I make digital paintings and, I want to sell them to potential customers. I usually work in sRGB mode and save the file as jpg. Is it the right way for printing to any printing service? If not, what can I do without making the paintings all over again? Next time I make a digital painting, what color mode and save file type must I use?

I use the jpg file type because I am not specialized to export the file as pdf. How can I export my digital painting as a pdf file?

Is a psd file another option for printing to any printing service?

Also, the colors a customer will see on their monitor will not match the colors I see on my monitor and, the colors on the final print will be different. What must I say to them? How can I fix the colors on my monitor to be printed correctly on the final print?

Thank you.

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Many consumer-level print services prefer sRGB from jpg files. More professional concerns want specific CMYK conversions, which require a lot more precision & expertise from the customer.
sRGB leads to less confusion at consumer-level. Asking the average user to convert to CMYK would be fraught with difficulty & also many of the printing machines they use take sRGB & convert to their own profile internally.

I would suggest, as you are not working from a profiled, calibrated workflow, you send a test file to one of these print-shops & see what you get back. Choose a cheap format for your first tests, printed to photo-paper etc rather than something expensive like aluminium or canvas, that you might consider later for customers.

I have had great success from sRGB to large canvases using little more than this method to find my ideal print supplier initially. I do have a calibrated workflow, but only as far as outputting to sRGB jpg & 100% quality. I've tried larger 'pro' printers who required specific CMYK profiles for their input… & never got colours as close as I've got from consumer printers.

BTW, there is nothing you can do about someone else's screen. You just have to cross your fingers & work on getting your own output to match what you see, or acceptably close.
You do have to bear in mind that if you generate artwork using extremely bright RGB colours, no print process can match that.

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