I think this is a fantastic idea worth pursuing! Comeon Of course id buy a copy of renderosity if it was in my book store. We have so many talents here its just stupid to try and list all of them. Renderosity is a huge revolution in art. hell i pay 14. dollars each few weeks for a copy of import computer arts mags. id pay more for a book and get more images and less how to crap. Mostly anyone who likes art has a copy of the spectrum series. Why not make a renderosity series.
There's a lot of unanswered questions here regarding the method of printing. Are we talking about laser printing, lithography, photographic, screen printing, engraving, thermography, foil stamp? The cost per image is going to be very highly dependent on your method of printing as well as the number of copies per master image.
Thanks to everyone that has emailed either a potential company or has their own printing company. This will be a great opportunity for both the 2D and 3D artists?? I will be responding to everyone that has expressed an interest this week. We will keep everyone up to date as we would like to be able to offer this soon.
A while back I was visiting Peter Sharpe's site (www.PeterSharpe.com) for one of his Bryce tutorials and noticed that he had a link to a site that had some of his images for sale as posters (www.zazzle.com) --looks a bit like amazon.com. Anyway, they offered a lot of "computer generated" art at different sizes, poterboard materials, etc. Not too sure how it works, but it might be worth checking out...
At the 3D-CC, one of this month's contest sponsors is a company out of the Netherlands called Virtual Canvaz. I'm not sure about their rates, but drop me a line and let me know if you'd like an email address or something to get in touch with them through... In the meantime, here's Virtual Canvaz' address: Virtual Canvaz Looweg 12b 7741 EH Coevorden, The Netherlands Tel: +31 524 592010
A great option for the individual artist is to go to a Mail Boxes Etc (shameless plug) that is capable of printing from disk onto their color copier. Prices vary from $1.29 (Minnetonka, MN) to $15.00 (so I've heard). The technology is so greatly improved from copiers of 5 years ago. What you end up with is an original made on a $10,000-30,000 color laser printer (often with a choice of papers). The key is to obviously save in formats that are easily opened by many programs like jpeg, or bmp. I love tif files myself, but someone has to have more than windows to open them. Good luck. :)
Pureflesh - actually- for printing- the final render should be in tiff format- cmyk at 300 dpi for offset printing. there is a bit of leeway but remember, jpg is a lossy compression and the quality deteriorates with this compression method. Printing is a whole other animal than web images. A 72 dpi image at 640 x 480 prints without pixelization ( bitmapping) at approx 2 inches by 2 inches(i was lazy- i didnt do the math- that is only an approximation). When it's enlarged, you introduce bitmapping and other artifacts.
Great Idea! I belong to the Watercolor Society of Indiana and the artists who want prints made of thier pieces at a reasonable price have a professional scan made of the artwork and then have a limited edition printed with a (relatively) new process called Giclee (which is a more inexpensive way than traditional print production). There are various printing labs around the country that offer this process. Sounds like a good thing for Renderosity and its artists to pursue. Mike
Here are just a few studios that offer the Giclee process I picked out of "The Artist's" monthly magazine: (i'm sure the prices vary quite a bit) www.gicleelimitededitions.com - reno,nv www.oneworldart.com - sedona,az www.omegagraphics.com - wayne,nj www.artcity.com www.finerimage.com - van nuys,ca www.one-at-a-time.net Fine Art Productions 1-800-245-0645 - Wenatchee,Wa Art Editions 1-800-331-8449 Many of your local art organizations can also give advice and direction for this project. Render on! Mike
Multi Post #1 My opinion is that Renderosity Hire a In house printer and printshop and have direct control over the operation !! This is the only cost effective way for the Artist's to make money from prints and it also will make it easier for the Artist to access and address any complaints, Questions regarding the prints or products they have ordered !HOPEFULLY NO COMPLAINTS JUST GOOD COMMENTS :-)
Multi Post#2 You Artist's have done all the work already by committing time rendering your Art work so why should you pay the extreme high dollar setup fees just for a print 16x20 or what ever you desire 9ftx9ft wall mural maybe ? I will tell you that you can get prints much more cheaper than any of these places listed and not have to worry if your prints will sell and what the heck your going to do with the 195 extra prints that didn't sell ?? Go check these places out and the first place to go is price info !! www.gicleelimitededitions.com - reno,nv www.oneworldart.com - sedona,az www.omegagraphics.com - wayne,nj www.artcity.com www.finerimage.com - van nuys,ca www.one-at-a-time.net
Multi Post#3 When I say Products mentioned in my post# 1 here is a list of things you could get your artwork on besides just Poster Prints:-) Beverage Insulators, Bottle Stoppers, Bulk Fabric, Caps, Car Flags, Carpet Tiles, Ceramic Tiles, Clipboards, Clocks, Coasters, Door Hangers, EZ Signs, Flexible Magnets, Glass Plaques, Interior Signs, Jewelry, Key Chains, License Plates, Light Switch Covers, MagMatesMagnets, Message Boards, Metal, Mini Basketball Goals, Mousepads, Mugs, Name Tags, Ornaments, PaperweightsPersonalized, Dolls, Picture Frames, Picture Frame Magnets, Pillow Cases, Placemats, Plaques, Plates, Puzzles, Sportshirts, Steins, T-Shirts, Tote Bags, Towels, Tile Puzzle with Box, Bag Tags and more Items!!