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March 22, 2022
Fine art prints are a great way to begin (or expand) your art collection. Here’s a quick breakdown about digital fine art prints, and tips on how to get started collecting them.
There are a lot of different types of art prints out there, including lithographs, etchings, linocuts and woodblock prints… the list goes on. In this article I’m going to be discussing digital fine art prints, sometimes called giclée prints. Digital fine art prints are a widely available type of print that can be purchased from living artists today.
Digital fine art prints are made when an artist has their work photographed or scanned to create a digital file. Or, the original work can be created digitally to begin with, in a program such as ProCreate or Photoshop. The digital file is then color corrected and printed onto paper with an inkjet printer. There are different types of paper available for the artist to choose from, including various thicknesses. Paper finishes can range from glossy to matte.
When choosing fine art prints, consider if the print is a limited edition or open edition. A limited edition print means there are a limited number of prints made in that size. A limited edition print should be numbered and signed by the artist. For example, a print marked with 125/250 means that it is print number 125 out of an edition of 250. An open edition print means that the artist can create an unlimited number of prints in that size.
When looking at price, note that a limited edition print will usually be more expensive than an open edition print, because, well, it’s limited in quantity. However, many artists like to offer open editions because it allows for a more reasonable price point for collectors. Currently at Art in the Valley, Michael and I only offer open edition prints for our collectors.
Prices can vary depending on the artist, size, type of paper used, and whether a print is limited or open edition. Look for these things when purchasing prints. Digital fine art prints are available at price points that allow anyone, no matter their budget, to build their own art collection. After all, we believe that art collecting is for everyone, not just the rich and famous!
Most importantly, when collecting digital fine art prints, find artists and artwork that you love! Great places to look are art fairs or galleries, or online like Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, which will often link you directly to the artist’s website. To view our collection of digital fine art prints, click here.
Do you have any questions about art or art collecting? Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I might just write a blog post about it!
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