- First.. thank you so much for your kind comments about my article! It really means a lot too me.. especially the part about it being enjoyable to read. Aside from providing information, that's my main goal; after all, if something isn't a pleasure to read, nobody would read it.
As for inkjet printing - I agree that there is great inkjet technology now, and I put inkjet prints right up there next to laser copies on the integrity ladder (on the third rung from the bottom
). But, I have nothing against it as a process aside from it being more expensive than having it done at a printer. When you recieve my Christmas card, take a look at the quality of the printing and the stock it was printed on, and know that they only cost 15 cents each to have printed at Minuteman Press. ($15 for 100) I went one-sided; I didn't want to limit these to being Christmas cards by printing words inside since I'm going to try to sell the remainder of them here in Bethlehem this year as notecards. This something I'm only delving into myself for the first time. (btw - 2 sided would've been $.22/ea)
So, how much does it cost for a single cartridge of ink for your pc printer? $15 - 20 at best, right? And commonly $25-40. And I've never seen one cartridge yield 200 quality prints. (that's from my days of printing commission brochures on my inkjet) Now consider the cost of the paper; I can get 100# coverstock at a local wholesale paper store at a cost of $23 for 250 sheets (8.5 x 11). I'm no mathemetician, but I can add those numbers up. And now that I think about it, it would take me just as long to go buy paper and ink at staples as it does to stop by the printer and have them do it. In fact, for my cards, I didn't have to leave; I waited and had the finished cards in 10 minutes. (actually, I walked down the street for a coffee while I waited)
And then there's the size issue again. I could've printed my 7 x 10 inch image of my church steeple onto an 8.5 x 11 sheet using my pc printer, but it wouldn't allow enough border to matt it (unless you overlapped the image). I had them put my image on 11 x 17 paper and later trimmed them down to allow a workable border. To me, the choice is a no-brainer, but if you insist on adding wear and tear to your home printer, you go right ahead.
(btw - there's a sticky with all my foliage tutorials listed
- That's some good info about the size of laser copies. The places I use have the 11 x 17 size limitation, but it's good to know there are larger alternatives. And of course, it's always good to ask the printer what options are available.
As for using your pc to print cards...I'd say it's a good way to go if you want to print a few, such as a dozen or so. Otherwise, read my response to Mel.
And as for you visiting my site... you make it sound like work. You'll be in for a big surprise; my site is actually like my big playground.
Dude, I have so much cool stuff on my site.. not just artwork. (for instance - do you like playing retro video games like donkey kong, asteroids, pacman, berzerk, etc... I have a ton you can play on my site) See?.... not work, just play!
- Thanks for the great questions! You really touched on some good topics (that I completely forgot about
) I'm going to include the following in my next formal update, but for now I'll give you the revised version:
I went to get frames the other day from a guy I've known for years who has a small framing factory. He manufactures frames, but he also does actual matting and framing. When I told him about this article, he immediately reminded me of a few things I forgot to mention. One of them pertained to the location of the artist's signature.
This reminded me of the same questions I had about "signature protocol" when I first started doing prints. At the time, I was advised to leave the original unsigned and sign only the prints. Whatever you do, DON'T DO THAT! I normally leave an oval space on my original where I sign it, and with my first set of prints, I left it blank, as instructed. When I got my prints, I wondered if I should sign them in pencil or ink. I always saw others sign them in pencil, but if I did that, it could be erased leaving my print "signature-less". To prevent this, I signed them in ink. But then the problem was that they didn't look "hand-signed"; it looked like the printed sig from the original.
With that in mind, I now sign all of my originals somewhere within the picture, before they're printed. I sign the prints just below the image on the left side (or you can do the right - it's a matter of preference). I normally use pencil when I sign them, however it depends on the paper it's printed on; for glossy copies that won't take the pencil too well, I use a Sakura fine point identi-pen (or anything that will write on photos). Keep in mind that folks like to see the signature when the print is framed, so keep it close enough to the image to accomodate aprox 1/2 inch border between the image and the matting. (that one was from the framer). Otherwise, I really don't think there's a right or a wrong place to sign something, this is simply how I do it based on what I've seen over the years. This year, I did a limited edition card for Christmas and signature space on the front was limited. If someone wanted to mat and frame it, they wouldn't have enough room to leave a border around the image. And since they wouldn't able to see the signature anyway, I signed and numbered the back of the card.
If you're going to add the title, keep it in the center, just below the image, and aprox the same height as the signature. I don't add titles to my prints, but I've seen it done on various occasions. Trust me, it takes a long time to sit down and sign several hundred prints; the last thing I want is to do it again with a title.
As I said, I'm going to include this info in a future update (sometime after the holidays) which will be a bit more detailed. I'll be discussing, among other things, "certificates of authenticity" for limited editions, as well as info cards that can accompany a print. (People love both of those!)
So stay tuned!
And keep the questions coming!