Making custom art prints is an artistic skill that benefits from having a keen eye for subtle differences in color, using high-quality inks that are fade-resistant, and choosing a good artwork paper to print on that is acid neutral. Selecting a good quality paper helps the images to last longer without fading and maintain their original color.


Photographic Process

The artwork must be photographed in order to make prints of it. The prints will only be as good, not better, than the photograph itself. This means the artwork must be well-lit and evenly illuminated when photographed by a high-resolution camera.


The colors and details in the photograph need to be thoroughly checked for accuracy against the original art piece. Once the photo is deemed satisfactory, usually by the artist who made the original or a fine art expert, the printing process is next.


Printing Process

The two styles of printing used to make custom prints are Giclee and offset printing. Giclee printing uses a dot-matrix printer that delivers a high-resolution image of 300 dots per inch (DPI). This DPI produces crisp, colorful images that are accurate representations of the photograph of the artwork.


Offset printing has a significant history dating back to the late 1800s. In those early years, before the emergence of digital printing technology, the printing presses were large mechanically-operated machines. Nowadays, the offset process is achieved using a large-scale digital printer.


Digital offset printers use a CMYK system that can create any color from the use of four color channels, which include cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Offset printing is used for many mass printing jobs because of its efficiency.


Offset printing is more difficult to set up than Giclee printing because it requires specific color preparations and accurate/complex equipment configurations. However, when doing large print runs, offset printing is generally less costly than the Giclee style for high print volumes.


Choosing the Paper

Choosing the best paper for a custom print project is as important as getting the colors to look right. There are many kinds of paper with different finishes to choose from, including:


●        Matte: Matte paper feels a bit grainy. It is not glossy. Printing on it gives the artwork a softer look.

●        Luster or Satin: These papers are semi-gloss, with just a little bit of shine.

●        Fiber bases (Baryta): This paper is often chosen for its archival permanence because using it creates a high-quality, long-lasting print.

●        Glossy: This paper has a brilliant shine.


Contact B&B Image Group in Minneapolis, MN for any needs regarding custom art prints by calling the toll-free telephone number of 888-788-9461 or go online to request a quote. B&B Image Group also offers wall-size murals, mix-media prints, wide-format prints, and serigraphs as part of its printing services.