How to print a canvas?
About our Canvas Prints
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.
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
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.
Wrap picture over frame sides
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.
Plain canvas on frame sides
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.