Gone are the days where you’d take your photos to a dedicated print or photography shop and discuss at length about taking your favourite memories and family moments and how you want to display them. Although it’s never been easier and cheaper to showcase your most cherished photos around the home, there is a lack of much needed advice to make sure we’re not disappointed with the end result.
So if you’re looking to blow up or transform your most cherished photos to display in canvas form, this feature is for you. We share 5 tips to make sure that from whoever and wherever you get your prints, you’re happy with them.
When placing your canvas order much emphasis is placed on the photo quality. But what does that mean? Well, what they mean by quality is the resolution of the image. Pictorem have produced a really easy to understand chart to illustrate the size of the photo and the size canvas it’ll be appropriate for.
Although phone photo quality has improved massively the resolution it takes a photo will likely to have a lesser resolution than that on an actual camera which means some will be unsuitable.
To find out whether your picture has a high enough resolution for the canvas you’re printing on, simply right click in the photo, select properties and click on the details tab; scroll to see the images width and depth in pixels and align it to the Pictorem guide to see whether your image is suitable for canvas.
It is worth downloading some design software. We’d recommend using Inkscape which is a free design tool. Import the image into the design programme and zoom in and around the image to make sure you’re happy with everything you see in the picture. If it needs cropping, editing, adjusting the light etc. it’s best to do it before you order it.
Don’t let other companies make adjustments for you- which they usually do offer- unless your able to approve it first.
When to use gallery wrap
Gallery wrap will give further dimension to your photo as the image will be stretched around all sides of the canvas frame and is a popular choice. But remember that it will eat into at least 2 inches of your photo; so if there is a particular focal point to your photo, you don’t want this to be distorted with a wrap option. Again it is worth playing with the image first in a design tool to make sure you’re happy with the positioning
The material used in printing your photos on to canvas is suitable for use with inkjet printers which means that your home computer, although of much lower quality is able to print canvas photos. The texture of the material allows for lower quality images to be printed- but in following our advice above, we’d always recommend using a higher resolution photo regardless to get the best quality possible.
Most canvas printing companies have a single option when it comes to printing your photos onto canvas. However, you could also consider using supplier that works with gloss canvases which will give your photos that professional feel.
Do a test & review
It will be worth trying to see what the image may look like enlarged on canvas before you buy. So we’d recommend either printing from your home computer or at the very least seeing a preview before submitting your order- most companies should offer this.