Getting the Best Wood Print Possible

We have been producing wood prints for a while now. We recently made some changes to a maple wood veneer panel. The new prints allow us to produce a superior quality product which is more durable and has greater image saturation and detail. Our natural wood maple panels, are ready to display. The back of the panels includes a pre-cut keyhole, so it will hang flush on any wall.
At a little more than ½” thick these panels are an ideal choice for many applications and settings without the need to be framed. The refined natural wood sides give it that finished look you require. With wood prints your image is sublimated / fused directly onto the surface. It allows for incredible detail to show while also having the wood grain look required. The surface can be dusted or even cleaned with a soft damp rag without danger of scratching or harming the image. But even with these improvements some of the same practices apply to produce the best wood print possible.

A this time we have about 8 very popular sizes. These range from 5×7 which are perfect for a table top display to 30×40 which is ideal over any large wall space. You can see and order these at the following link:

View & Order Wood Prints

So, 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.

Let’s first look at what really helps a photograph or artwork take advantage of the wood textures and grains that you want to show in your wood print. Images with a lot of whites or lighter colors will work best if your desire is to show the wood pattern. Images where you have darker tones may start to cover up the natural wood texture so if it it has black or really dark colors, you may not see the wood pattern very well.

The reason lighter colors show the wood pattern better is  because the way printers work. With some exceptions, most printers don’t print with white ink. At least this is the case in the photo and art printing world. Rather than printing white, these printers rely on the whiteness of the paper the image is being printed on. A classic example is when you print a gray-scale image such as black and white photograph. With that black and white you can sometimes get a warmer tone to the print on certain papers over others if the paper you are making your print on is too off-white.  First you won’t have any pure whites because the wood is not white. But this is what we want to make a wood print in the first place. We want the the hue of the underling wood with the natural wood pattern to be visible to some extent. Keep this fact about whites in mind with wood prints. Even though we are not printing direct to wood but instead sublimating and image to it via heat and pressure, any whites in the image don’t transfer.

As previously mentioned, where you loose the ability to show some of this potential wood hue and natural wood pattern is with an image that may have a lot of dark colors. For instance, when we were first testing the development of wood prints, we produced a number of test prints using various imagery from our stock imagery and staff created collections. It allowed us to see how different types of images would look. One particular image was an abstract art piece. The tones tended toward either deep red, browns and blacks with a few hi-lights in yellow and white. White the print came out looking really nice it did not really show the underlying wood. Because of that I would have probably been better off just printing it on one of our fine art papers and then mounting it on masonite.

So what kind of images look great on wood? Here are some examples of what I think looks really good:

  • Photos and portraits taken with lots of light
  • Illustrations or line drawings
  • Artwork on pure white backgrounds (my favorite)
  • Paintings with bright colors

Photo and portraits taken with lots of light

These give the photo a very vintage look. If this is of interest to you, you will notice the image takes on a somewhat sepia tone. Not completely but just enough of a hint. Because the wood is somewhat yellow in color, you colors are influenced by this yellow tone.

Illustrations or line drawings

These look incredible. It gives the artwork a look as if it was created directly on the wood itself. While making an interesting piece to frame or display, we are already seeing what we suspect are artists intending to simply use these as under paintings which they will later hi-light or paint over with actual paints.

Artwork on pure white backgrounds (my favorite)

Think of say a flower by itself with white in the background. Or a seashell which one customer just did the other day. It looked really incredible. The artwork was centered on the wood print but the white background was not visible. I could see a series of wood prints done displaying various subject matter.

Paintings with bright colors

A good example of on our site is a faerie sitting on a log in a forest. The background sky was a very light shade of color so the natural wood texture coincidentally looked like clouds. Again, you want the wood to show up so if you have too many dark colors, you won’t be able to take advantage of this as intended.

The bottom line is any image can look good on wood but if you want your wood pattern to show up make sure you have images with a good balance of brights, mid-tones and darks. Artworks and photos that best take advantage of the underlying wood patterns will have lots of lighter colors.

Now if this is not enough information for you how about simulating the entire wood print process. It is actually quite easy with a program like Photoshop. We will have to do a video tutorial later on this but for those somewhat versed in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements simply locate or even create a wooden like pattern, complete with a small amount of yellowish hue. Then drag the image  you want to print on top. This should create a layer over your wood background. Set this image layer as “multiply” and it will make your lighter tones turn translucent so the wood pattern underneath shows. Use this to get a general idea because each wood panel will be a little different from each other.

A couple things I want to point out to the very color conscientious. Let’s be realistic. If you are after that specific shade of blue, orange or green that you spent hours trying to tweak and get right on your screen,  you won’t necessarily get it in a wood print. A wood print is not going to be accurate because the wood being printed on can vary. While we currently only offer birch hardwood, slight variations in it’s natural hue will occur. While I am not an expert, I know this can be attributed to things such as the age of the wood and even where the wood originated.  So if you tend to get hung up on colors, don’t with wood prints since you can never predict how the underlying wood will will affect the color. Finally on a similar note, you can’t soft proof a wood print. Soft proofing relies on a white point of the paper or media the image is being printed to. Since we can’t create a color profile with a consistent white point on wood, it is impossible to provide you one.

