Photo of the Week: Canvas Artwork to an Acrylic Print

As you know, each week, Big Acrylic features one customer photo as the “Photo of the Week!” We give a bit of background information on the process of creating the print. Our goal is to exceed customer’s expectations throughout the print-making process. This week, we’re featuring a client who made his canvas artwork to an acrylic print. So without further ado…

The Process: Canvas Artwork to an Acrylic Print

An accountant by day and an aspiring photographer/digital artist by night, this week’s photo of the week comes from a customer in Kentucky. Tired of just painting abstract linear designs on canvas, Ted wanted to create actual prints of his work to be able to produce them for others.

We spent time explaining to Ted the best ways of creating prints from canvas artwork.  Because Ted lived in a remote area he would not be able to scan his artwork by a professional. From our experience, scanning a 30″ x 40″ canvas can cost between $150.00-$200.00. However, there is a much less expensive way of creating a digital image from a physical piece of artwork.

Given Ted’s circumstances, we suggested the best way to execute his plan of turning his canvas artwork to an acrylic print was to take a photo of the canvas artwork on the wall. In order to print the canvas artwork as an acrylic print, we would require a quality photograph with no shadows or glare showing. We recommended using an actual DSLR camera rather than an iPhone. Using a camera would increase the quality and the control Ted had over the photo, ensuring that he could get a photo without shadows or glare. We also advised Ted to send multiple photos to make sure there was a good selection of photos that would work.

Ted followed our advice and did a photoshoot with his Canon Rebel. He proceeded to send us 20 photos to choose from that would create the desired effect he was looking for. He then used Photoshop to check the dimensions, crop, and make sure the image was up to his standard.

We felt an image printed directly onto acrylic would create something that looked authentic and not too sleek. To hide the display option, Ted opted for the float-off-the-wall look.  The most user friendly hanging option. Float-off-the-wall simply requires one nail, and a level to hang.

The Photo…

Custom-made canvas artwork to an acrylic print.
Ted’s photo!

The end result is a vibrant print that still captures the hand-made essence of the image. Clearly, the photos Ted sent us were good enough to turn his canvas artwork into an acrylic print! The acrylic adds a great sheen that would have remained matte on canvas, without sacrificing any of the textured look of the brushstrokes. Additionally, the pairing of the two prints really adds some great color contrast!

Ted was very pleased by the end result, and we were too.

As you know, we are always on hand to help! If you need further guidance or better supervision of how to take photos of existing artwork and turn them into prints, don’t hesitate to contact us. Every project is different, but we are always up to the challenge!