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Free printable art has become super popular over the last few years, and I totally get why! You don’t have to pay shipping fees, you can get almost any size, and it’s free! Minus printing and framing costs, of course… but you can’t beat a free art print!
Since there are so many different websites to find and download free printable art, I thought I’d give you a list of my favorites, plus a few key tips for printing printable art!
Just a warning, it’s a lot of info to get through, but I’ve broken it up, so hopefully, it’s easy to digest!
Printable art is a digital file that you download and print yourself, either at home or by using a professional printing service! It’s an easy way to get high-quality artwork for less money than a physical art print, and sometimes you can even download prints for FREE!
To get your hands on some free printable art, you gotta know where to look…so, I’ve rounded up ten of my favorite sites for you to check out.
The first six are sites where various artists/photographers upload their work for you to use for FREE! Cool, right?
The last four are free resources with historic prints, photographs, and drawings. If you fancy some classic art, look no further!
You can print your art at a local printing shop or online. If you aren’t the most tech-savvy, I highly suggest you head to your local print shop. They’ll be able to help you from start to finish. Just be sure to bring the file with you on a thumb drive!
If you want to go the online route, here are a couple of companies to check out:
First things first. After you download the free art, you need to find out how large the image is in pixels.
This is to figure out the maximum size you can print the image before it gets blurry.
Are we on the same page? Ok cool…
To find out the image size in pixels:
These photos will look quite different in person (printed) than they do online because of the different color profiles used for digital images and printed images. When printing black and white photos, I usually desaturate it, so I’m only left with a grayscale image. From experience, black and white photos can print with a blue or purple hue and it totally ruins it!
Most online printing services have built-in photo editors, so you can do this on the spot, but if they don’t then either use Photoshop or a free online photo editor like Adobe Spark.
Just printing the dang thing can be the best way to test out these tips! And honestly, this is the best tip I can give you. You’ll know if it’s blurry and if the color is off right away. If you’re trying to match something or the photo you’re printing has a ton of color, this is a non-negotiable.
You don’t have to order a huge-sized test print, just get a small 4×6 printed to start!
I think that about sums this one up! That was a TON of information to get through! I hope you have a way better idea about how to get your hands on some free printable art and how to print it!
By the way, I wrote a blog post featuring 16 different printable images to download for free, so be sure to check that post out after this one!
And if you’re looking for a couple of ideas for how to frame your art, check out a couple of other posts, How to Float Mount Art and The Art of Floating, Matting, and Mounting Pictures.
Until next time,