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Print on Demand Decor

Updated on April 11, 2009
Dynamic Rose, Acrylic on Canvas, availble as a print through Zazzle
Dynamic Rose, Acrylic on Canvas, availble as a print through Zazzle

Choose Your Style

If you are looking for artwork to decorate your home, bed and breakfast, cafe, or office, you do not have to settle for images everyone has seen.

You can find an exciting array of unique and beautiful prints online. Thousands of rich landscapes, elegant still lifes, evocative portraits, and dramatic abstracts from around the world are yours at the click of a mouse.

This astonishing diversity is available because of new print on demand (POD) technologies. Poster printing sites are popping up all over the Web. Most have great search engines. You can select work by color, shape, style, medium, subject, or artist.

A road or stream leading into the distance makes a small room seem larger.
A road or stream leading into the distance makes a small room seem larger.

Feature Your Own Photographs

If you have a new digital camera, you might want to show off your own work. Most print-on-demand sites allow you to upload files. Choose vacation shots, portraits of your favorite people, pictures of ships, trains, rodeos, your kids' drawings, or whatever makes you smile.

For optimum quality, send the largest file you can. Check the site's recommendations for minimum and maximum pixel dimensions. Most sites prefer 4 - 8 megapixel resolution jpegs (maximum compression quality) saved at 300 dpi.

Once your file is uploaded, pick the format that suits your room, and order. The companies will send your selections either rolled in a tube, or completely framed.

A small print of an interesting photograph can dress up a bathroom or hallway. Choose a bold, simple composition for eye-catching appeal.
A small print of an interesting photograph can dress up a bathroom or hallway. Choose a bold, simple composition for eye-catching appeal.

All art and photography in this hub is by Linda Armstrong.

A Quick Warning

A word to the wise--if you submit photos of original art, make sure that you own the copyright. Buying a painting, drawing, or print does NOT give you reproduction rights, Similarly, you cannot reproduce pictures of other people's quilts, duck decoys, or sculptures. Some landmarks, like the lone cypress above the ocean near Monterey, California, are also protected.

Order Pictures in the Best Sizes for Your Space

 

You can order most prints in a variety of sizes from 8" x 12" up to 20" x 30." Various surfaces are available. They include matt, glossy, and even real artist's canvas.

If you are ordering a print as a gift, be sure to allow adequate time for delivery. Each print is made for you, and many sites have a 24 hour turnaround, but shipping can be unpredictable and express service does cost more.

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    • Cailin Gallagher profile image

      Cailin Gallagher 

      10 years ago from New England

      Thank you for the research and information. Your piece is so eye-friendly!!! Very easy to read.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks some great tips and resources here

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      glassvisage 

      10 years ago from Northern California

      This is very useful information... it always sucks to not get what you really want :(

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      Write On! 

      10 years ago from United States

      Thank you for these great resources and tips for ordering prints online.

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