The last few years I’ve been doing more with my artwork instead of just sewing plush. I’ve really enjoyed this transition and hope to continue with it! When I first started doing digital art (and wanting to make prints of my traditional work) I really had no idea how to go about it. This post is really simple for anyone just starting out.
I recommend getting a printer + scanner all in one, especially if you have a small studio space. I love my Canon Pixma TS9020, but everyone will have their own favorite.
My current favorite paper is Canon Pro Luster. It’s very affordable (I usually purchase on Amazon Prime) and the prints look gorgeous.
I’m not going to go in-depth about file setup, but just make sure everything is at least 300 dpi and CMYK (instead of RGB). I usually bump up the saturation and contrast on my artwork so that the prints turn out vibrant, but this varies by piece and can only be achieved by experimenting. Once printed, I usually let them lay out for at least a day before the next steps.
I highly recommend sealing your prints, especially if you’re using an inkjet printer. My favorite is Krylon Preserve It, but I also use Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer. Follow the instructions on the can for drying times.
If you have a sliding paper cutter, throw it out the window and buy a guillotine cutter. They make cleaner cuts and in my opinion are faster to use.
After you cut out your prints, be sure to package them in a cello bag if you’re going to sell them. You can buy bags in bulk on eBay or Amazon for really cheap, and it makes such a difference for the buyer. You can also purchase matboard for extra protection.
And that’s how I do it! This tutorial is of course for printing basic art prints and not archival fine art prints. For fine art, I recommend having your work professionally printed or using top dollar equipment and supplies.