Making prints of your work is a much-needed revenue stream as an artist. Sure, you can just sell your original pieces, but it can be more profitable to make prints. The bonus is that those who appreciate your work can support you and own a piece of your work for a more affordable price.
If you want to sell prints there’s several ways to do so. You can order the prints from a print making company in-store or online. You’ll have all of the inventory on hand and will be responsible for shipping out the orders, but the plus side is that is that you can personal the packaging to your heart’s content. The next option would be selling on sites that will print and ship for you. All you do is upload your work and wait for the buyers. You won’t have to worry about space for inventory or shipping yourself. Another way is printing on demand at home. Here’s how:
1. Buying the right printer
First, you’ll need your own printer. You will want a high-quality printer for high quality prints. It’s also important to keep in mind the size of prints the printer can handle. When looking for a good printer for art prints you should keep in mind: How high is the print dpi? How what size paper can the printer handle? Can the printer handle thick paper like card-stock?
Here’s some recommended printers:
4800 x 2000 dpi
Prints up to 13” x 19”
8 dye based inks
Prints up to 13” x 19”
6-color Claria ink
Best for printing larger sizes
Prints from input tray: 8.3 x 11 to 13 x 19 in
Manual feed: 13 x 19 to 24 x 74.7 in
Roll: 11 to 24 in
4 ink system
2 Use high quality paper made for art reproduction
The next most important part of print making at home is the paper. Look for archival paper that is made specifically for art print making. We recommend using Velvet fine art paper, which is made specifically for art reproduction.
If that paper is not your thing, a lot of Epson papers are popular for art printing as well, and also more afforable. Also keep in mind the color and texture of the paper affects your print. There’s also the option of matte or glossy paper, but glossy paper is usually not the first choice for art prints. A matte finish tends to look better with art prints.
3 Resolution of the document
Once you have the materials for printing, you’ll want to make sure you have your resolution at the optimum setting for printing. In order for a print to be considered giclee, which one of the more common terms used in art print making, you’ll want a resolution no lower than 300 dpi. The higher the dpi the better resolution your print will be relative to the size of the print you’re making. So, if you’re making an average sized print, the dpi can be above 300 and come out fine. When making a larger print, a higher dpi will be needed for sharp detailed prints.
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