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The importance of certificates of authenticity

Originally posted 20th May 2019 – Updated 18th June 2020

As an artist or photographer, it is highly likely that you want to give your customers reassurance in your product as well as protecting the integrity of your finished print. That’s where certificates of authenticity come into play. Designed to protect and authenticate your fine art prints, these certificates add a perceived layer of value and trust to your customer.

What is involved?

Typically there are a certain few things that should be featured on each certificate of authenticity, this includes;

Title of the artwork: arguably one of the most important features. What’s the name of your piece?

Artist: Again, as above, one of the most vital pieces. This if your ‘stamp’ on the certificate. Ensures your link to the work and gives you the recognition that you deserve.

The date: May seem an obvious one but it’s worthwhile at least adding the year to the certificate of authenticity.

Small image of the piece: Immediately makes the certificate of authenticity linkable to the finished print.

Certificate/print number: Particularly important if your print is part of an Certificate of Authenticity - The Artists Print Roomedition. For example print number 1 of 500 – this information should be included on the certificates of authenticity. Each print will then have the corresponding number pencilled on to provide a pair! One certificate to one print.

Material/Printer/Inks: These are other variables that can add perceived value to your piece. By detailing the substrate printed on in addition to the quality inks, this highlights and ensures the archival qualities of your fine art print.

Finally, you, as the artist should sign the certificate.

Additionally, on our certificates of authenticity you will also find a declaration of intent, signed by both the artist and publisher.

How do certificates of authenticity benefit you?

By supplying certificates of authenticity with each of your prints you show your dedication as an artist and this can make your artwork easier to sell as well as potentially increasing the value. By having this document linked to your work, your customers can have the confidence in purchase. Sadly, there is no guaranteed way to 100% prove the piece is authentic further down the line when it comes to reselling, however, providing a certificate of authenticity provides good reassurance where possible. In addition to this, many companies, including fine art paper manufacturers and organisations such as ArtSure from the Fine Art Trade Guild offer services where you can upload details to an online register to give an extra level of confidence.

Here at The Artists Print Room we can provide certificates of authenticity with each print. Please contact us to discuss your particular requirements and we will be more than happy to help.


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Smooth Fine Art Papers

Originally posted 5th July 2019 – Updated 14th May 2020

At The Artist’s Print Room, we stock a wide variety of fine art papers for artists, photographers, illustrators, galleries and museums. Here we have outlined the different types of smooth and matt fine art paper options we offer.

Smooth Fine Art Papers

When paper is produced in the paper mill, smooth fine art papers are created with a much more smooth felt in comparison to the textured papers, this then produces the surface on the finished product. A smooth fine art paper can often be a good go to when just starting out. Additionally, smooth and matt fine are papers are often compliment portrait photography. However, it is important to remember that when a paper is described as smooth it is not completely devoid of texture though!

Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm

Hahnemühle Bamboo - The Artists Print Room

This bamboo paper is made from 90% bamboo fibres and the additional 10% is made from cotton. This particular paper is more environmentally friendly than the cotton papers due to the fast growing bamboo. Furthermore, this also now forms part of the Hahnemühle Natural Line range of fine art substrates. This paper has a lovely warm white colour and due to its tone, it is ideal for warm coloured prints and monochrome images.

Canson® Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique - The Artists Print Room

This paper from Canson is 100% cotton and has an exceptional smooth white tone. During the manufacturing process, natural minerals are added and therefore this paper has a natural tone. A very unique, smooth surface, however, there is still a tactile element to the paper which you can see in the close up image. This paper provides one of the highest achievable Dmax on the market, therefore, making it a perfect solution for both fine art photography prints and art reproductions.

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Bright White - The Artists Print Room

Hahnemühle’s most famous paper is probably their Photo Rag and this paper is a brighter version of their famous Photo Rag 308gsm. As above, a 100% cotton paper but with a bright white tone. A smooth surface, this paper can really make your colours ‘pop’ and really add definition to black and white imagery.

