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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

3 Quick Tips for Image Submission
Printing your images through FinerWorks is pretty straight forward however problems that can affect the ability to print your image accurately can occur when people have utilized more advanced imaging techniques that might cause problems with how an image is correctly read. Below are 3 quick tips that will alleviate potential problems in printing.

10 Tips for Selling Prints on Etsy
In the past 4 to 5 years, the number of Etsy store owners that have come to FinerWorks to fulfill their print orders have steadily increased. Because these numbers were leading to a lot of questions that we felt could not be answered properly, we decided to get a firsthand look of what the Etsy seller experiences. So, one of our staff decided to take on this task of offering prints for sale and having us drop ship her orders. It took probably about 6 months but once her Etsy shop gained some traction and began to draw sales we could see things a little more clearly and be able to empathize with some of the challenges Etsy sellers face. It has been a little long in coming but after speaking with her, and some of our customers over the years, I think I have some information that people thinking of selling giclee prints on Etsy will find useful. And if you already are running a Etsy, shop, maybe there will be some tidbits of information here that might help you as well.

Increasing Art and Photo Sales
I want to provide you another perspective that may change the way you look at every time you sell a print. I will start by asking you to think about how much is everyone who likes your art, worth. More specifically think how much did your print or even a painting fetch after someone DID NOT buy it. Did you also know these people that don’t buy or never will buy individually have actual monetary sales value to you even if they don’t buy prints or decide not to commission you for some art or photo project? So, let’s discuss this different approach when viewing your sales.

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.

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