5 places to make prints of your artwork, and how to make prints cheaper. Artwork doesn't fall into one single category, so I've tried to come up with a few options for different purposes and price points (from high end to low).
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And how to make prints cheaper!
Of course, there are far more than five places to make prints of your artwork, and I can’t list them all, but here are some options for a range of budgets and importantly, for a range of purposes. These are especially good for one-off prints of artwork.
Why a range of purposes? Well, artwork doesn’t fall into one single category, but covers fine art, decorative art, product design and ephemera. Fine art prints will have different requirements from merch for your YouTube channel, Patreon bonuses, or postcards for your craft stall, so I’ve tried to come up with a few “high street” options for different purposes and price points (from higher end to low).
If you find this helpful, you may also want to have a look at my updated list of UK art and craft supplies sales and discounts.
Inkifi markets itself as the premium option for printing your Instagram photos, but I think in a way this does it a huge disservice. They offer giclée printing up to 40 x 60 inches on FSC approved, 240gsm archival fine art paper.
If you’re after giclée printing on canvas they offer sizes up to 36 x 54 inches.
As well as giclée printing, they print greetings cards and postcards – something else that artists looking to increase revenue should consider offering.
In short, Inkifi looks great and offers the ability to create high-quality prints without bulk ordering and the high prices that go with it.
How to make Inkifi cheaper?
You probably know about Moo as the purveyors of the best business cards ever (or something like that) so why am I including them here?
Well, they’re also great for making postcards and greetings cards of your art as well. As I said before, cards are a time-tested way for artists to monetise their work, and can supplement income from unique pieces.
Moo are definitely not the cheapest, but their unique selling point hinges on quality, so you know you don’t have to worry about selling a premium product – your original art – as anything less than a premium product.
How to make Moo cheaper?
I love a good refer-a-friend offer, and thankfully Moo has one where you can get 25% off your first order through this referral link.
Boots – yes, that Boots – certainly wasn’t a name I expected to associate with art printing, but it’s teamed up with CEWE – as it puts it, “powered by CEWE”. They offer a wide variety of substrates for printing, such as wood, aluminium, acrylic, foamboard and of course, the ubiquitous canvas. The site has a lot of unusual offerings as well as framed prints, so it’s worth having a browse.
CEWE photobooks are highly rated and come in a variety of sizes and paper weights, and they’re a product that the company seems especially proud of.
How to make Boots Photo cheaper?
Here are some codes to get even better prices at Boots Photo:
Use codes SAVE5 / SAVE10 / SAVE 15 to save £5/£10/£15 on a CEWE photobook when you spend £30/£45/£55.*
Maybe best known as a way to get your snapshots printed cheaply, Snapfish actually offers posters up to 100cm x 75cm. They’re printed to a gloss finish so would suit certain applications better than others – so, more graphics or pop design rather than fine art prints.
Snapfish is more of a consumer-focused platform as opposed to a designer-focused one, so it’s not an outlet for print-on-demand sales. Still, there are options for printing on mugs, notebooks and greetings cards, so plenty of options for creating promotional swag for your art business or producing prototypes of your designs before mass-producing them.
If you’re a crafter, this might well be an ideal option for you to create products to complement your crafts.
How to make Snapfish cheaper?
Snapfish consistently puts out voucher codes, so it’s rare to ever have to pay the full sticker price for anything. Watch out for the shipping costs though, as they increase with each item added and aren’t affected by the discount codes.
Here are a few Snapfish discount code links:
There are always more offers included on each landing page, so check it out to see if there’s something even more tailored to your needs.
Ok, so I’ve wondered whether to add Zazzle to the list, as it certainly isn’t a fine art printer, nor is it the cheapest. However, it does illustrate the point that print-on-demand is definitely useful for many scenarios. Also, Zazzle has a ridiculous inventory of items that you can plaster your designs onto, and it offers the option of putting your designs up for sale directly on the platform.
So, if you’re a designer who wants to offer your imagery on hoodies, playing cards, clocks, mugs and posters and everything else all in one place, without having to process any sales yourself, it’s the place for you.
The downside is that print-on-demand offers teeny profits as the majority of the item costs will go towards the printer.
How to make Zazzle cheaper?
Zazzle always has a discount code advertised on the home page! There’s rarely any need to pay the full advertised price.
Printing your artwork can be expensive…
But the amount you pay will depend on the purpose and style of your work, as well as the amount you want to have printed. Hopefully you’ll find something for you amongst these options.