If you are looking to add flare to a digital photo there are many choices you can make. In the past ten years or so printing images on canvas has become very popular. If you do a google search for canvas printing you will see pages of pages of pages of suppliers offering this service. Choosing the right one can be confusing. Since there are many suppliers and low prices are often the main selling point you should be concerned if the price seems to low. These companies tend to cut corners by using
- A polyester canvas
- A very light canvas- less then 250 GSM
- No protection on the canvas
- messy finsihing
it should be
- 100% cotton
- Have a 375-450 GSM
- Have a clean wrap with canvas fastened
- Have Artshield protection that keeps the canvas protected against the elements
If you are on a tight budget and prefer a less expensive canvas, realize it will not last as long Many companies offer framing. With this medium the best look is to have the image without a frame and the canvas wrapped around the sides of the the wooden bars, better known as a gallery wrap. Gallery wraps are usually offered in
- 3/4 “
- 1-3/4 “
For a richer effect choose the 1-3/4 ” wrap. It will be seen better from the sides and pert rude off the wall by 1-3/4 “. Most printing companies will print your canvas 150 D.P.I. To determine the biggest size possible for printing divide the pixels by 150.
- A 4000 by 3000 shot would be able to produce a canvas size of 20 by 26 approximately
A reputable printer will tell you weather your image will print well or not. If you plan to produce many photos or want to check sizes yourself invest in Photo Shop elements. Photo shop elements allows you to check the actual size of a photo.
- Open photo file
- on top click image resize- The image box will open up in the corner
- Change the dpi setting to 150- The size of the photo will appear in the width and height box
If you want a larger size increase the size of the image in the box. By increasing the size you will lose some d.p.i. Some photos will work at 100 d.p.i, some will not. Again its best to consult with your printer.