canvart - printing your photos on canvas

What Makes a Great Canvas Printing Company...

When we started business a few years ago, we were one of a select group of companies in the niche market of printing photos onto canvas.

With advancements in technology, and the popularity of this great medium, the number of places offering this service has increased.

While this is good for the industry - there is nothing wrong with competition, it also makes it very difficult in trying to select a company that you can trust to print your precious memories onto canvas with the best possible results.

We have prepared a list of what we believe to be very important components of a quality canvas print. It goes without saying that Canvart either meets or exceeds these qualities.


Type of Canvas

Check that your prints are actually going to be printed on genuine canvas, we have seen some pretty shoddy paper copies of canvas that do not do your photos any justice.




 Hidden Costs

Check that the costs shown include all of the necessary components involved for your print. This includes: Stretching, Laminating, Proofing, GST and in our case, Delivery! There are some places that charge extra for these components.




Laminate

A Canvas print without laminate is like an unvarnished wooden floor. A good quality laminate not only provides protection from water, scratches, and ultra violet light, it also makes the colours 'pop' and gives an outstanding finish.




Delivery

This is a very important part in your order process.....you need to ensure that your print will get to you in one piece and on time, and that you know the costs before going ahead with your order.




Ink

The type of ink used to print your photograph onto canvas is one of the main factors in the longevity of your print, but also contributes to the vibrancy of the colours.

There are printers that are designed for certain purposes, that can also do Giclée prints, but may not have the same qualities as a specialised Giclée printer, especially in relation to colour gamut.

There are also many different types of ink which have their own purposes. Pigment inks offer the best combined longevity and color gamut and are the #1 choice for great fine art and photographic prints.




Service

Is your print going to get the level of skill and attention that is required to ensure you get optimum results?

We strongly recommend using someone who specialises in printing your photos on canvas. While anyone can purchase the equipment needed to do so, it is the skills of the person carrying out the job that makes the difference between a mediocre print and a work of art.




Proofs

Are you going to see a proof of what your print will look like before printing begins? You would be surprised at the number of people who change their mind on size, or cropping after seeing a proof. Without this, you risk being disappointed with your end result!
 



Sizes

Is your photo going to be manipulated to fit a certain size, because only a limited range is offered? You want to make sure that you are going to get the best composition on your print, and sometimes this means creating a custom size print for the best crop.




Pricing

There is cheap and then there is value for money. Purchasing a Canvas Print is an investment, and should be treated as such. You don't want to spend more than is required, and on the other hand you want to make sure that you are getting the best possible return on your dollar.



Frame Depth

The depth of the stretcher bars used can have a big impact on the look of a print. Taking into account the size of the print, and the type of photo, a different frame depth can be the difference between a mediocre print and a work of art.

Not many places offer more than one sized stretcher bar - and some that do, charge extra for it.



Gallery Wrap

There are two methods that can be used when stretching your canvas, one where the detail of the photo is wrapped around the sides of the frame, and another that has your entire photo on the front.

You want to have the choice of either option, as it does depend on the photo being printed. Also, where you do have all the detail on the front, it is nice to be able to choose the colour to stretch around the frame.



Turnaround Time

Not everyone is super organised, and as Canvas Prints make great gifts, sometimes we need them in a hurry. Make sure that your print can be turned around in time for your special requirements.



Volume Focused

Each print is different and we strongly believe that each photograph that goes onto canvas needs a specialised 'human eye' to look over it.

One of the easiest ways to cut costs in this industry is to focus on volume, and not individual attention. The only way to do this is to create restrictions - in both size and human input in the process, with a number of the important qualities described above being left out.