how to make canvas prints

3 Expert Tips for Making Photo-Quality Canvas Prints

One of the best ways to cherish a picture is to print it onto a canvas. Canvas printing is a popular way to reproduce photographs and turn them into something more meaningful. It is also a popular way to replicate oversized works of art.

Printing to canvas is simple. However, depending on how or where you’re going to display your canvas, you may want to consider which options are best for you.

You should consider the following three steps before you order canvas prints for someone special.

1. Choose the Right Image

As with all large format prints, starting with a high-quality image is crucial for achieving desirable results.

Be sure that the image you choose is of sufficient quality for the size you need. The bigger the canvas, the better quality your images need to be.

You may consult with a print professional about the recommended settings and sizes for your image relative to your desired canvas size.

2. Set Your DPI to 300 or Higher

For accurate photo reproduction on canvas, be sure to set your images to at least 300 DPI or better.

Having low DPI settings will result in poor-quality, fuzzed-out images.

How To set DPI with Adobe Photoshop:

1. Click “File”

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2. Click “New”

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3. Set “Resolution” to “300” or higher

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4. Select “Pixels/Inch” for the Units

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5. Click “OK”

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3. Choose Museum or Gallery Wrapping

When ordering canvas prints, you have the choice to choose between gallery and museum wrapping.

The following section illustrates the difference between both styles.

Gallery Wrap

gallery wrap custom canvas

Gallery wrap canvases are stretched so that your photograph wraps around the edge of the frame.

The canvas is secured firmly from behind. Since the image is wrapped around the edge of the frame, your photo is viewable from the front as well as from the sides and the top and bottom.

This wrap style provides a clean modern look that gives your stretched canvas the illusion of floating off a wall.

Museum Wrap

museum wrap canvas print

Museum wrap canvases are stretched in the same way as gallery wrap canvases.

However, the entire photo is in front of the frame and does not extend over the sides like gallery wrap canvases. The sides, tops, and bottoms of museum wrap canvases are surrounded by a white or black border.

Museum wrap provides a more modern style compared to conventional framing.

We hope you found this post useful. If you are starting out as a photographer or are a photography enthusiast, we recommend reading our post, 50+ Photography Resources Worth Bookmarking.


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