How I Make Art Prints!

How I Make Art Prints!



hey guys Alysha here and welcome to another video today I'm going to be walking you through the process of turning this original piece here which you may have seen me paint in a recent video into the print that you see over on the right this piece was originally painted in gouache and because I don't know much about the light fastness of the actual paint I don't really want to sell the original but that doesn't mean that I can't still make products from the piece so I'm gonna be walking you through scanning and editing and printing and cutting and packing this whole thing the first step is to take my original and stick it up into my scanner way up there on that super-high shelf the scanner that I'm using is the Epson v5 50 photo scanner so let's go ahead and jump into my computer to see what's next so once the artwork is in the scanner I'm going to use Epson scan the software that comes with the scanner and I always scan in my artwork at 600 dpi so I have a high enough resolution that I can crop little bits out if I want to use them for something else and I'm gonna hit preview as well this is gonna generate a quick preview for me of what it will look like when my image is scanned and I'm going to select mostly just the artwork area with a little bit of wiggle room around the outside this is going to make the final scan go faster and also make a color correction a little bit easier at least it has in my experience so this is the area that I want to select just the artwork and I don't want to scan any of this outside area I'm going to save this as a TIF file so I know I have plenty of information to work with and then hit OK when that is completely finished it'll show up here in with all of my other scans and I just noticed I saved this one differently that's alright it's the first scan on my new computer so I'm going to take this TIF file and open it in Photoshop and here's our artwork all scanned at this point I'm going to adjust the cropping so that I have only the artwork if I want to get really fine-tuned and very specific I can zoom in to make sure I'm not losing anything so I can zoom in super far to fine-tune the crop and the first crop isn't to any particular dimensions I just want to have the artwork so here is just the arts all cropped I'll kind of look and see if I want to adjust this edge here where there's a little bit of white showing and I do think I'm gonna bring that in a tiny tiny bit like that I'm zoomed in really really really far right now just so I can get the crop how I want it I so here's the full artwork and here I can see more of the texture of like tiny little water spots that were on the painting tiny little things and you can decide if these are imperfections to you to me it's just part of what the painting is that's just how it looks but what does count as an imperfection for me our spots like here this little dark spot here is actually just from maybe some dust from the scanner or something like that so I'm going to use the stamp tool to select an area next to it and just kind of stamp that out with a similar color so that's gone and I'll look over the whole artwork for any other little bits of dust or tiny little things that I don't want to be on the final print I try not to adjust the artwork itself too much like spots here where this line isn't clean I know I could change that or spots like here so this one I'll change like that I can make that cleaner and I could do the same over here if I really wanted to I could clean up this edge but the problem with doing something like that in my opinion is I'm changing the artwork from what it was into something a little bit different so sometimes I like to leave the little imperfections just because it's just part of what the art was and what it is so the same tool makes it really easy to get in and fix up little bits of dust or tiny little spots where there might be a hair or something on my scanner and there we go this looks pretty good now this is the point where I would also adjust any colors that I wanted to change so if I wanted to deepen the values I can use this the levels tool here bring them up a little bit brighter so you can see not a huge difference just a little bit brighter and then I can deepen the color here I'm pretty much always gonna have to do at least one test print that may not be the final print which is fine so I'm just making some initial adjustments I also bump up the saturation a little bit because I tend to lose some when I scan so this is with the saturation all the way down it'd be black and white all the way up it would be crazy intense so right here is around the middle and I'm just gonna go up a tiny bit maybe seven or eight and now now that I have my levels adjusted and the colors adjusted roughly I'm going to save this and this will be saved as a PSD and it's not going to be saved in my scans folder anymore I'm going to save it with my other prints once I have that saved as a PSD I will have that file that I can always go back on and make changes to that's kind of the master file at this point and now I'm going to crop it down to print sizes so I'm going to start with five by seven and you'll see the primary thing that I'm gonna be losing is information on the top and on the bottom I could kind of lessen the amount of information I lose by adding white borders I do borderless prints just because that's my personal preference I know it doesn't make framing super easy but that's what I do and I always make sure my customers know that my prints are going to be borderless meaning they won't have any white or on the outside so I just have to find a comfortable place for cropping you could avoid the cropping entirely if you make your painting a specific size when you're first getting started I usually don't do that that's okay I just work with the way I like to create things and try not to apologize for that so this is now cropped to five by seven and I'm gonna go up to image size so at this point I will adjust the resolution to 300 dpi and make sure that it is five by seven inches because now we're getting into just a standard print size I like to kind of zoom out to see if there's anything that strikes me from far away as being wrong with this and then I can come in close and kind of look at it from a couple different viewpoints so this is looking fine to me and then I'll save this as the same title but with five by seven at the end so I know that this is the five by seven and it's not going to overwrite my original higher resolution file okay so that's saved and then I'll also save that as a PNG for printing I know that technically this is an RG be file type and printers use CMYK so I should technically be using a file type that is CMYK so it's a different color profile but I've been printing this way for so long and it just works for me I'm happy