Occasionally, I get questions about how to make prints. I will tell you what I do and what I use and what my resources are; however, understand that my way is not the only way. It just works for me and I have made the investment to do it this way.
As you see above, I have an Epson Stylus Photo R2400 printer. Actually, I'm not sure this model is available now but a similar one is. This is a large bed printer and will print up to 13 X 19.
So, if you are going to print "in-house", you should research printers to see which fits your needs, as well as budget.
It uses 8 different Epson Ultra Chrome K3 Ink cartridges which are fairly expensive and I will tell you that it does seem to suck down the ink.
As you can see above, when a cartridge is running low, it tells you each time you print until you finally have to change the cartridge. I always keep extra on hand.Circus Day.
There is more to it than printer and inks. I have experimented with all of the Epson papers. I am now using the Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster which gives a beautiful print.
Another consideration if you are going to market your prints and will be shipping them, is weather or not to mat them and what you will mail them in.
I don't know if "matted" prints are more desirable to the consumer or not; but, I assume that it is matters to some and not to others. Having said that I, consider the mats as part of my shipping and handling cost and do not adjust the print price. I get mat supplies from Redimat. They have "25 pre-cut mat boards, backing boards, and Clear Bags in a kit. Available in 8x10, 11x14, 12x16, 16x20 and 18x24." Note: the
kit includes the mat, backing board and clear bag and the price is very reasonable.
I stopped selling prints about a year ago because of other obligations and needing to edit my time. I am very excited that I am now back in business with prints. I still have a small supply of the 8 x 10 (for 5 x 7 prints) mats and will offer them as long as my supply last. I have decided to discontinue including the mat.
This beautiful print is available for the first time. I just added it today.
I will now ship in a White self-seal Stay Flat envelope that is said not to bend. I can recommend this company for their service. I placed my order one day and it was delivered the next.
For more on the subject of selling your prints you might want to read this from a very talented and successful artist, Kristna Laurendi Havens.
That's it for now.
Oh, One more thing, don't forget you will get 10% discount on anything in my shop if you use the special code: INEEDTHIS when you check out. Sale will continue until December 15th.
I've had this on my mind to share for a good while now. Hope it is helpful.