I am a huge fan on canvas prints but when I ordered my first for my home a few years ago, I really didn't know much about them. Here are my tips for buying canvas prints.
Pros of Canvas Prints:
- Don't need to be framed
- If your pictures isn't tact sharp, it does not matter as canvas naturally gives it a softer look
- Wow impact pieces that will be noticed
Since canvas prints do not have to be framed you will need to decide what type of border you like. At Easy Canvas Prints there are a few options.
.75" standard wrap; thick, 1.5" gallery wrap; or even framed
If you are getting one big canvas that is going to stand alone, I definitely recommend the gallery wrap, I have a couple of 16X20 canvases that are the solitary picture in that spot and the way it makes it pop from the wall is great. For a group of pictures, I would go with the standard .75" thickness.
There are 3 edge options:
1) Mirror Image
2) Image Wrap
3) Border Color
I personally love the border color the best, the mirror image can look a little funny if it is a person in the picture as it will mirror part of their arm or whatever is by the edge backwards. If your image is already cropped tightly, then you will lose some of the picture with the image wrap, so border color is my choice.
For my recent order, I knew I was going to be hanging 4 canvases as a collection, rather than try and pick a color from one picture, I picked a slate gray that would look good with all the pictures.
What Size Pictures:
What size really depends on the space you have and how many pictures you want to hang. For me, bigger is better. An 8X10 may seem big, but go hold a standard piece of notebook paper up on the wall, that is about an 8X10- it is not big. Now if you have a collection of 8X10's, that could be a beautiful wall display.
At Easy Canvas Prints, they have a great Wall Display option that shows almost 30 different arrangements for different places in your home. I love that they take the guess work out of it, as I'll admit it, even though I am a photographer I sometimes get stumped with wall displays.
Ordering your Pictures:
Once you decide what size print(s) you want, I recommend cropping the pictures to that size in a photo editing program. Did you know that cameras do not shoot in 8X10's? If you go to print an image as an 8X10 you will see that you lose quite a bit of the picture. That is why I recommend you cropping it to that size before uploading so you can pick exactly what you lose.
I did notice that on Easy Canvas Prints that you can reposition and even resize your images after you upload, but to get it just as you want I still recommend resizing first. They also have a great preview screen where you can see exactly how your image will look border and all. This definitely helped reassure me as to how it would look before I hit order.
For my prints, I ordered 4 12X12 canvases to update the pictures around my antique window. (Yes, I have put up my fall decor in my window- trying to encourage the cooler weather to come!)
The pictures looked great, though the color had a very slight yellow/orange hue, which differed from my monitor, but it is something only I would notice as I was the one who took and edited the pictures and am a professional photographer so pretty dang picky.
Oh and you know how I said I like big prints? Here are the prints I have hanging in my family room, those are all 20X30 prints!
How do you display pictures in your home?
Disclaimer: Easy Canvas Prints provided me with the canvases to review. All feelings and opinions are my own and truthful.