with the colors and how they turn out I just don't want to change it so this is how I do it I'm not saying it's 100% fully accurate but that's what I do I also have a template so we'll go in here to templates and I have a 5 by 7 on 8 and a half by 11 template right here and this is just a blank template that I've kind of drawn out from the ruler so if you have rulers showing in Photoshop you can just drag from the ruler down and it will allow you to put kind of a line in like a guideline here so I have guidelines put in to have a quarter inch around the outside and in between the two prints this is a total of a half inch a quarter inch in between each one and this is measured out to 5 by 7 to print on an 8 and a half by 11 piece of paper so I will open up that PNG that we just made and I'm going to drag that onto my template and I can it should line straight up because they're at the same dpi if I still had this at 600 dpi it would be way too big on this 300 dpi template so I have to make sure that's there and then I will just copy and paste this so we have two of them and now this is ready for a test print technically the smart thing to do would be to do two different versions for my initial test print so if these colors are off I don't have two that are slightly off but I'm I'm not gonna do that I'm just going to print two of this test print and then we will look at them engage the colors I can save this template for the specific print so I have it ready to go if I need to print more of this specific one I always I'll make sure this is set to landscape and I go into print settings to make sure that it's using the proper type of paper here media type for this one is a mat photo paper and I want high quality I'll click OK and now I'm just going to hit print and we will go check our first prints now that we've got our first test prints out of the printer I'm gonna lay them next to the original piece which is now the one on the left and make some decisions I can see that the color of the hair is a little bit off and I can also tell that the color down at the bottom that brownish reddish color looks a tiny bit almost muddy or dirty it's kind of meant to look that way but this is just a little bit too much so I'm just looking very closely at the two pieces deciding what is different that I like which is okay and what is different that I want to change or make better I'm gonna cut these test prints anyway whenever I have a test print that isn't the final version of the print I don't necessarily of course want to just throw it away I feel like that would be a waste of paper and a waste of ink I will just save them I have like a pile of test prints and I will slip them into orders as extra little free prints when I have them I will of course leave links to all of the materials I'm leaving down in the description most of the stuff I have here I got from Amazon so my paper cutter at the paper my printer which is the Canon Pixma Pro 100 links are all down in the description when it came to deciding what kind of paper and printer I wanted to use the printer was basically something where I was kind of looking to see what other artists were using and going from there the paper is a bit more trial and error I knew I wanted a 100% cotton paper was a watercolor like texture so I had to try a couple different papers before I found the one that I liked the best so looking back at my original scan I'm going to adjust the color balance and I'm gonna push it a little bit from cyan to red just to get some of the redness back in the hair that we lost maybe even see about magenta from green just a tiny bit with the goal of getting something a little bit closer to the original and I feel like that tiny bit of adjustment puts me much closer to what the original looks like I can really see it here it's definitely in the magenta green area there you can see that so if something right about here is probably gonna be much closer and I want to adjust it again this time to include more of the top I cut off a lot of the top last time but I really actually like that particular balancing aspect so I'm gonna crop it a little differently this time to making sure it's as safe before I do the crop so I have my master file adjusted with the colors okay so here's our new cropped image and let's look at that next to what we had before so here's the one we had made the first time and you can see there's a bit more green to this and here's the new version so old version new version old version new version and it makes that green this seem way way way more evident here so yeah always a good idea to have your original handy so you can do quick color checks before you print I always forget or I get a bit lazy so here we've got adjusted colors for eye prints and we're going to print another one laying the two different versions of this print next to each other I can definitely see the differences but at the same time I have to consider making prints as being part of the creative process I'm in charge of what I want the colors to look like and what I am happy with as a finished piece I could spend a lot more time fine-tuning this if I wanted to make it exactly like the original but I really have to reduce the stress and just make it something that I would be happy to sell when it comes to packing up my prints I have a chipboard that goes in the back of each cellophane bag my plate is when I'm done with this particular batch of bags I want to switch to a biodegradable bag and see how that goes I know there can be issues with biodegradable cellophane bags not being as archival so they can affect the quality of the print but it's really just a learning process and I'm still learning and I'm going to continue to learn but I can't let the fact that I don't know all the answers stopped me from even starting in the first place which is a big tip I would give if you want to get started you're going to make mistakes and you're gonna have things you will change along the way but just because you don't know the exact 100% perfect solution doesn't mean you shouldn't start at all I'm gonna put these prints over in a drawer where I keep all of my packaged prints and off to the side are all of my seconds or my test prints or things that weren't quite perfect that I can give away if you guys are interested this print will be up in my shop links to all of my materials aren't down in the description and another tiny little quick note is that I'm going to be taking a break for a couple of weeks could be two weeks could be three or four not totally sure but I'm going to still be posting on Instagram and I'm going to be fulfilling patreon rewards but I won't be posting YouTube videos for a couple weeks just kind of reconnect with my art a bit so I'll see you guys later thank you guys so much for taking the time to watch this video and I will see you in a bit bye bye you

