Society6 Framed Art Print Review + Photos

A review with photos of a pre-framed Society6 art print.

I recently purchased two Society6 framed art prints and want to share my experience and thoughts in a review of sorts with you. As I haven’t seen very many people talking about the quality of the prints or the framing, I hope my thoughts and photos here will help clarify any doubts you have about purchasing from them in the future.

Society6 is currently where I am almost exclusively selling my art & photography prints. Up until this point I had not purchased an art print from them, only an iPhone case (see a review I posted about it here). The reason for buying a framed art print vs an individual print and then framing it myself was actually because of time constraints and, surprisingly, cost. To frame it myself, after purchasing the $20 print, would add an additional to $40 – $50 or more for a frame and custom matting. As it turned out each framed print from Society6 cost me $70. Yes it still had to be shipped so I wasn’t saving any money but the time it saved was well worth it. Society6 frequently offers free shipping so in the future I will hopefully have the luxury of timing my purchases accordingly.

Photo Review

The framed prints took only 2 days to be created. I ordered late in the evening on the first day and they were shipped the evening of the third and arrived about a week later. Both framed prints arrived in this huge box!

Inside they were nice and securely wrapped in big bubble wrap and anchored with cardboard. I ended up hanging on to the box and used it to transport them as my entries to the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia.

The back of each frame arrived with some really heavy duty wiring. My guess is that they use this same wire for the even larger prints. Regardless, wire is certainly my preferred method of hanging a print.

And now to the unboxed prints! (drumroll please…) Keep in mind that there is just a little bit of glare on each, though I certainly tried to minimize it when shooting. If you’re curious and want to compare, click on each print image to take you to the digital version.

As far as print quality goes I am so happy. Each print is printed with such detail on lovely archival matte paper. Unfortunately, and this was my learning experience, as is common with most printing, both prints printed darker than on screen. Next time I will lighten each image ever so slightly to get the look I want.

I did a test and reprinted the color print “Cathedral Rock” to see if I could adjust the color to make it more vibrant. Let’s just say that the quality of printing from both reputable locations couldn’t shine a light on the quality of printing from Society6. I threw the others out.

Society6 has several different frame styles to pick from. My choice here was “Vector Black“. It’s quite a sleek modern frame and is something I wouldn’t be ashamed to hang in a gallery.

The white border/matting you see is actually the print paper simply cut to the size of your frame.

Do Buy if…

  • you\’re looking for something unique or artsy.
  • you need high quality printing.
  • you\’re under time constraints & framing it yourself isn\’t an option.

Don\’t Buy if…

  • you\’re on a tight budget.
  • you want an inexpensive gift (<$10).

Specifications

  • Made by: Society6
  • Size: Medium (Gallery) 22″ x 22″
  • Material: solid wood (frame), acrylic
  • Frame Style: Vector Black
  • Cost: $73.46 (without artist discount, $82)
  • Art Prints: Giant & Cathedral Rock

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  • Richard Ulph says:

    Thanks, most helpful to see the quality up close. I’m listed on Society6 and wondered about ordering prints of my work.

  • Thanks for a very informative post Naomi. I was wondering if you could also comment on the effectiveness of Society6 as a “selling” platform. Have you received orders for your work? Are they prompt with paying the artists (any caveats etc.) Would really appreciate feedback from others.

    Thanks,

    Daraious

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks for the comment! Actually Society6 hasn’t been my focus recently, instead Etsy and one-on-one sales have been. I’ve had great success with selling Soceity6 products but only after I’ve purchased them and displayed them at a cafe (prints only). A good friend has had a few sales and with no complaints as to the timeliness of payment.
      I’m sorry I can’t answer your question fully.

      Naomi

      • Agnes says:

        Hi Naomi,
        I know this comment is really late, but I wanted to ask you how you got to display your prints at a cafe, and how did it help your S6 sales? Did you have the shop address beneath the photos, or something like that? Did you also know the cafe owner or manager, or did you just contact a few cafes until someone agreed to display your work?

        Sorry again for being a bit off-topic!
        Best,
        Agnes

        • Naomi says:

          Hi and no worries! Since writing this I’ve seen an increase in sales through Society6 from having my work up. It’s a slow start but I do feel that my sales are increasing in a gradual amount. The cafe that I continue to display at and sell through is actually owned by my in-laws. At the counter they have my business cards and hanging on the wall near the prints is a short blurb about me with my website and info. The prints seem to generate conversation and those that work there know that I have prints for sale online (Society6) so both seem to work well together.

          Are you wanting to look into selling in cafes?

  • Lucian says:

    First of all thanks for the review. I was searching for a way to stop doing prints one-on-one and I really liked what society6’s offers (framing and of course not having to worry about shipping), and was wondering about their printing and framing quality. Just have two question: did you have any problems with prints becoming wavy with time, under the glass? There is no matting / passepartout, right? Thank you.

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Lucian! I’ve not noticed any signs of waviness, now over 6 months later. The print is sandwiched between the glass/acrylic and a back board, may even be attached to the board I’m not sure and can’t check without dissembling them. And no matting, just a single piece of paper, the print centered and trimmed to the frame size.
      Send me a link to your Society6 shop once you’re set up!

  • Spencer says:

    Thanks for the post! This was something I was wondering myself and your details were perfect!

  • Lea says:

    Hi Naomi!

    Thanks for the great review! I have just purchased a framed art print from Society6 after seeing your post. However, I am a bit concerned on the shipping and delivery of the print. Were you already living in Japan when you order this print? I am trying to estimate roughly when the print will arrive, as I too, will be using the international shipping. Thanks!

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Lea! I bought my framed prints when I was still in the USA so I don’t have any experience yet of shipping to Japan from Society6. Their turnaround times in general are very quick so add that to the usual amount of time to receive a package once it’s left the US and you should be good. Sorry I can’t be of further help!

  • Reuben says:

    Hi Naomi, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post. It really helped me understand more about the quality up close and made my decision in setting up my own store on Society6. I followed you on Society6 and love your work as well. Great job!

  • Gene says:

    The trouble with this company is that they have non standard sizes for prints so that you can’t buy just paper prints then find your own standard frame. Another problem is that they have the print touching the ‘plexi-glass’ , which is very bad thing . The print should never touch the glass/plexi-glass because of a multitude of problems which include image transfer , mold , condensation (prints sweat believe it or not ) . The print surface really needs to breath and have an air space. I think this will be their undoing.

    On the odd sizes point , this seems a way of making you buy their frames which are astronomically expensive if you subtract the price of the paper print. Check out the ‘printed area’ of the prints inside the frames , then see how much that print costs by itself , the cost doubles when framed (this is when buying at cost if you are the artist)

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Gene! Thanks for sharing. I think you have a point with the print touching the glass however I’ve had these specific framed prints for well over 2 years without any issues. I think if someone was worried about condensation then you could easily have it re-matted for very little. It’s something Socity6 should certainly consider when framing though.
      But the non standard sized prints that you’ve found are because the artist has uploaded a non standard size and has nothing to do with Society6. As an artist I take that into consideration and often upload two versions of my work, (if it isn’t already a standard size) one cropped and one the original. Under the suggestions for uploading work on their site this is mentioned but I know not all follow. I personally love non standard sizes on my walls and custom framing isn’t a hassle.

  • Florian says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for your review ! Thanks to you I’m now on Society6 too :)
    http://society6.com/florianaupetit

    I hope you have a good day.

    Florian

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