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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

Which is Better? JPG or TIF
Which is better for printing, a JPG (JPEG) or TIF (TIFF)? Most would say a TIF. But, is that always the case? When printing your images there are the two primary formats we recommend and we do accept a handful of other file types for ordering prints however many are only optimal under the right circumstances that may not necessarily be ideal for art and photo printing.

Why Small Prints on Fine Art Papers are Really Big
Years ago, when I got into this business, I did so partially because I was enamored with the idea of making big prints. After several years this came into fruition as I started a small garage based business that eventually grew into a full-service color lab with its own manufacturing facility and several partner centers in the Southeast and Southwest. As we continue to expand both our products and work on expanding, one area we are intentionally getting smaller at is in our fine art giclee paper printing. Not by scaling back or but I mean the ability to offer smaller print sizes.

Metal Prints Large Sizes Available
Most photographers I know are quite familiar with aluminum metal prints. These are a product that really began to gain popularity within the past 5 to 10 years. While they continue to remain popular with photography we are starting to see more interest by artists looking for an exciting alternative. If you are not a photographer, depending on your style of work, you may or may not find them suited for you or your print buyers.

New Shopify App is Ready for Testers
The FinerWorks Order Fulfillment App (FOFA) for Shopify is a free FinerWorks/Shopify integration app that can be connected to your Shopify admin account. It is designed to allow you to quickly submit orders to FinerWorks for printing and drop shipping without having to go through our regular shopping cart checkout process. In addition you can submit multiple orders at once which will save a lot of time. With a few clicks you can actually submit up to 10 orders at a time and in the future this number will likely be increased so that you can submit even more. All without the need to do the tedious work of data entry (filling out addresses) and checkout options. Now this app IS in it’s beta phase which means it is ready to be installed without restriction however you might find it still needs some polishing up or might be missing something you need. As a result we ask for you provide us some feedback on how it might be improved in the days and weeks to come. There are some new features still in the R&D phase but overall we have been pleased with the results so far. However, with that said, some Shopify veterans might see some things we have missed. To get started will first need to install the app (below). After that you can go back to this page and read the general documentation that will help you understand how the app works. As we receive questions we will update this documentation where appropriate by providing the needed answers or clarifications. Finally understand that this app does require some work on your part initially. If you have not setup any prints within your account as Virtual Inventory, you will need to do so. You will need to sync these with the products (prints) you offer for sale within your Shopify store. To do so, you will need to copy the sku generated when you create a virtual inventory print item. These will be the product skus that the app will need to reference so that when you transmit your orders to FinerWorks, we know what images and products to produce for you.

Integration Apps for FinerWorks Order Fulfillment
How about an App for that? That is the question we get as it pertains to having us drop ship prints for people. If you are new to FinerWorks,  drop shipping is another way we describe blind shipping which simply means we keep ourselves unknown and the order looks like you shipped it to your customers. The percentage of orders we process as drop shipped orders at FinerWorks is well over 50% now. Some have us fulfill orders via our website while others placing very big orders go through our offline channels. Well the good news if you are selling your prints online through your own website you might be able to take advantage of some new methods telling us where to send your orders that will make things easier so that you do not have to go through the process of placing individual orders each time. You would actually be able to transmit a bunch of orders with just a few clicks. At the moment there is only one way to do this however we will begin launching some official alternatives in the form of apps in which we have been working over the past several weeks to bring to you.

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