How to buy quality canvas prints that will last a lifetime.

Canvas prints have become a great way to display photo memories and works of art. They are often used in interior design, by fine artists and photographers or as a way to customize personal photographs.

The opportunity to print on canvas has become so popular that many big-box stores now offer low end gallery wrapped canvases. While cost is always a consideration when making any purchase, bear in mind all canvas prints are not created equal. A lower priced option can often mean the product won’t live up to expectations. So before you upload your image and get out your credit card, it is important to know what you are getting to ensure your expectations are met. Here are a few things to consider when investing in a canvas print.

Image Quality

When having your photographs reproduced on canvas, the digital quality of the images is very important. Results can vary greatly depending on how the digital file was created and how it was saved. At Infinite Imaging you are working with a company that will check your files in advance and communicate about the expected results. If you need more information, check out this blog post about setting up your files for print.

The Substrate

Prints on canvas can be treasured for a lifetime. The material you print on is an important factor in their longevity and the physical makeup of the canvas can vary greatly from dealer to dealer. Don’t be fooled by knockoff canvas. The fiber blend, and tooth of the canvas surface will affect the print outcome. Look for a high quality canvas with a poly cotton blend. Ask if the canvas is archival-certified and acid-free to prevent yellowing and has a neutral pH coating without any additives or agents. High quality canvas can last well over 100 years.

Printing and Finishing

The right touch at this stage will make a big difference in the final appearance of your image and how long the print will last. Proper finishing and attention to detail is important to prevent fading and warping of the canvas. For longevity you should use a high quality printer with UV fade resistant inks. After printing, the fibers should be Locked by applying a coat of Sizing on the back and coats of Varnish should go on the front to create a non-porous surface. This adds to the permanence and provides a beautiful finish.

Stretching The Canvas

Some high volume outfits offer automated or machine stretched canvases. The results can be unpredictable and haphazard. For the best results, look for a company that offers hand stretched canvases. This craftsmanship will ensure that your piece is centered, will not warp or sag over time.

With all of these elements in place, your canvas prints and memories will last a lifetime.