Signing dating prints
Holographic Label provided by Hahnemühle for Certificate of Authenticity 3. A COA has been a standard way of increasing the value of prints since the pre-digital days, and reduces the risk of forgeries.The certificate should be printed on premium deckle edged paper. Even if you register your prints and editions online, keep physical records for yourself or for a gallery if you end up being represented by one. The final step is finding the kind of audience that would be willing to buy/invest in your work.
Though some of the conventions of printmaking are used by some artists for their giclée prints, such as the limiting the edition (how many prints are made) and signing the print at the bottom in pencil, they are reproductions created using an ink-jet printer from a scan or photo of a painting, not original artworks themselves.A sharp pencil is used because this indents the fibers of the paper, making it difficult to erase or change.Print editions are shown as a fraction, the bottom number being the total number of prints made and the top number being the individual number of that specific print.The signatures on two etchings by the South African artist Pieter van der Westhuizen. Fine art printmaking has an established convention for how and where to sign, and what to use for your signature.The top is an artist's edition proof, the bottom is number 48 from an edition of 100. It's done in pencil (not pen) close to the bottom edge of the print.The edition number is on the left, your signature on the right (plus the year, if you're adding one).
If you're giving the print a title, this goes in the center, often in inverted commas.
Fine-art photographers, especially in the digital age, need money to invest in the proper gear to turn their artistic vision into finished artwork.
The conundrum is that digital, by its nature, is not one-of-a-kind.
The smaller the edition the more valuable each print. Actually sign the work; don’t simply create a digital file of your signature and add that to an image.
It’s called “Editioning” and it is a standard practice for fine-art photographers that has been used successfully ever since Ansel Adams made his first Editioned prints in the 1960s. But make sure to use the right kind of writing tool for signing a digital print. A pigment ink-based pen such as the Sakura Pigma Micron 05 is recommended for glossy surfaces.
While they're very similar, created from the same materials, each has its own characteristics and appeal.