Sunday, February 3, 2013

HOW TO CREATE AND SELL PRINTS of your art/photography online


 
There are a couple of ways to sell prints, cards, and other products with your artwork on them.  

  1. The first thing you must have is a LARGE clean (not blury/not pixelated) image file. 
  2. To sell at physical art fairs you must fit all of the showing requirements (proper tables, tent, etc)
  3. To sell art prints online... All you need is a great high-quality image file!

ONLINE:

I belong to many online sites that will sell artprints, cards, images on T-shirts, cups, bags,... the sky is the limit on what you can find.

I particularly enjoy FineArtAmerica.com for prints. You can have an account to participate in the site for free. But it is $30. USD per year to belong and set up print sales.

With that fee you can set up your own gallery like this: http://cj-rider.artistwebsites.com

PLUS you have another gallery here on your profile like this: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cj-rider.html

It is a highly visible site but you are ultimately responsible for your own online and in person promotion of your works.  No guarantees- but I find it quite useful and continue to have pretty good sales there.

You can also use it to set up "events" taking place here on OA- or blog about your posts here at OA. etc. Making things come full circle back to OA! Thus helping this site grow.

If you have any questions about making hi resolution images for printing - or whatever - please ask, maybe I will know.  I have done a lot of this stuff through out my career and I am happy to share what I know.

  • Very important to use a tripod when taking art photos!  
  • Use an 8mp or better camera for larger prints
  • smaller mp cameras are ok for postcards, notecards, and other small prints.

 

You can google and find numerous sites to post and sell prints, cards, etc.
Redbubble, Etsy, Fine Art America, Devientart and many more - 

I have so far found Fine Art America is a well rounded and fair site. Also fairly easy to use.

However- you still have to do self promotion and get your work out there - the sites are not the "end all" to your print sales.

Anyone have any other favorites tips?

cj

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