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    traceyleedawes
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    Hi All – I am setting up my website and, like other artists, want to sell prints of my work through the website as well as originals. Does anyone already do this, and if so, how do you go about it, ie: what company do you use, etc? Any company/printer I can find either charges a fair amount for a one off, or I need to order 100 prints. Thanks in advance :)

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    Rob McGregor
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    Hi Tracey
    There are plenty of companies out there that will print on paper or canvas. Shop around for good prices and make sure that they use top of the range printer and inks. You can just get one-off as people order.

    Cheers

    Rob McGregor
    robmcgregor-art.com

    #74808
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    Quinacridone Rose
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    America Fine Art Prints is strictly web based they can do this for you but they do no marketing-everything is online and the buyer has to browse their website. Unfortunately, their data base is HUGE…they must have at least 5000 artists, expect your offerings to be lost in the shuffle. But check out the prices they charge buyers and you will have a starting price range when figuring out costs etc…

    If you do it on your own, most art printers will charge a one time fee for taking the digital photo and doing whatever editing is required, keep the digital image on file (for a fee) Or just give you a memory stick or CD with the image ready for printing..and you can order how many prints you want of it usually their prices are pretty good…They may charge more for fewer prints, AND you will probably be able to order varying sizes or if extra editing is required they can charge you for the time and effort it takes to crop images or touch up etc. Printers will be able to offer prints in inks (fugitive) or pigmented (more permanent) in a range of supports from regular acid loaded paper to archival stuff or even canvas…some printers request artists to supply the paper. This industry is very flexible, very versatile and competitive in larger cities where there are more visual artists around who are likely to use their services. This is strictly a..”they print, you market and deliver” sort of do it yourself.

    I used to live in a smaller city, Edmonton, Alberta where fine arts is not a thriving sector. But in larger more arts and culture oriented cities you may be able to find more competitive pricing and more flexibility in services they provide. Use your yellow pages and look for printers (if you do acrylics or oils you may be looking for giclees printers and they can print on canvas) if you do watercolours a regular lithographer will print for you…..and here is the difference– inks tend to fade….so you can go either the cheapie way and print stuff like a regular printer on paper OR you can go pigmented prints on archival watercolour paper. So you have to make that decision first.

    On the other hand I have a friend who bought himself a huge Epson printer several years ago when he felt his clients outgrew the small 8 1/2″ x 11″ prints on watercolour paper and started printing in 17″ widths. In the long run do it yourself is cheapest in small quantities, but most expensive initially. If you want to go professionally at it full hog, then let the professionals handle it. They can handle huge numbers.

    You can also inquire at places like Art in Motion where they will sign you up with a contract (be aware, though, that their contracts are stiff…EVERYTHING you produce as an artist for the duration of the contract is under THEIR copyright! AND they follow THEIR schedule of fees AND they often request you paint a certain subject or style to match their customers’ needs (they market heavily to home designers and interior decorators) , and you will be providing paintings much like commissions). On the other hand they have worldwide distribution and they promote all your stuff. IF you do decide to go with a print house like Art in Motion I strongly urge you to get a lawyer to help you through all the fine print and legalese. Especially about the copyright period…they will try to blind side you by requesting copyright of everything you produce for the rest of your life). Be sure to demand a fixed trial period after which you are permitted without cost to you to opt out of the contract. <–lawyer lawyer!

    Good luck!

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    Patricia Reust
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    Dear Tracey Lee,
    I do not know if you are in Australia but I highly recommend Art House Reproductions if you are after the highest quality giclee reproductions. I have had my work with them for several years and they are professional, friendly, and generously informative. (and no I am not related !) http://www.artreproductions.com.au Also, as well as having your work up on your own site, they carry the works on their web site which increases your coverage. Best wishes for a successful venture, sincerely, Tricia (Reust) http://www.triciareust.com

    #76067
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    sandyward
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    Hi, good to know that we have the same interest in printing. Mine, however, I started out from simple foam core posters prints that I am until now obtaining at http://www.digitekprinting.com/foam-core-posters, then eventually evolve to some other digital prints that is so helpful for my design business. I wish, you can also value the use of foam core posters.

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