If you would like to see all the papers we offer, why not order one of our substrate sample books? This can really make life much easier when making the difficult decision of which surface to have your work printed on. For just £10.00 you will receive samples of the following substrates;

Matt finish:

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White 310gsm
Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm
Hahnemühle Agave 290gsm
Hahnemühle Hemp 290gsm
Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm
St Cuthberts Mill Somerset Velvet 330gsm
Canson Infinity Aquarelle Rag 310gsm
Hahnemühle Museum Etching 350gsm
Hahnemühle William Turner 310gsm
Fotospeed Platinium Etching 285gsm

Canvas:

Hahnemühle Daguerre Canvas 400gsm
Canson Infinity Museum ProCanvas 385gsm

Gloss finish:

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin 310gsm
Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl 285gsm
ILFORD Imaging Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm
Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310gsm
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
Fotospeed Smooth Pearl 290gsm


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Gloss Fine Art Papers

Originally posted 16th July 2019 – Updated 7th May 2020

Deciding on the perfect paper for your photography or art reproduction can be a difficult decision to make. We have put together a list of the gloss fine art papers that we offer. We hope this gives some understanding to each of the paper qualities and what type of finish you can expect.

Gloss Fine Art Papers

The most important thing to be aware of here when considering a gloss fine art paper is that when we talk about gloss, this tends to be more of a subtle lustre or satin finish. Not the high gloss on your standard photographic prints that you have produced from standard photo labs. These finishes are much more subtle and arguably more exquisite and beautiful.

Canson® Infinity Platine Fibre Rag

Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag - The Artists Print Room

The Canson® Infinity Platine Fibre Rag is a combination of the combination of the premium 100% cotton Platinum paper that Canson has supplied for many years to the original Platinum and Platine photographic market, with the latest microporous coating. The paper contains no optical brighteners, thus not affecting the longevity of the print. An excellent choice of paper for both black and white or colour images. A 310gsm which overall provides a stunning satin finish to your image.

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Satin

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Satin - The Artists Print Room

As above, this paper from but from Hahnemühle is a 310gsm,  and has a satin finish. A smooth surface and 100% cotton rag, the paper has a lovely natural white tone. A unique paper in that when you image is printed on this paper, the unprinted areas remain matt, however, the printed areas have a slight sheen. Your print will appear like it shimmers in the light.

Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl

Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl - The Artists Print Room

The Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl is a 285gsm paper and provides your prints with a sensational pearl finish. This paper isn’t cotton rag like others previously mentioned, it’s a 100% a-cellulose paper (which is wood pulp) and has a bright white tone. Due to this bright white, prints will have impressive colour contrasts and the black in your images will have an incredible depth.

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Baryta

Hahnemühle PhotoRag Baryta - The Artists Print Room

Photo Rag Baryta is a 315gsm, 100% cotton paper and the ‘glossiest’ paper we offer. Using barium sulphate in the inkjet coating, ensuring the typical gloss that makes this paper a genuine replacement for traditional Baryta papers from analogue labs. The coating on this paper provides a water resistance and the tone of the base paper lends well to black and white prints.

ILFORD Gold Fibre Silk
Ilford Fibre Silk 310gsm

The ILFORD Galerie Gold Fibre Silk 310gsm is a stunning traditional fibre based substrate. This fine art paper has both the look and feel of a traditional baryta paper which many artists and photographers love. With a high quality finish, it produces stunning black and white images in addition to colour prints, thanks to its excellent sharpness and wide colour gamut.


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Technical Support

This post was originally published on 27th August 2019 and updated on 29th April 2020.

Did you know that we also offer bespoke technical support services alongside our fine art giclée printing? So, if you’re at home and looking to learn some new skills in Photoshop or Lightroom, why not check to make sure your settings are correct before getting started?

From the comfort of your own home and abiding by social distancing guidelines we can provide a support service to help you ensure your image processing programmes are set up correctly and accurately. Alternatively, we can help run through some of the most common settings and tools you would need as either an artist or photographer. We can cover both Photoshop and Lightroom, whichever you require; or both!

