Bad Vs. Good Prints
I don't usually print my own work, so this is exciting to watch happen. Even though it looks really bad. But it's good. Thank you. Oh my goodness. This is something. Tori's having a hard time with this right now. She's like, I'm gonna come help you guys. (laughs) Okay. So if this were my first print that just came out of the printer and I was sitting with my printer, first of all, I would start to question my choice of printers, but aside from that, I would be proofing this in a number of ways. First thing is color. Colors are way off. And, in fact, let me step back to this print that I think is really nice. You can see the difference immediately. It's like night and day. We've got rich, saturated colors versus really de-saturated colors. Something that I can see that you guys might not be able to see, as well, is the detail and the shadows. Here, I can see lots and lots of gray detail, whereas in this, it's much darker. And it even has a red tinge to it. And this is all because of the...
way that it's printing lighter, so it's not only printing fewer tones, it's also printing fewer colors. And this is something really important to consider when proofing, it's good to sit with your printer, good to watch these things come out of the printer. Just figure out what decisions is that person making, and how does that affect my workflow as well. Thank you so much for printing for me. We appreciate it. Yeah. Okay. This is an example of an unusable print. I'm sure you can see the dent there. And this is a print that I've had for years, and years, and years. It was one of the first things that I ever had printed. And this was when I was printing on canvas. And the reason why I stopped printing on canvas is because, first of all, I was tricking people a little bit. I didn't like that. Second thing is that it dented super easily. Let me go back, back. Back just a little, there. Okay, this is another example of that same print, and can you see how it's really white down here? Where the ink got rubbed off? And I think I mentioned this before, but I would go in with a black Sharpie and just color it in. And hope that nobody noticed. Bad, very bad. I was new, I was new at this, okay you guys? So, that's what I would do, and I discovered that canvas prints are really hard to take care of. That they dent really easily, they scratch really easily, and it just wasn't for me. And that's not to say it's not for you. If it is, go for it, and obviously, just take better care of yours than I did mine. But I found myself transporting prints very frequently. I was often just piling the prints into my car, going to different shows over and over, and they get really beat up sometimes in that process if they're not framed, or if they're not packaged properly. So just something to consider when you're proofing, is that some prints are unusable.