The industry of fine art printing is as dynamic and ever-changing as the art it represents. Keeping pace with evolving photo printing trends and techniques is not just about staying relevant; it’s about capturing the spirit of the times and embracing the continual transformation that defines the art world.
From the materials used to the methods employed, each era ushers in new preferences and possibilities, shaping how art is created, displayed, and appreciated.
The top 5 fine art photo printing trends we expect to see in 2024 are:
Print clusters and splits
Sustainability in printing
Emphasis on quality
Unique Displays: Print Clusters and Splits
The trend of creating unique art displays using print clusters and splits is gaining momentum going into 2024. This approach offers a dynamic and engaging way to showcase artwork.
Print clusters involve grouping multiple smaller prints together to form a cohesive piece, often with varying sizes and orientations that invite the viewer to explore each segment individually and as part of the whole.
An example of a cluster is a wall art arrangement that features a large print of a bride and groom surrounded by smaller prints of related wedding images like the bouquet, bridal party, wedding cake, or rings.
Splits, on the other hand, involve dividing a single image across multiple panels. One type of split is the triptych, when one image is split into three prints and hung together. Panoramic landscape photography makes great splits, creating a striking visual effect that adds depth and intrigue to the artwork.
While fine art printed on high-quality canvas or paper will never go out of style, there has been a definite increase in the popularity of more modern substrates like metal and acrylic.
This photo printing industry trend offers a number of benefits that make metal and acrylic prints especially attractive – literally and figuratively. Their vibrant colors, combined with their ease of maintenance and high durability, make them particularly appealing for modern interior design and fine art applications.
ArtisanHD offers a variety of metal and acrylic fine art printing options including:
Direct to acrylic
Acrylic face mounting
These substrates, with their sleek and contemporary aesthetic, are rapidly gaining popularity, offering a fresh alternative to traditional canvas or paper.
The Rise of Oversized Prints
In the realm of interior design, 2024 is set to embrace the grandeur of oversized, XL fine art prints. This trend is about making a bold statement in any space, be it a cozy living room or a spacious corporate lobby.
Large-scale artwork serves not just as a decorative element, but as a focal point, drawing the eye and sparking conversation. With their impressive size, these pieces command attention, transforming ordinary walls into captivating showcases of artistic expression.
The preference for oversized art reflects a growing desire for personalization and dramatic flair in interior design.
When it comes to materials suitable for these grand fine art prints, canvas, and ChromaLuxe stand out as ideal substrate choices. Both materials are lightweight, making them easy to hang and practical for large-scale applications.
Sustainable Art Prints
As the world increasingly gravitates towards sustainability and eco-friendly practices, the realm of fine art printing is also making significant strides, adapting its techniques and materials to align with this crucial and growing environmental trend.
ArtisanHD has transitioned from the outdated wet lab process, which involved more water and energy usage and created toxic chemical waste, to the more eco-friendly dry lab approach.
The dry lab process utilizes high-quality inks and digital processing technology to create more sustainable art prints that also have better color accuracy and higher resolution than wet lab prints.
This emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly values is not just a trend but a necessary evolution, and ArtisanHD is taking strides to adopt more sustainable printing methods.
Emphasis on Quality
For fine art creators and buyers alike, the emphasis on quality has become increasingly pronounced. Quality in fine art printing encompasses several key aspects: color accuracy, vibrancy, and the use of high-quality print materials. These elements combine to ensure that the print not only captures the viewer’s eye but also stands the test of time.
At ArtisanHD, we understand and appreciate that a fine art print is much more than “just a photograph.” Because of this, we take pride in using archival-quality printing methods and materials that are built to last.
ChromaLuxe: ChromaLuxe metal prints are coated with a custom-formulated, multi-layer polymer finish that creates a finish that is durable and scratch, fade, fire, and water-resistant. Plus, it’s easy to clean.
Dibond: Dibond metal prints have high resistance to weathering and corrosion and are printed using UV-cured ink, which provides effective protection from light.
Acrylic Encapsulation: This technique creates a professional, gallery-level work of art and offers total protection for long-lasting, brilliant prints.
Canvas: We use premium archival-rated canvas and fade-resistant, latex-based ink.
After the completion of each custom print production order, ArtisanHD’s Quality Assurance Department meticulously reviews every print, ensuring that the final product not only meets but exceeds expectations.
Create a Masterpiece with These Photo Printing Industry Trends
ArtisanHD is proud to be a trusted expert in high-quality fine art printing that stands the test of both trends – and time – and has a wide selection of print products from which to choose.
A self-motivated professional with a positive attitude, Aaron is always open to learning something new. His background includes working with national and international marketing teams to help develop and execute large multi-touch marketing campaigns, sales collateral, direct mail programs, retail in-store marketing, creative and much more. Along the way, he co-founded two agencies and now serves as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Artisan HD where he loves pushing the boundaries of design in order to exceed client expectations.