March 9, 2011
Fashion digital designing and illustration begins with the application, input device and display but the final printed piece captures the tactile inspiration. Our favorite graphic software have come a long way to simulate paint, pencil and chalk. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have both introduced natural media brush effects, Corel Painter has always been known for their virtual art toolbox and ArtRage equally affects the ability to produce wet and textured artwork.
Printing the digital art from just a laser printer using coated stock would only demonstrate half of your pixel or vector artistry. As in all design disciplines the touch and feel of a concept is as much the focal point as the idea. So in this post we’ll broadly begin to discuss printers and papers.
Laser printers use toner producing glossy results with crisp text perfect for a business presentation. Where inkjet printers offer true photographic results with subtle color transitions. And combining art quality papers as in selecting for natural media produce textural output. However, choosing the media that can run through your printer obviously is necessary since not all papers will properly pass through the rollers.
The investment can get expensive to organize your personal print shop. Inkjet printers larger than 8.5″x11″ depending on the vendor, price at about $600 to $3000. Gallery quality papers ranging in all different finishes and sizes cost considerably more than the standard 500 sheet pack.
If you are totally beginning to delve into large format digital art prints, services such as the art supply store chain Blick can image all sizes up to 40″x 60″ on many paper textured surfaces. Not all locations offer the service so call before you make a trip.
Another great resource is Digital Art Supplies based in San Diego that offers all of your digital printing needs. You can request paper and swatch samples from the online store. But before we begin to post more tips and tutorials check out these helpful links of recent articles and resources.
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