Additionally, we can provide services to assist you in calibrating your monitor and installing or embedding ICC profiles. This is particularly useful when you are planning on printing your artwork as you will be able to see a more accurate representation of the final colours, tones and hues to be expected in your prints.

Talking and showing you through each step, we can answer any of your technical questions. We want to help make your life easier so you can have more time and freedom to create your art or photography without having to worry about the technical issues which can be all so time consuming.

Our technical support services can be provided through Skype or by telephone and remote access whichever suits your needs.

Lightroom

Lightroom - The Artists Print RoomThis programme offers you the full set of tools for you to edit your image files to exactly how you would like them to look. You can find more about Lightroom here. We can take you step-by-step through the set up process and show you how to save your preferences and ensure that everything is running smoothly so you can take control of the image editing process.

Photoshop

Photoshop - The Artists Print RoomPhotoshop is an extremely powerful tool used for image editing and image manipulation which is used by many professional photographers and artists. We can ensure that Photoshop is set up correctly for you and show you how profiling and colour management works through this programme. More information about Photoshop can be found here.

Technical Support

All of our technical support is bespoke to your individual requirements and questions.

We charge a standard hourly rate for these services and you can book using our simple to use online booking form. When you book, please feel free to give us a brief description on what you would like to discuss or require assistance  with and we will then be in touch to discuss further and arrange a suitable time and date for the technical support to take place.


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Printing Artwork Services

If you are an artist looking for a fine art printing company that can print your artwork, we can help you.

Printing Artwork Services

There are only so many pieces of original art that you can create in one lifetime. With our artwork printing services you can have one piece created as many times as you like. This allows you to share your work near and far thus making your artwork ideal for resale. Here at The Artists Print Room any form of artwork can be reproduced, including; watercolour, pastel, oil, illustration or acrylic. Even 3D sculptures can be captured and produced as a fine art giclée print and accuracy during this process is incredibly vital.

The Printing Art Process

When it comes to reproducing your original artwork the first step in the process is the image capture. Artwork photography is a specialist process which requires outstanding accuracy and a thorough understanding of colour workflows. If you are looking to reproduce your original artwork to we offer a professional artwork photography service with an exceptional attention to detail. Using our vast experience, understanding and specialist equipment, we capture the subtle hues and fine details in your original artwork. This is important as any fine details missed during the photography will subsequently be missing from your final fine art giclée print. We have experience in handling delicate artworks, so you can be assured your original will always be in safe hands with us.

Soft Proofing Set-Up – The Artists Print Room

Our custom-built artwork photography set up, the final file of each piece of artwork we photograph is two-times the size of the original piece. With this file size, it ensures that there is an incredible colour depth, all delicate details included, full tonal range and perfect accuracy.

Service Details

Prices for these services starts at £60.00 and all of our prices are based on per square inch, it doesn’t mater whether your artwork is matt, gloss or varnish or how you produced your original. We also offer 15% discounts for every additional pieces to be photographed. Additionally, for those that wish to send us their artwork for image capture, we will provide you with a free postage label so you don’t need to worry about delivery costs to us. Our artwork printing services can be ordered online through our online ordering system.  Included in this is the image white point and colour balanced in addition to a printed test proof. Additionally, we will provide a 72ppi image file which you can use for your records and your website. For a full breakdown of our prices please view our pricing page. View our artwork reproduction photography page for more in-depth information on our artwork printing services.


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Trade marks for artists and photographers

Following on from our recent post surrounding the topic of copyright for artists and photographers, we are going to take a closer look at trade marks. We investigate how these can be used in your art or photography work and where they could be a suitable requirement.

What are trade marks?