Hopefully this will give you some insight on wood prints. If you want to test the concept out with your artwork or photography, feel free to start off with something small. I will be surprised if you are disappointed.  Be sure to let us know what you think of your wood prints when you get them so we can share your own insights with others.

Wood Prints FAQs

Acrylic Prints

The following arrive ready to hang:

  • framed prints
  • stretched & mounted canvas
  • wood prints
  • acrylic prints
  • metal prints (with the exception of some styles),
  • wall art standouts

Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.

No. We have found non facemounted acrylics to be subpar in image quality therefore we have moved to the more popular face mounted acrylic print option which is able to take advantage of both the superior color gamut and resolution that modern inkjet offers on high quality photo papers as well as the protective face of an acrylic front which gives acrylic prints an extra dimension in contrast and vividness

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Yes, we can for quantities of 5 or more of the exact same time. Contact us direct since our website does not allow for ordering all custom sizes in acrylic prints.

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The method used to create the acrylic prints we offer will provide little risk in fading unless exposed to direct sunlight over a length of time. Since acrylic is a type of polycarbonate, very hot conditions such as a hot car exposed to sunlight can potentially cause it to warp. It is best to keep it indoors in comfortable living conditions exist to prevent this from happening. Also a good measure to help reinforce the acrylic print is the optional die bond backing.

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Some people may be surprised to see that acrylic prints look incredibly sharp when printing a high resolution, sharp and crisp image file. That is because the acrylic prints we offer are face mounted prints in which the image is printed on our satin luster paper or metallic paper. It is then face mounted to the back of the acrylic. The printers used for these papers are high resolution Canaon inkjet photo printers which is why these have the potential to look so sharp.

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Canvas Prints

A giclee prints is a way to classify a professionally produced print using inkjet technology, primarily printed on canvas or a fine art paper with archival grade inks. While the process is only several decades old, it has quickly become the method of choice for both artists and photographers. Read more

The following arrive ready to hang:

  • framed prints
  • stretched & mounted canvas
  • wood prints
  • acrylic prints
  • metal prints (with the exception of some styles),
  • wall art standouts

Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.

In addition to the standard canvas and art papers FinerWorks offers for online ordering, customers can also choose from a wide range of name brand media types when ordering larger quantities offline. View options here

Category: Canvas Prints

Yes. Many artists order their under-paintings from us, and this practice is becoming more and more popular.

Category: Canvas Prints

Yes. All canvas prints will be coated with an aqueous coating to help diminish the potential for smudging and scuffing. A print in which the matte canvas is chosen will receive a matte coating while a print in which luster or gloss canvas is selected will receive a luster coating.

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Order samples of our giclee papers and canvas here.

Category: Canvas Prints

For canvas, we use primarily use poly cotton blend canvases by Breathing Color specially coated to receive the inks used by our printers. The canvas has an oxford weave giving it a natural canvas texture as favored by professional photographers. The papers also have their own priming or are also treated to accept the inks we print with. Various finish options are available from matte to gloss canvas.

Category: Canvas Prints

Both Epson and Canon promotes their inks as being resistant to fading over time and our parent company has been producing canvas prints since around 2001. In that time we have had no one contact us and indicate their print had faded.

Your giclee canvas print will last up to 150 years at least, with the proper care. Although the process of giclee printing has only been around since the latter part of the last century, testing and research confirms that an archival giclee print can have a life-span of 200+ years. Both Epson and Canon promotes their inks as being resistant to fading over time.  

Category: Canvas Prints

We offer photo-to-art services if you would like to make your photo print look like a painting. Many artists and photographers order underpaintings printed onto canvas with the intention of painting over it. Read more

Category: Canvas Prints

Yes. We use only sap-free lumber for our stretcher bars. Our preference has always been Kiln dried pine as it  is not likely to crack, warp, or become brittle.

Category: Canvas Prints

For canvas brands by leading manufacturers for the decor and fine art industry. All canvas is a primed canvas specially coated to receive the inks used by our printers. The canvas has an oxford weave giving it a natural canvas texture as favored by professional photographers. The papers also have their own priming or are also treated to accept the inks we print with. Visit our canvas and fine art papers pages for more information about brands and their specs.

Categories: About Us, Canvas Prints

Yes. Please contact us ahead of time so that we can assist you with ordering this addon.

Cards

We now offer press-printed cards on fine art paper. These are available as post cards, flat cards or folded cards. View card options and pricing here.

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Pricing for fine art cards can be viewed here.

Category: Cards

We offer a variety of standard sizes for our cards. Size options can be viewed here.

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We offer discounted rates for sets of (duplicate) cards. 

Category: Cards

Yes. When purchasing multiple copies of the same card, you will qualify for a discounted rate. 

Category: Cards

We have 2 types.

Our Fine Art Linen is a linen-embossed, texture matte on solar-white 100 lb. card stock. Our Smooth White Matte offers a smooth matte finish on solar-white 100 lb. card stock.

