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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

Why Are My Prints Too Dark
This is the first in what we hope to be an educational series called Lobby Talk, where we try to provide illustrations and screen casts to get the best quality prints possible. In this first one titled 'Why Are My Prints too Dark', hosted by Brian Wells, Art Director at FinerWorks and myself, we discuss how the truth to the problem of prints being too dark can actually be found in the file itself. Most of the time people's monitors are exceptionally bright therefore images seen on screen appear brighter than they really are. Along with our discussion I provide a Photoshop tutorial which shows you how you can check an image to see if it might be too dark and how to make the necessary corrections to the file if it is.

Creating Gallery Quality Prints
This video is a great resource for those that want to see what goes into producing optimal prints for selling and display. It is a little long but quite comprehensive. Fortunately FinerWorks does a lot of the work for you so you do not have to do everything seen in the video however having the knowledge or at least a little understanding into what is involved will help you in the long run with your prints. Enjoy.

Gloss Canvas Upgrade
We have upgraded out gloss canvas to a new version which has a more refined and consistent glossy finish on the surface. Many of our customers have indicated that they felt the previous version of our glossy canvas just was not glossy enough. This has been especially true with many of our photographer friends who may have been more used to a glossy canvas versus a matte.

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.

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