frequently asked questions
What separates The Untapped Source from other online art sellers?
The Untapped Source aims to be a unique and fresh setting for the display and sale of art. Here are some of the features that differentiate The Untapped Source.
Using the new Canon IPF printing system to create the highest quality prints anywhere, we continuously show our commitment to great quality.
Best Prints at the Best Prices
Not only do we provide the highest quality prints and artwork, but we also have many paper options to satisfy your taste in how your artwork should look. You can find a description on this page regarding what the paper types are like.
We strive for the best in customer service and are committed to satisfying the needs of our customers. All questions and concerns will be responded to as quickly as possible. For fastest response times concerning questions you may have, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for general inquires, or email@example.com for issue concerning future or already placed orders.
We are here not only for our customers, but also to support our featured artists in gaining the exposure they deserve. We work with our artists to make sure that they are happy with our service to them as well as making sure that they approve of the way in which we do business. It is very important to The Untapped Source to be known as a great service provider both for our customers and our artists.
of All Tastes, Types, And Sizes
The Untapped Source believes great artwork comes from many mediums. We offer artwork in the form of high quality photography, vibrant digital works, and the timeless traditional formats. We provide many sizes and paper types (including canvas) to give you as many choices as possible.
What steps do you take to ensure Customer Satisfaction?
1) We only showcase work we think is of the highest quality and screen all of the work before placing it in our gallery for display and purchase.
2) We review every order. This includes special instructions and the specifications of your art to make sure that you will be satisfied with your order. If for any reason we have a question or if we are not completely clear about your order, we will contact you.
3) Packaging and Shipping: We take extreme care in packaging your order to make sure that it arrives to you in great condition and without damage. All shipments are insured to their full value. All orders are shipped in sturdy tubes.
How do I place an order?
Simply left click any thumbnail image. After you have selected the print, medium (paper type), and size combination you would like to purchase just click on the Add to Cart button. You can finish the ordering process by clicking on "checkout now", or you may continue shopping by clicking on the "continue shopping" button. You may return to your shopping cart at anytime to checkout by clicking on the "My Cart" icon in the upper right hand corner of any page. You can add as many items as you like, including quantities of each item, and may remove items from your cart by checking the "Remove" box and then clicking the "Update" button.
What types of payment do you accept?
- We accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
- We do accept payment via PayPal
- We do NOT accept payment via personal check, Money Order, or COD order
Can I pay by phone?
We prefer customers to make purchases using our quick and easy shopping cart system at www.theuntappedsource.com, but if you must pay over the phone for one reason or another, feel free to call (805) 474-6042 and we'll be glad to assist you with your order. If we are not available at the time of your call, please leave us a message and a good time to get back with you and we'll call you back at our earliest convenience.
Is there sales tax on my order?
The Untapped Source is located in State of California, USA. We only charge sales tax for orders being shipped within the State of California.
How secure is purchasing through The Untapped Source?
Your security is a top priority at The Untapped Source. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. Your credit card information is not stored internally, which is why we require you to enter it each time. This ensures that data theft is never a concern because there is not sensitive data to be used.
When our registration/order form asks you to enter sensitive information (such as your credit card number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software currently available in the industry - SSL. We use one of the highest grade encryption levels available: 256-bit encryption. Not all browsers support this high of encryption, but the majority support atleast 128-bit encryption which is still among the highest available. To ensure the highest level of security, please use a mainstream and up-to-date browser.
Can I save my print picks and come back later to purchase them?
If you have cookies enabled, your cached browser memory will save any choices you have added to your cart so that you can purchase your prints at a later time.
Will I receive an order confirmation after I have placed my order?
Once you have completed your order you will receive a confirmation email within minutes. If you have any questions regarding the status of your order, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 474-6042 and we'll be more than happy to assist you in any way we can.
How long will it take my order from The Untapped Source to arrive?
Shipping time depends on your location and the shipping options you choose when you checkout. Shipping times should closely resemble those specified during the checkout process. The longest an order shipped to an address within the continental US should take for delivery is 2 weeks. Orders outside the US can take up to 3 to 6 weeks via normal postage, but normally take much less time.
What are the methods of shipment per location?
Continental United States
- USPS Priority Mail
- USPS Express (2 day shipping)
- USPS First Class (5-10 day shipping)
- USPS Express (5 day shipping)
- Global Express Guaranteed (1-3 day shipping)
- USPS Global (1-3 week shipping)
- USPS First Class (5-10 day shipping)
- USPS Global Express (1-3 day shipping)
Click here to see Shipping Prices.
How will my order be shipped?
All orders are shipped in sturdy tubes and wrapped in protective paper to ensure the integrity and quality of your purchased artwork is maintained from shipment preparation until you have it in your possession.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! International shipping times and rates will vary upon location and products ordered. Rates will be calculated and displayed during your ordering process. The easiest way to calculate your shipping is to add your items to your cart, then click the 'checkout' button. You'll be presented with your shipping options at that time. You will always see your shipping cost before you are asked to confirm any purchases.
What happens if only a portion of my order is available for immediate shipment?