Category: Cards

Cards will have a bleed of approximately 1/8 inch so we recommend allowing for this when formatting your image file. Subject matter on or close to the edges may be partially cropped or appear off-centered. 

Category: Cards

At this time we do not offer the option to print imagery inside the folded cards. We do however offer the option to include wording if desired.

Category: Cards

You may include a logo or graphics to the back of your folded card. Just choose one of your uploaded images to add imagery to the back. Keep in mind that the print area may be limited so it will be important to format your image file to fit the dimensions of the print area (for more info watch this).

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Folded cards and smaller flat cards will each come with its own envelope.

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Although we do offer dropshipping and order fulfillment services, we do not offer direct card mailing services.

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Your set of cards will arrive in its own card box with a clear top for easy viewing. Keep in mind that multiple sets will not always have their own boxes as these boxes are utilized for packaging and shipping purposes. We do not currently offer card storage boxes for purchase.

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Yes, your flat cards may have images or graphics on both sides. 

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You are not. After formating your card's front you may add it directly to your cart. The back of the card will arrive blank.

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Fine Art Papers

A giclee prints is a way to classify a professionally produced print using inkjet technology, primarily printed on canvas or a fine art paper with archival grade inks. While the process is only several decades old, it has quickly become the method of choice for both artists and photographers. Read more

The following arrive ready to hang:

  • framed prints
  • stretched & mounted canvas
  • wood prints
  • acrylic prints
  • metal prints (with the exception of some styles),
  • wall art standouts

Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.

Both Epson and Canon promotes their inks as being resistant to fading over time and our parent company has been producing canvas prints since around 2001. In that time we have had no one contact us and indicate their print had faded.

Choosing the paper that best compliments your artwork or photography is how you should gauge which paper is best. While our staff will be happy to offer suggestions sometimes the best choice won’t be obvious until you view the image printed on the paper. There are four characteristics that affect how an image will appear on any of our varied fine art papers: ink absorption, brightness, texture and gloss levels (if any). We recommend a good start is to test printing small prints on different papers as well as to order one of our starter kits so that you can see and feel the different papers.

Category: Fine Art Papers

To extend the life-span, store you giclee fine art paper print out of direct sunlight and avoid extreme temperature changes or exposure to humidity. It is recommended that paper prints be framed behind glass or acrylic glazing when ultimately on display. If kept in a retail environment unframed you should keep the prints sealed in clear bags which are acid free like what we offer for sale on our website.

Category: Fine Art Papers

Some papers have more difficulty in flattening our then others. This is especially true during the cooler months but can happen during any time of the year. The papers the prints are produced on are originally in rolls and the prints are printed to these rolls. I most cases we will ship prints up to a certain size flat so that they have had time to loose their curl and flatten out however this is not a guarantee. Thicker or heavier weight papers may still need more time to flatten out. We have a blog posting on our site which discusses this in more detail as well as some solutions.

Fixing Prints Which Curl

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In most cases your prints will not be coated and definitely not laminated. In some instances we may need to coat prints which have large expanses of dark colors in them such as solid black backgrounds. This is to help alleviate potential scuff marks that are visible within the print if not looking at it behind glass or a clear plastic sleeve.

Category: Fine Art Papers

Order samples of our giclee papers and canvas here.

Category: Fine Art Papers

Yes. The fine art paper prints are printed with a method we refer to as giclee printing. This is a technology that has evolved since the late 20th century to use primarily aqueous wide format printers with archival inks on archival media.

Category: Fine Art Papers

More and more fine art photographers are turning to giclee prints since in many cases photos look better and have a wider color gamut then you might normally experience with traditional photo prints. This was not always the case but advancements in inkjet technology over the past 10 years have allowed the right image with the right paper to offer a superior color gamut and better contrast and depth.

Category: Fine Art Papers

In addition to the standard canvas and art papers FinerWorks offers for online ordering, customers can also choose from a wide range of name brand media types when ordering larger quantities offline. View options here

Category: Fine Art Papers

We do not recommend this. We cannot guarantee any paper print that has been embellished or had paint applied to it. Unlike canvas many of the papers will wilt and warp like most papers when saturated with any sort of liquid base. While some customers have reported success with both acrylic and oil paints when embellishing their fine art paper prints others have reported negative results. If you think you want to try doing this you should consider ordering smaller prints to test and practice the technique that works best for you before attempting with a larger print. Most artists that attempt this will pre-coat their print with either a spray fixative or pray lacquer based coating to seal the print first.

Category: Fine Art Papers

Yes. We offer some special request media types for high volume offline orders. Check the options list and make sure you contact us for a quote when you have an opportunity to place a very large order with FinerWorks.

 

You can! To purchase matting without a frame, just make sure you include a border on your print. Matting options will be found below sizing. 

Frame

The following arrive ready to hang:

  • framed prints
  • stretched & mounted canvas
  • wood prints
  • acrylic prints
  • metal prints (with the exception of some styles),
  • wall art standouts

Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.

