If you work in original prints or reproductions, you need to be able to manage your inventory.

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to organizing and tracking original prints or reproduction works. And, there are different needs for each of them.

So, what is the difference between editions and reproductions?

An edition is part of a set of original works of art intended for graphic reproduction and produced by or under the supervision of the artist who designed it. These are images or casts that are produced to be multiples.

Examples of editions include etchings, lithographs, fine art photography prints, bronze castings, etc.

Editions are most often done completely by the artist and are most often done in small runs. Each work in the edition has unique qualities and can vary slightly because each one is created individually.

A reproduction artwork is considered a copy/facsimile of the original work usually created using photomechanical means. Producing a reproduction does not typically involve the original artist. Usually, a digital image is created of the work, and that file can then be used to reproduce it on any surface in any size.

Examples of reproductions include giclee prints, iris, posters, print as a service item such as pillows & garments, cards, etc.

Here are a few ways you can now track and manage both editions and reproductions in Artwork Archive.

Manage your editions just like artworks in Artwork Archive

Editions now have all the powers of artworks within Artwork Archive. They act as “pieces” that are grouped together. This means that you can add editions to reports, get insights on editions, assign them to shows and just about anything else an artwork can do within the system!

Group editions together as multiples in the public profile

Display unique images or your multiples or prints grouped together on your public profile. Each image will now be presented on your public profile if you choose, nested in one grouping.

Include editions in reports, insights and more

You can now filter and choose editions for reports by edition run, no editions or all editions. Simply choose your preference in the filters and then select the editions from your list of works to include in any report. That includes inventory reports, certificate of authenticity, consignment reports, tear sheets and more.

Share and showcase your original prints with ease.

Track your editions and build their provenance

When photographs, lithographs or sculpture editions are showing at a gallery or exhibition, you need to be able to keep track of all details that come with that opportunity.

You can now not only add those editions to shows and locations, but you can also build their provenance over time.

Record the edition’s exhibition and award history to add to its value and credibility. Plus, stay on top of what is submitted and accepted, so you can stay professional and never double book or double sell the same print again.

Keep unique records and images of each edition and proof

Artists working with original prints have different requirements for an inventory system than those working in reproductions.

Now, artists that work with original prints such as screen prints, lithographs or photographs, have the ability to add unique images, information and add proofs to their editions.

You can upload an original image for each edition and proof along with all the critical information. You can also track the shows or sales information of these records.

Ready to get your editions organized? Start your free trial of Artwork Archive today.