How to Print Decorative Art

  • Purchase and Download your files.
    • Depending on the artwork type and whether or not it was customized you may have an instant download or I’ll have sent you a link to a Google Drive download folder after customization.
  • If your purchase includes a ZIP file you’ll need to unzip it first.  Right click the file (PC) and choose Extract All. A new small window will open giving you a choice of where to save the file.
What Paper to Use

Art prints best on a high quality card weight paper. The paper really does matter!

  • 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 fine for unframed work but is too reflective under glass.  The print shop you choose 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.

Printing at Home

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.

Open your artwork PDF file in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

Be sure to use the right printer settings for the paper you have chosen.

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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