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Canvas Printing Online - Some Simple Pointers

February 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 148

Ordering a canvas print is not as straight forward as you might think and there are a number of Items of importance that you should pay heed of.

Image Quality

Given that canvas prints are much larger than your average photo print you must consider the quality of the image you intend to have printed. Some companies provide online tools, others will check the quality of the image once you have placed you order and some I'm sure will simply process your order. However even where image quality is being checked there are differing views on what is satisfactory. For example some would suggest that a minimum dpi (dots per inch) is required whereas others would stress this is dependent on the subject/composition of the image itself. I would always advise performing a quick check yourself and it really couldn't be easier - simply open the image and expand to the full size of the screen. Lets say your monitor is 20 inches wide and you would like the canvas print to be 30 inches wide, zoom in so that the image is the equivalent to one and a half screens wide. This is clearly not an exact science for many reasons but it does provide an approximate indication as to the quality you should expect and therefore help you to make a decision. You should also bear in mind that the canvas will be hung on a wall and viewed from a distance, so don't sit with your nose pressed against the screen!

Quality of materials

When ordering a canvas it is wise to check the quality of materials being used. Firstly you should check that the frame is made with artists stretcher bars. These will have rounded edges to prevent canvas cracking, mitre joints and corner keys to allow the canvas to be retensioned as it has a natural tendency to stretch and sag over time. Secondly the quality of the canvas being used. Better quality canvas provides archival properties whereas cheaper canvases can deteriorate and yellow over time. Also will the canvas be veneered? Although purists prefer a natural finish most would like their prized canvas to be protected both against fading and abrasion.


Once you have decided on a photo and the size of canvas you want stretched there are still a number of issues to address. The first is what wrap you would like (i.e. the top/bottom/sides of the frame), should it be left unprinted, do you want the photo wrapped around the canvas or perhaps a mirror effect? The next issue is that most photos will require some cropping to ensure the best composition. You may then desire further editing or effects. All of these bring us to the topic of proofs. In short the order process for a canvas should not be instant and turned around in no time at all, there should be close communication between both parties. The supplier should take care to ensure that the canvas you receive is exactly as you would wish. After all, you want to enjoy it for years to come.

If you are interested in canvas prints please visit Teres Printing.

Louise Benham

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