Glazing: Not Only Glass in the Frame

Why custom framing smokes ready made frames. Working at a few custom frame shops, I have often heard the gasp statement of “the frame is more than the art”.  As an confessed art addict of works on canvas and various papers from $20-$2,000, I can tell you why I choose custom framing over say a chain store ready made frame.

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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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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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