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Printed scan vs original artwork for portfolio

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I’m new to this forum so not sure if this question has already been addressed. Is it preferable to put original artwork in a portfolio, or is it better to scan the artwork and put the print out in? If you scan and print, what resolution do you use? What’s your favorite paper to print on? Thanks!
#1 - October 23, 2018, 04:31 AM

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Hi, Jenny! You'll definitely want to put printed copies of your work in your portfolio instead of the originals. That way, if the portfolio gets damaged or lost, your original pieces won't be!
300 dpi is typically the standard resolution for printing. You can use a higher resolution if you want, but you probably shouldn't go below 300 😊
Admittedly, I haven't printed anything since college, except for some sample pieces to send in to publishers 😅 I just have a pack of Office Depot Inkjet Professional Photo Paper for that. It's matte, so it takes on color pretty well and still looks nice for publishers. Most of the time, if I want to make professional prints for a portfolio, I send my files to a printing company and have them print it for me 😂
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