For some types of prints you can order custom frames and/or matting when you are setting up your print online. Note, not all products can be framed and some styles of prints will be restricted to certain types of framing options.
Category: Frame

Sure! Just visit our Frame Moulding Style page to pick out a frame and order online.

Category: Frame

We do. In fact, because frames are “made to order” we do price our custom sizes any differently than those considered to be “standard”. 

Categories: Frame, Top Questions

To price frames only, just visit our Frame Moulding Style page. Find the moulding you’d like to price, setup the frame size you want to get pricing.

Categories: Frame, Pricing

Glazing in the form of acrylic glass and ay be ordered with your frame or ala-carte.

FinerWorks currently does not offer actual glass as the glazing since glass has a high rate of breaking during shipping.

Categories: Frame, Glazing

Yes. You can order from a wide range of frame styles however in order to do this, you will need to order the “panel only” style to open the frame options. This will allow you to choose the frame you want.

Categories: Frame, Metal Prints

Just visit our Frame Moulding Style page to view the sizes we offer.

Category: Frame

We offer 2 types of frames, wood or polystyrene. Some wood frames may also have a laminate coating.

Category: Frame

We do offer more mouldings on-site and for off-line orders. Contact us directly to learn more.

Category: Frame

For framed prints, Tyvek backing (black or white) is placed on the back of the frame to seal the artwork from dust and moisture. Appropriate hanging hardware is installed on the back.

For frames ordered without the artwork, hanging hardware is provided but not installed.

Shell-packs (3-packs) do not include any hanging hardware.

Category: Frame

We have built in volume discounts that are applied when you order multiple copies of a frame. Add more than 1 to your shopping cart and the per item price will update to the new price.

Categories: Frame, Pricing

We do all framing is done in-house at our headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. This is done by a team of trained FinerWorks staff in our framing department.

Categories: Frame, Top Questions

Please see our turnaround time page for time frame details.

Categories: Frame, Ordering, Shipping

Framing & Matting

The following arrive ready to hang:

  • framed prints
  • stretched & mounted canvas
  • wood prints
  • acrylic prints
  • metal prints (with the exception of some styles),
  • wall art standouts

Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.

For some types of prints you can order custom frames and/or matting when you are setting up your print online. Note, not all products can be framed and some styles of prints will be restricted to certain types of framing options.
Category: Frame

Sure! Just visit our Frame Moulding Style page to pick out a frame and order online.

Category: Frame

We do. In fact, because frames are “made to order” we do price our custom sizes any differently than those considered to be “standard”. 

Categories: Frame, Top Questions

To price frames only, just visit our Frame Moulding Style page. Find the moulding you’d like to price, setup the frame size you want to get pricing.

Categories: Frame, Pricing

Glazing in the form of acrylic glass and ay be ordered with your frame or ala-carte.

FinerWorks currently does not offer actual glass as the glazing since glass has a high rate of breaking during shipping.

Categories: Frame, Glazing

Yes. You can order from a wide range of frame styles however in order to do this, you will need to order the “panel only” style to open the frame options. This will allow you to choose the frame you want.

Categories: Frame, Metal Prints

Just visit our Frame Moulding Style page to view the sizes we offer.

Category: Frame

We offer 2 types of frames, wood or polystyrene. Some wood frames may also have a laminate coating.

Category: Frame

We do offer more mouldings on-site and for off-line orders. Contact us directly to learn more.

Category: Frame

For framed prints, Tyvek backing (black or white) is placed on the back of the frame to seal the artwork from dust and moisture. Appropriate hanging hardware is installed on the back.

For frames ordered without the artwork, hanging hardware is provided but not installed.

Shell-packs (3-packs) do not include any hanging hardware.

Category: Frame

We have built in volume discounts that are applied when you order multiple copies of a frame. Add more than 1 to your shopping cart and the per item price will update to the new price.

Categories: Frame, Pricing

We do all framing is done in-house at our headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. This is done by a team of trained FinerWorks staff in our framing department.

Categories: Frame, Top Questions

Please see our turnaround time page for time frame details.

Categories: Frame, Ordering, Shipping

Frame prices do not include any matting or acrylic glazing. To view prices on matting, visit our Picture Frame Matting page.

Categories: Matting, Pricing

You can! To purchase matting without a frame, just make sure you include a border on your print. Matting options will be found below sizing. 

Matting by itself can be ordered from our Matting Options page.

Category: Matting

We do. You can specify matting outter width and height, as well as window width and height when ordering matting by itself. 

Category: Matting

Yes, we do offer double matting options as part of our online print and framing services.

Category: Matting

You can customize your frame’s matting. To adjust the size of your matting, simply adjust your frame’s width and height and the matting will automatically adjust to match the frame size.

Category: Matting

You can browse our Matting Options page to see available colors.

Category: Matting

Yes it is. We use acid-free, lignin-free conservation grade matboard.

Category: Matting

We have built in volume discounts that are applied when you order multiple copies of a mat. Add more than 1 to your shopping cart and the per item price will update to the new price.

