Turning photos into canvas prints is an effective way for photographers to share their art with a greater audience. In the not-too-distant past, photographers spent hours in the studio, blowing up photos and creating large 8×10 prints of their work.
Now, thanks to digital photography and ever-improving printer technology, photographers are able to create large prints of their work, turning their photos into posters, signs, and even canvas prints.
Of course, creating canvas prints is not something photographers can typically do in their own studio. This requires specialized equipment, which most Signarama stores already have on hand.
We work with regular roll stock canvas, which typically comes unstretched. While most high quality print jobs typically need to be 300 dpi (dots per inch), with canvas prints, we can use images that are 100 dpi. So if you wanted to print a 12 inch x 18 inch photo, you could work with a regular photo that’s only 6 inches x 9 inches, or even 4 x 6, as long as that original size is 300 dpi.
Once we’ve printed to the canvas, you’ll want to take it to a frame shop for stretching and framing. Or at least a painter friend who stretches their own canvases. We typically do not like to print to a pre-stretched canvas as there is too much flexibility and play in the canvas to create a sharp image.
Once your canvas prints are complete, you can display them in any number of ways. Framing is always an attractive option, but we’ve known artists who will stretch their canvases onto wood backers or even foam board.
There are positives and negatives to each selection, and you must carefully weigh all the options to decide what’s the best for your final, desire results.
Mounting canvas prints to a wood backer, Masonite, or archival foam board is comparable in cost and time versus simply mounting the print to a set of stretcher bars. In fact, some artists may argue that stretcher bars actually take less time than mounting the canvas with the proper adhesive.