All orders are shipped when all products in the order are available.
How do I know when my order has shipped?
Once we process your order and ship it to you, you will receive an email notification stating the date your package was shipped. See above for shipping times.
How long will it take for my order to be shipped?
Orders will be processed and shipped within 48 hours from the time of ordering. We do not ship on Saturday or Sunday.
Can I ship to a P.O. Box?
We do NOT ship to P.O. Boxes.
Can I track my order?
If your order was shipped via a traceable method, you will receive a tracking number with "your order has been shipped" email. The following are methods of shipment with tracking available: USPS EXPRESS (continental USA), GLOBAL EXPRESS GAURANTEED (Canada), USPS GLOBAL EXPRESS (International)
Can I ship my purchase to someone other than myself?
Yes. When you are checking out, you are asked to enter information regarding billing address and shipping address respectively.
Does The Untapped Source have a Satisfaction Guarantee/Return Policy?
The Untapped Source wants you to be completely satisfied with
your purchase. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for
any reason, you may email us at email@example.com
or call (805) 474-6042 and arrange to send your order back for
a full refund of the purchase price. Shipping costs are not included
in the refund price and return shipping is the responsibility
of the customer. All return arrangements must be made within 7
days of delivery. Products damaged due to shipping issues will
be replaced at the expense of The Untapped Source.
Please send all returns to:
The Untapped Source
2265 Cattle Run Lane
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Who pays international duties and/or taxes on orders?
The international shipping charges (including Mexico and Canada) do not include the applicable import duties or taxes that are due upon entry into the destination country. All duties and taxes, if any, are the responsibility of the customer, and must be paid at the time of delivery.
Do you offer framing as a service?
At the moment, we do not offer framing as an in-house service. Visit here www.FrameUSA.com for custom and ready made frames at great prices! We try to format artwork to standard frame sizes, but we will never compromise the integrity of a piece of art simply to make it fit a standard frame! When framing is not an option, try laminating your prints! It is a very cost effective and durable to way to keep dirt, sticky residue, fingerprints, and moisture away from your art.
Do canvas prints come stretched or mounted?
At this point, we do not mount or stretch canvas prints. All canvas prints come with a 2” white border so the work can be stretched.
Common frame sizes
Below is a list of standard frame sizes which can usually be
purchased at your local art supply or framing store:
8x10 Inch Print
8x12 Inch Print
9x12 Inch Print
10x12 Inch Print
10x14 Inch Print
10x15 Inch Print
11x14 Inch Print
12x12 Inch Print
12x18 Inch Print
12x20 Inch Print
12x24 Inch Print
16x20 Inch Print
16x24 Inch Print
18x24 Inch Print
20x20 Inch Print
20x24 Inch Print
20x28 Inch Print
20x30 Inch Print
22x28 Inch Print
24x30 Inch Print
24x32 Inch Print
24x36 Inch Print
24x40 Inch Print
24x48 Inch Print
30x40 Inch Print
If the artwork you are interested in at The Untapped Source is not available in one of these sizes, don't worry, you can visit www.FrameUSA.com to purchase custom and/or ready made frames in the size of the artwork you wish to purchase.
The Untapped Source uses only the finest printers, inks, and papers available to bring our customers unparalleled quality in the prints we provide. We use superior Canon Products in our printing and are most confident in the quality that they produce. Below are some of the features that our Brand New Canon imagePROGRAF printing technology has to offer, or for a more detailed view of our printing system you can click here.
The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8100 44" printer is on the cutting edge of large format printing. This allows us to easily produce astonishingly impressive, professional grade, full-bleed color utilizing Canon’s LUICIA 12-color pigment system. The result is that we deliver only the finest quality prints you would expect!
Canon's LUCIA pigment ink offers excellent color fastness and stability with a remarkably wide color gamut. The LUCIA ink formulation for Black, Matte Black, Gray and Photo Gray reduces bronzing and provides stronger ink adhesion to a wide variety of your chosen media. The resulting prints feature better scratch resistance, without protection to your valued artwork. Vivid color and long-lasting prints are the end-results of this advanced Canon technology.
The Dual print head system with a total of 30,720 nozzles combines speed and performance with a print resolution of 2,400 x 1,200 to deliver the level of image quality you have come to expect. With 4-sided edge-to-edge printing on a variety of media, the iPF8100 delivers professional borderless prints up to 44” wide and sets the standard in fine art printing.
Why have your images printed anywhere else? The Untapped Source is always committed to delivering you superior quality a service by using the most up to date technologies available in printing!
What is Giclée printing?
Giclée differs from other traditional printing methods.
Posters are usually produced using offset lithography, which uses
4 colors of differing size dots to produce the colors (cyan, magenta,
yellow, and black). Newspapers are produced the same way. Giclée
prints have the different colors of ink mix on the surface of
the paper, so the colors are bright and uniform, even when examined
close up. Our Canon Giclée printers use 12 colors of ink
(cyan, photo cyan, magenta, photo magenta, yellow, black, matte
black, red, green, blue, gray, photo gray), so we are able to
produce a much wider spectrum of color and better all around print
quality than a traditional print can.
