One will encounter, of course, both good and bad experiences when buying photo on canvas prints. This is because, as with most other goods sold today, the marketplace is being inundated by low cost sellers selling inferior quality items.
The best way to refrain from having a negative experience is to equip yourself with a little information first. The most important thing to know is that not all canvas prints are identical. The finish of your print will vary vastly from seller to seller and with the present economic climate, an increasing amount of low cost, sub-standard print sellers are emerging, so beware! This is making it increasingly more challenging for amateur photographers (and even experienced photographers like myself) to know who to have confidence in when looking to purchase a photo on canvas print.
So how do you know that the business you choose will do a good job?
From my experience, sticking to the below guidelines should enable you find a dependable supplier who will supply you with a fantastic looking print that will last for years.
1. First, look at the companies website for signs of quality.
Does it look professionally created?
Do they have thier contact details displayed?
Do they have customer reviews on their site?
These are often crucial factors in figuring out whether a supplier is professional, reliable and trustworthy.
2. Check which equipment and methods will be used to make your canvas print. When looking for signs of good quality materials and workmanship, it would be useful for you to know a few specifics about canvas prints. Listed here are a few things for you to look out for.
Frame quality: Beware of suppliers who use solid wood frames which are produced in-house. A solid wood frame does not allow the canvas to be tightened again over time and the canvas will sag and lose its shape. Always opt for a 4-piece pine frame. These 4-piece frames should come with wooden wedges which are inserted into the inner corners of the frame allowing you to stretch the print as often as needed with time. It is important to bear in mind when buying a print, that the kind of wood used and the structure of the frame is integral to its durability.
Canvas material: Always opt for a print which is produced using 100% cotton canvas. This both enhances the look of your canvas and prevents discolouring. This material also gives the print a more eye-catching matte finish.
Archival Inks: What are archival inks? Archival inks are inks that are fade resistant for up to 75 years. Many printers skimp on quality by making use of various other inexpensive kinds of ink. Always ensure that the manufacturer that you decide on uses archival inks. The preferred range of archival ink based, large format printers on the market at present would have to be the Epson Ultrachrome 7880/9880 range. If these printers are being used, you can be certain of fantastic image quality.
Lacquering: A Lacquer coating should be applied to both prevent cracking on the edges of your canvas (where the canvas meets the wood) and also to enable you to easily keep your canvas clean by gently wiping it with a moist cloth. This coating also guards the artwork from U.V fading as well as preventing scuffs and scratches.
This protective layer increases both the quality of the finish and the durability of your canvas. Always ensure that such a coating will be applied to your print.
If you are considering purchasing a photo on canvas print, follow the steps laid out in this guide to ensure that you receive a beautiful, long lasting canvas print that will last for many years to come.