Print on Demand Comparison

As a photographer who displays my work at a local gallery, final image quality is very important to me. If I put my name on something, I want it to be the best quality product. Selling online had me curious about the final product. What do people actually get when they order my work from a print on demand site? I decided to see for myself. I ordered my prints on cards from Redbubble and Pixels (Fine Art America) to see an example of what my customers are actually receiving.

I ordered 4×6 cards and postcards from Redbubble. I was very happy with the quality of these cards. They come on heavy cardstock, and color representation is good. The cards come with craft paper envelopes, which I like. The one downside to Redbubble cards is that as an artist, the only way to ensure full coverage on the front of the card is to upload a 2×3 dimension image, which can be an extra step. If it’s missed, the image comes out on the card with a white border around the it. (Instant matting.) I made sure to order only the ones with full coverage, but I’ve purchased other people’s cards that have this border.

Postcards – RB
Good color and paper quality – RB
4×6 folded cards and envelopes – RB
Folded card – RB
Card back – RB

The cards I ordered from Fine Art America/Pixels are only available in 5×7, and they are printed on 100 lb. paper and sprayed with a glossy UV protective coating. They are noticeably flimsier than the Redbubble cards, but the color representation is great. The envelopes are also thin. I would prefer a heavier card with a more elegant envelope. FAA/Pixels do offer the ability to add your own custom message in the card when you buy it. That’s a nice feature. Overall, they are nice quality.

Assorted cards – FAA/PX
Card back – FAA/PX
5×7 folded card – FAA/PX

I did like that the FAA cards arrived in this nice box. I ordered nine, and they came shipped in this packaging.

Nice presentation!

Unfortunately, I didn’t order the same image on my comparison cards, but here they are side by side. The larger card is from FAA/Pixels. The tree is a postcard from Redbubble. The covered bridge image is a folded card from Redbubble. Redbubble has a choice between 4×6 and 5×7 cards. FAA/Pixels only offers 5×7.

Whether you’re thinking of selling art on a print on demand site or have been wondering about buying from one, I hope this helps. Print on demand is a great opportunity for independent artists to get their work out in the public forum. Buying from these sites helps support small businesses and offers unlimited access to creative vision. We independent artists treasure our customers.

What about you? Do you have any experience with print on demand, either as a buyer or a seller?


Disclaimer: I was not asked to review any items from either place, nor was I compensated. This was purely for my own purposes.

PoD and Flying Swans

I’ve been playing around on print on demand sites for a few years. My lack of devotion to the business side of photography has been reflected in minimal online sales. As a photographer, I’m more likely to grab my camera and go than I am to sit down at the computer and muddle through the business side of things. This year has brought with it an increased focus on making print on demand work for me. On the one hand, I don’t like not having the physical product in front of me, though I do print out my photos for sale at the Linn County Arts Guild Gifts and Gallery store. On the other hand, it’s nice to not have inventory that people aren’t necessarily interested in. It’s not printed until you want it.

I’ve recently sold a framed photo and a canvas print through Fine Art America. I checked in with these customers, who are pleased with their purchases. Please note that on Fine Art America you can choose mats, frame design, and even the paper the photo is printed on. I’ve taken the liberty of making suggestions for some of my photos based on what I print out for the gallery. (I’m into fine art photography on watercolor paper.)

Please take a look at my stores. If you happen to visit, please drop me a comment and let me know what you think. If there’s something you would like to see or if there’s a hiccup in my store, please let me know. It’s a work in progress. (But a labor of love at the same time.) And it’s always a thrill when someone likes my art enough to buy it. We independent artists treasure our patrons! Thanks for taking an interest in my art.

Swans

Tundra swans in flight at Ridgefield NWR

My latest photo expeditions have been to Ridgefield NWR and Findley NWR. I’m taken with the swans! Last year I found them in a field, but they were much too far away. Recently I discovered them when I finally made it to Ridgefield’s auto tour route, and yesterday at Findley. I love to see them in flight!

Here’s a little information I’ve found. Tundra swans make up most of the swans with black beaks and feet at the refuges. They have beaks that have a slight scoop and they usually have a yellow marking on their bill near the eye. Trumpeter swans have a straight bill and may have a red marking at the mouth. Trumpeters are larger than tundra swans. Both are elegant and beautiful both on the water and in flight. I will be posting trumpeter swan photos in the near future.

This photo can be purchased on Fine Art America as a print or as an embellishment on a number of items. It can be found on my Zazzle store on a limited number of items.

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