Art Prints Specs
Prints with white or light backgrounds are printed on a matte paper. They are signed with my scrawl and the month and year discreetly in pencil, often along a stem or the edge of a seashell so as to try not to distract the eye from the image. Prints on a black or dark background are printed on glossy paper. This is done since the coating will help the large solid areas of black. Additionally I now spray images with black backgrounds using Hahnemuhle's fineart protective spray to further protect them. I can sign these types in white marker if you request, but by default I sign these digitally as part of the artwork (separately for each print and including the month and year it is output) and it becomes part of the printed file. I now write the © copyright symbol next to my signature instead of including a separate copyright sheet notice that may easily become separated from the print.
All papers used for prints have 100% cotton (rag) fibers and are acid-free, museum quality. Currently for matte paper I am using Innova Smooth Cotton High White, and Epson Ultrasmooth Fine Art Paper. I am using Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl as my current glossy stock.
Print dimensions are always listed Height x Width in inches (please ignore the thumbnail dimensions given in pixels since I cannot turn off that feature in the prints section and not also turn it off in the stock images section where it is relevant). Images in the thumbnails and previews are reduced versions of the same files that will be printed and which are saved at 300ppi. Of course on this site they also have the added watermarks and copyright notices. Grouped images that print on one sheet show the exact relative distances between panels. None of the prints come with mats. Because of vast differences in computer screens and the complexities of color profiles, I recommend that people do not try to match to colors they see here online. Critical color matching can only be properly done if I get a physical color sample. Colors on monitors can show considerably brighter than printed colors. Black and white images are always safe. Avoid any touching of the image area and keep them protected and away from dust until framing. Of course conservation glass is a good idea and keeping prints out of direct sunlight.
Shipping is included in print prices. I ship to places in the United States by USPS Parcel Post. I am based in South Lancaster, MA. If the price for sending by Priority Mail is equivalent to the Parcel Post price then I will upgrade to that faster method.
I ship prints out within a day or two and send an email to keep buyers aware of when and how a print was shipped out. Additionally, I will note here when I plan to be out of town and cannot produce prints quickly: Jim Not Away.
If an order includes a print larger than 16x24 inches, then all the items are shipped rolled rather than flat. Prints come with at least half an inch of extra white paper margin on each edge; prints may be printed with more extra space so that they are all the same widths to make it easier to package them securely.
The use of student credit cards through PayPal is blocked. Automatic payments through PayPal are limited to $10,000 per transaction for members of PayPal and $4,000 per transaction for non-members. Please contact me if you are making a large print order. I am deeply disturbed that PayPal, along with VISA and Mastercard, have blocked payments to Wikileaks, an essential whistleblowing news organization that has not even been charged with a crime. I am looking for an alternative.
After purchase, images are still under copyright protection and are of course not to be reproduced. Copyright protection is in force until 70 years after I die. I was born in 1968.