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what is a limited edition?
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A limited edition is a series of identical original art prints, numbered from 1 to whatever, and signed by the artist. Although the prints are not one of a kind, they are each considered a work of art. As I print I compare the color and print quality to a master image (called a B.A.T. or "bon a tirer"). The key to any limited edition is that the artist only prints a certain number... then, never prints that image again (aside from the additional artist's proofs - see the next entry). If the image were from a woodblock or an etching plate, the block or plate would be destroyed when the edition was completely printed. In my case I destroy the original digital file when the edition is completely printed.

The numbering system for limited edition prints shows the print number over the total quantity in the edition. Print #7 out of 100 would have this written on it: 7/100. Lower numbers are printed first and sold first, so they are generally more highly prized than later prints.
what is an artist's proof?
It's customary for the artist to create additional prints called artist's proofs (AKA artist's prints), which number 10% of the limited edition. So if the edition size was, say, 150 prints... there would be 15 artist's proofs.

The numbering system for artist's proofs shows the print number over the total quantity of the artist's proofs. Print #7 out of 15 would have this written on it: AP 7/15. Artist's proofs are considered even more valuable than the original limited edition prints, since they are usually only sold once the edition itself has sold out.
what is a monoprint?
A monoprint is an original, unique work of art. That means there's just one. A limited edition of one, if you will. It's still called a print since the media is printmaking. My colorshifted leaf prints are monoprints that I print in sets. Though I print the same leaf two, four or six times, I only print a particular color once, ever. So each individual print is truly unique.
what is a reproduction, then?
As opposed to an original print, the print is not a reproduction or a copy of some other artwork, like a print of a painting, of a photo, or of a watercolor. A poster of the Mona Lisa, for example, would be considered a reproduction.
so what?
There's a big difference between owning an original artwork (such as a painting, a photo, or an original print), and owning a reproduction. Needless to say, original artwork is much more highly valued than a reproduction copy of artwork.
how does this relate to digital prints?


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