Categories: Matting, Pricing

Glazing is the term we use to refer to having your work behind glass. The purpose of the glazing is to provide protection to your prints. It is not necessary in all instances of a framed print as is the case with a framed canvas, but for prints on fine art papers it is recommended since it protects against scuffing and direct contact. FinerWorks currently does not offer actual glass as the glazing but instead provides a safer and common framer’s alternative in the form of clear acrylic (plexiglass). Acrylic provides an advantage to glass by being lighter and less likely to break during shipping.

Category: Glazing

We do. View our Acrylic Glass page to view options for acrylic glazing.

Category: Glazing

 View our Acrylic Glass page to view options for acrylic glazing.

Category: Glazing

Glazing

Glazing in the form of acrylic glass and ay be ordered with your frame or ala-carte.

FinerWorks currently does not offer actual glass as the glazing since glass has a high rate of breaking during shipping.

Categories: Frame, Glazing

Glazing is the term we use to refer to having your work behind glass. The purpose of the glazing is to provide protection to your prints. It is not necessary in all instances of a framed print as is the case with a framed canvas, but for prints on fine art papers it is recommended since it protects against scuffing and direct contact. FinerWorks currently does not offer actual glass as the glazing but instead provides a safer and common framer’s alternative in the form of clear acrylic (plexiglass). Acrylic provides an advantage to glass by being lighter and less likely to break during shipping.

Category: Glazing

We do. View our Acrylic Glass page to view options for acrylic glazing.

Category: Glazing

 View our Acrylic Glass page to view options for acrylic glazing.

Category: Glazing

Kodak Prints

The following arrive ready to hang:

  • framed prints
  • stretched & mounted canvas
  • wood prints
  • acrylic prints
  • metal prints (with the exception of some styles),
  • wall art standouts

Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.

The difference is in the technology used to print the two. We usually refer to the regular photo prints as lab prints since they are produced by modern digital photo printers. The prints on canvas and art papers are produced with high end inkjet printers. For a more detailed explanation, please visit the following blog post:

 

Category: Kodak Prints

Matting

Frame prices do not include any matting or acrylic glazing. To view prices on matting, visit our Picture Frame Matting page.

Categories: Matting, Pricing

You can! To purchase matting without a frame, just make sure you include a border on your print. Matting options will be found below sizing. 

Matting by itself can be ordered from our Matting Options page.

Category: Matting

We do. You can specify matting outter width and height, as well as window width and height when ordering matting by itself. 

Category: Matting

Yes, we do offer double matting options as part of our online print and framing services.

Category: Matting

You can customize your frame’s matting. To adjust the size of your matting, simply adjust your frame’s width and height and the matting will automatically adjust to match the frame size.

Category: Matting

You can browse our Matting Options page to see available colors.

Category: Matting

Yes it is. We use acid-free, lignin-free conservation grade matboard.

Category: Matting

We have built in volume discounts that are applied when you order multiple copies of a mat. Add more than 1 to your shopping cart and the per item price will update to the new price.

Categories: Matting, Pricing

Metal Prints

The following arrive ready to hang:

  • framed prints
  • stretched & mounted canvas
  • wood prints
  • acrylic prints
  • metal prints (with the exception of some styles),
  • wall art standouts

Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.

No. Instead a process called dye sublimation is used. This turns the inks to a gaseous state that is able to bond to specially treated items like the aluminum panels.

Category: Metal Prints

No. Prepare your file just like you would for any of our prints. We do recommend your file be at least 150 to 300 pixels per inch (ppi) for optimal results.

Category: Metal Prints

Use any non-abrasive cloth or paper towel along with a non-ammonia based cleaner or water for best results.

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The coating on the metal is like an enamel in which the image fuses. This is quite durable therefore the image itself is not too likely to become scratched unless a hard or sharp object comes in contact with it. It still is wise to treat it with general care.

Category: Metal Prints

Yes. You can order from a wide range of frame styles however in order to do this, you will need to order the “panel only” style to open the frame options. This will allow you to choose the frame you want.

Categories: Frame, Metal Prints

Product Questions

A giclee prints is a way to classify a professionally produced print using inkjet technology, primarily printed on canvas or a fine art paper with archival grade inks. While the process is only several decades old, it has quickly become the method of choice for both artists and photographers. Read more

The following arrive ready to hang:

  • framed prints
  • stretched & mounted canvas
  • wood prints
  • acrylic prints
  • metal prints (with the exception of some styles),
  • wall art standouts

Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.

In addition to the standard canvas and art papers FinerWorks offers for online ordering, customers can also choose from a wide range of name brand media types when ordering larger quantities offline. View options here

Category: Canvas Prints

Yes. Many artists order their under-paintings from us, and this practice is becoming more and more popular.

Category: Canvas Prints

Yes. All canvas prints will be coated with an aqueous coating to help diminish the potential for smudging and scuffing. A print in which the matte canvas is chosen will receive a matte coating while a print in which luster or gloss canvas is selected will receive a luster coating.

Category: Canvas Prints

Order samples of our giclee papers and canvas here.

