Blog 13: Quality Art Differences
Blog 13: Quality Art Differences
What Are Quality Differences Between Art Prints and Posters?
Actually … there seem to be NO major differences between Art Prints and Posters as offered on the Fine Art America (FAA) website. And, sometimes … no matter how you do it … the results seem as good one was as another. Experiment … to find out!
All FAA artists’ customers have access to the same options for their products. In general, the main differences depend upon customers’ abilities to choose their colors and other options.
But as far as Art Prints and Posters are concerned … compare the “Finish” Description for each product (Art Prints and Posters).
You will find access to 8 PAPER options and information further down below.
Be sure to Click on the ⊕ Symbol beside each paper-type and finish for further information about each paper type (i.e., remember to do this on your active link presented furter down below):
- Archival Matte Paper ⊕
- Glossy Photo Paper ⊕
- Luster Photo Paper ⊕
- Semi-Matte Photo Paper ⊕
- Picture Rag ⊕
- Somerset Velvet ⊕
- Watercolor Paper ⊕
- Metallic Paper ⊕
The FAA Print “Description” for Finish is this:
Our prints are produced on acid-free papers using archival inks to guarantee that they last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All art prints include a 1″ white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired.
The FAA Poster “Description” for Finish is this:
Our posters are produced on acid-free papers using archival inks to guarantee that they last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All posters include a 1″ white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired.
In other words, the “Finish” for both Prints and Posters on my FAA website is essentially the same … with the exact same “Finish” delivery option for both:
- “Premium Clear Acrylic with Foamcore Backing” (For Posters WITH a FRAME)
- “Rolled In A Cardboard Tube.” (For Posters WITHOUT a FRAME)
In other words, all of the other selections and delivery options for either Art Prints or Posters (on this website) seem to be identical whether one considers Size, Frame, Mat, or Paper for either product option (i.e., Print or Poster).
However, there can be a difference in production quality, depending upon which paper type is chosen for either product. See the link for more information about paper types below.
Therefore, one would assume that the selection of either a Print or Poster on this website would deliver the same high-quality result if the same type of paper is used for both products.
NOTE: It does not matter which image you open in ANY gallery … you can use any image on ANY product on this website.
Suppose that you want to make a religious “Poster.” Would it make a difference if you chose a “Art Print” instead of a “Poster?”
No, not on this website … according to the information in the Fine Art America (FAA) “Descriptions.” Experiment … it’s great fun!
However, be aware that information from other sources indicate that “Prints” are superior to “Posters” because of production quality and types of ink used.
But … also be aware … that differences in quality can vary from company to company, depending upon the quality of their inks, papers, and printing devices.
People are often confused and concerned about the “paper” used in photographic printing. Once again, be aware that “Paper” is not used in “Canvas” printing processes.
The best way to get an idea of the photographic paper quality used by FAA, is to go to their explanations of what each type of photographic paper can do.
For example, I am going to provide a demo image for you to see below … but there is an active link beneath it that you can find to play around with …
OK, here is the link that will be interactive for you to use:
Click Go to the image and Click > Archival Matte Paper in the PAPER menu.
You should see 8 different paper options with a ⊕ symbol out to the right of each one. Just make a note that the prices for different types of paper used may be different … and affect the price accordingly.
Click > any PAPER option (i.e., Click > Archival Matte Paper) and Click > on the ⊕ symbol to read more extensive information about each of the PAPER OPTIONS.
In case you have not had the opportunity to do so yet, here is the order information for the important tutorial book that can help you through many rough spots on FAA websites:
One Billion Secret Choices in Fine Arts America [eBook]
One Billion Secret Choices in Fine Arts America [ Print Book]
In the next Blog 14, we will present … Art Options To Consider … that you may not know about yet.