Fine Art Print Making

By: Rizwana Mundewadi

Fine Art Print Making

With the ever increasing advancement in technology art is not left behind. As the prices of art are shooting up to great heights art is gradually becoming unaffordable to many. Many art houses and galleries are going into prints to keep up with the trends of making art affordable and approachable.

Printmaking is a process of making artworks by printing, usually on paper. Each print of the original is similar in colour and imaging as the original work, but is not a painting, but termed as a print of original work. Different types of printing techniques are monotypes, engraving, lithographs, woodcuts, linocut, screen printing, relief printing, mezzotint, etching, stencil and viscosity printing.

For a good quality print a photograph taken from a best quality digital camera is required. 10 to 12 mega pixel camera would give a good quality picture of the work that is selected for printing. Fine art printmakers have to follow certain important rules to get good prints. The image of the original work has to be good only then can a print be got of a good quality. There are various computer software used to edit and balance the colours in the photographs, like Adobe Photoshop, but it is best to have a good start with a good picture to maintain the clarity and feel of the original work. Poor images using low-end cameras would give distorted and blurred images on increasing the size of the image. The initial scan in the capture is very important. Any art work needs to be lit using an asymmetrical lighting principle to get the best of image of the original.

Printers of different high-technology that use pigments or inks that are fast and do not fade in the sun have to be used. Giclee' prints are becoming very common and acceptable as affordable art. Prints can also be done on canvas, textile, tiles and other media.

About the author:
Rizwana Mundewadi wrote for http://theartcentre.in. The original website is no longer online.


Printmaking tutorial: Relief Printing by Linda Nevill, Fine Art Printmaker



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