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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

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.

New Starter Kit Participants and Folded Cards
We are excited to announce new card processing technology coming soon for a better folded greeting card in quality and accuracy. But first I want to announce the selection of our new starter kit participants voted by our panel of judges. Check out their website and their work. Each winner is being sent a starter kit with a $100 gift card as thanks for their participation. Six are are being shown with their website and a brief testimonial on the back of the starter kit folder and two on the inside. We go through a ton of starter kits and order new batches at least a couple times a year. If you were not selected by our panel of judges this time, don't fret because we will in all likelihood be doing another round later in the year. Over the next several days and weeks we will begin implementing an easier to use but more advanced folded greeting card ordering system. When we launched the addition of folded greeting cards in 2014 we did not realizing how popular they were going to become. While some of our artists and photographers will order single ones at a time, a substantial number order in bulk. We quickly discovered that our simplistic templates for the different sizes did not afford the control or options that our customers wanted. Nor did the manual review and corrections which slowed down the process help. Overall these limitations were a result of our own processing technology which we felt was not fully up to the task of producing either single cards or large batches of card orders side by side in a timely fashion. We came to the conclusion that advances needed to be made. To better automate the production of your cards and improve accuracy, behind the scenes our production department will start using new card printing and processing technology which will allow for higher color accuracy and an overall better quality print on the surface of the cards you order. Also, new software has been developed exclusively for FinerWorks to help us automate these orders so they are quicker and have less potential for error. To be fair, digital press based printing which produces high quality greeting cards is far different and not as accurate than what is used for your fine art and photo prints but this new technology we are going to be working with should help us get closer to what you might expect with a higher end print.

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