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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

Do Titles of Your Work Matter?
Is coming up with a good title part of your creative process? You may be like me and have found that coming up with a title is an afterthought or something you simply attache to the finished work at the end of the creative process. Years ago when I was more active in the art world from the creative perspective I used to run a simple e-mail newsletter with over 20 thousand subscribers. This was back in the day when people read most or at least more of their emails. It was also before Facebook, Twitter and no one had yet heard of MySpace. As a result email was the best way to connect with fans of my work and it led to a moderate amount of success in selling my prints.

3 Tips for Printing Posters
A lot of our customers do not realize we also offer poster printing. We added that option last year to fill the need for those that were looking for a lower grade print in comparison to our giclee prints. Some have been more commercial in nature, others just large runs for artists which might be trying to sell prints at a lower price point. I know that some of our artist and photographer friends do gravitate to the posters but for the vast majority of our customers they tend to prefer the higher end prints you get on one of the art papers or canvas. So what is the difference with the poster prints and how can I ensure that I am getting the best quality poster possible? Well I am glad you asked.

Three Printing Concepts to Know
I have to say that some artists used to come to the world of printing with a distinct disadvantage compared to photographers. This usually stemmed from the fact that photography, or at least how it used to be, tended to be much more print oriented than those working in other art forms like painting or drawing. Note that I say that is how it used to be with photography but so many new photographers tend to also have less experience with printing since most new photographers bypassed film and developing their own prints phase. Admittedly as a photography hobbyist, I fit that category since I did not truly become excited by Photography until I picked up my first DSLR camera and as an artist I already had put away paint and brush in favor of creating digital artwork as far back as the mid 1990s. And even through I was well versed with working in a digital environment, it was not until I started to look at printing my work that I realized that I had a few things to learn.

What is a Good Proofing Paper
Can you recommend a good paper to proof my work with? Its a question we do get quite often. Some of those that follow my blog might have heard me say in the past that not all papers are created equal. Throw in canvas with that even though canvas is not a paper. What this means is you can potentially have some differences in how prints look from paper to paper depending if you are using the same image file.

2015 Holiday Ordering Deadline
We have been hearing that the various delivery services have been running behind so don't wait too much longer to order if you want it to arrive by Christmas. Keep in mind we produce different products at different locations so items ordered from both our San Antonio and Atlanta color labs will ship separate. For our San Antonio fine art color lab you still have some time (see the chart below) . If you are ordering from our Atlanta lab, try to get your order in today or tomorrow (Wednesday) at the latest since we have had to move up the deadline dates as a precaution. Please review the ordering and shipping deadline chart to figure out which method is best for you. As said in our previous email, we will make every attempt to ensure that your order ships and arrives before Christmas. This may include changing the shipping method to one that we believe will be more likely to get the package to you on time. But be aware that during the last days leading up to Christmas delivery services like FEDEX, UPS and the Post Office are more likely to get behind. So make sure you do not wait until the last moment to order.

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