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Prints advice

Not a beware at all. But if there was a good place to ask this, A_B is the place.

I'm just curious to know if people here give their commissioners a high dpi, printable version of commissions or if they just make the image at their comfortable file sizes.
Do people often ask for printable versions of their commissions or is it just a given that artists should work at higher dpi for the purposes of printing?

I know some people like to print out their commissioned pieces to hang on their walls or whatnot, but i wanted to know if a lot of artists either just draw normally or not.
I'm not sure how i want to go about this myself. In the past i've done higher dpi pieces but it didn't seem like it was that big of an issue.
This is for digital media, in case anyone is confused.

I'd appreciate any advice/input/thoughts. :B

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Aug. 19th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
I can only work at 250dpi due to computer being stupid, but I always send the 250 and a 72 resized to them. Just to cover my butt.
Aug. 19th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
I never thought of sending multiple files. I'll keep that in mind, thank you. :)
Aug. 19th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I always send them the full 300 dpi file. They paid me to create a detailed piece of artwork and they don't get an original, so it's only fair they get to see all the details I put into it.

I would really recommend you draw at around 300 dpi rather than at net resolution, if that's what you mean.
Aug. 19th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that's exactly what i was asking.
I've done a few commissions in the past and as a default i did all three pieces at 300 or 400 dpi.
Aug. 19th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
I, personally, work at 300 dpi by default, but commissions are typically at 1200px on the longest side. Anything larger comes at a $5 fee per every 100x100 pixel increase(or the closest ratio to).

Once the piece is finished, I give the client a smaller, watermarked image for web display/reuploading and then the fullres with an inconspicuous signature for personal use.

Edited at 2011-08-19 07:30 pm (UTC)
Aug. 19th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
I usually provide a 300dpi file as well as a 72dpi one for the client to put int heir online galleries, with credit, of course. It doesn't take more than a minute to create a smaller file, and I find my clients appreciate it.
Aug. 19th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
I've given out large versions, but I'm reconsidering doing this. Because people upload the fullsize images. Including to FA which sizes it down and makes it look like pixelated shit :/
Aug. 19th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
I'd always recommend working at a dpi of 300 if possible, however, you'll usually be able to get a decent print at about 150 dpi and I'd never go below that for a print. Anything above 300 dpi is great if you want to make a larger print, but if you're just going to print it out at the original size, you don't need more than 300.

What I would say is that I would give the commissioner a high res copy, but I'd absolutely include the signature. I'd specify this is for them to print it up and hang it on their wall, but that they are not allowed to print them out for anyone else, and they are not allowed to sell the prints.

If you don't want to send out your hi res files, I would send them a print instead (you may even be able to send it to print at their local kinkos).
Aug. 19th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
I have several default sizes that I use if the commissioner wants to save money, or wants a big image to print, etc.

Small - 4x6" 300DPI
Medium - 6x8" 300DPI
Large - 8x10" 300DPI

They all print out decently and it seems to work for my commissioners.
Aug. 19th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I always work at 300 dpi but I'll advertise different sizes. Like say I just wanna draw cute little fun things I'll advertise a 6x6 inch 300 dpi drawing (which may be cheaper and is still easier to work at than say, 11x14). But yeah like others have said, they're not getting an original, so the least you can give them is a high quality printable-if-they-wanted-to file.
Aug. 19th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Going against the flow, I always work at web resolution because I offer digital files, not files suitable for printing. The upside is that I can work at smaller sizes and thus work more quickly, which means faster work and generally makes people happy. The downside is, of course, that printing becomes difficult.

I'd say to only work at 300dpi for files meant to be displayed digitally only if you work with very large image files. Just check your image editor of choice for what the size in pixels would be for an A4 image at 300dpi. If that's your usual work size, there's no reason not to work at a high resolution for printing.

Basically it just depends on what size your finished image will have in pixels. A 1000x1000 image prints small at 300dpi. Just ask your commissioners whether they have any plans re: printing the image, then explain that if they want a full quality print the image you work with needs to be much larger (and you may want to adjust your price accordingly).
Aug. 19th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
*work more quickly, which means faster results. Redundancy department of redundancy calling.
Aug. 19th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
The last time I did commissions, I didn't notice I kept working in 72dpi, which had carried over from when I was working on an old laptop for years. Despite that, my polished pieces are usually no smaller that 1200x1200 pixels give or take.

If commissioners want to print it out, then go for 300dpi and upload the 72dpi for the web.
Aug. 19th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
I always send both - one at at least 300dpi, and one at an easily veiwable online size.
Aug. 19th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you guys so much! I really appreciate all the input and i've got some good tips on how to work this issue. :)
Boo for LJ not letting me edit the entry.
Aug. 19th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
I've never had anyone ask me for this, but I always offer to email one if they do. It's not a problem for me to save a high DPI image along side the one I post on line.
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