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    Finished, Printed, and displayed ArtRage Artwork

    The most difficult adjustment for me with digital art has been making it seem as "real" as my traditional art. When I finish a traditional art project my house smells of toxic chemicals, there is a huge mess to clean up and I've usually ruined at least one nice shirt. However, I usually have something ready to hang on a wall and make this world at least one painting more interesting. With digital, 99% of my art exists in a little manilla file folder on my desktop.

    I'm not sure if a thread like this already exists here or not, however I thought there needed to be a place to show off some of the completed, printed, and displayed artwork of ArtRage.

    This can also be a place to discuss the in's and out's of the printing, framing, and displaying process.

    To date, I have had only one project printed. I had it done through Costco on standard poster paper (pretty inexpensive). It was more or less to get a feel for the printing process and to see how well the resolution, size, colors, and values worked with an inexpensive printing.

    I apologize if a thread such as this already exists (I was unable to find one).

    So here we go... Let's see it ArtRagers!
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    That looks great Sketch, what a great idea, i'd love to see some of the printing results and to get a good handle on the printing pro's and con's
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    Let's see how it turns out! I am also eager to know about the printing ventures of ArtRagers here.
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    Got a bunch of posters printed - no nice pictures, just the attached, but they looked fantastic

    And

    http://flynn-the-cat.deviantart.com/...ards-130562623

    http://flynn-the-cat.deviantart.com/art/Shades-of-Grey-final-130563030
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    Wow... Those are awesome Flynn! Do you do your own printing?
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    Sketch, cool avatar. I agree with Wenkat "I am also eager to know about the printing ventures of ArtRagers here".

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    A great thread and some lovely artwork too - it's nice to see how work looks when it's framed up and out there!

    For my own home use I print my digital stuff on my Canon Pixma printer - the inks are archival and if you print high res images on high quality papers it gives an excellent finish. I've had some on my walls at least two years now with no loss of colour - obviously out of direct sunlight. So, unless you need larger sizes or are selling your work I think quality inkjet printers do the job.

    My husband makes some of my frames. I like chunky, modern frames and the example in my photo is done in sycamore. I also buy up cheap ready-mades when I see some I like and then tailor-make my art to fit, rather than create some art and then try to find a frame!

    The example is an ArtRage painting of a cupcake - if you hadn't guessed.Sorry about my hand reflected in the glass.

    Just as an afterthought, it sits on a picture shelf (not shown)that my husband put up. If you haven't seen one, it's a great way of displaying framed artwork. No nails in the wall and you can swap them around and change them whenever the mood takes. You simply put a groove in the shelf as you would to display plates.
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    They should make a room freshener with the smell of the art studio after a painting for when we finish one.
    Nice paintings.

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    Looks great Madge! That's a great idea with the frames...design the art to fit the frame. Could save a lot of money in the long run buying frames in advance that are on sale! Thanks for the post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybrite View Post
    They should make a room freshener with the smell of the art studio after a painting for when we finish one.
    Nice paintings.

    ugh, no thanks - the smell of paint makes me ill.


    Re: printing. I didn't do it - i gave my stuff to a local printer, and sold the above (some of it, anyway *sad* ) at a local art convention.

    What I had to be sure of:
    dpi (300 or more)
    size - this particular printer wanted each file to be EXACTLY right (eg, a6 size for postcards, a5 etc - minus 5mm for trimming. )
    - be aware of whether you want a border or fullbleed, as you can lose stuff around the edges

    Colour! this was a big one. Firstly you don't know until it prints EXACTLY what it will be like. Secondly, if you can get at Photoshop (i used a friend's) or something else (what?) that can convert to CYMK (ink colours) from RGB (all possible colours - computer default) then do it. Most of mine where fine, but there were a few colours - the sky in this picture, for example - that need extra inks, so only very professional/expensive places (eg Redbubble) will print it properly (I bought some cards from them ^_^ )



    Also, paper type (plain paper? what can the printer handle eg ink or laser) gsm (210 is thin card, 100 is thin paper, 250 is thick card etc)

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