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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

Satin Luster Inkjet Prints with a Gloss Coating
Prints on the Moab Exhibition Luster is now produced with a gloss optimizing coating that sets a new standard for your photo and art printed on this paper. Sticking with our same satin luster paper for prints as well as used for our new face mounted acrylics, this high quality 11 mil 300g paper answers artist’s and photographers’ requests for a high quality paper between a matte and a gloss, with excellent ink retention characteristics and a color gamut that is second to none. This paper maintains a traditional E surface finish, providing an elegant texture consistent to that of a traditional dark room print. This is a popular paper of choice with professional photographers however we find it also makes stunning art reproductions. Now, this week we began introducing the upgraded version with the gloss coating thanks to the introduction of Canon’s newer PRO-4000 printer that now is now part of our fleet of printers.

New Matted Prints Option
You can now order your prints matted without a frame. Our customers have been requesting this option for the past several months since we started to offer custom framing services. I am now happy to say that this option is here.

4 Things Successful Artists Do
How to become a successful artist is a question we have probably asked ourselves at one point. But what makes a successful artist? At a micro level there are a tons of things you can do to improve your chances of success. Many might be related to the art you practice, whether it be photography or painting. But too often artists get wrapped up in so many of the minor details without looking at things in a broader perspective. I have met a lot of artists and photographers over the past decade or more. Some have been incredibly inspiring in everything from their personality to their craft. Based on some of my conversations with them I like to think there are at least 3 things at a macro level that I believe anyone looking to become successful in a visual arts related field must do. These could likely be attributed to other aspects or professions in life but I will try to make this more relatable to those in the arts.

Track Yourself as an Artist
Quite often I am asked for my opinion or if I have any tips to increase an artist’s potential when comes to selling prints either online, in galleries or at art shows. While I have had some personal success in the past as an artist, I no longer put energy in selling my past work or even seeking out commissioned work. Most of my experience now is from viewing the visual arts industry from the perspective of someone that has frequent contact with both struggling as well as successful artists or photographers. And many times I cannot explain why someone who I think is an incredible photographer or artist is struggling after years of trying to get their name out there while people just out of college have no trouble finding buyers of their work with what appears to be little work on their part. Without knowing what efforts have been made on their part I would simply be guessing.

5 Tips When Framing Your Giclee Prints
There are 5 tips I would like to share to help you with your framing: Enhance & Accent, Limit Framing Styles, Use Matting & Glazing, Add Borders to Your Print, and Choose the Right Frame Size. Any framing expert would likely be able to point to dozens of additional things to do but these should go a long way in helping you if you are framing your giclee prints online.

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