What’s a canvas print?
A photo canvas print is a giclee or digitally printed photograph onto a canvas material like the ones you would find artists using. This material can vary in quality or grades. Usually there are two types of canvas material to choose from. 100% cotton canvas or a cotton-effect polyester material.
Both options feature a white matte texture, but their distinctions arise from their specific uses. For example the cotton effect polyester canvas is perfect for creating a ‘stretched’ canvas print with a light texture. It is wrong, and relatively easy to stretch over a wooden or plastic frame without cracking on the edges.
Cracking occurs when the fibres of the materials break on folding so any ink applied with look like it has ‘cracked’.
The more expensive 100% cotton has more weight but can be less robust, requiring careful attention when creating the stretched canvas.
I’ve used the term stretched canvas a few times now. Basically, the wooden (or plastic) frame is built to size. The canvas material is then centred over the frame and folded over the edge.
Once the position if correct, the canvas is fastened to the frame along the top edge. Then this is pulled tight–or stretched–over the frame until the unsupported middle area is bouncy. It’s really important that the frames are made from good quality wood so they don’t bend and distort the print.
This kind of print usually hangs unframed on walls and are a popular wall decoration products for sale at home furnishings businesses like The Range, Next and Ikea as a cheaper way of providing easy to install art for your living room wall, or home office, for example.
Canvas prints tend to take image enlargements better than photo prints because the texture hides some of the image degradation. Canvas prints will fade over time–like photo prints if they are cheaper inkjet prints. If you want a reproduction of a piece of art or photo then you really need to spend a little more.