Fixing Prints Which Curl

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

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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Survey: Where Do You Mostly Sell Prints

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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CMYK Warnings

Recently we have been receiving a lot of inquiries about the CMYK warning that might pop up with some image files that are uploaded for printing. I am here to shed some light on this if it has happened to you when ordering your prints at FinerWorks. When you upload a file for printing, our website takes a close look at the file and pre-screens the image to make sure it is the proper file type and can be read. One of the things it looks at but does not filter out is if an image is CMYK rather than RGB. In the past we have been anti-CMYK. Since then we have changed our stance, somewhat.

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New Tube Based Shipping Option Added

If you prefer your prints to be shipped in a tube rather than flat, we have added some tube based shipping options in the shipping drop down at checkout to be available for some types of orders, primarily prints on our fine art papers. These will show up with the regular shipping options at checkout but say “tube” in the shipping method name.

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How to Approach a Gallery for Representation

At FinerWorks we have full-time on staff two people who are also actively involved in the art gallery business at night and on weekends. Zane Thomas is a successful screen printer and founder of both Black Moon Prints and Black Moon Gallery, based in San Antonio. Melissa Hernandez shuttles between Austin and San Antonio and works for multiple galleries such as Art on 5th in Austin and Tatum Originals in San Antonio. She also represents various independent artists as a dealer. At the same time, she is in the process of developing a new gallery in San Antonio’s Blue Star Art Complex. I had a chance to spend some time with both discussing what is the best way for an artist to find gallery representation. I thought it would be best to get some tips direct from them since they have had the fun and displeasure or having to both accept and reject artists and their work. Based on our discussion, this is what we came up with that we think will help and artist understand and better go through the process of finding representation.

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The Process of Making Prints Correct

Eileen, an artist out of Montreal, Canada after using a number of print companies emailed us about a problem she was having with getting giclee fine art prints produced to her satisfaction. Here is what she said: “Hi, I had been trying to make prints of my artwork to sell as reproductions for the past year and found it hard to get the results I want. After first trying to print them myself, I tried different companies which let to little improvement. My problem is colors in the prints are still usually off to some extent and I don’t know why. One company told me it was my files while another seemed to have not clue. A friend recommended you guys since she says most of her prints are great and you have been happy to work with her to improve the prints that needed help. Before I start to use Finerworks, I am simply curious what you guys do differently and if you will be able to tell me what I can also do?”

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3 Quick Tips for Image Submission

Printing your images through FinerWorks is pretty straight forward however problems that can affect the ability to print your image accurately can occur when people have utilized more advanced imaging techniques that might cause problems with how an image is correctly read. Below are 3 quick tips that will alleviate potential problems in printing.

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