When Picasso signed his paintings, he did so using his paintbrush and oils and generally placed his signature at the bottom right or left of his art pieces. So when ‘signing’ a photo that you are selling/giving away, what can be done as an artist to label your work?
A nice idea is to place a simple border around the photo, and have your signature and the photo’s title 1/8 of an inch below the photo. If not opting for a border, another idea would be to keep it ‘clean’ by placing a signature in the bottom right corner of the photo itself. Keep in mind though that‚you want to keep the photo clear and not have your signature or border disrupt elements in the photo.
Some photographers choose to sell their photos with mats already attached, and sometimes they sign the matting and not the image. This seems silly IMO; after all the photographer created the image not the matting so why sign the matting? Also, the matting can be separated from the print and so the signature or logo can get ‘lost’.
Some clients however prefer not to have a border/signature/title ‘disrupting’ their photo. In cases as such, you may want to confirm with your client first prior to printing. As an alternate way to sign your prints, a stamp with your logo/signature on the back of the print may be a nice final touch.
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