Print Shop FAQs

 

How do I get the image?

Two ways. First, when you complete your purchase, you'll be able to download right from the website. Then, you'll receive two emails from us after you complete your purchase. 

1.) a simple confirmation + receipt, and

2.) an email link to your images  ** THIS LINK WILL ONLY WORK FOR 24 HOURS.

24 HOURS?!  But I'm not quite ready to print!

No worries, you'll be downloading the image to your computer (or cloud, or wherever you choose to safely store it). You can print when you're ready. (Pssst: don't forget where you saved it!)

Also, if you run into any trouble with this, just reach out. We'll be happy to reconnect you with your download link if you misplace it.

Don't worry, be happy.

Can I print my image larger than what's recommended?

The answer, honestly: it depends.  We've given you the file at 300dpi and listed the largest size that we'd recommend. But, it's entirely possible that you can print larger and it depends very much on how much bigger you go, the quality of your printer & paper, and how much distortion (pixelization, or graininess) you're willing to accept.

Increasing the physical size of the print can (and usually will) knock the resolution down.

To keep it simple, we don't recommend printing above the sizes listed in the, um, recommendations. Check your product for specifics before purchasing.

But, do your thing if you want to go off recommendation, you rebel, you.

Can you change the image size for me?

I can't do it for you, but it's simple to change the image as you'd like in whichever photo editing software you prefer. The item description tells you what aspect ratio (for instance, 2:3 which usually results in 4x6 or 8x10 prints) we used to create the images. Use this as your guide and just resize for your frame.

Or you can get in there and crop the image to a completely different aspect ratio or to fit a funky sized frame. Totally up to you.

For hints + best practices, I'd recommend you Google "resize image xxx" where xxx = your photo editing software: Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Preview, etc.

Keep in mind that once you change or compress an image beyond what we provided you, our abilities to assist are out the window. Make sure you keep a copy of your original image file so you can always step backwards.

Also, re-read the above note about increasing the size of your image. Crop away, but don't go crazy with enlarging and still expect print-quality output, yo.

Can I print this at home?

Of course! As always, you're output is going to be heavily dependent on a number of variations that are out of our control but we'll do our best to help you through it. 

Whether you print at home or use a print shop, make sure to get high-quality photo paper stock. You can usually choose matte or glossy finishes and either can be beautiful. Experiment and see what you prefer, just don't use regular paper stock; the results just won't say "art" to you.

Also, have a serious conversation with yourself about your printer. You'll know deep in your heart if it's going to be good enough to get the job done. If it's not, there's no shame in printing offsite; it's easy and inexpensive these days.

If your printer IS up to the task, clean your print heads and check your alignment (all things your printer will tell you how to do or you can find out online), and make sure your ink is topped off. Load up that sexy photo paper.

Use your printer's best settings for photo printing, highest/best quality prints, and so forth.

And give 'er a go.

Are there other places I can print?

Yes! Quality will vary, as you can imagine, but technology improvements are in our favor here. I've heard the best results coming out of Costco's Print Center (and man, how helpful is their website/app?!) for the big box stores.

Also try local print shops that your best camera shop in town might recommend. Call around and ask, or crowd source a recommendation on social media. The professional photographers in your midst know their stuff and will usually be so thrilled to help you out.

You'll also find print capabilities at your local Walgreens, Target, and Walmart but I haven't had a ton of experience with these yet. Some FedEx/Kinkos and other business-focused print shops also print high-quality photos, but call first. Usually they'll let you email the image to them directly so ask about that, too.

My gut says to find the newest shop that just opened in your town with the assumption they'll have the latest photo processing and thus printing capabilities. Just an idea...

Whether you print at home or use a print shop, make sure to get high-quality photo paper stock. You can usually choose matte or glossy finishes and either can be beautiful. Experiment and see what you prefer, just don't use regular paper stock; the results just won't say "art" to you.

So, are the images going to look just like I see online?

It depends! I know, that's not a fun answer.

We have created the images to our own preferences (in terms of colors, adjustments, etc) and using our own equipment. To start the calibration train, it goes a little something like this: my monitor won't look the same as yours. My printer and my monitor won't always match. Your printer may have different results. That guy over there? Yep, his monitor and printer may look different, too.

All of this being said, we are sending you incredibly high-res images with beautiful colors and details. As long as you use a good printer, you absolutely should have results that scream "I AM ART!"

Whether you print at home or use a print shop, make sure to get high-quality photo paper stock. You can usually choose matte or glossy finishes and either can be beautiful. Experiment and see what you prefer, just don't use regular paper stock; the results just won't say "art" to you.

I'm looking for larger + poster-sized prints.  Will you have more?

I like big prints and I cannot lie!

Yep, we love those beauties too so we're working hard to bring in more. We'll keep you posted via email when more large prints become available.

At this point, we don't expect to go beyond 20x30" in our print shop.

Can you create my signature quote or favorite saying?

That's a big fat PROBABLY!  Custom artwork starts at $18, just email us to get the conversation started.

A word about copyrights.

While we sometimes offer images of vintage artworks, they are only ones that we have vetted and feel confident won't infringe on anyone's intellectual or artistic rights; they simply can't be attributed, aren't signed, and are otherwise unidentifiable. The rest of our images are either collaborations with our friends & family (talented artists and photographers in this lot!) or are images that we have acquired the appropriate rights. We value art and artists!