It is difficult to find a home where there isn’t a single photograph on display. It can be snaps of a family member; a beautiful landscape; some landmark you visited with your family on a vacation; or photos of your friends and dear ones. It can be the photograph of a special occasion, a much-loved pet or even an old family photograph.
People use photographs to adorn not only their homes, but also as items of office decor. Purposes vary from the decorative to advertising to the inspirational, to go with the ambiance of the workplace.
Like a painting
Canvas on the other hand, has been associated with painting for centuries on end. Just say “canvas” and the first things that come to mind are gorgeous oil paintings hanging from the walls in art galleries and museums the world over.
Now just think: what if you could transfer your photographs to canvas and display them on the walls of your home? Wouldn’t that be a great idea? The checkered texture of the canvas would give the photographs an artistic edge aesthetically far superior to a poster or a print on photographic paper, wouldn’t it?
High on elegance
Welcome to the world of photos on canvas! It’s a realm of old world charm, fine craftsmanship and easy elegance. Just like an original oil painting, a photo printed on canvas soothes your mind when you look at it.
No wonder, canvas prints of photographs are a rage. It’s driven by a comparatively new technology, and is adorning the homes of art lovers across the world. High quality canvas prints of original artwork can be the nearest to the real thing, at a negligible fraction of the price. It has almost the same effect on the viewer, though.
In the recent past, printing of artwork has taken some giant strides, especially with the development of high quality inkjet printing. Dye sublimation printers are another printing technique that is used.
Greater capabilities in digital photography and computer software have helped in increasing the resolution of photographs. At the same time, superior technologies in the field of digital printing in the form of high quality large format printers have widened its scope. The images are color corrected, resized, given the desired effect, and made ready to print.
Printing on canvas uses these technological enhancements to deliver stunning results. Much bigger enlargements are now possible from normal prints. High fidelity archival quality ink-sets, based either on dyestuffs or pigments, are used to print images on canvas.
Once the printing is over, it is coated with a finishing material to make it more lightfast and scratchproof. Then the canvas is stretched around a wooden frame. The finished product looks just like a frame mounted painting on canvas.
Canvas photo printers choose from a variety of canvas fabrics as the substrate. The best quality is 100% cotton. Finishes include matte, glossy, and waterproof. Depending on your preference and your budget you can choose virtually any size of canvas, even 60″ wide, for printing your favorite photograph.
For an art form so striking in its impact, canvas photo prints are surprisingly reasonably priced. For most people, even a replica of an original painting might be quite expensive, let alone a painting by a well known artist. Canvas photo prints offer an inexpensive alternative for those who are fascinated by art.
Moreover, canvas photo printing lets you give the oil painting look to your favorite photographs, those that have a special significance to you.
Widely available – even online
Though quite exotic, you don’t have to go to an art gallery to get your photos printed on canvas. Already there are a large number of canvas print makers across the world. If by chance there isn’t one in your city or town, you always have the option of ordering a canvas photo print online.
All you have to do is to upload your reasonable quality photographs to the portal of such a service provider. The printer will do everything, including dispatch of the print to your address.
Canvas photo prints can be made from almost any format. It could be from your old family photograph, your child’s drawing, from old negatives or slides – virtually from anything that can be photographed or scanned.
Great as gifts
Canvas photo prints are a great option for gifting to people you care about. It fits into almost any occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, housewarming, and so on. The fact that it can be personalized only adds to its suitability as a gift item.
Because canvas photo printing is based on digital technology, it can use a wide array of software to give the exact look and size that you want. Your photos can be enlarged, combined, given special effects, color enhanced and so on just like digital photo prints using pro-level image editing software.
For example, you might want your childhood photograph from the old family album to have a sepia tone for the old look. The effect would look stunning in a canvas print.
Canvas prints do not have to be framed and covered with a glass sheet. So the view is not obstructed by light reflection from the glass in a brightly lit room. No glass also means there’s a lower risk of breakage and damage to the print.
Canvas prints have a far greater life span than photographic paper or other substrates.
Canvas photo prints are a great way to print your photographs. And like all things great, they have a few drawbacks too.
While canvas prints invariably look better, they do cost more than prints on photographic paper. This is because of the high level of skill required at every stage of their production. However, people are generally willing to pay a premium for their unique appearance, and the price difference is slowly getting reduced as more and more printers enter the market.
Less commonly found
You cannot find a canvas printer as often as you can find a photo printer. Online canvas printing options are a way of getting around this shortcoming.
Overall you can safely say that canvas photo prints are a vast improvement in the photo printing scenario. Considering the beauty and impact of the final product, it is good value for money and is a development that is here to stay.