For true professionals in the fine arts and photography world, creating prints of pieces that took many hours can seem like a stressful process. How can a print truly capture the hard work that went into the original? The best way to ensure your work is thoughtfully recreated is to create prints using the highest quality materials possible, which is where archival pigment inks come in. This article will dive deeper into what archival pigment ink is and why it’s the better choice for you. What Is Archival Pigment Ink? The purpose of archival pigment ink is clear in its name—it’s designed to create something that lasts long enough that it could be archived for a long time without degradation. Specifically, archival pigment ink is made from solid, opaque pigments suspended in an ink solution. These solid particles provide the color of the ink and are extremely color-fast compared to something less permanent like a dye. The ink’s color is determined by the crystalline structure of the pigments that float inside it. Why Do I Want To Use Archival Pigment Ink? Now that we know what archival pigment ink is, let’s discuss why it is better than its alternatives. For a professional artist or photographer, archival pigment ink is the only choice to ensure a print lasts as long as possible and looks its absolute best. Below are some of archival pigment ink’s best qualities. Long-Lasting Prints An average, everyday ink is fine for most people, but it will start to fade in a relatively short amount of time. Because of their crystalline structure and solid particles, archival pigment inks don’t fade anywhere near as fast as typical inks do. Prints made with archival pigment ink can often last entire lifetimes without fading as long as they are well taken care of. Powerfully Bonds to Paper Besides their ability to resist fading over time, archival pigment inks also create an immensely powerful bond between them and the paper they are printed on. The chemical composition of the ink, as well as the method of printing with it, helps ensure that the bond between paper and ink is incredibly strong. This bond is important for resisting the effects of warping and moisture over time. Intense Coloration While the long-lasting nature of archival pigment inks is one of their greatest strengths, so too is their overall vibrancy and intense coloration. Trying to use regular ink to recreate a painting made through the use of pigment-heavy mediums like oil paint will never fully capture the color quality of the original piece. With archival pigment ink, however, it becomes much easier to create a print that retains the subtle color balances of the original. For fine art printing services that you can trust to create incredible prints, turn to The Stackhouse. We’ll help you create prints of your work that you’ll be excited to share with the world.
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How To Create High-Quality Canvas Prints That Sell

How To Create High-Quality Canvas Prints That Sell

How To Create High-Quality Canvas Prints That SellFor those of us who take art a little more seriously than a simple hobby, it can be a difficult process to translate artistic vision and skill into a profitable venture. But, thanks to the internet and a whole host of online platforms made by artists and for artists, being a monetarily successful artist is much more in reach now than it ever has been before. This doesn’t mean that it’s a walk in the park by any means, though. Making a living or even just having a successful side gig of selling your artwork takes quite a bit more work than simply posting your artwork online and hoping someone decides to pay for it. You’re offering a product, and that product needs to meet certain standards in order to be attractive to potential buyers.

So how do we create high-quality canvas prints that will sell? There are a few different factors to consider. Certainly, the quality of the print itself needs to be as perfect as it can be. Visual art mediums like painting, drawing, and digital art count visual clarity as one of their most important traits, no matter what the subject matter of the piece may be. However, there’s more than just how the piece looks that affects whether it will sell. The subject matter itself and even the convenience of buying the piece can also affect whether you’ll actually make that sale at the end of the day. This article will dive a little deeper into how you can create art prints that look their best as well as how you can position yourself to sell more of your prints over time.

Create Artwork for Multiples Niches
If you want to focus on making sales for your art prints, you’ll need to be comfortable with branching out a little beyond what you might normally want to create. Finding your audience is a huge part of creating a system in which you receive regular requests for prints. To find that audience, you may want to shift your focus to creating artwork that specifically targets a niche of people. If you only love to paint bowls of fruit, you are more than welcome to do just that, but your list of potential buyers will be quite a bit smaller. If your goal is to create prints that will sell often, branching out into other niche interests can make it much easier to expand your circle of potential buyers.

Offer Size Options
If the medium you prefer to work in means that your pieces end up being quite large, it’s going to be more difficult to find someone who can pay for the original piece. Our goal here is to create prints that will sell, and that means that you may need to create prints of your original artwork that are different sizes to help accommodate different buyers’ needs. While you can create canvas prints of your work that are the same size as your original, offering variable sizes allows more potential buyers to get a version of your work that will work better for their situation.

Find the Right Platform
The platform you choose to market yourself on makes a big impact on the kind of customers you might receive and the kind of profit you’ll end up making. Common platforms for selling artwork, places such as Etsy or Shopify, are the first thing that might come to your mind. Depending on your artwork, these platforms might work completely fine. However, don’t count out the lesser-known platforms right away. They may just have more of the kind of people you’re hoping will buy your artwork. Play around with the tools these platforms give you and find the one that works best for you while also familiarizing yourself with their pay structure, so you don’t get ripped off accidentally.

Focus on Simpler and Faster Pieces
If you’re hoping to create and sell high-quality canvas prints as a way to make a living or supplement your income, you need to be realistic about what you can handle and what is worth your time. If creating extremely detailed and highly realistic pieces is what you love to do, then by all means continuing doing so! Be aware, however, that these pieces will need to be at a much higher price because of the extra labor and time they take to create. Higher prices can often be a deterrent for more casual art buyers, which may make up a sizeable portion of all your potential buyers. Trying to make a living from your artwork becomes a little easier when you can release new and original pieces more frequently, especially when you’re just starting out.

Use High-Quality Ink and Paper
A lot of what we’ve talked about so far has been more conceptual business advice for selling your prints. However, it’s important to remember that you need to provide a quality product in the first place if you want repeat customers. Regular old printer paper and ink from cartridges you can get at big-box stores can make any beautiful piece of artwork look much lower quality than it really is. High-quality archival ink and paper can better reflect the original piece’s vibrancy; they have the added effect of lasting much longer that traditional ink and paper over time.

Invest in a Quality Scanner
If you’re trying to turn a physical piece of art into a digital file for easier distribution, you’re at the mercy of your scanner’s ability to pick up on the subtleties of your work. Quality is unfortunately always lost when you try to scan a physical piece to make a digital copy, but the trick is to figure out how to make that quality loss as imperceptible as possible. Thankfully, modern, high-quality scanners can make that drop in quality practically impossible to notice, but that means you should invest in quality scanning if you want the original piece’s full clarity to shine through.

Here at The Stackhouse, we want to help you create the prints you need to make those sales. We can help you create canvas board prints that maintain the quality of your original piece while making it easier to distribute to buyers. Contact us today to start turning your hard work into something that will really sell.

How To Create High-Quality Canvas Prints That Sell

Christopher
Christopher
I am the owner/operator of the Stackhouse. I have over 10 years of experience in art reproduction and e-commerce.

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