Fine Art Prints

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Fine art prints are a step up from posters, in terms of quality, and potentially, value. Be advised that while some posters may be referred to as "prints", no actual prints are ever referred to as "posters". Though the printing techniques are often similar (with the exception of giclee prints) the quality of the materials tend to differ. Posters are usually on thin, high gloss paper stock, using less high quality inks. Prints, on the other hand, often come on heavier stock, with higher ink saturations.

Fine art prints can also be members of an edition. A limited edition means that there's only so many of them that will ever be made. Some prints belong to "open-ended" editions. Open-ended editions tend to be less expensive than limited editions, unless the artist is of particular prominence or popularity. Be wary, however, that your "open ended" edition fine art print is actually that, and not a fancily named poster.

Fine art prints, because of their higher quality materials, look richer and stay beautiful longer. Provided you frame your fine art print intelligently, your print should be safe from wear and age indefinitely. Photographic prints, and lithographs in particular, require specific framing techniques to protect your investment.

Fine Art Prints: Best Framing Materials

Photographic prints, limited edition prints, lithographs, and giclee prints should all be framed with an eye towards archiving. It's very important to choose acid free mounting materials, including the foam core backing and mats. It's also key to select frame glass that protects the print from over exposure to the sun and other damaging influences. Most high-quality framing stores, both online and downtown, will automatically use these top-choice framing materials, but it's always wise to double check.


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