Category: Canvas Prints

For canvas, we use primarily use poly cotton blend canvases by Breathing Color specially coated to receive the inks used by our printers. The canvas has an oxford weave giving it a natural canvas texture as favored by professional photographers. The papers also have their own priming or are also treated to accept the inks we print with. Various finish options are available from matte to gloss canvas.

Category: Canvas Prints

Both Epson and Canon promotes their inks as being resistant to fading over time and our parent company has been producing canvas prints since around 2001. In that time we have had no one contact us and indicate their print had faded.

Your giclee canvas print will last up to 150 years at least, with the proper care. Although the process of giclee printing has only been around since the latter part of the last century, testing and research confirms that an archival giclee print can have a life-span of 200+ years. Both Epson and Canon promotes their inks as being resistant to fading over time.  

Category: Canvas Prints

We offer photo-to-art services if you would like to make your photo print look like a painting. Many artists and photographers order underpaintings printed onto canvas with the intention of painting over it. Read more

Category: Canvas Prints

Yes. We use only sap-free lumber for our stretcher bars. Our preference has always been Kiln dried pine as it  is not likely to crack, warp, or become brittle.

Category: Canvas Prints

For canvas brands by leading manufacturers for the decor and fine art industry. All canvas is a primed canvas specially coated to receive the inks used by our printers. The canvas has an oxford weave giving it a natural canvas texture as favored by professional photographers. The papers also have their own priming or are also treated to accept the inks we print with. Visit our canvas and fine art papers pages for more information about brands and their specs.

Categories: About Us, Canvas Prints

Yes. Please contact us ahead of time so that we can assist you with ordering this addon.

Choosing the paper that best compliments your artwork or photography is how you should gauge which paper is best. While our staff will be happy to offer suggestions sometimes the best choice won’t be obvious until you view the image printed on the paper. There are four characteristics that affect how an image will appear on any of our varied fine art papers: ink absorption, brightness, texture and gloss levels (if any). We recommend a good start is to test printing small prints on different papers as well as to order one of our starter kits so that you can see and feel the different papers.

Category: Fine Art Papers

To extend the life-span, store you giclee fine art paper print out of direct sunlight and avoid extreme temperature changes or exposure to humidity. It is recommended that paper prints be framed behind glass or acrylic glazing when ultimately on display. If kept in a retail environment unframed you should keep the prints sealed in clear bags which are acid free like what we offer for sale on our website.

Category: Fine Art Papers

Some papers have more difficulty in flattening our then others. This is especially true during the cooler months but can happen during any time of the year. The papers the prints are produced on are originally in rolls and the prints are printed to these rolls. I most cases we will ship prints up to a certain size flat so that they have had time to loose their curl and flatten out however this is not a guarantee. Thicker or heavier weight papers may still need more time to flatten out. We have a blog posting on our site which discusses this in more detail as well as some solutions.

Fixing Prints Which Curl

Category: Fine Art Papers

In most cases your prints will not be coated and definitely not laminated. In some instances we may need to coat prints which have large expanses of dark colors in them such as solid black backgrounds. This is to help alleviate potential scuff marks that are visible within the print if not looking at it behind glass or a clear plastic sleeve.

Category: Fine Art Papers

Order samples of our giclee papers and canvas here.

Category: Fine Art Papers

Yes. The fine art paper prints are printed with a method we refer to as giclee printing. This is a technology that has evolved since the late 20th century to use primarily aqueous wide format printers with archival inks on archival media.

Category: Fine Art Papers

More and more fine art photographers are turning to giclee prints since in many cases photos look better and have a wider color gamut then you might normally experience with traditional photo prints. This was not always the case but advancements in inkjet technology over the past 10 years have allowed the right image with the right paper to offer a superior color gamut and better contrast and depth.

Category: Fine Art Papers

In addition to the standard canvas and art papers FinerWorks offers for online ordering, customers can also choose from a wide range of name brand media types when ordering larger quantities offline. View options here

Category: Fine Art Papers

We do not recommend this. We cannot guarantee any paper print that has been embellished or had paint applied to it. Unlike canvas many of the papers will wilt and warp like most papers when saturated with any sort of liquid base. While some customers have reported success with both acrylic and oil paints when embellishing their fine art paper prints others have reported negative results. If you think you want to try doing this you should consider ordering smaller prints to test and practice the technique that works best for you before attempting with a larger print. Most artists that attempt this will pre-coat their print with either a spray fixative or pray lacquer based coating to seal the print first.

Category: Fine Art Papers

Yes. We offer some special request media types for high volume offline orders. Check the options list and make sure you contact us for a quote when you have an opportunity to place a very large order with FinerWorks.

 

You can! To purchase matting without a frame, just make sure you include a border on your print. Matting options will be found below sizing. 

No. Instead a process called dye sublimation is used. This turns the inks to a gaseous state that is able to bond to specially treated items like the aluminum panels.

Category: Metal Prints

No. Prepare your file just like you would for any of our prints. We do recommend your file be at least 150 to 300 pixels per inch (ppi) for optimal results.

