Monday, May 25, 2009

Art prints sales

Does anybody know of a good "fulfillment" service for digital art prints? Meaning somebody who will take my digital files (photos or digital art), take payment from a customer, print it in good quality, and ship it?
I could easily print them myself, but I really don't fancy a trip to the post office for every little sale.

The local mail box can only handle postcard-sized prints, and I might actually do those also, it would have the advantage that I can sign them (and can use fancy paper). But I'd like to be able to offer bigger prints too.

TTL said:
I took a look at the services mentioned in the comments above and they seem to be primarily photo printing services, not art printing services.
Deviantart has a "giclée on premium matte" print option, but it doesn't mention anything about the paper stock or inks. No mention of light-fastness either. It's probably ok for hobbiest prints, but not gallery quality.

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posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, May 25, 2009   14 comments links to this post

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At 26 May 2009 01:44:00, Anonymous Chris S. said...

I've heard from other that ezPrints.com are supposed to be good. I got a test print colour chart from them but never got around to using them to print. So I can only vouch that I heard from others they were good. You may also check smugmug or zenfolio - well known and I believe they do direct shipping for "pro" orders. The place I have used was for just regular quality photos and they shipped for me when I sold some travel shot sets on ebay. They worked well but unfortunately I can't recall the name now as it's been quite a few years since I did that.

 
At 26 May 2009 01:59:00, Blogger eolake said...

Thanks, I'll check out those.

 
At 26 May 2009 13:52:00, Blogger ttl said...

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At 26 May 2009 13:53:00, Blogger ttl said...

I could easily print them myself, but I really don't fancy a trip to the post office for every little sale.

You could always batch those visits. If you advertise beforehand that shipping day is, say, every Friday, then you have no obligation to ship orders any more often than once a week.

And supposedly, once in awhile you have to visit the post office for other reasons too, so if you make those visits coincide with your shipping day, then you won't necessarily have to visit the place any more often than you normally would.

Your mileage may vary, of course, but this at least is how I operate and it's worked quite well. In fact, I've kind of learned to enjoy those trips. Of course, I live within a short walking distance from the P.O. which makes it easy.

 
At 26 May 2009 15:25:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about deviantart?

 
At 26 May 2009 23:31:00, Blogger Morey said...

http://www.mpix.com/

They work in conjunction with, or may be one and the same as, Zenfolio http://www.zenfolio.com/ to provide photo sharing and printing.

 
At 26 May 2009 23:57:00, Blogger eolake said...

Thanks guys, I'll look at all of those.

 
At 27 May 2009 16:19:00, Anonymous Bill said...

Look at SmugMug.com as well. They take their printing seriously and have an excellent user interface.

 
At 27 May 2009 16:23:00, Blogger eolake said...

Thanks.
Interface is important.

 
At 27 May 2009 18:05:00, Blogger ttl said...

I took a look at the services mentioned in the comments above and they seem to be primarily photo printing services, not art printing services.

Deviantart has a "giclée on premium matte" print option, but it doesn't mention anything about the paper stock or inks. No mention of light fastness either. It's probably ok for hobbiest prints, but not gallery quality. A fantastic website otherwise!

 
At 27 May 2009 18:09:00, Blogger eolake said...

Good point. Professional art print is rather specialized, light-fastness and so on. Hmmm.

 
At 27 May 2009 21:36:00, Blogger eolake said...

TC found one which seems promising, and *is* for fine art and pros. So that's one more I'm looking into.

 
At 28 May 2009 11:17:00, Blogger ttl said...

Yeah, that watergatestreetgallery is more like it.

Of course, there is a bit of a paradox with 3rd party on-demand printing of art. Especially if they also take care of fulfillment. For, what makes art valuable (i.e. collectable) is limited runs and the artist's signature. And the whole raison d'être of on-demand printing is the exact opposite!

But since you are a digital kind of guy who doesn't like to get your hands dirty, you probably should try to invent your own medium or form of distribution or something.

 
At 29 May 2009 18:26:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, deviantart do mention something along the lines of 70 year archival quality for their prints.

 

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