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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

3 Important Tips for Borderless Prints and Cards
I think one of the reasons that FinerWorks attracts the initial interest of photographers who are used to working with their local photo lab is the idea of bordered prints. Artists doing reproductions on their work tend to prefer bordered prints as well however there are times when borderless are opted for or even the only option such as with our cards or artboard mounted prints. Borderless prints, sometimes referred to as full-bleed prints are defined as prints in which there is no white space surrounding the area of the image that is printed. An 11x14 borderless print after it is cut would have a measured sheet size of 11x14 while a bordered 11x14 with a 1“ border would have a final cut sheet size of 13x16 since it would have an additional 1” on each side. While borderless prints might not be for you in every situation there are times when these might be preferred or even necessary. Because of this I have outlined what I think are 3 important things to consider if you intend to order anything borderless versus a bordered print.

New Metallic Canvas
We now have a metallic canvas. Metallic canvas has been around for a few years now however it is starting to be widely favored in some circles over even gloss and certainly any satin or matte canvas. Some in the photography world might be more familiar with the term pearl to describe the type of finish this has but it is essentially characterized by the metallic appearance it has when light reflects off of it. Granted it might now be to everyone’s taste, however I was in awe by its ability to show detail and color. In order to see what it is like, we are running a 50% off special that will give you 50% off the standard single print price on the metallic canvas. This will give you the opportunity to try it and let us know what you think. This intro special expires Monday, August 1, 2016 at midnight CT. Make sure you use coupon code METCANV in your shopping cart before your checkout.

6 Things to Ask Your Giclee Printer
A while back a young lady came to us because she was concerned by some prints another company had produced for her. She initially loved the prints but discovered that after a few years the colors had turned a chalky white. Even your best quality prints can have bad things happen to them when exposed to the wrong environmental conditions but turning a chalky white was not something you normally see so the only possibility was the materials such as inks and/or paper was the cause for concern.

New Card Options
We are excited to announce our new line of card options. These include precision cut folded greeting card along with postcards and multipurpose, two sided flat cards that are available in sizes up to 8.5 x 11. Our ability to complete and process card orders has been accelerated dramatically due to new state of the art equipment that now automates the process for us unlike we would have been able to do before. It also has allowed us to offer these new printed card options.

Art Reproduction on Wood: The Lighter the Better
Recently we heard from an artist who paints on wood and she brought up an interesting point, it's virtually impossible to find wood panel prints without the wood grain showing through. We discussed the pros and cons of wood panel prints and unfortunately they just won't work for her, but during our conversation I realized that there are a lot of misconceptions about printing on wood, but there are also a lot of unknowns. Reproducing artwork on wood may or may not be a good fit for your art, so today I wanted to take a few minutes to share one of the biggest "unknowns" with you. and hopefully it will help you with your next wood panel print decision.

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