Are you new to selling your art prints? We’ve put together a guide on making and selling art prints online to help you get started. All of the blog content referenced here is 100% free, and we recommend taking this advice in conjunction with the workbook and video material in our flagship course, How to Sell Your Art Online.
Why Should I Sell Art Prints?
Have you ever been asked whether your work is available as a print, but balked at what it would take to produce it? Making art prints can be an arduous process at first (more on that below,) but diversifying by selling art prints can be a wise and lucrative addition to your business model. Be aware that the pricing rules for original art are going to be very different from the pricing rules for art prints. Read more on how to price art prints.
How Do I Make Money From Selling Art Prints?
Once you’ve made up your mind to sell art prints, you need to ensure that they’re actually profitable for your business. Finding creative ways to move an inventory of extra prints can be a great way to drum up fresh interest in your work. In fact, setting up a system in which you use a small print as a loss leader can be a great way to use your prints to sell original art. Selling prints doesn’t have to be an arduous business requiring you to move massive amounts of inventory to make a profit. There are a number of clever and ethical tactics you can employ to sell fewer prints and make more money.
How Do I Make Prints of My Art?
Creating quality prints of your art is an art form in itself: The Art of Fine Art Printing. We’ve compiled a list of product recommendations and tutorials on the most cost-effective and professional ways to produce high-quality prints. One of the most important aspects of print production, often overlooked even by experienced professional artists, is color management. Without proper color management, your prints will not come out true to the color of the original. It’s a complicated concept that will require quite a bit of research, but we’ve put together a brief overview to get you started: Color Management for Fine Artists: A Quick Primer.
In conjunction with our primer on color management, check out our reviews and recommendations of the top scanners, printers, and paper for creating art prints from the comfort of your home:
- The Best Printers for Printing Art at Home
- The Best Papers for Making Art Prints at Home
- The Best Scanners for Fine Artists