How to Get the Best Advantage Printing Fine Art Online
3 Ways for Artists & Photographers to Get the Most From Digital Print Services on the Internet
If you’ve ever been that person who walked into Kinko’s with your digital art, thinking that you would be better off printing in-person than you would online, you probably walked out with a finished piece that wasn’t finished at all. The subtleties of shadows are lost, dark areas seem engulfed in blackness, and color vibrancy is really unimpressive with pop-up printing services. When it comes to printing their work, many fine artists/ photographers could, instead, be taking advantage of everything that online digital print services have to offer.
The thought of sending your precious artwork out into the world wide web is not only nerve-wracking because of infringement risks, there’s always the accompanying fear that you’ll receive your final product with the same unremarkable quality that you found on the printer down the street. Know that it is, in fact, possible get the results you truly want online; you just need to know how to leverage of the plethora of options that are here for you.
#1 You Need to Stop Using These Popular Print Services Today
Sites like Shutterfly, Snapfish, and Walgreens are great for family portraits, invitations, and getting a photo of your dog featured on a throw pillow — especially when you look at the low price point. But, you are a fine artist that needs to showcase the high quality of your work. The only way to make this happen is by using printing services that are designed specifically for artists.
Quit using the run-of-the-mill online printing providers, and seek out companies that are routinely calibrating their machines, actually working with a CMYK color scheme (most common printing systems are set up to print using RGB or sRGB), and are established with a fine artist customer base.
#2 How to Avoid the Single Most Common Design User Error
It is possible to walk into the most elite printing providers with your artwork in hand, and still walk out with the same issues you ran into with the last guy. Remember that no matter what your art looks like when editing it, it could come out with completely garbled color effects if your monitor settings are off.
In order to make sure your eyes are seeing your images the same way viewers will see your final work, you have to calibrate your monitor. There are a few different methods to get this done.
Calibrate Your Monitor From Within Your OS
When calibrating from within your operating system, you will be able to get the job accomplished for free, without any additional software. This isn’t the most precise way to accomplish the task, but it is the most convenient. Follow the steps below to find your calibration system, then let the program walk you through the process.
Calibrate Your Monitor in Windows 7
Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display > Calibrate Color
Calibrate Your Monitor in Mac OSX
Apple menu > System Preferences > Displays > Color > Calibrate
Calibrate Your Monitor With Paid Software
Professionals will tell you that using the built-in calibration system in your OS is not as precise as using downloaded software. Here are some options to look at.
CalMAN ColorMatch allows you to check the accuracy of your monitor in under five minutes. It is a free tool that provides a quick and easy pass/fail test for any monitor or display with a range of commonly used color, space, and gamma standards to choose from.
Calibrize 2.0 is free software that helps you to calibrate the colors of your monitor in three simple steps. Just download the software and follow the procedure to generate a reliable color ‘profile’ and adjust the colors of your monitor automatically.
Calibrate Your Monitor With a Hardware Solution
If you are are serious about your work, making an investment in calibration hardware could be a good idea. Various systems range from $100-1,000. Even with its price being on the lower end of the scale, Spyder5 seems to be a very popular choice in the fine art community, but there are many others to explore.
#3 This is Why You Should Avoid Time Constraints – At All Costs
Yes, time is valuable, and taking advantage of fast delivery of your prints is enticing, but when you are working with time constraints, you lose other opportunities. For example, printing companies that work with fine artists should offer sample prints to help you get an idea what your end product will look and feel like. We all know that the magic happens during the editing process, and the final edits to artwork and photographs should come after you’ve had a chance to fully envision your masterpieces. When you organize your time well and plan ahead, you open doors that help you maintain the highest quality in your work.
If you want to be able to enjoy the convenience of online digital printing services and still have peace of mind and clout as a fine artist, stop using ordinary photo printing services, make sure your monitor is calibrated, and avoid procrastination and other time killers so that you can take advantage of product samples and other valuable services that are available online.
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