Category: Metal Prints

Use any non-abrasive cloth or paper towel along with a non-ammonia based cleaner or water for best results.

Category: Metal Prints

The coating on the metal is like an enamel in which the image fuses. This is quite durable therefore the image itself is not too likely to become scratched unless a hard or sharp object comes in contact with it. It still is wise to treat it with general care.

Category: Metal Prints

Yes. You can order from a wide range of frame styles however in order to do this, you will need to order the “panel only” style to open the frame options. This will allow you to choose the frame you want.

Categories: Frame, Metal Prints

No. We have found non facemounted acrylics to be subpar in image quality therefore we have moved to the more popular face mounted acrylic print option which is able to take advantage of both the superior color gamut and resolution that modern inkjet offers on high quality photo papers as well as the protective face of an acrylic front which gives acrylic prints an extra dimension in contrast and vividness

Category: Acrylic Prints

Yes, we can for quantities of 5 or more of the exact same time. Contact us direct since our website does not allow for ordering all custom sizes in acrylic prints.

Category: Acrylic Prints

The method used to create the acrylic prints we offer will provide little risk in fading unless exposed to direct sunlight over a length of time. Since acrylic is a type of polycarbonate, very hot conditions such as a hot car exposed to sunlight can potentially cause it to warp. It is best to keep it indoors in comfortable living conditions exist to prevent this from happening. Also a good measure to help reinforce the acrylic print is the optional die bond backing.

Category: Acrylic Prints

The image is sublimated directly onto the treated surface of the panel using special dye based inks. This makes then smudge proof and not likely to be scratched unless scraped with a hard or sharp object.

Category: Wood Prints

This is not recommended. The veneer has a coating which the image has been sublimated to. Some chemicals could potentially harm the surface.

Category: Wood Prints

White is not a standard color that is printed. Essentially when an image has pure white, no color is applied to that area.  As the colors in an image get darker, more ink is applied. If your image has pure white, it will appear as transparent. That is where the beauty of wood prints come in since your underlying wood pattern becomes more visible the lighter the color.

Category: Wood Prints

Softproofing relies on having a consistent white level on the surface of the media the image is being printed to. Since the wood is obviously not white and the hue of the wood can vary slightly dependent upon the age of the veneer, there is no way to profile a wood print.

Categories: Ordering, Wood Prints

You should not have do anything other then choose a size that matches as close to your image as possible. Some people will elevate the contrast of an image slightly so that more subtle tones you want to show are not lost to too transparent.

Category: Wood Prints

Absolutely. You can use acrylic or oils. One potential option of wood prints for artists that like to paint over wood panels is to use it as an under-painting.

Category: Wood Prints

We now offer press-printed cards on fine art paper. These are available as post cards, flat cards or folded cards. View card options and pricing here.

Category: Cards

Pricing for fine art cards can be viewed here.

Category: Cards

We offer a variety of standard sizes for our cards. Size options can be viewed here.

Category: Cards

We offer discounted rates for sets of (duplicate) cards. 

Category: Cards

Yes. When purchasing multiple copies of the same card, you will qualify for a discounted rate. 

Category: Cards

We have 2 types.

Our Fine Art Linen is a linen-embossed, texture matte on solar-white 100 lb. card stock. Our Smooth White Matte offers a smooth matte finish on solar-white 100 lb. card stock.

Category: Cards

Cards will have a bleed of approximately 1/8 inch so we recommend allowing for this when formatting your image file. Subject matter on or close to the edges may be partially cropped or appear off-centered. 

Category: Cards

At this time we do not offer the option to print imagery inside the folded cards. We do however offer the option to include wording if desired.

Category: Cards

You may include a logo or graphics to the back of your folded card. Just choose one of your uploaded images to add imagery to the back. Keep in mind that the print area may be limited so it will be important to format your image file to fit the dimensions of the print area (for more info watch this).

Category: Cards

Folded cards and smaller flat cards will each come with its own envelope.

Category: Cards

Although we do offer dropshipping and order fulfillment services, we do not offer direct card mailing services.

Category: Cards

Your set of cards will arrive in its own card box with a clear top for easy viewing. Keep in mind that multiple sets will not always have their own boxes as these boxes are utilized for packaging and shipping purposes. We do not currently offer card storage boxes for purchase.

Category: Cards

Yes, your flat cards may have images or graphics on both sides. 

Category: Cards

You are not. After formating your card's front you may add it directly to your cart. The back of the card will arrive blank.

Category: Cards

The difference is in the technology used to print the two. We usually refer to the regular photo prints as lab prints since they are produced by modern digital photo printers. The prints on canvas and art papers are produced with high end inkjet printers. For a more detailed explanation, please visit the following blog post:

 

Category: Kodak Prints
Adding a border to your print will increase the overall sheet size. It will not cause the print area to be smaller.
 

We can convert your image to sepia or black and white at no additional charge, in addition to color/contrast fixes. We also offer touch up services in addition to textured brush strokes for canvas prints.

