When you see an image of a painting on a screen, it can be a bit deceiving because your screen has lovely light always pouring through it. Tickling your eyes and making the image even more vibrant and glowing than it could ever be on paper. But that doesn’t mean a fine art print on paper shouldn’t be breathtaking!
When you are looking to purchase artwork from an artist’s store, you should look for few things in regard to the quality of the print:
1) Look for the artist’s samples of the printed artwork. Basically, photographs that the artist or a collector took OF the print after it was printed and received. If you see photos of the prints in frames, even better! On a wall next to a plant? Really great! Because if the wall and the plant look good and normal, then that shows you the true vibrancy of the print 😊
2) It is best when the images of the prints are shown with other items, or with people. This will imply that the image of the print has not been manipulated. I absolutely ADORE when my collectors send me photos of themselves or their kids with their prints. I love seeing the prints and paintings in the loving homes of my collectors. You can see these, here! (link to your moments)
Seeing my collectors’ walls arranged with framed KmBerggren art prints, pieces that I know they carefully picked out to tell their own family story, my heart just sings.
Always reach out with your concerns. Artists who sell art are business owners and should not be flaky or non-responsive (as artists are sometimes said to be). If we have a store and are selling a product, we should stand by that product.
If you are an artist and your prints are coming out washed out, my first advice is to check your print settings. Make sure your settings are set for the correct paper type (matte, glossy) and the right quality (max quality or speed). I personally use matte paper, since glossy has always felt like a photograph to me (plus, I don’t like the fingerprints). You’ll want max quality for high quality prints that make your collectors swoon!
Want some advice on framing? Read THIS post