Access to exciting art is a corner stone of our mission here at Glyph Haus. We even like to offer freebies for our newsletter subscribers every so often. While this is an excellent way to collect art on a budget, the difference between your download feeling like an item that might end up in a stack of papers and a real piece of art is presentation.
Here are some quick tips for getting the most from your art downloads.
Print on heavier paper.
Regular printer paper might do the trick if you have a nice printer, but you run the risk of the ink bleeding and a poor quality print. Grab a ream of heavier paper. I recommend a smooth finish. No linens or speckled finishes. My personal preference is a matte finish photo paper. Gloss is distracting, IMO.
Adjust the settings on your printer.
Most home printers are equipped with high quality picture settings. This includes setting your print mode to “best” and adjusting for the type of paper you plan to print on. Refer to your printer’s manual for specific instructions. If you don’t have it anymore (TBH who even keeps those things anyway) just google it. There is either a PDF version on the manufacture’s website or someone has already addressed your questions in a YouTube video.
Do a test print first.
This is important, but hard to remember to do. I get so gosh darn excited about having the THING that I don’t slow down to make sure it is going to fit on my page the way I want. Printers sometimes like to help by auto-fitting the image to the page. Sigh. Note the size of the original work and follow suite. Printing the piece larger than was intended could result in a fuzzy image.
Frame your piece.
Honestly, I hate this part but it is the thing that makes your art feel like it belongs in your home. It also protects the piece from dirt, dust and smudges. Go for something simple and that compliments your personal decorating style. I like a white frame with a white mat. This keeps the focus on the art. However, if you lean more opulent, then knock yourself out with a gold guided frame.
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