You're not 100 percent sure what exactly an art print is.
What value does an art print bring?
The process of print making has been around for several centuries but Giclee Printing didn't really become known until 1991. Giclee printing pronounced (zhee-clay, yes we know... this doesn't sound anything like it's spelled) is the most common way to produce a reproduction of an art piece nowadays.
But why produce an art print? That's a question that a lot of people wonder when purchasing art. Why not just purchase an original? What is the purpose of an art print?
A large amount of artists nowadays are moving towards producing art prints and selling them alongside selling their original pieces. The beautiful thing about art prints are that they help provide the artist more income off of their art piece, instead of only selling their original. It takes quite a bit of time to produce an original and you only have the chance to sell it once. It also helps consumers that aren't ready to take that huge investment leap and purchase an original art piece. Art prints are significantly more affordable than an original piece in most cases. With an art print, art lovers can finally collect fine art without investing a large sum in the process.
There are two types of prints. Prints come as either a limited or open edition. Simply put, limited edition means limited in time and quantity. Essentially, this means there are only so many prints made available usually within a certain timeframe. This makes the art print itself a more personable and valuable asset. Open edition means there is no limit to the number of prints sold. Most valuable limited edition prints run from 5-50. That means only up to 50 people will ever own that piece of art (well, besides the actual original painting itself).
Limited edition prints traditionally come with a card that authenticates the print and includes the number of what art piece that you obtained. Limited edition prints are great for both the person buying and for the artist. At Uncommon Bliss, we limit our art prints to a smaller total figure to keep the art piece more exclusive. Being an artist myself, I appreciate the fact of knowing that my art is not reproduced 100's or 1000's of times. Many artists and consumers believe that this takes away from the monetary and emotional value of the art work. For the person owning the print, a limited edition print can sometimes go up in value, depending on the artist and age of the print.
Since it is a reproduction of the original, the print does not contain texture. Something that really differentiates good quality prints from lower grade, pixelated art is how the art was captured and printed.
When reproducing an art print, art should be captured using a high profile scanner or a professional DSLR camera. A smart phone or basic camera will not work to capture the work usually to the quality that you'd want in a true reproduction. You want it captured in its absolute best light. When doing so, you won't be able to "feel" the texture but you can definitely see the brush stokes and imperfections that an original art piece has. It will create a somewhat 3D appearance to the print. Without the proper DPI, color corrections, lighting, and other factors, a print can lose its quality and true reproductive appearance.
One other important factor of an art print is what it is printed on. If you want it to be archival and last for 50-100 years, you want it printed on paper specifically made for high end art prints. The paper we use is a true fine art paper with a higher GSM that has a textured surface on it similar to a watercolor paper. This makes the art print seem as close to the original as possible, adding depth to the print, so it shows every detail of the original.
We know that purchasing an art piece is a personal and sometimes costly adventure. We are here to help and would be glad to answer any questions you might have.