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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 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

Recent Blog Posts

Best Practices for Matting Prints
Periodically people ask us for suggestions on how to best display their print for sale or framing. I try to offer some suggestions when we are approached with this type of inquiry but the first question I ask is if they want to place their prints within a mat. There is a lot of emphasis on choosing a frame for your art and photo prints but sometimes overlooked is the importance of matting. Not only does the mat help highlight the artwork, it also acts as protection so the glass or acrylic does not come in direct contact with the print.

Not All Papers Are Created Equal
Lately we have been making an effort to offer people our own professional opinions on what is a good paper type to choose for their image. I think I have mentioned in the past that one of the most popular questions people ask us has to do with what paper we think will be best for their artwork or photography. I had the practice of just telling people that it is really up to them since so often personal preference plays a role. But unfortunately that is not the answer most people want to hear. Looking back, I completely understand, especially if printing your work is something you only do on occasion. So what I would like to do is tell you how we come to the conclusions that we do to determine which paper is best suited for the type of print you want.

Focus When Photographing Art
We tend to spend a lot of time on color and the importance of proper color management. This should not be ignored when it comes to printing one's artwork or photography. But we sometimes gloss over the topic of "focus" and clarity. I had the privilege of speaking at the Greater San Antonio Camera Club (GSCC) last week providing the members some tips on how to get great prints, especially on fine art papers. One of the things I mentioned was how crucial it is to making sure your shot is in focus. When printing with us, this is more likely to become an issue since our photography customers are usually seeking us out to print something relatively big like a 16x20 or larger. But focus is not just something photographers need to consider. Artists who are photographing their work to create reproductions need to be even more aware of this.

Promoting Your Art with YouTube
Producing a video on YouTube has never been easier. Create a YouTube account, upload your video and even use the YouTube video editor to publish it. That's all there is too it at it's most basic level. I know for some of you producing a video, if you have not done so before, sounds kind of intimidating. The reality is it is quite simple to do as long as you have a good outline to follow.

4 Unnecessary Options for Printing
Submitting your image files online is relatively simple and should not require you to do anything special for the file. Often customers do things to their files intentionally which they think will yield a better print but more often than not will hinder the process of uploading their files or even getting the best print possible. Here I share a few tips to make sure that your file is optimal for printing. Generally none of these things will harm your print but neither will they improve the output.

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