What File Types Should You Submit

You might know that there is a wide range of image file types. The majority of types were pretty much decided upon years ago with many of them made mainstream by both the web as well as software firms such as Adobe. The most popular type is the JPG. Most digital cameras will offer to allow you to use this one to save your photos, plus maybe one or two additional “high quality” ones. JPG also tends to be the type mobile devices and tablets like to shoot and save photos in. Another popular one used to be Bitmap which likely gained its popularity with Windows users since that was the main one Microsoft Paint prompted you to save images. The web also early on introduced other types such as PNG as well as GIF. These handful of ways to save an image only scratch the surface of what out out there. As a result people always want to know when it comes to printing, what is best or at least what type of file we prefer at FinerWorks.

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Reviews and the Importance of Soliciting Followup

For many of our customers, we are getting into the season where print sales start to take off. This is true for those that create commissioned one of a kind prints for their clients just as much as for artists selling open edition prints online or even at various art festivals. For some of us, this is their first time around the block when it comes to making some substantial sales during the holidays. It can even be intimidating at first because we as artists want everything to run smoothly. And if we are not new to this maybe we are trying to coordinate a number of different orders. What also happens to some of us is the realization that our creations, whether it be photography or something else, actually has potential to be collected outside our immediate circle of friends and family. Real buyers want to buy our work! But while that may be so, its not uncommon for us to loose focus on on the big picture and ignore some new opportunities in front of us that will promote more sales later on.

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3 Common Mistakes with Soft Proofing

You may know that soft proofing is a valuable tool which allows you to simulate on your screen how colors and tones will print. It takes into consideration the whiteness of the paper and how in-gamut these tones are. Programs like Lightroom and Photoshop, which happen to be the two most used programs for soft proofing even provide you gamut warnings which show you if certain tones in your soft proof preview may run into limitations. In other words the printer might or might not be able to achieve those tones. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube on how to soft proof and many of our customers do utilize soft proofing but it is something you cannot do halfway. Its an all or nothing process otherwise your example preview may not be accurate. Below are a three common mistakes we see when people soft proof.

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