Blog 11 – Major Differences between Prints and Posters

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Blog 11 – Major Differences between Prints and Posters

Before I get to the Surprise I have been promising, I just wanted to say that there seem to be NO major differences between Prints and Posters as offered on this Fine Art America (FAA)website.

Therefore, everything posted in Blog #10 for Prints also applies to Posters.  For example, compare the “Finish” Description for each product (Prints and Posters).

The FAA Print “Description” for “5. Finish” is this:

Our prints are produced on acid-free papers using archival inks to guarantee that they last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All art prints include a 1″ white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired.

The FAA Poster “Description” for “5. Finish” is this:

Our posters are produced on acid-free papers using archival inks to guarantee that they last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All posters include a 1″ white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired.

In other words, the “Finish” for both Prints and Posters on my FAA website is essentially the same …  with the exact same “Finish” delivery option for both:

  • “Premium Clear Acrylic with Foamcore Backing” (For Posters WITH a FRAME)
  • “Rolled In A Cardboard Tube.” (For Posters WITHOUT a FRAME)

In other words, all of the other selections and delivery options for either Prints or Posters (on this website) seem to be identical whether one considers Size, Frame, Mat, or Paper for either product option (i.e., Print or Poster).

However, there can be a difference in production quality, depending upon which paper type is chosen for either product. See the link for more information about paper types below.

Therefore, one would assume that the selection of either a Print or Poster on this website would deliver the same high-quality result if the same type of paper is used for both products.

This blog covers much of what is presented in Blog #10 … but with NO notable exceptions.

To begin:  Open this website: (and keep it open in a handy place such as on one of you tabs or down in your bottom tray).

Click > on any Gallery (currently 25+) you want to open.  Explore a little bit … there are over 1200 images.

To begin this exploration, we will click on the “Religious Themes” Gallery, and then click on the image “BigStock 191474674 – Sacred Geometry.”

NOTE: It does not matter which image you open in ANY gallery … you can use any image on ANY product on this website.

Experiment … it’s great fun!

Suppose that you want to make a religious “Poster.” Would it make a difference if you chose a “Print” instead of a “Poster?”

No, not on this website, according to the information in the Fine Art America (FAA) “Descriptions.”

However, be aware that information from other sources indicate that “Prints” are superior to “Posters” because of production quality and types of ink used.

But … also be aware … that differences in quality can vary from company to company, depending upon the quality of their inks, papers, and printing devices.

People are often confused and concerned about the “paper” used in photographic printing.  Once again, be aware that “Paper” is not used in “Canvas” printing processes.

The best way to get an idea of the photographic paper quality used by FAA, is to go to their explanations of what each type of photographic paper can do.

For example, I am going to provide a link that you can find for any of the FAA images on paper for this website:

Click > on this link:

OK, this link will be interactive for you.

Click Go to the image and Click > on 4. Paper in the image.  You should see 8 different paper options with a “?” mark out to the right.  Just make a note that the prices for different types of paper used may be different … and affect the price accordingly.

Pick any paper option and Click > on the “?” mark.

This will open another menu for you that will provide descriptive information about all 8 types of paper. After reading that information, you will have a better idea of how to select the paper type for your image.

Well … darn it! If that did not work for you … try this next link option.

Click > this link for instant access to the photographic types of papers used:

Also, you will notice some information about “Canvases” which you may want to consider for options you have with “Canvas Prints” in the Wall Art section.

Nevertheless, here is an example of an image that can be printed and used as a Poster … but you would the same results if you had chosen Prints on this website. In other words, the image quality should be the same with either option.

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 If you are having difficulty locating this information above, here is a quick link to it:

It would be counter-productive, and a bit unfair, to just reprint Blog #10 here for you to read again.  Please, go back to Blog #10 if you need to … but I suspect that most of you can already follow along quite well by now.

Note: Links in image above are NOT active. You will need to go back to the web page you were instructed to put in a handy place (i.e., one of your tabs, or in your bottom tray.

OK, in case you need to open it again:  … go there, and let’s continue on this exciting journey.

So … go ahead with Prints if you want to!

In the meantime, here is the “Surprise Artist” information and products that I promised you way back in Blog #5.

The artist’s name is Brian Exton. He has thousands of high-quality digital art pieces from which to choose. Check out some of his links right here:

Mr. Exton has several other websites and products that you might want to check out.

If you wish to contact him about other artwork, products, or commercial uses, contact him at:

If you are an entrepreneur, and you want to use some of Mr. Exton’s digital art in your products and promotions, you should contact him. He will try to work something out for you.

I use many of Mr. Exton’s digital art pieces in my productions, but not as “stand-alone” art.  I use them in connection with other art and/or add verse and prose to them.

Since I am an author, I add descriptive information (and other digital images) to many digital art images that I use from several sources.

Mr. Exton’s artwork is not FREE for any commercial promotions.  I also paid to use his art work in my products and promotions. I have not been disappointed with his digital art … and I highly recommend it.

Note: I do not have any affiliate arrangements with Mr. Exton, and we do not share financially in each other’s businesses.

At this point in time, I am suspending any further blogs on this subject. However, I am not stopping with information for millions of online shoppers and physical store prospectors.

I am not able to go into the detail (in a blog) that many students want to further their skill and expertise in this very large and detailed information field.

Therefore, I will begin development of an online course that will take students much further into the skills, tips, and techniques of online shopping.

The use and application of colors is far too large to explore adequately in blogs.

I plan to develop an online course that shows students how to evaluate, use, and manipulate color applications for online courses, and physical shopping stores.

My students will also be able to learn and expand their color application skills to clothing combinations, interior house painting, personal color applications with cosmetics, nail polish colors, skin tone matching … and so very much more.

If you have already obtained a copy of my FREE online shopping book, you may already be on a notification list. But, if you are not sure, just go to the link listed below.

If you are not sure, and want to be on the notification list when the online course is available, just Click >

Don’t worry …. If you have already  obtained the free book, you will not be added to the list twice even if you order the free book again.

Until next time … happy color applications,

Professor “Bumblebee” Watrous

PS: One of my university degrees is a Masters Degree in “Curriculum and Instruction” from Virginia Tech. In my education and training experiences, I developed many online courses while at Arkansas State University ….

PPS:  Hope the next time you are in jet plane, landing at night in a 30-knot crosswind in a thunderstorm with reported microbursts (and no fuel for an “aborted-landing”), that your pilot did not learn “landing” from a “Tweet” course.

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