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I've tried using the search function, but am not finding a really good answer to this, so - can anyone tell me their favorite/most economical way of ordering prints of paintings? I am looking for either giclee or litho on paper. Is this something I should find a local printer for? I have been selling prints of my work on photo paper, but only up to 8x10 size and would like to go ahead and get a more professional look to the prints. I thought about using winkflash's giclee poster prints but I am a fraid their quality might not be up to par. Any help is appreciated.
How is the painting being reproduced? Are you photographing it or are you having it scanned? What sizes are you wanting to reproduce the painting at. If you're limiting yourself to 8x10, Costco or Sam's might be the way to go. They use Noritsu or Frontier printers. They also use Fuji branded Epson printers for larger sizes. You can get really good looking prints if the digital file is prepared properly and in the right color space.
Then there is the do it yourself alternative. Purchasing a printer and making your own ink jet prints.
BTW, an ink jet print is a Giclee.
Thanks Larry, I am looking for options on sizes above 8x10, and the paper is what I am concerned about. I have been doing the prints on photo paper, but am looking for more of a rag type paper or something more like a traditional litho print. Something that has a more traditional "fine art" look. The repros I am using are photos of the images.
I will post an image sample to show the style of paintings if that helps.
(and yeah, I know a giclee is inkjet :)
On their larger size prints, are these their "poster prints"? I am trying to understand what the paper stock the larger prints are on is like.
Call the store closest to you and ask them what paper type they are using. Ask for the product number on the box and then call Fuji and research it.
Thought I would give a bit of information for you on prints. I do my own at home, using a Nikon D90 camera, and an Epson R2400 printer. With my printer I can do prints that are 13" x 19" (most of mine are in the 10" x 18" range) leaving a bit of paper for my signature and numbering. I'm by no stretch a professional photographer or printer, but my results have been very good. My preference for paper is Epson Watercolor Paper, Bright White. If you are thinking about doing and selling many of these prints, it might be worth looking into this on your own, but I know it adds a lot of work. One good company I know of in the US is "Brilliant Studios" and I believe they are in PA. I think you can do most online, and they have a very good reputation. Your main objective is to ensure "archival" materials, and that you have the opportunity to make corrections and adjustments before signing off on the final version.
Hope this helps, and if you decide to give it a go on your own, let me know if you have any questions.
All the best,
A lot depends on the photography of the art - and how large the image is... the bigger the image, the better the repro.
I use Colorplak for my giclee printing instead of doing it at home. Their quality is amazing.
does this company also print on canvas? I am also considering printing some of my canvas paintings and want to print onto canvas... I am not sure which epson printer to buy. I might be printing up to 16x20, I know I will also need stretcher bars.. it almost seems easier to have a company do all the work. When I am on the road they could do all the work for me and ship it to me before I get to another show.. I appreciate your input! Thanks!
jeremy, I am sure you are probably like me and want your prints to look professional but want the best price you can get. I would suggest taken your paintings and getting them to professionally photograph/scan them. Usually a place that prints giclee will offer this service for approx $50 to $125. If you have small paintings that can get a few of them in one shot and still be fine for printing . I have made a few really good connections through galleries I exhibit with and I send my art to them to scan and they send it back because I don't live anywhere near a good studio for this.
Metro Orange Art in NYC will give you an amazing deal for those 8x10s you are wanting . http://www.moaprinting.com/ . You can go on their site for pricing for exactly what you want.They charge $2.80 for an 8x10 on plain achival matte fine art paper.If you want it on 100% cotton rag paper it's more. They have never let me down. . This is a smaller family owned studio so you will get personal service but they have top notch equipment and do an amazing job that they will stand by.
Later on if you just want to sell smaller prints I would think about buying your own printer. I have a small epson stylus R2400 that I use to print my 8x10s and 11x14s . It does a great job, I think this model is bad for ink use and I can see that for myself. We always look for deals on ink. So next year we are going to upgrade and buy one that will print a bit larger and is better on ink.
For all my limited editions I still get Metro Orange Art(NYC) and Static Medium (LA) to do those for me and they also scan all my work. Static Medium does an outstanding job for me too. They have very competitive prices, but they really want to do the scan of the image because they have a reputation for amazing printing and a good scan is very important for a good print. They do prints for some of the big named artist in the pop art world . https://staticmedium.com/shop/
I don't get on here every day so My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions for me, I am not saying I have a world of knowledge but I can tell you what I know and what has worked and not worked for me to hopefully save you money .