Ways to Digitally Capture Your Artwork

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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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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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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Which is Better? JPG or TIF

Which is better for printing, a JPG (JPEG) or TIF (TIFF)? Most would say a TIF. But, is that always the case? When printing your images there are the two primary formats we recommend and we do accept a handful of other file types for ordering prints however many are only optimal under the right circumstances that may not necessarily be ideal for art and photo printing.

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Why Small Prints on Fine Art Papers are Really Big

Years ago, when I got into this business, I did so partially because I was enamored with the idea of making big prints. After several years this came into fruition as I started a small garage based business that eventually grew into a full-service color lab with its own manufacturing facility and several partner centers in the Southeast and Southwest. As we continue to expand both our products and work on expanding, one area we are intentionally getting smaller at is in our fine art giclee paper printing. Not by scaling back or but I mean the ability to offer smaller print sizes.

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Your Photography is Art, Treat it That Way

If you take portraits are you really an artist? My good friend Jim Landers of Landers Photography and founder of Landers Photo School shares some words of wisdom which may current and aspiring photographers might want to consider. Even if you are not a photographer, it is still a good read because you as an artist will be able to relate to why it is important to treat photography as art.

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Gloss vs. Matte Canvas

One of the most asked questions we receive  is it better to print on gloss or matte canvas. Back when we first started printing canvas there were really only those two choices. Then we always recommended ordering on a gloss canvas for reasons of the added complication of applying a protective coating.  On matte it would have to be applied very lightly on the or else the surface would start to develop a satin or even glossy appearance.

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Quick Tips for Holiday Ordering

This year Christmas falls on a Sunday. This means you will want to make sure you have the bulk of your orders you need fulfilled placed about a week before Christmas. See our ordering deadlines for specific dates. Orders will be shipping via either the US Postal Service or UPS but keep in mind that weather conditions can delay a shipment and we cannot control this. Fortunately, services like UPS are working overtime this year to try to ensure delays are minimal. With that said, I have some recommendations for your Holiday ordering.

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