These days anybody can set up as a canvas printer. Easy. Set up a website, allow users to send an image or even choose from an online gallery. Pay the money through an online system sit back and await your canvas print which is going to enhance your living room, bedroom kitchen or even toilet. Unfortunately some of the
banksy canvas prints I have received deserve no more than to be called toilet!!! Bear in mind that what goes on behind the scenes is what shows on your finished product. The colors, quality of image, inks and canvas frame to name few. The unskilled canvas printer will not think of these issues but the quality canvas printer will take all these issues into mind plus more.
Users can send their image now with many styles embedded onto the image for example:-
- Grey Scale
This ease of editing an image leaves many artists, photographers, gift givers and home decorators feeling let down upon the return of the canvas image. From submitting their original image what returns is flattened down, dulled or even sagging in the middle due to poor frame structure.
Of ten with the canvas printers reply of:-
Well you know the ink sets like that. That’s how everybody does it. You wont get better!!!
I myself am a keen amateur photographer and when I am asked to reproduce my photographs onto canvas I like to know that the return on canvas will improve my photograph and not devalue it.
When it comes to presenting an outstanding gift, to glance at the image hanging on the wall, to preserve that special moment and to be drawn into the picture the last thing you need to look at is poor finishing.
The company I use for my quality canvas prints deliver quality each and every time. I have had the pleasure of visiting their premises and they have there canvas prints which are far superior to others but refuse to send out as in their words they are “seconds”.
The quality ranges right through from the canvas used, the canvas stretching, inks used right through to frame construction on every canvas print they produce. The difference between inexpensive and cheap here is priceless. Though the last time I bothered checking the price difference was less than a fiver or five bucks!!!
- Buy cheap = cheap shoddy product.
- Inexpensive = Far superior product
In my experience in the past a cheap shoddy product would start with myself opening the canvas and immediately viewing the image on the frame as not being stretched correctly. For example imagine now you have a beautiful picture of a baby and have sent away asking for the image to be placed on the canvas. Upon delivery of your product you find the top of the babies head wrapped around the frame itself so when you hang the image the whole image is not visible to your eye as the top of the babies head is now flush to the wall. A quality canvas printer will ensure that the whole image is visible!
The frame itself has been finished and to be honest is quite sturdy. Yet with the quality canvas printers I use the frame is not only sturdy, but also the canvas printers I use place inside the frame and behind the canvas a piece of hardboard that is cut to measure! This ensure that when the canvas is hung there is no sagging in the middle and ensures the canvas stands out from the wall. This one tactic is by far one of the most important reasons I use this canvas printers. If you imagine that with no hard board placed behind the frame you can see the canvas wafting quite easily in any gust of air or billowing out as your door shuts. Not when hardboard is used.
The quality of the canvas used does of course depends on the price. The depth of the canvas, the color of the canvas (how white) the life of the canvas. All these help with the finished product. The inks used also of course help with the overall product and not to mention life of said product. The inks used by the canvas printer I use have a life of 125 years. More than life I would say but even then they do still suggest not to hang the canvas in direct sunlight as this will increase the fading that is inherit in all inks.
Finally I would like to submit some gift ideas for the usage of canvas prints.
- How about a group photo or sport action? Both of these are great gifts to present at Christmas time or end of season. Imagine how glad the sportsperson will be when they see that moment immortalized onto canvas.
- Abstract art. You could like me appreciate quality street art. Take a photo of it. Perhaps blend it through some photo editing software like the results. Hey presto a canvas image. Don’t let the editing part stop you. If you see a great image out then take the photo and create a stunning visual impact.