What is a Canvas Print?

Whether you want to display a family vacation or a timeline of school photos, canvas prints are an eye-catching way to show off your favorite photos. Not only do they liven up any space, they’re an artistic way to update a room.

What Is A Canvas Print?

A canvas print, not to be confused with a canvas painting, is an image printed from an inkjet printer onto canvas. Once printed, the canvas gets stretched onto a frame. Some people opt for a frameless border while others prefer framed canvas prints. To create an unframed canvas print, many use the gallery-wrapping technique. During this process, the canvas is wrapped around the stretcher bars and secured to the frame.

There is common confusion between mounted prints, acrylic prints and canvas prints. A mounted print is a paper print attached to a backing board. The emphasis of this print is to preserve the photo and prepare it for framing or hanging on a wall.

An acrylic print takes an image printed on photographic paper. The image is then placed between sheets of acrylic, often referred to as plexiglass. When comparing the three types of prints, canvas prints evoke an artistic feel. This is because they’re similar in appearance to oil and acrylic paintings.

What Is Canvas Made Of?

Canvas is a strong and durable fabric created with hemp. In more modern times, cotton and linen have replaced hemp. Most of the canvas prints that you buy for your home use cotton or polyester. The main difference between the two is the exactness of the color.

Color seeps into cloth made with cotton fibers while it remains on the surface of synthetic polyester strands. Because of this, polyester prints are more vivid and cotton prints are longer-lasting.

So which is better? It depends on what you’re looking for. Many consider cotton prints higher-quality and closer to what you would find in a museum. But polyester is the more affordable option, and it also yields bold and colorful prints.

Canvas Prints Vs Framed Prints

In modern decor, it’s common to mix canvas prints and framed prints. There’s a reason for that. Framed prints tie into the general decor of a room by connecting the color scheme with the frame. They also shift the mood of the photo or artwork with the type of frame chosen.

With a simple black border frame, the focus remains on the artwork or photo. But more stylized frames like contemporary or traditional, bring out the character of the photo. When choosing frames, the furniture and room decor are important to maintain cohesion.

In comparison, canvas prints provide a more versatile approach when decorating a wall. You can add them with much less thought since the frameless borders adapt to any style. The vibrant pops of color create new focal points that liven up the room you’re decorating.

Here are some important factors to consider when comparing the two:

Canvas PrintsFramed Prints
Image printed is permanent Canvas provides a different texture that adds color depth Photos do not have a glare or reflection Light in weight Prints come in a glossy or matte finishCan swap out many photos in a frameFrames complement room decorPhotos can have a glare or reflectionLarger frames are heavy and can be difficult to transportThe bigger the image, the more expensive the frame

Metal Vs Canvas

Metal prints and canvas prints yield very different results due to the material the photos are printed on. High-definition photos printed on .45 inch thick metal panels have a sleek, clean look. These prints are also glass free and with rounded corners, making them resistant to breakage. Depending on the selected finish, metal prints have a metallic coating appearance. This is different from the softer material and more vibrant color on a canvas print.

Acrylic Vs Canvas

Acrylic prints and canvas prints differ in material, texture, and appearance. While canvas prints are printed directly onto the cotton or linen material, acrylic prints are printed onto photo paper. This print is then pressed between acrylic sheets or plexiglass. Both of these types of prints have vivid color, but a canvas print would look more similar in texture to something you’d see in a museum.

Art Print Vs Canvas

Art prints most notably differ in size, texture, thickness, and finish. Where a canvas print is printed on cotton or linen canvas, an art print is printed on cardstock. Our premium cardstock can either include a matte finish or Pearl Shimmer finish. Either option appears as a clear, and crisp image with vivid colors. The final major difference between a non framed art print and a canvas print is price, where the art print would be considerably less.

Printing On Paper Vs Printing On Canvas

Photography has come a long way since developing film in a darkroom with photographic paper. Yet printing on paper is still the traditional method that many people trust. To get a better understanding of the differences between printing on paper and printing on canvas, let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages.

Printing on paper advantages – We’re most familiar with photo printing on paper so we know what to expect. The smooth surface depicts sharper details which is important when reproducing smaller prints.

Printing on paper disadvantages –  Paper prints can have a glare or reflection caused by sunlight. They’re not ideal when reproducing artwork since paper lacks the texture found in canvas. Finally, framing a paper print can become costly when considering large print sizes.

Printing on canvas advantages – We’re conditioned to seeing art completed on canvas. Because of this, printing on canvas is the preferred choice when going for a “painted” effect. Canvas prints enhance many decor styles with the contemporary gallery-wrapped edges. For large prints, canvas is the more affordable option that also outlasts paper because of the durable plain weaving.

Printing on canvas disadvantages – The texture of canvas is ideal for art, but can distract from photos. That’s why careful photo selection is important. It’s also good to use a system that alerts you of poor photo quality, which is a feature included when customizing one of our prints. Unlike paper prints that you can swap out of a frame, canvas prints are permanent.

Types Of Canvas Print Layouts

Canvas types and choices easily differ depending on the space and layout of your wall. If you’re trying to decide what kind of canvases work best for your room’s layout, check out our advice below.

  • Single Canvas: Single canvases are a great choice or large, statement pieces or for smaller spaces in your home where more than one canvas print feels crowded.
  • Multi-panel: If you have a larger wall space or plenty of room for canvas prints, you may want to create a multi-panel layout. Whether you use 2, 3, or even 10 canvas prints, you can develop a beautiful layout that fits any space. For additional help make sure to visit our resource on how to hang canvas art.

Popular Designs For Canvas Prints

Each canvas design can be customized specifically to match your tastes, preferences, or room design and layout. Check out the most popular designs for canvas prints below to find your best fit.

  • Modern: Modern canvas prints often focus on bold colors, unique shapes, and other modern designs.
  • Family Photo: Whether it’s a holiday family portrait or a picture from a family reunion, these are common subjects for canvas prints.
  • Abstract: Abstract designs are perfect for the living spaces in a home with modern or minimalistic interiors.
  • Inspirational/Quotes: Many families love adding a meaningful quote to a decorative canvas, which help brighten any room of the house.
  • Pets: Families with especially photogenic pets may prefer hanging a canvas or two featuring their furry best friend. Getting their pet to sit still for a photoshoot is another matter.
  • Landscapes: Whether the photos are from a family trip or even just a nearby location, landscape photos look great on canvas. Just make sure your photo is high enough quality before printing.
  • Maps: Map designs and prints are another popular option for canvas prints.

Common Questions About Canvas Prints

If you still have a few questions about prints on canvas, we’ve got you covered. We’ve made a list of the most common questions about canvas prints below, just for you.

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How Much Does A Canvas Print Cost?

The cost of a canvas print largely depends on the size of the print. Smaller canvas print sizes cost as little at $20, whereas larger prints can cost up to $200. This price can also be affected by discounts, promotions, and additions, such as adding a frame. Please note that you will also have to add the shipping cost to the final total.

Where And How To Order Canvas Prints

Ready to start printing? Simply follow the steps below to order your forever canvas prints.

  1. Visit our home decor: https://alleycorner.com/ options to get started.
  2. When you find a style you like, click on a size to select it.
  3. Then, “Add to Cart” to proceed to checkout.