One of the benefits of Giclée prints is that they are Print On Demand, meaning artists and customers can purchase prints in large runs or one at a time.
This non-reflective paper type is a material not far from a traditional canvas used in an oil painting. This type of paper is water and fade resistant and delivers superior color and tones. This flexible paper type is ideal for stretching and framing and is durable enough to not crack or tear. It is the best choice for an oil painting style reproduction.
An archival paper with a natural smooth surface and has a very slight texture. It offers excellent image detail and resolution reproduction making it ideally suited for high-end fine art photography and art reproduction. Furthermore it provides one of the highest black optical density characteristics for a matte paper available today.
A slightly rough surface that reflects no spectacular amounts of light and has little to no luster. This paper gives good color depth while maintaining excellent highlight and shadow detail. Matte paper is not vulnerable to being marred by fingerprints. It makes for an economical solution to a print but does not give the highest amount of color.
A smooth and reflective surface designed to make printed images look sharp, vibrant and more like a traditional photograph and gives the most accurate portrayal of the original artworks’ color. They give the viewer an exquisite quality with higher contrast than matte paper.
Also referred to as semi-glossy, this paper variety is the in between of Matte and Glossy and gives prints what many call “a real photo feel”. They give vivid color saturation and are easy to handle. It can be easily laminated to provide protection from light and moisture and reflects less light than glossy while not being a totally reflective surface.
Can I order samples of the papers The Untapped Source
offers to see which paper type might be best for the print(s)
I am interested in purchasing?
YES! There is a sampling of all 9 of our printing papers that you can purchase here, so you can see differences between our matte, photo, and Canvas media types. The same image is printed on each paper type for comparison purposes
Caring for art prints/oil paintings is a very simple thing to do and just requires some common sense! All artwork sold by The Untapped Source is of such a high quality that, if maintained properly, should last for 50+ years! Below you will find some helpful pieces of information to aid you in maintaining your artwork purchased from The Untapped Source.
Always display artwork in a stable environment. Extreme temperatures or humidity can cause canvas and frames to expand and contract.
If artwork is unprotected (no frame, glass, or lamination applied), do not place it in direct sunlight, near heating or cooling vents, or by sinks, showers, fireplaces, candles, or near cooking areas. Large amounts of sunlight can fade the vibrant color of your artwork over time.
Try not to touch the surface of the artwork as oils in your fingers can leave a residue on the work.
A large portion of damage to artwork occurs during the handling and moving of a piece without care. Make sure to carry artwork by a frame if possible, and always carry the work in such a way as to protect the front (toward your body).
Make sure to hang your artwork with secure, strong, hardware.
Never leave a stretched Canvas piece of artwork leaning against a sharp point or curve. No matter how small the point is or how long you leave it, there is a very high chance you will dent the artwork, and damage the surface.
If you are transporting art, make sure to transport it correctly. A simple, cost effective way to do this is to use two pieces of firm material (hard cardboard will suffice), placing one piece on the front and back. From there, wrap the artwork in Styrofoam or bubble wrap. This will protect the your artwork well. (Note, if the artwork is overly heavy, or a large size, crating is the best option.)
Never use soap and water, household polishes or cleaners with solvents on the surface of the artwork. They may attack and breakdown the paint surface. If dusting is necessary it should be done very gently with a wide, soft brush.
Can I display and sell my artwork at The Untapped Source?
Yes. Please just send an email with a link to where we can view your work, or attach files for us to few. We will examine your work and make a decision as to whether The Untapped Source is the right place for you to display and sell reproductions of your work. Visit the Join Now page for more information.
How are images protected when added to The Untapped Source Art Gallery site?
The Untapped Source uses many methods to protect images from
piracy. Below are a few:
• Web images are small as is, and for the most part, are not print quality
• Print files are held offline and are safe from piracy
• The Artist Access Center as well as everything else to do with The Untapped Source is encrypted to ensure security. Keep your passwords and login ID secure.
NOTE: There is no perfect solution to image piracy. The Untapped Source does its best to protect the image copyrights it portrays.
How do I sign into my Untapped Source account?
If you have already been accepted and given your login ID and password for the Artist Access Center, use the following link to the sign in page: www.theuntappedsource.com/aac
How can I retrieve my password and login ID for the Artist Access Center?
If you’ve added your email address properly in the bio section of your account previously, you can retrieve it from this page: www.theuntappedsource.com/aac. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be glad to send you this information.
Yes! We pride ourselves on offering a great variety of paper types and sizes, many of which are not sold on the site. We print to any size, and deal with you personally. Prices for prints purchased by the artist (of their own work) are the best you'll find anywhere, especially for canvas and fine art papers, and is the of the highest quality as well. Please email email@example.com to inquire about the Artist Buy Program. We print for artists even if you chose not to be listed on the site. Let us show you what quality and great prices using the best printing materials available is all about!
Do you offer original art?
In certain instances, The Untapped Source may advertise the sale of original art pieces from our artists.
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