Trade marks are a form of intellectual property, much like copyright. Having a trademark in place can help protect you from someone stealing the name of your product or brand, the design or look of your products or the things you produce. You automatically have intellectual property rights over your work if you created it. However, unlike copyright, you must apply for trade marks on your work. Trade marks would be most suitable for you if you are looking to protect your name or logo particularly associated with your work. Trade marks allow you to proceed with legal proceedings against those that use your trade marked property without your permission.

The Process

Apply for a trade mark can be a lengthy process and it is suggested that the application process is likely to take around four-months. You must be aware, the process is private and confidential, however, if you wish to have assistance in the process from third parties, non-disclosure agreements are recommended. You can trade mark the following things; words, sounds, logos, colours or alternatively, a combination of these things. There are stringent rules in what you can trade mark, however, there is plenty of information available online to guide you along the process. Further to this, you must always check prior to application to ensure there has not been a trade mark registered for the same thing. Additionally, you cannot apply for common phrases or slogans that are non-distinctive.

The Cost

The standard fee for applying for a trade mark would be up to £200. You can pay for additional trade marks to be applied which would include slight variations of your primary trade mark application. These variations are charged at £50 each and up to six can be submitted.

After Application

Following on from your application, you will receive initial feedback within 20-days. If there are amendments to be made, you will have two-months in which to complete these. Your trade mark will also be published in the trade mark journal (upon an initial successful application) for two-months following this at which point, anyone can oppose your application. If any objections are submitted these will need to be resolved before your trade mark is completed.

If you wish to proceed with applying for a trade mark, perhaps for your logo as either a photographer or artist, then it would be recommended that you undertake some research prior to the application process. The Intellectual Property Office has a wealth of resources available to read through. Furthermore, you can also contact a registered trade mark attorney. Don’t forget, different rules apply in different countries though! So if you’re planning on using your logo in different regions, this may require further investigation.


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Copyright for artists and photographers

Copyright is often a daunting word, in where not a lot of people truly understand how it all works. However, as an artist or photographer, it is worth getting a basic grasp of who owns what and what your rights are. Here we will give you some basics to get you started.

UK Copyright

First and most importantly, you should be aware that in nearly all cases, copyright will be with the artist or photographer, regardless of who owns the actual piece of work. There are of course some exceptions to the rules and you can find out more here.

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is the main statute that governs copyright law in the UK and you can find the full act on the UK Intellectual Property Office website. Copyright will tend to last for the whole of the artist or photographers lifetime, plus an additional 70 years on top of that. It is also worth noting too that if you have a third party photograph or scan your artwork for reproduction purposes, they will then hold the copyright for that digital file.

Reproduction Rights

With you holding the copyright of your work, this means no other individual can reproduce your work in the same or any other format including promotional items such as mugs or greetings cards. Individuals can seek your permission to use your work and reproduce this in different formats but we would recommend explicit, written consent for this supplemented by a formal arrangement with a contract. Any sales of your copyright must be done so in writing to make them legal and withstanding. When looking at the possibilities of reproduction pieces, it may best suit you as the artist or photographer to sell on reproduction rights and this will allow you to maintain the original copyright but still sell on further licence agreements.

Artists Resale Rights (ARR)

There is a wealth of information available online regarding the specific rights of artists and this includes the Artists Resale Rights (ARR). This entitles creators of original works of art to a royalty each time one of their works is resold through an auction house or art market professional. To find out more information about the rules and exclusions, visit the ARR section of the gov.uk website.

For further information, contact details for the Intellectual Property Office are available here. Alternatively, if you are having an issue with your copyright, contact a solicitor who specialises in the industry.


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Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020

Artists, are you looking for a new challenge in 2020? Why not try entering some painting competitions this year? We’ve stumbled across the Jackson’s Painting Prize which could be a great opportunity for you.

Call for entries are now open for this fantastic competition and they remain open until the 4th March 2020. The best bit is, there are some excellent prizes up for grabs too! Jackson’s state that this painting competition was, ‘established to champion exceptional artworks made by international creators at all points in their career’. Therefore, even if you’re just starting out, there is no excuse to not give it a go. Furthermore, artists of any age can enter too.

