Sunday, November 9, 2008

10 Simple Things Artists Should Know About Reproductions

Here are some simple points that artists considering reproductions should know.  It can save many questions and much cost if you are aware of these simple facts and educate yourself about the points that specifically apply to you.


  1. A good reproduction has to come from a good painting.
  2. A good reproduction needs a good quality starting file.  If printing digitally, you need a scan or photo of your artwork that is high quality, high resolution and in focus.
  3. A good reproduction needs a good substrate – ie: quality canvas or paper, etc.
  4. It is generally not a good idea to make a high quality Fine Art reproduction more than 10% larger than the original painting – no matter how good your file is.
  5. There is much skill in colour matching your file to your original and this can take time and money before you even get a good proof that you like.
  6. Always proof your prints before producing a run and ensure your printer matches the proof you approve.
  7. We still don’t have the technology to match paintings exactly – there will always be differences between the original and a print – and that is a good thing!
  8. Quality materials – paper, canvas and ink do cost something.  Be prepared to pay for qualiy.
  9. Handle prints with care.  The ink sits on the surface of the paper or canvas and will be much more susceptible to scratching than your original.  Consider protective coatings in some cases.
  10. Not everything you paint will make a good reproduction.  Consider that paintings that are popular will also likely be good prints.

1 comment:

Wendy Froshay said...

Excellent points. Too many artists that are new to creating reproductions don't understand the effort involved in creating top-quality reproductions.

Kudos!
Wendy