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Beautiful and inspiring images make a treasured gift, and offer you an extra special place in the recipient's heart and mind. It can be expensive to purchase a beautiful art print and then have it custom matted and framed. Enter online printing and framing!
What is an online printing and framing service?
An online printing and framing service receives either your digital image via their website, or your piece of physical art through the mail (they send you the packaging for it in the case of Framebridge). Once printed or received, they frame it for you with the customized mat and frame you select, and then ship it to the destination you chose.
There’s no need to look among a limited number of unsatisfying frames that are only possibly the correct size, or to pay high prices at your local framing shop at the mall.
Let’s get specific about how to use online framing (enter: our favorite Framebridge).
Today, I want to show you what it’s like to order a framed print online with Framebridge. I’ll walk you through it with this tutorial, and you’ll see how easy it is.
Well, I ordered one of our Ballerina prints from Framebridge for my goddaughter last year and was bowled over by the whole process. So, we’re fans around here, and are going to walk you through the process today. Here's the particulars of why we think they're so great:
How does online printing and framing work?
For now, I’ll presume that you want to print a digital file. There are so many options out there in the world of printable wall art for kids. But oh, let's say today we are using our new Enchantmints print, Sweet Fairy Wrens. And I'll be ordering the 8"x10" size.
When you arrive at the framing website, select 'Start framing' to begin the process of choosing just the right kind of frame and matting that’s perfect for your art work.
You can select ‘Digital Photo’ By the way, Framebridge also allows you to print straight from Instagram. How helpful and convenient is that? (Nope, still not receiving any compensation to say these things).
Once you tell them you want to work with a digital file, you are going to hunt down the particular file you have in mind on your computer, dragging it or searching for it in your computer browser. This is the file that you downloaded when you purchased a digital art print for the special child in your life.
Below you see a screenshot of me finding the Sweet Fairy Wrens file on my laptop after clicking the red 'computer' button you see above. If you’ve purchased one of our digital prints, you’ll want to look in your downloads for the zip folder you received from us, then open that folder, usually by double-clicking on it, and then look for the CMYK JPG file in the size you want to print and frame today.
Then you wait for the file to upload. The best quality images can take a little while, since the file size is larger. Tick tock, tick tock.
Now you have the option to trim some of the image away if you’d like. We love the pretty watercolor background behind the birds and their fairy friend, so left things just as they are.
Framebridge offers a variety of sizes for you to print and frame. It’s always an option to go smaller than the sizes we specify in the file names, but we don’t recommend going larger, to preserve the quality of the image.
Another thing I enjoy about Framebridge is their free consultation with an in-house designer. I haven’t used the service yet, but will in the future, I'm sure. What a great option to have available!
Once you click 'I'll choose my own frame,' you will arrive at the frame selection page. Framebridge has helpful automated recommendations available in their frame selection menu.
As well as closing the recommended frame options, you can just decide on the color or style that you imaging would work well and see if you’re right.
They show your image in all the different options all in one page, so you can really make your favorite choice of image and imagine what the art will look like on the child’s room wall.
I was in a gold mood when looking at the Sweet Fairy Wrens print, so browsed through all the different shiny options.
I ended up selecting the Dorado frame, enjoying how it picked up the yellowy highlights in the painting, but didn’t overwhelm the gentle images with too much bulk.
The choice of matting is next in the line of options (or perhaps you don’t want any at all). I was pretty sure I wanted the white matting, again not to overwhelm the watercolors. But I looked at some other options to be sure.
I like that as you go through the frame and mat selection process, you can also see your artwork from a distance. This allows you to evaluate your choice of frame for the artwork and see if everything fits well together. Birds eye view, and all that. Well, from another room view, anyway!
All that remains is to click “add to cart” and then go through their checkout process. It’s pretty easy and very safe to sign up for a new service these days, and we’re sure you’ll be back to work with Framebridge again for all your wall art wishes. It’s well worth the few minutes it takes to enter your details.
So there you have it! You spend 5 - 10 minutes online. And for $79, a beautifully framed 8x10” print is delivered to your door within a couple weeks.
When it comes to framing art for children’s spaces, it just doesn’t get more easy or thrifty than that. And you can have such fun choosing inspiring and pretty prints to adorn a little one’s wall. Here’s to more art and beauty in all children’s lives!
Have you purchased and framed a print for a special someone recently? I would love to hear about it.
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