Creating Canvas Prints from Photos

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Nothing adorns a wall quite like a beautiful painting on canvas. Now, thanks to state of the art technology, canvases aren't just for paint anymore. If you love the look of paintings on canvas and have some photos lying around, you can transform your photos into beautiful works of art.

How it Works

Whether you are a professional photographer looking for a new way to showcase your photos or are simply a person who takes photos and would like to give your photos some flair, printing your photos on canvas is a wonderful way to take your photos to the next level.

The first step to creating a canvas photo print is choosing the photograph you'd like to feature. Once you've chosen your photo, you'll want to choose your canvas size. Canvas sizes typically range from 8"x10" up to 24"x30". Smaller sizes are ideal for pictures such as portraits, baby photos and pet photos. A large size like 24"x30" works well with landscapes and distance shots, say from a vacation. Canvases used for photo prints often don't need frames, as the photo image wraps around the edges of the canvas, giving it a fun 3-D look. Once your photo and canvas size has been chosen, your photo will be printed either using newer ink-jet technology or dye sublimation. Unlike traditional printing techniques, which simply print the image on top of the fabric, dye sublimation is a process during which the image is dyed directly into the fabric itself, resulting in a crisper, clearer image that's resistant to fading and general wear and tear.

Once your canvas size has been ordered and your photo submitted to the printing company, you're set!

Choosing the Perfect Photo

Choosing a photo for a canvas print is a fun process. You can go through photos old and new, and find one that is particularly beautiful and/or meaningful to you. Since the canvas is larger than the photo size in most cases, you'll want to choose a higher quality, high-resolution photo. Photos taken with newer smartphones can work fine, but photos from older phones generally do not transfer well to a larger format. Choose photos with depth, vibrant color, and a compelling subject.

Creative Ideas

You can really be creative with canvas prints. For instance, you can have one photo printed over several canvases that are then hung in a group. You can also do a series of canvas prints and artfully arrange them to tell a story. For instance, you can create a group of family photo canvas prints, or use photos of pets you've loved throughout the years to make an artful tribute to your furry friends.

Canvas Prints as Gifts

Canvas prints make great gifts for any occasion. You can give a wedding photo on canvas as an anniversary gift, a graduation photo print to a recent grad, a cute pet photo to the animal lover in your life, or a baby photo to a new mom. Your only limit is your own imagination!

Canvas prints are a beautiful addition to any home, and provide a way to give your favorite photos the attention they deserve and to celebrate your memories while creating a true piece of art.

Brian Cash, owner of, has been providing photo on canvas gifts since December 2005.

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