The Prizes

There are several prizes available for the winners. The overall first prize is awarded an astounding £5,000. There are also prize pots of £1,000 each for both the Peoples Choice Award and the Emerging Artist Award. Additionally, there are six category prizes with awards of £500 each. The categories are as follows;

  • Animal
  • Portrait/Figure
  • Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape
  • Still Life/Botanical
  • Abstract/Not Representational
  • Scenes of Everyday Life

The winners (apart from the Peoples Choice Award) will be selected by a judging panel of six well-known names within the art industry.

Important Information

There are some key points you should be aware of if you’re considering entry to the Jackson’s Painting Prize. Firstly, each artist can submit up to five pieces of work. However, a positive is that unlike many other art competitions, there is no age limit on the pieces you submit.

To enter your works, an image of your work will need to be uploaded to the Jackson’s Painting Prize website, ensure you’re not including the mount or frame in your image though as your entry will be disqualified if you do!

The Longlist & Winners

One of the great things about this art competition is that you don’t have to wait too long to find out if you’ve been successful! The longest will be announced on the 17th March 2020 with all the winners being announced by the end of April 2020. Full details of the competition schedule can be found here.


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Successful Exhibitions

Perhaps you’ve decided 2020 will be the year you start attending and displaying your work at exhibitions. You could hold your own exhibition dedicated to your work alone or perhaps partake in one of the many organised across the country. Exhibitions can be a fantastic opportunity to show your work off in all its glory as visitors will come to you and they are the perfect opportunity for showcasing to potential clients and art buyers.

Preparing for a successful exhibition can be a very daunting experience, even if you’ve attended them before! There is a lot to consider prior and you should be prepared for things to come up that you wouldn’t have imagined! Here we have put together some top tips on holding a successful exhibition.

booking your space

The most important factor here is RESEARCH! If you’re looking at attending an organised exhibition, have you attended it before? If not, speak to your contacts, do they recommend it? Also take into consideration the type of visitors expected – would you work fit in with their tastes and budgets? When you’ve settled on this, speak to the event organisers and understand what is included in your stand fee. Your booking fee for space is a large overhead so ensure you are getting all you can from it. Is there suitable space to hang your work or would you need to provide this?

Additionally, what promotion will be involved from the organisers for you? Do they promote the event locally or perhaps nationally? It may be worth negotiating if possible on a stand location within the exhibition too. If you know who else is attending and where they will be located, consider work that complements yours and ask for a stand location according to this.

logistics

Perhaps one of the most onerous parts of preparing for a successful exhibition is working out how you are going to get there with all of your work. Will you need to hire a van for the occasion or perhaps ask a logistics company to undertake this challenge on your behalf – just make sure they are insured accordingly and have relevant experience to avoid any damages or potential issues. You will need to take a suitable amount of work with you to display, don’t over do it though!

Furthermore, if the exhibition is not local to you, ensure you book your accommodation in advance. Some large scale exhibitions attract vast numbers of visitors and local hotels and B&B’s get booked up well in advance.

You may also want to consider taking someone with you to help out. Do you have a reliable friend or colleague that can head over with you? It will probably be worthwhile having some assistance if possible so you can both take suitable breaks and explore the rest of the exhibition for market research purposes!

Also, never, ever forget items such as pens, paper and scissors! Trust us, you’ll will always need these at some point!

promotion

Both prior and whilst you are attending the exhibition, you need to promote that you are there! Using social media is a great opportunity for this as you can target people who are already interested in your work as well as others that may be interested in other exhibitors.

You should also ensure you have plenty of marketing material with you at all times too, this can include business cards or flyers. Include your contact details on these so visitors who can’t stop thinking about your work after the event can get in touch!

