If you’re considering booking an infant or family photography session, chances are a photographer has told you about fine art printing. And you’re probably thinking about what this means. What is the difference between fine art prints from prints you purchase from big box stores? Is it important where you print your photos?
I love prints made of fine art – the quality and color are unique and stunning. If you’ve not seen the fine art print in person, it might be hard to comprehend the significance of all the hype about it and why you should spend more money on the prints than a standard printer. In this blog, I’ll go over the definition of a high-quality print, the ingredients used in producing fine art prints, and the difference it makes. And also you can print your photographs in fine art photography prints it is also a best method of printing your photos.
What makes a fine Art Print?
“Fine art,” “museum quality,” and “archival quality”…. are all terms you may come across as you explore the world of photography and see photographers talk about their prints. What exactly does this mean? A high-quality print of fine art is a highly top-quality print, at the same level that galleries or museums print work at for exhibition. In essence, two factors make a print one of a kind:
- The paper that it’s printed on
- The inks are used to print it.
Paper for Fine Art Prints
The paper that is used to create Fine Art prints has no acid. The acid found in photographic papers causes photos to crack and discolor in time. Using acid-free paper can help ensure the longevity of your print.
It’s the same format that the photographs are mounted to. If they contain acid, they will turn color more rapidly and yellow.
The Fine Art Prints Inks
Like photographic paper, photographic papers are not all the same as the equipment employed to print. Art prints of high quality are made with high-end printers with more colors than conventional printers. The printers are equipped with eight to twelve different ink colors that they mix to create millions of colors. This means that the colors printed will be more precise and faithful to what you printed initially than if you printed it on the standard printer.
Not All Fine Art Prints are Equal
Thus far, we have discovered the main difference between prints made by a fine artist and ones you can order from a local or internet printer: color reproduction is far more accurate. In addition, the print will keep the color and shape for a long time. This could last for more than 60 or even 100 years if appropriately treated.
But there’s more to printing beyond this. The kind of quality of paper that you choose to print on can also add to the look of the print.
Fine art prints are usually constructed from cotton fibers, but they could also be made from other materials, such as bamboo or special coatings. The various qualities of these papers will affect the look of your prints. Some papers are great for printing vibrant colors, while others will help your photos pop in black and white. Other papers are best suited to soft-toned, muted colors. The point is that choosing the appropriate paper for your print will affect its appearance.
How to Take Care of the Fine Art Prints you own
Now that you’ve got beautiful fine art prints, what can you do to help ensure they will last for a long time?
The most important thing you can think about is how your photos will be exposed to light. As time passes, the light exposure can lead to the destruction of your photos and not only cause colors to change, but UV light can also lead to bleaching and weakening of the paper. Temperature fluctuations can harm the printing.
To maintain your prints, take a few steps to reduce their light, temperature and cold exposure.
- Beware of hanging your prints in a location that will see direct sunlight for the whole or part of the time.
- If the prints are exposed to direct sunlight, reduce the amount of light by closing curtains or blinds if the room isn’t being used.
- Ensure the lights are off if the room isn’t in use.
- Be aware that if you place your prints on the flames of a fireplace frequently, the heat could cause the print to age more rapidly.