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What are canvas prints?
It seems like a simple enough question but if this is your first time buying a canvas print then you are probably excited by the idea but are not 100% sure about what to expect. So to help fill in the gaps read on and discover why a canvas print is a fantastic way to display your photo and why you should order from "Print it on Canvas".
From your photo onto canvas
The initial stage in our canvas printing process is to receive an image from a customer (these are usually in a .jpg format but we can also work with many other file formats) along with their canvas size requirements.
We will carefully look at your image, identify any editing that needs to be completed, for example removing red eye, small blemishes etc. and then crop the image to the specified sizing. We also at this point will balance the colours to achieve the best possible print from your image.
Once the image is fully prepared we print onto artist grade archival canvas using a range of Epson wide format printers. Much is written by sites about the print quality of different machines and canvases but we still firmly believe that our set up achieves the highest resolution (sharpness) and colour range (gamut) available. Our inks are also the best available as is our canvas which offers basic water resistance (from accidental splashes etc.) and no cracking of the image at the edges at all.
To sum up our printing machines, technique and materials ensure that your canvas prints look the best they possibly can.
Stretching your canvas
After printing your image onto the canvas we assemble the stretcher. This is the frame that holds your canvas taught and is made from kiln dried chunky 4cm deep sided wood. Canvas stretching is an art in itself and using proper stretcher frames is essential as they allow you to remove, remount or even frame your image without any damage to the canvas itself.
Our canvases will react in different environments so with a properly constructed stretcher frame you can also re-tension the canvas should you move it to a location with changes in heat or humidity - again with no damage to the print. Beware of companies that do not offer a stretcher frame but instead use prefabricated wood or "stick" the canvas to a wooden board. It may be cheap but this comes at the cost of all of the above.
We stretch our canvases in the way they have been stretched for centuries, using traditional natural materials and craftmanship ensuring you the best quality with the greatest flexibility.
After the canvas has been laminated and stretched around the frame, it is held in place with rust proof staples. This help the canvas keep tight on the frame. We then finish off the canvas with backing tape which means the back of the canvas has a neat finish and the staples will not scratch your walls.
Finally wedges are tapped into the frame. These wedges are used to maximise the tension of the canvas.
Your canvas is now ready for a final inspection before being packed securely and sent to you by overnight courier. Strong colours and a sharp protected finish are our hallmark and your finished canvas print, hung in normal conditions, will last a lifetime.
We do supply hanging packs for use with our canvases and you can purchase these during the checkout process.
The pack contains a bracket, picture hook and all fixings. When the bracket is attached to the canvas, it allows the canvas to hang flush on the wall from the picture hook. Canvas prints are light and very easy to hang.