It would also be a good idea to have some information displayed about each piece of work you have with you. This can just be a couple of lines on a small label, it is also worthwhile including the price too.

during the event

No body knows your work better than you do! Be prepared to talk all day long about it and what your inspiration is. Be enthusiastic and approachable to all visitors. You need to enjoy your time at the event otherwise this will come across negatively to and visitors. All the hard work will be worth it and take a couple of days off afterwards to rest, you’ll be surprised how tiring these exhibitions can be! Don’t be tempted to take a seat though whilst you’re at the exhibition, it can come across very casual to potential clients so make sure you wear some comfortable shoes too!

If you are selling directly at the exhibition, it is worthwhile investing in a card payment facility. Fewer and fewer of us are carrying cash around and this can really make life much easier for you and your customers. There are many different options available now and many of these can be used through a mobile phone. Here is a comparison site that you can take a look at which details all the different options available to you.

most importantly

Things will go wrong, it’s inevitable, even if you’re a seasoned pro at exhibitions. But that’s fine! Learn from your mistakes and don’t be disheartened by them everyone forgets something every once in a while. Just remember, something may go wrong, but it’s highly unlikely that your visitors will even notice and inevitably you will have a successful exhibition!


Have you attended any exhitibitions recently? Which ones would you recommend for photographers and artists? Or perhaps you’re planning on attending some yourself throughout 2020 – let us know, we would love to hear from you and you never know, we may be able to pop along too!


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Why you should keep records….

Are you a self-employed artist or photographer? If so, you should understand how vital to your business accurate record keeping is. Record keeping is one of those things that can be fairly time consuming and monotonous, however, by setting aside a little time each week, it can really help in the future and save you a lot of work all in one go!

What should you keep records of?

Ideally there are three main things that you should keep up to date and safe;

  1. Your artwork
  2. Financial Transactions including sales
  3. Customer details and a client list

Artwork

We are all guilty of it… saving digital files under any old name. However, this can cause a nightmare when you know you have a file but you are shifting through hundreds or perhaps thousands to find one image you needed to send over to potential client 10-minutes ago! To save yourself this potential time consuming problem, you should name files accordingly. Set up your own system that you can stick to and use each and every time you save a new piece of artwork. It is always a good idea to include the date too, perhaps just the month and year and the title of the piece for example, something simple such as ‘January2020_ArtworkName‘ would suffice. By naming your files accordingly, this can also assist when discussing them with someone else, to ensure you are both discussing the same piece of work. It would then be useful to record these file names in an individual spreadsheet too so you can record your sales against this.

Financial Transactions

By recording all of your income and expenses, you will be saving yourself a lot of time and stress, particularly at this time of year when the dreaded self-assessment return date approaches! Of course, you should be doing this already, however, if you feel like you need help with this, perhaps contact a local bookkeeper or accountant.

Not only does recording financial transactions make it more convenient when it comes to submitting your tax return, it can also give an insight into your business which you may not have noticed. By recording all of your expenses you can check where you are spending your money. Perhaps you’ve purchased a lot of material recently, by checking records you can identify this and it may help you assess where you can save some costs. On the other hand you should also record your sales and other income. This can assist in identifying best sellers – and the worst sellers, which can then be a great tool when developing your work (although of course, trends and preferences change). Obviously, recording sales is also identifying any income you are making which is most likely the main outcome of your business!

By record keeping your financial transactions it can also help with your cashflow forecasting and setting prices of your artwork or photography.

Customers and clients

You should record all those that you come across. This includes customers and suppliers. Do you have a massive pile of business cards hanging around that you don’t know what to do with? Why not set up a simple spreadsheet and record those that may be interested stakeholders. By noting details next to each person, for example, where you met them, what you discussed or how they could benefit you and your business, you will be making your life much easier long term. By jotting this information down and storing it somewhere safe you can immediately remove this information from your head and focus on something else! This can be a daunting task if you have a large amount of information to record but by setting aside a little time each week, you’ll really notice how easy it can be!

Do you have anything else you think is important to keep a record of when it comes to your photography or art business? Let us know, we would love to hear from you!


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