How to Print Decorative Art

Purchase and Download your files.
If your purchase includes a ZIP file and you need instructions to open, see this page.

What Paper to Use

Art prints best on a high quality card weight paper. The paper choice really does make all the difference!

  • Use a heavy-weight, high quality paper
  • Be sure to adjust printer settings for the paper you choose.
  • Each printer/paper is a bit different so expect to make some adjustments the first time you try a paper.

I suggest using a matte paper with a smooth or coated finish. Glossy paper works great for unframed work but is too reflective under glass.  Your print shop should have a paper sample book available to help make your paper selection. Standard copy paper is too thin, and colors tend to bleed. See more in the Print at Home section below.

How to Print the Artwork

Staples, Office Depot, Costco, Target all have print-on-demand departments.
You can also upload the files to an online printing service. To find places to print, try a Google search that includes terms such as “Giclee Art Printing” or “Poster Printing” or “Photo Printing” or “Online Printing”.  If you prefer to order a print and not worry about doing it yourself, check out my Printed & Ship artwork page.

Copy the downloaded files to a USB thumb drive and take them to a print shop.
Some shops have image upload options via their website or email, so call ahead and ask what they prefer.
The resolution of the downloaded file is 300ppi at the largest height/width size listed on the product page (usually 16″x20″). Printing smaller will make it even crisper but printing larger can make the image pixelated.  You’ll have to do a test print to see what happens on larger print sizes. Depending on the artwork, though, printing larger sometimes works fine since high end digital printing machines don’t really need 300 dpi resolution to print clearly.

If you print larger than the largest size on the chart, there may be some degradation of image quality, but it may not be visible when viewed from across the room. If you want a larger print, I suggest doing a test first. Ask for a print of a small area only (so you don’t have to pay for a full print) and then back away from the artwork to see if the looks clear from several feet away. Conversely, as print size is reduced the image quality and clarity increases.

NOTE – Print Quality Depends on Machine Maintenance and Using Correct Paper and Settings
If you print the artwork at a retail print shop (like Staples, Office Depot or Costco) and see banding or faded areas in the printed image, don’t accept the print. All my prints have been tested to ensure that you get the best quality. If for any reason you don’t feel the quality is good, or the color is way off, please don’t hesitate to ask the print technician to do it again on a different paper or printer.  Use their catalog samples to get an idea of what paper their printer’s do the best job on. I have never been asked to pay for poor-quality prints.

If you can’t get the quality you expect from a big box retail print shop, I suggest using an online printshop.

Print at Home
The paper really does matter!

  • Buy the highest quality, heavy weight, matte finish paper you can find.  (If you like gloss paper, that’s ok to but my art is designed to look best on matte paper and, if you intend to frame the artwork, glossy paper will just add reflection under the glass.) Use your printer’s rear loading tray for card stock weight paper (or sticker paper). A coated paper works well for highly saturated images and most of my prints use a lot of color. My favorite paper comes from Red River Paper.  The prices are excellent and the quality of the paper is amazing. They even provide printer settings for their individual paper types from their website. My favorite paper there is the 60lb. Polar Matte.  This paper prints wonderfully on a typical home inkjet printer. I have a Canon Multi-Function printer here in my studio and the Polar Matte paper prints come out almost velvety and deeply saturated. All the images of the stationery/note cards on this site were printed using this printer.
  • Be sure to use the right printer settings for the paper you have chosen.
    • Import, place or insert the image into a new document using software like Microsoft Word or Publisher, or Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop. Size the image on the page and print.  I do not suggest printing straight from Photoshop.  It works but the view options are limited.
      For step by step instructions on printing from Word or Publisher, click here.
    • Click “Print” and select your printer, you should see a link under the printer selection box for Printer Properties.
      Click there to fine tune settings. Options vary depending on printer.
    • Look for your printer’s High-Quality or Best Quality Options vary depending on printer.
      If your paper type is not listed, click into the drop-down options for your printer.

Finding the best printer options for each paper type may take some experimentation.
Size the image so there is at least a .25” (.635 cm) white border.
My artwork files are laid out to include cut and fold marks for cards.  For the image downloads, the file will not include a border so you will need to create your own border by placing and sizing the artwork on your page as desired.

Please be respectful of copyrights.
All artwork in this shop is original and copyrighted. Sharing, distributing or reselling the printed art or digital file is not allowed. You can print as many times as you like for your personal use, gifts, or display in your home or office but you may not share, forward, resell or redistribute in any way. Images are not for use in marketing collateral or branded material. Alicia Heyman Studio retains all rights.

If you would like to share the artwork in this site for your friends to use, please share the link to the product page so that they can purchase the work. I really appreciate your understanding and support of my work!

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