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.

Print at an Online or Local Print Shop

For larger prints (or just because you want someone else to do it) – Staples, Office Depot, Costco, Target all have print-on-demand departments.

Upload the print file to an Online Shop.
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 “Print on Demand” or “Poster Printing” or “Photo Printing” or “Online Printing”.  My favorite print-on-demand shop is printful.com.  Their printing is top of the line and the paper they use is excellent – very thick and high quality.  Their prices are reasonable and they offer many sizes and types of merchandise to print on.  I am not an affiliate… I just love their work and have not used many others so I stick with what I know and trust.

Take the file to your local printshop.  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 blow up the image to larger than it’s original size, expect some degradation of image quality. If you want a larger print, please purchase a larger size image or ask me to create a custom size for you.  Some images may not be able to be blown up really big – it depends on how large the original art is.  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 big box retail print department (like Staples, Office Depot or Costco) and see banding or faded areas in the printed image, don’t accept the print. That is usually caused by poor machine maintenance.  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.
My favorite online printer is Printful.com.  Their prints are super saturated and on luscious heavy weight paper.  Look for “wall art” and “poster prints” in their site.  I’m not an affiliate, I just love their prints.  There are many others but I can’t vouch for them so I won’t list.

Printing at Home
The paper really does matter!

  • Buy the highest quality, heavy weight, matte finish paper you can find.  (If you like glossy paper, that’s ok to, but my art is designed to be printed on matte paper and, if you intend to frame the artwork, glossy paper will just add reflection under the glass.) On the right paper, a matte print will be as vibrant and possibly more saturated than a glossy one.Use your printer’s rear loading tray for heavy weight 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. Red River Paper’s website lets you shop by printer type so can choose your printer and they will list what papers work best for it.
  • 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.
 

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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