How to print a canvas?

About our Canvas Prints

We print our photos to canvas in high resolution (1440 dpi) with Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks onto a carefully selected poly/cotton canvas material. This results in stunning, vibrant canvas prints with the additional benefit of excellent longevity.

After printing, our canvases are hung 24 hours for drying purposes. This allows the ink to absorb into the natural cotton within the material, reducing any possibility of cracking that can occur when framing. Our natural wood frames are then hand assembled from knot-free redwood pine.

Finally, your print is hand stretched and carefully stapled onto the wooden frame. Special tension adjusters are inserted into the back of the frame. Should the natural cotton of the canvas stretch over time, these can be adjusted to re-tension the material. Our prints arrive with you complete and ready to hang with purpose designed canvas hangers on the rear of the frame. View our canvas sizes for photo prints.
Canvas photo prints

How to print a canvas?

The most important issue with how to print a canvas is choosing the framing style. Canvas prints consist of three elements: the printed material, the wooden bars that form the frame and the hanging attachments on the back. Choosing how the printed canvas wraps over the wooden frame is a very important part of creating personal wall art that best displays your picture. We offer three different methods which are explained below.

Mirror picture over frame sides

This is by far the most popular method of photos to canvas framing, especially with panoramic photography. Normally it is desirable to keep the entire photo on the front of the canvas frame. This may be necessary because various elements of the photograph are close the the edges or simply that the overall look of the image is improved by keeping the entire photo on the front.

Generally, it is more aesthetically pleasing to have the sides of a canvas frame printed. This allows the canvas print to be a cohesive whole and is more engaging visually. However when you frame your photography, you are not always thinking of allowing an extra margin for the edge of a canvas print. This is where the mirror option comes in.

We take your photo and reflect it over the sides. This allows your entire photographic composition to be printed on the front of the canvas frame whilst still retaining a reflection of the colours and style over the sides.
Mirror picture over frame sides

Mirror photo

Wrap picture over frame sides

For our wrap style of framing canvas, the photo is taken over the edges of the frame and wrapped over the sides. This means that some of your original photography is on the sides of the frame, rather than the front.

Wrapping is a perfect method for pictures that have additional image on the sides that are not part of the main focal point of the photograph. Your picture continuing over the sides gives a lovely visual effect.

However if your main feature is coming close to the sides of the frame when you view the proof, we would recommend choosing the mirror option.
Wrap picture over frame sides

Wrap photo

Plain canvas on frame sides

Sometimes simplicity is the best option. Occasionally a particular image lends itself to the purity of plain canvas.

This method of framing may be suitable for photos with the background removed, a graphic image or other artwork. Or perhaps your canvas print is going into a very modern, airy loft-style room. For this reason we offer the option of plain canvas on frame sides.

Your photo is taken just to the edge of the frame and wrapped over the curvature of the frame edge for just a couple of millimetres. This results in the canvas print being aesthetically pleasing when viewed from the front whilst still retaining the clarity provided by plain canvas on the sides.
Plain canvas on frame sides

Plain canvas

We hope that you will be happy with your unique, custom produced wall art!

Photos to canvas