Tips for creating a photo quality canvas prints

Let it be your childhood pictures, your children’s pictures or just a few of your best shots at photography, canvas prints are an excellent way to display things that matter to you.

Now, canvas prints are not the same as canvas painting. Canvas painting involves using paints to actually draw on the canvas sheets but in canvas prints you use ink-jet printers to digitally print on the canvas.

Although, when technology was less advanced than it is today, the only way to transmit a picture onto a canvas was to physically copy it from the photograph and paint it onto the canvas.

Canvas printing has become very efficient with the help of different computer programs, canvas printers, and canvas printing companies and if done right, it can have amazing outcomes.

Whether you are gifting it, decorating your walls or preparing for an art or photography exhibition, you must make sure that you do everything properly.

Every little detail from the size of the frame to the texture of the canvas, everything creates an important impact on the final result. Here are some tips for getting the best results of photo quality canvas printing.

Quality over everything else

No matter how close a picture is to your heart, if it’s a low-quality pixelated one, you don’t want to print it out on a very large canvas because excessive stretching of a low-quality picture can have disastrous results. You might even end up hating your beloved picture after seeing it at its worst.

This is why the most crucial step before proceeding towards canvas printing is making sure that the picture you have chosen is of high quality.

The picture should have a decent size, that is, at least 250 KB. Any smaller than that will compromise on the final result but of course, the bigger the better.

Although some software and companies try to bring the picture in its best possible form by restoring the lost pixels it’s smarter to set your camera to the highest resolution. Another thing which has to be considered is the pixel count.

A pixel count of about 150-33 ppi is suitable for pictures that are used for canvas printing. The subject should be preferably occupying most of the space in the picture and there should be minimal noise in the picture.

When the pixel count per inch is high, the picture looks better when it is enlarged on the canvas whereas low pixel count per inch results in a blurry and noisy canvas print.

Let professionals handle it

Unless you know a lot about how pixels, resolution, lighting and magnification works don’t print your canvas yourself. A photo may seem crisp and focused on a small screen such as a laptop, mobile or tablet screen but when it is blown up ten times its original size; things can get a little messy.

If you know how to check the DPI, size of an image and other fancy stuff involved and are aware of how much you can enlarge a picture having a specific size and resolution, then go ahead.

Otherwise, let a professional handle it. You should make sure that the person or organization you are entrusting with your picture will take this job knows how to do it.

Some may just print whatever you give them and then blame you for not providing the right pictures. A good company or person will advise you on whether your photo can be magnified that much or not and discuss other alterations required.

The right picture

As mentioned earlier, choosing a good quality image is important for achieving a good result. A professional may help you decide the settings, sizes, and quality of your image but they will generally not tell you that they don’t find your picture aesthetically pleasing.

Most digital print companies have the latest techniques in restoring pictures and enhancing them in the best ways possible. Believe it or not, some pictures are not good enough to go up on the walls.

The end looks for some pictures that may not be how you imagined it. Pictures that are too vibrant and whose which are too over or underexposed are not good for canvas printing even if they hold high emotional value.

In that case, keep them close to your heart and far away from your walls. The same goes for blurry pictures.

Pre-decide the location

It’s always convenient to think and pre-plan where you will place your canvas. That helps bring things into focus.

Things such as “Is there enough space on this wall” or “Does this picture compliment the rest of the décor in the room?

If you’re displaying an art piece, it should look good not only on its own but also with everything around it. Imagine a room with blue and white décor and a canvas with pictures of pink flowers?

A bad combination like this will not only ruin the look of the whole room but also waste the potential the canvas could have if placed on a wall where it fits.

It’s also essential to make sure that there is enough space on the wall to accommodate the canvas. Always decide the size of the canvas after analyzing where it will be hung.

A very small canvas for a big wall may look awkward and misfit and a very large canvas for a tiny wall can make the area look suffocating.

If there is enough space on the wall, such as on the wall above the T.V lounge sofas, you can have multiple thinner canvases which are closely arranged to form one large image.

It’s fun, cheap and convenient to get canvas digitally printed so you may go overboard with it and get more canvases than you need. Deciding the location of your canvas beforehand can also help you rationally see if you even need another one at all.

Choose rolled or stretched canvas

There is a lot of variety in the type and styles of different canvases. The canvas can be stretched on a wooden frame or it can exist in the form of simple cloth.

The first one is called a stretched canvas and the second is called a rolled canvas. Rolled canvas is called so because you can roll it if you wish.

The advantage of being able to roll your print is that you can store it easily and it will take less space. It is also cheaper, too.

So, if you are low on cash but still want to save a hardcopy of your pictures as souvenirs you should go for a rolled canvas You can get it stretched on a frame anytime you think you are ready to display the image.

The stretched canvas, on the other hand, is more convenient if you plan to display your picture immediately and are not planning to store it at all.


Blog Source: The Canvas Prints | Tips for making photo quality canvas prints


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