digital photos to canvas
Many artists in today’s world are turning to digital art forms instead of the normal methods of painting, pencil drawing, and so on. Sophisticated digital art programs are readily available, many for free online, so it is extremely easy to work with your computer to create some very beautiful art work that you can have printed and display at your home, office, gallery, or online for everyone to see. For those that are not happy with just normal old paper prints, canvas is the next way to go to ensure that your artwork lasts for many generations.
When you consider the time and investment that you have put into creating a work of art on your computer, you don’t want to have it transferred over to a medium that will not last very long. Yes, paper prints can be framed and hung under glass to help keep them safe a bit from the elements. But, they will still show fading and other signs of wear in ten years or less – even with the new inks that they use today. Canvas prints, however, won’t begin to even show signs of fading or wear for well over one hundred years, which means that you will always have your art work on display for everyone to see – yet never have to worry about how it will look next year or worry if you need to take it down and hang it somewhere else because of lighting and so on.
Canvas posters are also a great way to go because you can get your digital artwork transferred over with a few clicks and have a finished piece that looks just like a hand-painted work of art. It doesn’t matter the type of art work you do on your computer – retro, line drawings, humorous, watercolor, pop art, the list goes on and on – it will turn out beautiful on any size canvas poster and you will always be proud to display it. For those that love to paint, yet don’t want to spend the money on the materials to do so by hand, digital art is a great way to go as there are many wonderful digital art programs out there that will allow you to create different types of painting effects and have them look just like you did them by hand. Then, you simply upload them to a canvas printer and have them printed on your choice of canvas poster size, and you have a unique piece of artwork to display.
Believe it or not, but canvas posters are very reasonable and many artists are leaning this way with their artwork as it is an easier way to produce their work. The different art programs that you can find online are extremely user friendly, and you can find them as in-depth as you’d like, so you can create exactly the type of painting, drawing, or emotions that you want. Then, having them printed onto a canvas poster is the perfect finish for your works.
So let’s start off with what canvas prints actually are. Canvas prints are created when a digital photograph is taken and then printed out onto a canvas instead of paper or another medium. They create a beautiful work of art that gives the look and feel of an oil painting, but without the lengthy process and drying time. These canvas prints create a beautiful way to create a wonderful keepsake that your family can enjoy for many generations. While canvas prints give you the realism that an oil painting can, they also soften the edges of the images so that they seem more lifelike.
Over the centuries, canvas has been the top choice of many artists around the world. No matter if they preferred oil, acrylic, or colored chalk, canvas is the choice that almost every artist makes. Although today, with the prevalence of digital photography, many people think that paper is the best way to go. While it is cheaper at times, it lasts nowhere near as long as canvas prints do and you don’t get the beauty of a professional painting that you do with a canvas print of a digital photograph.
It’s not just the difference in the photo quality and the beauty of the picture itself that makes the option of canvas prints better, there are other wonderful differences. For example, paper is extremely weak when it comes to printing out anything that you would like to last for any length of time. Think about a banner that was printed out for a sporting event. If it’s printed on paper, and hung up, it won’t last very long because anything that the environment has – such as water, dirt, etc – will cause damage to it and any physical contact or pulling can rip it to shreds. But, if the banner is printed on a more sturdy medium, such as vinyl, it will last for a long time.
This is the same way with canvas prints and photographs. You can easily take and print hundreds of digital photographs on paper, and hope that they will not come into much contact with too many environmental problems. Or you can choose some of your very best prints and turn them into canvas prints to hang and enjoy for decades to come. Since canvas is a much heavier material, it will easily stand up to tests that paper won’t. For example, did you know that you can actually hold a canvas print under running water and the ink will not fade, bleed, stretch, run, or have any other problems? This means that it can easily stand up to humid environments as well, even though keeping it under glass is a great way to ensure that it will last for hundreds of years.
Believe it or not, canvas prints of digital photos are also extremely affordable. Since canvas prints do not have to be placed in a matte and under glass, you can actually have them printed on a well stretched canvas and then hung just like that. There isn’t much overhead when it comes to canvas prints, and you end up with a photo that is well beyond the beauty that simple paper can put out. Canvas also will last over one hundred years as well without much effort, just follow some simple instructions on care and you’ll easily see the value that canvas prints have to offer you.
Of course, it’s not just digital photographs that canvas prints are used for. You can use them for banners, promotions, decoration, and just about anything else that you could think to use it for. Think about this – for any business, you can easily have an unstretched canvas print cover a place in your office where you might be lacking in decoration. Every time a client or customer comes into your offices, they will see this and it immediately sparks a great conversation about the piece. What could be better than a great print that will pull your customers into talking with you?
If you’re a fan of poster art and other large format photograph displays then it’s possible you’ve started to catch wind of the canvas print movement. Although subject to a lot of resistance, mainly from painters upset that photography is cutting in on their favorite medium, canvas printing is picking up a lot of steam, and many former poster lovers have wholeheartedly switched to canvas.
