Photos On Canvas – A Buyers Guide
1) Choose a photo on canvas specialist
Ask yourself, is this is a company that specialises in printing photos on canvas? A specialist company will have trained artworkers and printers whose job it is to get things right and who deal with canvases day in, day out!
2) Choose a company who will check your images before printing.
This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how often this doesn’t happen.
Before printing, the company should be colourbalancing, retouching and cropping your images, before emailing the results to you to choose from.
Do you really want to discover that you photo is too dark or has a feint line running through it only after the canvas arrives?
3) Choose a company who print and cut the frames to the exact size you specify.
To get the best from your photo, the printer needs to be able to print and frame the canvas using the same proportions as your chosen crop. The only way they can do this is by cutting their own frames.
Many companies will try and fit your print onto a pre-made frame and encourage you to have it ‘Gallery Wrapped’. This basically means the image goes around the sides, loosing important parts of the picture. For the company it is easier to do, allows them to use cheaper frames and covers up for the fact that the frame doesn’t quite fit the print. A classic piece of marketing spin that tries to turn a negative into a positive!
4) Price is important but it isn’t everything
If the price seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is. To prepare a bespoke photo on canvas properly takes time and requires high quality materials. The price you pay should be competitive, but as with everything in life, you pay for what you get. Remember that the photos on canvas will be hanging on your wall, so you’re after a perfect finish.