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Comment by Thomas Pace on March 16, 2014 at 10:53am

We make high quality photos then upload them to Mitchell Printing which is local for me. If we have them printed on the wide format printer which uses 7 colors they match up great but cost around 10.00 for a 16x20. For cheaper prints they do a 11x14 on a lazier copier they don't look as good but only cost a dollar each. We also think the colors look best on gloss paper. They have a graphics person that can work with the prints to make sure colors look their best when printed.

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Comment by Chris Callen on March 15, 2014 at 7:15am

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/chris-callen.html   Sorry to hog the board but here is the link to my Fine Art America page.  

Comment by Chris Callen on March 15, 2014 at 7:14am

Getting prints made is an obstacle I can't seem to overcome. Anytime I get a commission , (which is very often) I end up using the money for supplies.  It's a catch 22 for me.  I have an artist friend up in Canada that takes his work to a print store and just puts his painting in a scanner.  I know the quality isn't the same as if he took it to a print shop that specializes in that kind of work. However, when he sets up at car shows in the summer, he sells the heck out of his prints.   

Comment by Chris Callen on March 15, 2014 at 7:03am

This weekend, I'm working on a new painting I started last week in fact.  I felt like I was in a rut with my classic car paintings.  I wanted to paint something different just to shake things up a bit. I've been a fan of semi's most of my life and my dad has been driving one for almost 25 years.   Below is a Peterbuilt Conventional and a classic Kenworth Cab over work in progress.   There is nothing like a classic looking truck with its dual chrome stacks and mean looking upright grille.  

Comment by Kent Sanders on March 14, 2014 at 11:16pm

These all sounds like some cool projects!

Timmery, the 40-day challenge is called the "Hungry for God" challenge, and it's focused on spiritual growth. Each of the 40 days focuses on a character quality taken mainly from the New Testament letters - patience, thankfulness, joy, faith, etc. It's designed for the Lent period but is applicable anything. There's more info at HungryChallenge.com. Thanks for asking about it.

Comment by Patti Landrum on March 14, 2014 at 10:37pm
Hi everyone, I am going to be driving from Ohio to Oregon next week for a thirteen week job. Is anyone in this group in that area? Sounds like lots of interesting discussion lately. I will have to catch up with you all later.
Comment by Rachael VT on March 14, 2014 at 10:12pm
I agree with Nathan. Making prints seems to be another art in itself. Deby, are you doing the prints yourself or having them done professionally? I'm lucky to have a great fine art printer nearby in rural PA of all places. They have state of the art equipment and will run a test print to make sure I'm happy with the quality before doing a final print.

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Comment by nathan miller on March 14, 2014 at 10:06pm


You're entering the mirky waters of digital printing. It can be a frustrating and confusing world. It's hard to say why your prints aren't coming out as expected - there are a number of variables to take into account. For example:
- The method of input (i.e. photographing or scanning the original). If don't incorrectly you could have color shifts.
- Computer monitor calibration. If you're monitor isn't calibrated correctly the colors are shifted in the computer and will cause output color shifts (i.e. when the print is created)
- Color space issues. If you're printing a .jpg image it's set up to be seen by the eye on a monitor, which uses red, green and blue light to make the picture. The computer must interpret the colors set up for RGB and translate it to CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) pigment. There are usually color shifts in that.
- color output. That is, your printer. Is is a good quality printer that is carefully set up for reproduction?
- paper/media. Mating the wrong media with the wrong ink can create color shifts.

Like I say, it's a tricky thing going from original, to screen, to paper. There are a lot of things that can go wrong. If know a good graphic designer who can help you get things set up correctly it'll probably go a long way in reproduction.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Comment by Rachael VT on March 14, 2014 at 9:18pm
Tomorrow I'm giving a drawing lesson, and hoping to work on finishing a drawing I started last October :/ I find it hard to find motivation in the cold winter months and tend to do more knitting, but then I kick myself for getting so far off track! Deby, I do prints of my work. I find it helps to get different price pints and I sell quite a few. I get clients who only want originals, but then I get those who can't afford them but still want to buy. There is a balancing act with them, but I find they really do add to my income and being able to get my work in more homes. I also have a book that includes many o my drawings and their stories. The books are quite popular. I don't make much money on them, but they sure help to get my work out there.

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