Obviously the better the quality of the original the better the quality of the final canvas print. Remember that typically canvas prints are much larger than the original picture, be they digital straight from your camera or scanned from an original. (It’s generally better to let us do the scanning as we have a high end photo scanner which scans both reflective and transparent originals, including 35mm colour negatives, and which is calibrated against our monitors and canvas printer.) When enlarging an image the available data is spread over a larger area so any imperfections are magnified accordingly, so if, for example, your original image is out of focus or a bit fuzzy then it will always be so. Don’t worry too much about this as we will always advise you if we think your image will not produce a satisfactory result. We also have some pretty nifty software (in fact it’s the high end industry standard software!) which does a pretty good job at blowing up low resolution images typically from mobile phones or low end digital camera images but please remember if it’s not pin sharp to begin with it will never be pin sharp, whatever you do with it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t produce a very satisfactory canvas print.
We only ever use 400 gsm bright white matte 100% cotton canvas which is specially designed for high quality, artistic reproductions from Giclée (InkJet) printers. The canvas material is designed specifically for the Epson UltraChrome inks we use in our printer.
Our Epson UltraChrome inks are colourfast for up to 75 years. ie they will not fade even if exposed to direct sunlight.
Typically our canvas prints are stretched over 38 mm deep profile wooden stretcher bars with the exception of our mini canvases which are stretched over 18 mm deep wooden stretcher bars
By special order we can also supply prints on 50 mm deep wooden stretcher bars.
All our canvas prints are laminated with an acrylic matte varnish which has been developed using the latest nano-tech resin technology which gives both protection and colour enhancement.
When you send us an image it is actually composed of a number of dots, called pixels. Because canvases are generally quite large finished images we need enough pixels to produce a ‘sharp’ image as more pixels make for a sharper image, ie the higher resolution image you send us the better the resulting canvas print. We are of course aware that people may want an old or damaged print reproduced and that it may not be of high quality, don’t worry we have some cunning software that allows us to enlarge the image for printing but we will of course let you know if we are unable to produce a satisfactory result - we want you to be completely satisfied with our products!
We offer a variety of wrap styles. If you have not already seen them then just click here. So, which one works best for your chosen image?
Our creative montages are not simply a case of placing images side by side. Instead we blend each image so that we create a ‘storyboard’ montage. One image will effectively become a part of others to create one overall composite ‘scene’.
To help you consider the best images for your photomontage, here are some general guidelines:
a) try to avoid including one image which has a very strong overall colour which is very different from the rest
b) try to avoid a lot of images where someone’s head is near the edge of the print - as the individual images are blended you will lose part of a head! We usually try to position such images at the sides or top of the picture for this reason - but if possible try to make sure you choose images that are ‘complete’
c) consider the number of people in each photograph as although we typically suggest a maximum number of images, if each photograph contains masses of people, the montage is likely to look very busy which is what you need to try and avoid and why we make the recommendation for the maximum number of images depending upon your chosen canvas size.
d) we’re here to help so if you have any other questions just get in touch!
This type of effect can often be seen for sale as a picture of a red London bus against an otherwise Black and White image or alternatively a New York Yellow cab, again with a Black and White background. When choosing an image for this treatment you need to make sure that the ‘colour’ you want to keep is strong and well defined. It may well be that the same colour appears elsewhere in the image and you may or may not want this area of ‘colour’ kept, or not in which case you need to let us know. Additionally, the remainder of the image needs to have good contrast to produce good Black and White bearing in mind this time that the canvas will be printed in colour, unlike a true Black and White print which uses black ink only. If in any doubt just call us for advice.
This is a very popular choice and can produce a stunning looking single image or montage. While changing your images to Sepia is pretty straightforward changing them to Black and White is an all together different process so just leave this to our artists - they will choose a method appropriate to the original colour print - so don’t change them yourself, we get a better result by working from a colour original. Just as a matter of interest when we print in Sepia we are actually producing a colour print but when printing Black and White we tell our printer to use black ink only. You may have noticed that when you try to print Black and White from your normal colour printer, even though it will have a black cartridge, the result is somewhat ’muddy’ looking.
There are a couple of things you need to be aware of when deciding on the size of your canvas although generally the bigger the better! A large canvas print of your favourite images or a montage of images has more impact the bigger it is! Having said that consider where you are going to hang it. Also be aware of the size of your original, for example if it is square and you want a long narrow print we will have to crop the image to fit the new aspect ratio.The traditional photograph was 6” x 4” which is an aspect ratio of 3:2 which fits perfectly on say a 36” x 24” canvas print. If we don’t think the size you have chosen is appropriate we will always contact you to confirm the size and adjust it if necessary. As usual, if in doubt, just give us a call!