Interesting points. I may eventually try a professional printer to make a series of limited edition signed prints but for now home printing on art papers produces a nice enough job. I don't have large prints and this way I don't need to keep inventory. Someone wants a print, I print it. And I charge what I think is a reasonable amount, well more than $10 for an 8x10!

Thanks, Lore

On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 9:13 AM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
My prints are usually larger, and sometimes much larger than a 17" printer. If I printed a large amount of smaller prints for sale, then I'd consider doing it myself, but I'm not totally convinced. There is a lot of time involved in color and equipment management. But for a small print, sometimes the professional printer can be more expensive per square inch. However, my professional printer certainly knows this, and works to keep the prices affordable. If I'm printing a series of 8x10s, she will find a way to reduce her production time, print several on a large sheet and then I cut them down to size, and thus pass the savings on to me. So in effect, I don't spend the time, and that in itself is a savings. 

When pricing, I do feel that museum quality pigmented prints are just higher to produce. I think the public became used to buying prints for very little money, and they still want an 8x10 for $10.  It's hard to cut costs, and perhaps we can do that by printing ourselves. But for me, I"m not to the place where I can devote time to printing.

Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538

On Jan 7, 2016, at 6:24 AM, Lore Ruttan wrote:

I'm hearing various opinions about the value of professional fine art prints vs self-printing with a good quality printer (with archival inks on archival paper). Aside from the consideration of color management that Bruce and others mentioned, do others feel the professional prints are that much superior and why?


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