Canvas Prints vs Framed Canvas Prints
- Anatomy of Framed Canvas
- Framed Canvas Prints
- Displaying Framed Canvas Art
- Other Print Options
- Professional Services
- Recommended Photography Gear
Lumaprints is a high-quality photographic printer making canvas prints, framed canvas prints, metal prints, and peel-and-stick prints as art prints for any surface and as murals for covering entire walls.
Their prices are very reasonable, especially considering how high the quality of everything they print is. Plus, they offer some professional services that can ease a professional photographer's workflow and enhance their bottom line.
We’ll look at their framed canvas and unframed canvas prints first. I recently ordered some framed canvas prints from them and was blown away by their quality.
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Anatomy of Framed Canvas
What goes into making framed canvas? A high-quality canvas material is used with inks specifically designed for printing on canvas materials. The canvas is pH neutral and acid-free, not prone to yellowing over time. It’s a thick, archival-grade poly-cotton blend that is very durable and holds up well.
As important to the framed canvas as the material is what it’s stretched on. In the case of Lumaprints, they do not cut corners by using pressed cardboard or particle board. Their stretchers are kiln-dried pine which does not warp over time. The edges are rounded so that the canvas has minimal contact.
The stretcher bars come in 3 thicknesses, gallery wrap 1.5”, .75” thin wrap, and 1.25” enterprise wrap. You can order a rolled canvas print if you want to stretch it out yourself. The edges of the stretched canvas can be finished in a solid border, an image wrap that requires a bleed area, and a mirror wrap that reflects the edge of the image.
Framed Canvas Prints
You can choose an unframed canvas wrap or a framed canvas. Framed canvas art can be blended in with other styles of printing, or you could hang one all by itself. Unframed canvas can be hung with a sawtooth or hanging wire, depending on the size and thickness of the print and stretcher bar.
Sizes available for either framed canvas or regular canvas prints start at the standard 8x10” enlargement size and go all the way up to 45x60” in either framed or unframed style. All sorts of sizes are available in between, including vertical, horizontal, square, and panoramic sizes. You can also talk to them about custom sizing.
Lumaprints uses hand stretching techniques for securing the canvas to the stretcher bars. The corners are precisely cut and folded, so no messy edges exist. Additionally, the canvas is stretched taut, so there are no sags or wrinkles in the image area.
Displaying Framed Canvas Art
The frames used for the Lumaprints framed canvas are special, too. Lumaprints framed canvas is mounted into ingenious floating frames. Floating frames or floater frames give your canvas art the illusion of floating inside the frame without touching it.
What this does for your framed canvas is it creates a 3-D appearance to the artwork. Since the frame doesn’t cover the edge of the canvas print, the entire image area is displayed, and nothing is lost on the edges by being covered over by part of the frame. It’s a modern and elegant look that draws attention to your artwork.
Other Print Options
Besides their excellent framed canvas, Lumaprints also makes metal prints in sizes from 8x10'' to 24x36”, fine art paper prints from 4x6” to 36x72”, and a unique peel-and-stick option. The peel-and-stick prints can be stuck to all sorts of surfaces, and they even have a wall mural option up to 8x12 feet printed on a self-adhesive woven fabric.
Many of you will be excited, as I was, to see how Lumaprints caters to professional photographers with their Pro User Program. These perks include white-label drop shipping, custom branding, invoices with thank-you notes for the drop shipping, shopping cart integration, and high-volume discount pricing.
Whether you’re looking at framed canvas for yourself, metal prints, or other specialty styles, or a seamless solution for integrating physical prints into your business model, check out Lumaprints. You’ll be glad you did, for both the quality and the pricing.