Have you heard about the recent developments in the world of art printing on canvas? This is a growing subsector of the printing and photography industries, one that is producing many interesting results that are getting attention around the world.
Canvas prints are quickly turning into a trendy way to decorate a living room or den. They are already hanging in many sitting places across the United Kingdom and Europe, and they are growing in popularity in North America as well. What is a canvas print? It’s a print reproduction of artwork or a photo on canvas material. The designs and patterns used are the factors that define canvas prints and make them special. They’re certainly cheaper than commissioning an actual painting, and yet they’re just as alluring and elegant as a conventional canvas painting, which means that art printing on canvas is quickly turning into an effective means of rapidly making an artistic statement. Possibly the best part of all this is that many canvas prints are widely available in a broad variety of printed mediums. From digital printing to conventional yet still alluring offset canvas printing, nearly every major work of art has seen reproduction via canvas printing.
Before any canvas print turns into the gorgeous piece of art that you get to enjoy, several steps have to happen to make sure a canvas is perfect. Once a printing method and canvas are both selected, then a photograph has to be analyzed first to ascertain actual print feasibility. Of course, nearly all images and photographs can become canvas prints. Having said that professional canvas printers want to make sure that they inform customers if there is likely any chance of variations in quality and color. If a printer warns you about this, trust them and be prepared for variations such as these to some minor degree.
Once a canvas is printed, then the next step will be trimming the canvas, followed by preparing it for mounting. The industry or technical term that might be used is actually ‘stretched’. Stretching is a very specialized task, one that involves mounting the canvas onto a wood frame before setting it in such a way that it emulates an original canvas while retaining the effect and charm of a painted canvas. Once the canvas is both mounted and also affixed to its wooden frame, then it’s finally prepared for its delivery. Stretching is such a specialized process that many consumers prefer to leave the production of canvas prints to the industry professionals who do such work. The expenses involved with stretching are typically included in the broader cost of purchasing a canvas print.
Based on how the final result turns out, especially at the border, the canvas might be considered ‘bled’ or not. A canvas that is printed ‘with bleed’ is one that has no white margins left visible after the trimming and mounting processes. On the other hand, if only a certain area is printed, then a canvas ‘without bleed’ still has white areas around the margins. Be sure you’re aware of both of these results. Some consumers like canvas prints without any bleed, because they consider the look to be more authentic, given how regular paintings don’t typically have margin painting or imagery.
The most prominent advantage of modern canvas prints is that with evolving printing methods, there are dramatically inspiring results in many cases. Some home printers can even print to a limited degree on what is considered canvas paper, even if it’s a bit on the fringe of what would be considered a truly physical canvas medium. These are just a few of the things that you should know about before getting yourself a canvas print or one as a gift to someone else.
It can be fun to work with some of this at home if you have a genuine inkjet printer, but the effect is nowhere near as pronounced for laser/toner printers. Even color laser printers have a hard time printing on canvas papers, many of which say they are only for inkjets.
However, it is very easy to find professional print shops dealing in canvas printing, both online and around your community.