Sign your print?

MOEVIEW is Aaron Molina 4:55pm, 27 October 2008
So when a print is sold do you normally sign the print itself or the mat? And or what is considered proper? Name and year? Any info on the back?
JulesAmeel PRO 10 years ago
i always thought you signed the back with the print number, like 3/25
If you are selling a limited run you would sign and put the number on it.

If I sell just a print, I sign the back.

If I sell a matted print, I sign the mat, with pencil.

Honestly, it comes down to your preference.
Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
I don't think there is a "proper" way to do it.

If you're doing a limited "numbered" run, I think it's typical to sign, date and number on the back of the print. Be sure to use a writing device that won't hurt the archival quality of the print.

Yea I've seen that but I often see prints signed on the front with name and year. So are they signing the print or mat? I think I have seen both but what is most common?
Anna Merritt 10 years ago
the most common comes right down to what you like...there is no right way or wrong way...I do see more signed on the mat than the print...if the image I am selling would be comprimiesed by writing on the photograph itself, then I sign the back...if it is matted, I sign the back of the print and the mat in pencil. I have signed the prints, not often tho.
hope that helps.
HBRstudios 10 years ago
I always do the front of print. It is just my preference that it is seen and is on the actual piece of work.

But lots of times I forget to sign it at all! Oh, well.
Brian what sort of pen do you sing the print with?
N. Lindstrom Photo 10 years ago
And how big?
HBRstudios 10 years ago
I found a silver fine-point marking pen -- No, I don't know if it is archival. It is another one of those things on my list to do is find a true photo-pen that will work.
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