Why Photographers Should Print on Canvas
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One of the great things about being a photographer these days is that there are tons of choices for turning your photos into awesome prints.
But one of my favorite ways to print my images is on one of the oldest substrates around - canvas.
I have had prints made on other materials, and many of them look fantastic. But there's just something about canvas that gives my images that added something that turn them into a real viewing experience.
In thinking about why I like canvas so much - and why you should too - I came up with three primary reasons.
There's Depth and Texture to Canvas
One of the challenges of photography is presenting a three-dimensional subject in a two-dimensional medium.
That means we have to trick the viewer's eye into seeing that two-dimensional print in a way that informs them of the actual space and scale of the subject.
When you print your images on canvas, you get help in that regard because of the texture of the canvas itself.
The fine ridges of the canvas give your images depth and dimension, just like they do for a painting.
Rather than the image being a perfectly flat print, the canvas helps bring the print to life in a way that no other medium can.
That texture isn't just evident when you look at the photo, but when you touch it, too.
And that's perhaps the best thing about canvas - it makes the viewer want to reach out and touch the photo to interact with it.
Colors Pop on Canvas
Of course, there is a caveat here...
Only some canvas prints have bright, contrasty colors.
If you choose a printing company that doesn't approach printing in the right way, you'll get a canvas that's dull, boring, and probably not well made.
However, if you get canvas prints from the experts at CanvasHQ, you can rest assured that your print will have beautiful, vibrant colors.
Part of that is due to their dedication to the process of making the best quality canvases around.
Another part of it is the fact that you get so many different options when it comes to the finish applied to your print.
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You can get a matte finish to minimize glare, a glossy finish that intensifies the colors and adds depth to the photo, or semi-gloss, which makes the photo look almost like an oil painting.
Heck, you can even get an iridescent finish that makes the print come to life with a pearlescent effect.
In other words, choose your printing company carefully, because if you do, you'll end up with gorgeous, colorful prints. If not, well, you could be wildly disappointed!
You Can Create Just About Any Size of Canvas Print
I have a pretty large entryway in my house that called for some large artwork.
I chose to get some canvas prints of my son for that space, and it was definitely a good choice.
As you can see in the image above, the array of large photos we have on our wall gives the space a gallery-type feel.
What's more, as I pointed out earlier, the colors of the canvas really pop against the neutral-colored walls, and as you walk by each print, you can see the texture of the canvas, which enhances the viewing experience.
You can order all sorts of sizes of prints, too.
I chose something in the middle-of-the-road range, but you can get something petite like an 8x10 for a smaller display area or you can get something like a massive 40x60 print to create a truly eye-popping display in a large room.
No matter how large you print your canvas, as long as you opt for a top-notch printer like CanvasHQ, you'll have something that makes your photos sing, brings memories to life, and gives your room a touch of elegance all at the same time.
For my money, there's just nothing like a high-quality Canvas print!