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Theo's Tips & Guide to Digital Printing
Digital Artist

James M. Theopistos

 
FinerWorks Media, LLC
San Antonio, TX

James "Theo" Theopistos, the founder of FinerWorks Media, LLC. started in the digital inkjet printing industry in the 1990s when as a digital artist and photo hobbyist, he wanted to find ways to output his work in a unique fashion. This eventually led him to experimenting with printing directly to canvas.

Even though printing on canvas had been around for some time, specifically for the giclee industry, the resources and knowledge for people to do it themselves were limited. Once he was able to find the supplies and equipment he needed, other artists and photographers began to approach him to request their work also be printed on canvas. Eventually it resulted in the development of FinerWorks.com. In addition to canvas printing, FinerWorks also provides fine art papers for giclee printing and regular photo lab services.

Currently James divides his time between various technology related ventures and assisting as needed with FinerWorks.com

Recent Blog Posts

Enlarging Images for Printing with Photoshop Part 1
Photoshop is the ideal tool for enlarging your image files and get them ready for printing. Ideally you don't want to have to enlarge an image file but you may find that not all your images are large enough for the size you want. When ordering your fine art paper prints or canvas from us, if your image is not large enough you will likely get a message indicating that your file is too small for the size you selected to print. There is a way around this and that is to increase the resolution and size of the image. Results are going to be mixed dependent on how extreme you take the enlarging of the image.

New Artisan Archival Canvas Prints
Our new most affordable canvas prints are now produced from the high quality Artisan Canvas by Fredrix, the top brand in canvas. Images are printed with archival grade Epson Ultrachrome GSX inks, an eco-solvent type of ink. The finished print has a luster or satin appearance ideally suited for both art reproductions and photographs. The superior poly/cotton blend, 2-over-1 canvas is specially engineered to create beautiful prints, providing a wide color gamut, exceptional contrast with a consistent canvas texture. Due to the durable nature of the inks, prints are both scratch and smudge resistant without the need to be coated increasing turnaround time and lowering cost to you.

4 New Canvas Backing Options
We have updated the finishing options for the back of the canvas prints which are available. No longer are we offering the Tyvek backings. Instead all canvas prints by default will receive a white or black acid free mat board backing. You can also choose to upgrade the hanging hardware to a wire hanger versus the default d-ring hanger. One of the first questions I received when we did this was why is it so important to be concerned with what the back of the canvas looks like when so many other companies that offer canvas prints don't seem to give it much attention. Plus who looks at the back of the canvas print? Those are valid questions and my answer is that even the smallest details cannot be overlooked when quality is important. Yes, most people probably don't give the backings of a canvas print much attention but since so many of our customers place orders to be sent to their own customers we recognize that craftsmanship of the stretched canvas prints is a direct reflection on them just as much as ourselves.

Introducing Hahnemühle Torchon Fine Art Paper
Right now this has got to be my favorite paper. To top it off, it's by Hahnemuhle, the leader in museum and gallery grade fine art papers for giclee prints. Hahnemuhle's Torchon is a 285 gsm acid free fine art paper with a parchment-like feel. While it especially suits reproductions of oils, watercolor and pastel mediums, printed photos show an incredible amount of accurate detail and color. The printed side of this paper has been specially coated for excellent image sharpness and optimum color graduation. The coating also offers a very high level of water resistance. For the rest of this week we will be offering this paper at a special introductory price for select sizes so that you can test it out yourself.

What's New in April
This month of April 2015 we will be introducing at least three exciting new new options for you. We will be making formal introductions of these as they are made available so make sure are following us on Facebook or continue to get our newsletter. Here is a summary:

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