Varnish has always been a popular topic here on The Breathing Color Blog.
With that in mind, we’re happy to bring this helpful DIY post, originally published in 2011, back from archives, updated with new products available in 2015.
Lots of photographers get their prints made by labs and service bureaus.
At some point, many of us eventually give serious consideration to making our own prints.
Have you ever taken the time to sit down and analyze the material cost of producing a single canvas print?
For those who haven’t, allow me walk you through what is sure to be an eye-opening and insightful process to recognize and appreciate a fundamental component of your business.
Let’s pin down the real cost of a canvas print.
When printmakers think about canvas, they tend to think about stretching.
This traditional process requires that the printmaker either pays someone to stretch the canvas for them, or takes on the training to learn how to stretch.
It is possible, however, to produce canvas prints which can can be turned into beautiful framed prints without stretching. And, because canvas doesn’t have the same needs as a paper print, it can be displayed without any glazing (glass) for an exciting, unique look.
In the digital age, we are fortunate to have a bounty of wonderful inkjet papers to choose from.
These papers range from glossy, luster, metallic and baryta photo papers, to fine art cotton watercolor and canvas matte.
A few of the choices include OEM papers offered by printer manufacturers such as Epson and Canon, as well as third-party (non-OEM) papers produced by companies such as Breathing Color.
Color-managed applications like Photoshop and Lightroom, in conjunction with quality ICC printer/paper profiles, pave the way to achieving good prints.
Producing an optimal print, however, requires proper configuration of an array of printer driver settings for each particular paper.
Use this guide to get up and running with your own third party paper printing.
Choosing the right varnish for your needs can be confusing.
From brands to chemical compositions, there are a lot of different options out there!
What is the best canvas varnish? Which varnish should you choose? We’ll try and provide some answers in this article.
Proper print handling and media storage is a critical and often overlooked component of the fine art printmaking workflow, as it will protect the integrity of the media to ensure that it remains at its maximum potential from start to finish. Developing proper habits for storing and handling media in your production environment will result in less damaged and wasted material, helping your business to keep its costs under control.