collection agent to get old layaways paid off. This just didn’t make the experience great between the gallery and the customer.

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How to Choose a Paper Type
March 13, 2018

An artist asked, “What kind of paper should I choose? I am just getting into printing and don’t know what type of paper to select. Can you help me?” Of all the questions we get, I have to put this at the top. As a giclee printing company, FinerWorks has carefully researched what people like and what people expect in a paper. As you can imagine, this has resulted in us offering quite the array of fine art papers, all designed to provide exceptional image quality for both the artist having reproductions made and for photographers requiring something special for their client or next competition.

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Sales Tips from an Art Slinger
March 13, 2018

I have been professionally selling art for the last five years from booths to a 7,000 square foot gallery floor. The mentors I have come with 20 years of selling art at booths and 10 years at selling art in the gallery of luxury cruise ships. For over 12 years, I have been in broadcast advertising sales. Here are some tips I use to move art.

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Why Print Big
March 13, 2018

I met master photographer Elizabeth Homan last week who was speaking at a photographer event we regularly sponsor. She made a statement that when she shoots her portraits she likes to shoot the people small in the frame. She does this because it encourages her clients to order bigger prints from her. It got me to thinking about the frequency artists and photographers order big prints from us and why they do so.

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Should I Offer Free Shipping
March 7, 2018

Not too long ago a well published photographer told me how he was trying to find ways to boost his sales of framed photo prints he ordered and had us drop ship to his customers on a regular basis. He asked me what I thought about offering free shipping to incentivize visitors to his website to order these prints? I told him I thought it was a great idea but maybe not for the reasons he expected.

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Instagram For Artists in 2018
March 7, 2018

How many of you are artists or photographers are on Instagram? Instagram has changed on how your images are being viewed. Here are some tips to work with the new changes.

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Will You Be At Houston’s Bayou City Art Festival
March 7, 2018

Will you be at Bayou City Art Festival in Houston? Let us know.

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Showcasing Your Framed Prints Online
February 27, 2018

Despite all of the advancements in technology since the introduction of window displays back in the late 1800’s, presentation still holds the most chips. And, as any successful store window designer knows, it isn’t enough to simply show off your products. No, you’ve got to set a stage; a scenario. Create something to which your shoppers can actually relate. You have to implant an idea into their minds – one that tells them how perfectly your product fits into their world.

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How to Create a Certificate of Authenticity
February 27, 2018

If you are going to be selling your art as prints or already have been doing so, are you also offering a Certificates of Authenticity (COA) to your buyers? This is a topic that comes up quite often when we visit with artists and photographers over phone or even in person.  Two questions are asked. The first is how do I have those made and what goes on them.

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Signature Placement if Making Prints
February 27, 2018

Tips on adding your signature in the right spot for future prints of the art. Do you consider the placement of your signature on your original work?

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To Frame or Not to Frame: Building Sensible Product Lines
February 20, 2018

If you’re ready to start offering prints for sale, you’re probably really excited about building a product list for your online store. Assuming you have already digitized your artwork and run a few test prints, it’s time to start making some decisions about products and variants.

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Fixing Prints Which Curl
February 20, 2018

We recently re-introduced the option to have your prints shipped in a tube. Surprisingly to us a lot of people are opting for the tube shipping option over having their prints shipped rolled. This of course has led to some inquiries from our customers as to how to get their prints to flatten out, especially during colder months where the paper seems less pliable.

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New Art & Photo Slates Are Here
February 16, 2018

We are excited to be rolling our a brand new product in the form of actual stone slates with fractured edges that can display your artwork, photography or even text. Two black plastic “feet” are included allowing it to remain upright on any table, desk or shelf. Each is unique due to their fractured edges and they can vary in size by up to 0.4″. These are processed and shipped from our San Antonio headquarters to any part of the country. Artists or photographers can use our automatic drop shipping service to have their slate shipped to their customer.

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Digital Capture of Your Art

Ways to Digitally Capture Your Artwork
February 15, 2018

Alexis Fedor moderates a Facebook Group called, Artists In Business where she offers advice on business practices for artists.  Daily I, go to this community to read what issues artists are seeking that are outside the realm of business model questions. So when Mirinda Clapier asked for recommendations for a scanner to digitize her watercolor artwork, I wanted to ask here at FinerWorks.

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Survey: Where Do You Mostly Sell Prints
February 14, 2018

Artists and fine art photographers are always asking us for tips to help them sell more of their prints. We find that most are selling their prints at either events, sometimes known as popups in their local art community but that could include such things as “First Fridays” which is an art and food even extravaganza that happens at various venues in our local market or it could be a non-art related overall but in which you were able to still get a table to showcase your work. The other choices are self explanatory.

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$10 or $15 Voucher – Share Your Prints on Social Media
February 14, 2018

Share a photograph or video of a recent order from FinerWorks on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or even YouTube and get a voucher for your next order from FinerWorks. Post a Photo – $10 Voucher. Post a Video – $15 Voucher. One gift card per person is allowed. Include hash tag #FinerWorks in your post so we see it. This voucher offer ends February 28, 2018 so make sure you post by then.

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Artists, Prepare Yourself for the Social Media Blackout
February 6, 2018

Five tips for artists and photographers to prepare for Facebook’s new algorithm that is set to lose the last of your 1-2% of views of your posts. It’s time to get ahead of the social media change that many are calling the Facebook Apocalypse. As Facebook also owns Instagram this algorithm wall will keep your audience from seeing your posts here as well.

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Annemarie Barrett Shares Her Style of Selling
January 31, 2018

Artist Annemarie Barrett of AEB Art shares some of her tips on selling prints made by FinerWorks on her Etsy shop.

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