For some types of prints you can order custom frames and/or matting when you are setting up your print online. Note, not all products can be framed and some styles of prints will be restricted to certain types of framing options.
Category: Frame

Sure! Just visit our Frame Moulding Style page to pick out a frame and order online.

Category: Frame

We do. In fact, because frames are “made to order” we do price our custom sizes any differently than those considered to be “standard”. 

Categories: Frame, Top Questions

To price frames only, just visit our Frame Moulding Style page. Find the moulding you’d like to price, setup the frame size you want to get pricing.

Categories: Frame, Pricing

Glazing in the form of acrylic glass and ay be ordered with your frame or ala-carte.

FinerWorks currently does not offer actual glass as the glazing since glass has a high rate of breaking during shipping.

Categories: Frame, Glazing

Just visit our Frame Moulding Style page to view the sizes we offer.

Category: Frame

We offer 2 types of frames, wood or polystyrene. Some wood frames may also have a laminate coating.

Category: Frame

We do offer more mouldings on-site and for off-line orders. Contact us directly to learn more.

Category: Frame

For framed prints, Tyvek backing (black or white) is placed on the back of the frame to seal the artwork from dust and moisture. Appropriate hanging hardware is installed on the back.

For frames ordered without the artwork, hanging hardware is provided but not installed.

Shell-packs (3-packs) do not include any hanging hardware.

Category: Frame

We have built in volume discounts that are applied when you order multiple copies of a frame. Add more than 1 to your shopping cart and the per item price will update to the new price.

Categories: Frame, Pricing

We do all framing is done in-house at our headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. This is done by a team of trained FinerWorks staff in our framing department.

Categories: Frame, Top Questions

Please see our turnaround time page for time frame details.

Categories: Frame, Ordering, Shipping

Frame prices do not include any matting or acrylic glazing. To view prices on matting, visit our Picture Frame Matting page.

Categories: Matting, Pricing

Matting by itself can be ordered from our Matting Options page.

Category: Matting

We do. You can specify matting outter width and height, as well as window width and height when ordering matting by itself. 

Category: Matting

Yes, we do offer double matting options as part of our online print and framing services.

Category: Matting

You can customize your frame’s matting. To adjust the size of your matting, simply adjust your frame’s width and height and the matting will automatically adjust to match the frame size.

Category: Matting

You can browse our Matting Options page to see available colors.

Category: Matting

Yes it is. We use acid-free, lignin-free conservation grade matboard.

Category: Matting

We have built in volume discounts that are applied when you order multiple copies of a mat. Add more than 1 to your shopping cart and the per item price will update to the new price.

Categories: Matting, Pricing

Glazing is the term we use to refer to having your work behind glass. The purpose of the glazing is to provide protection to your prints. It is not necessary in all instances of a framed print as is the case with a framed canvas, but for prints on fine art papers it is recommended since it protects against scuffing and direct contact. FinerWorks currently does not offer actual glass as the glazing but instead provides a safer and common framer’s alternative in the form of clear acrylic (plexiglass). Acrylic provides an advantage to glass by being lighter and less likely to break during shipping.

Category: Glazing

We do. View our Acrylic Glass page to view options for acrylic glazing.

Category: Glazing

 View our Acrylic Glass page to view options for acrylic glazing.

Category: Glazing

Some people may be surprised to see that acrylic prints look incredibly sharp when printing a high resolution, sharp and crisp image file. That is because the acrylic prints we offer are face mounted prints in which the image is printed on our satin luster paper or metallic paper. It is then face mounted to the back of the acrylic. The printers used for these papers are high resolution Canaon inkjet photo printers which is why these have the potential to look so sharp.

Category: Acrylic Prints

Wood Prints

The following arrive ready to hang:

  • framed prints
  • stretched & mounted canvas
  • wood prints
  • acrylic prints
  • metal prints (with the exception of some styles),
  • wall art standouts

Some other types of prints may have styles that also allow for them to be ready to hang.

The image is sublimated directly onto the treated surface of the panel using special dye based inks. This makes then smudge proof and not likely to be scratched unless scraped with a hard or sharp object.

Category: Wood Prints

This is not recommended. The veneer has a coating which the image has been sublimated to. Some chemicals could potentially harm the surface.

Category: Wood Prints

White is not a standard color that is printed. Essentially when an image has pure white, no color is applied to that area.  As the colors in an image get darker, more ink is applied. If your image has pure white, it will appear as transparent. That is where the beauty of wood prints come in since your underlying wood pattern becomes more visible the lighter the color.

Category: Wood Prints

Softproofing relies on having a consistent white level on the surface of the media the image is being printed to. Since the wood is obviously not white and the hue of the wood can vary slightly dependent upon the age of the veneer, there is no way to profile a wood print.

Categories: Ordering, Wood Prints

You should not have do anything other then choose a size that matches as close to your image as possible. Some people will elevate the contrast of an image slightly so that more subtle tones you want to show are not lost to too transparent.

Category: Wood Prints

Absolutely. You can use acrylic or oils. One potential option of wood prints for artists that like to paint over wood panels is to use it as an under-painting.

Category: Wood Prints
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