But what real advantage do Canvas Prints have over posters? Certainly not cost. Canvas Prints are a much higher quality product, with more expensive materials, and more labor involved. You’re not going to find a canvas print for the same price that you’ll find an equivalently sized poster. However, we don’t think that matters so much considering what a significantly superior product canvas prints are to posters.
Let’s start with the materials used in making canvas prints. Unlike a poster, canvas prints come with a solid frame. It isn’t a decorative frame like one you would display a photo or poster in, rather the canvas is actually wrapped around it. The end result is a finished product that doesn’t need frame, mat, or glass to display and be protected. The stretcher bar frame is very sturdy, and is extremely easy to hang.
You will often find that the inks used in canvas printing and poster printing are completely different as well. Because paper in itself doesn’t have a long lifespan, most print shops won’t bother using inks rated to last decades either. With canvas, because the whole finished product is rated to last over 100 years without deteriorating, professional print shops will print it with highest quality archival inks. These inks won’t deteriorate or fade, and are UV resistant.
Beyond that, once printed, a very special protective sealer is applied to the canvas. This makes the print very malleable so that the ink and canvas won’t crack when it is stretched. Beyond that it makes the print moisture resistant, if not completely water resistant. A professionally done canvas print of museum-quality can be held under running water without any damage. We all know the same can never be said of a poster print, or even a photo paper print. The sealer also goes a great distance in protecting the canvas print from dirt and scratching.
Without a doubt, when it comes to quality and durability canvas prints beat posters hands down. But what about in appearance? There’s no contesting that posters have a classic look to them. They’ve been around forever – Their glossy finish and curling dog-eared edges is as much predictable as it is familiar, and familiarity is often comforting. However, if the quality of the image is your primary focus give canvas serious consideration. I’m not going to lie and try to tell you that canvas is the ideal display surface for images with extremely fine details and sharp edges. For things like that smooth glossy photo paper is still going to be ideal. However, for images with deep rich colors and a softer feel, canvas is perfect.
The texture of the canvas creates extremely tiny areas of light and shadow on the surface of the image that causes very subtle shifts as you change lighting conditions or viewing angle. While this texture is directly responsible for softening edges and ignoring extremely fine details, it also adds to the immense beauty of the product. Colors become much more rich, the image pops off of the surface, and the end result is truly stunning.
If you’re considering giving fine art canvas prints a chance for your next would-be-poster project, I suggest you check out ZaZaGallery.com where you can get a museum-grade 8×10 canvas print for only $25. If you like what you see you can always go bigger.
While you might be looking at the title of this article thinking, yeah right, believe it or not, those that are trying to create a business or art form from canvas prints know that this is true. Think about any large public place you’ve been in lately that held photos on the walls. Which ones looked better? The large printed paper prints or the canvas prints? The canvas prints always look better as they have a professional feel to them – not just some large piece of paper under glass. The overall look, feel, and texture that canvas prints give off create the feel of a unique oil painting with the clairty of a photos, it’s easy to see why many artists and photographers prefer printing on canvas to printing on paper any day.
Of course, printing on canvas does have drawbacks, just like anything else. For example, there are hundreds of different types of paper out there to choose from that will help to enhance and add to the overall photo print. You can choose paper that will change the overall feel of the photo, enhance it, or give it an old fashioned feel. Yet, you can’t really do that with canvas. You do have the choice of different qualities of canvas and that’s about it. But, the overall look of canvas prints are smoother, as canvas prints will lose a bit of detail and clarity once the print is completed. The good thing is that since canvas prints are bigger normally, people will enjoy them from a distance instead of inspecting them right up close. So detail isn’t that big of an issue to them as it is on photo paper.
One other major thing to keep in mind is that the expensive fine art photo paper carries a practical size with it. For this reason, you normally have to have it matted and then framed before it’s hung for display in your home or office. And, even if you get the biggest mat boards in the U.S (which are 40X60), it’s hard to match the size of printing on canvas. Yes, you can do custom frames and mats, but that can get extremely expensive and many customers won’t want to pay that extra cost. Also, the bigger that you go with fine art photo paper and prints, the more you risk losing clarity, color, detail, and more in your photo. You’ll also have to try to find some odd methods of mounting them for display, which again, reinforces the idea that canvas prints are the easier, more professional way to go.
Printing on canvas offers you a way to create large works easily, without all of the problems that go along with producing a larger photo on normal paper. If you want to go bigger, you simply use stretcher bars to stretch the canvas to just about any size you would like without compromising the print. Then, you can frame your canvas print in so many different ways – such as with or without glass, in a floater frame for a modern look, with a heavy frame for a victorian look, and so on. The possibilities are endless.
Of course if you do plan on using photo paper and no glass for protestion, you want to make sure that you do an overcoat on the print to save it from the elements. This is extremely true for those that are printed on inkjet prints that use pigment inks. The pigment simply sits on the surface of the printer or photo paper and doesn’t sink deep into the paper, like canvas prints will. So, it’s extremely delicate and has to be taken care of better or it will only last a couple of years. Canvas prints though, only reaquire a little bit of work to create a print that will last for decades and even longer. Plus, they look extremely professional and offer a beautiful way to show off a wonderful photo.
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