25 thoughts on “How I Make Art Prints!

  1. Good Morning~ I was messaging w/Denise and she said maybe you would have info. I use Arches CP paper and have been thinking about trying Dick BLick's CP. I am searching for someone who has used it and how they think it might compare to Arches. Any thoughts? Thanks~ instagram: lindaappleartist

  2. Thank you very much. Learned a lot. Enjoy your time of YouTube. Curious what you will do next. And those bio degradable thingies…please do tell what you think of them when the time comes. Thanks again!

  3. One of Youtubes suggestions that was really informative. With this printer and your work flow I could be selling my own made prints of photos etc…much appreciated Laurie

  4. Thanks for sharing this! You're a really big inspiration to me and especially in the last couple of weeks you've made me work on my art career much harder ❤️ I hope the break you take gives you the rest you deserve!

  5. Great video. Thx for sharing your process! What kind of inks do you use in your printer and how you find out if they are lightfast?
    If you wanna save the extra click with the stamp tool: the repair tool is great for simple jobs like dust spots. Have a great time off 🙂

  6. I’ll miss your videos and especially your voice!!! ❣️❣️❣️ have a great sabbatical!!💜🦄🌈

  7. You’re doing it right. Keep it RGB unless you’re going offset. AFAIK Inkjet printers convert to RGB on the fly anyway. PS. You ROCK.

  8. your videos are always so nice! thank you for sharing all of this info i'm trying to make art prints and this was extremely helpful!!

  9. This was exactly then video I needed right now! I have a watercolor piece that I have really wanted to make prints of, and now I also have someone wanting to buy the original. It’s a good friend so they’re giving me as much time as I need to figure out the printmaking proceeds, but I’ve been very stuck! This was extremely helpful, thank you ♡

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