Guide to Canvas Photo Prints

Canvas print in living room

What is a Canvas Print?

Canvas is a durable type of fabric that is usually made of cotton or linen. An image can be printed on this canvas and stretched over a wooden frame to create a canvas photo print. Here at Print For Fun, we use both the inkjet print process (Giclée) and latex print process to reproduce photographic images on our canvases.

Why Canvas?

The canvas print gives off a more artistic vibe as compared to the other photo prints, because it is similar to oil and acrylic paintings created by artists. Its fabric surface possesses a texture that provides additional depth to your printed image. Due to its material, usually cotton or polyester or sometimes a mixture of both, canvas has no glare or reflection when light shines on its surface. As compared to framed prints, canvas prints are usually lighter in weight and may not require nailing into the walls to support the weight of the prints.

Canvas Photo closeup

How Canvas is stretched?

After printing and drying, canvas prints are usually stretched over wooden canvas frames before they are ready for display. At Print For Fun, the canvas are hand stretched over wooden frames that are of 2cm thickness for smaller canvas prints, or 3.5cm thickness for larger canvas print sizes.You can see how it's stretched by our canvas artisans here.

Canvas Photo stretched

What are Canvas Frame Stretcher Bars?

The canvas bars are the wooden pieces which the canvas sheet is being stretched across. Canvas sheets are slightly stretchable and these sheets are stretched across the wooden bars and fastened in place, giving the canvas print some tension. A skilled canvas craftsman is able to stretch the canvas uniformly and evenly without creases across the bars.

Different Canvas Wrap Options available

Due to this process, there are a few different ways your canvas print can be wrapped around the wooden frame. There are image or gallery wraps, and the colour wraps. Depending on your choices, it will affect the way your image is printed on the canvas.

Image/ Gallery Wrap

The image or gallery wrap is when the image on the canvas is wrapped around the sides of the stretcher bars and secured to the back of the wooden frame. The image may be resized or extended on Photoshop before printing so that the image can be best displayed after being wrapped around the wooden frame.

Canvas Photo image wrap

Colour Wrap

The colour wrap is when the image is fully displayed only on the face of the canvas, and the edges are coloured according to a colour of your choice. While it may usually be best to select a colour from the image, you could also consider the colour of your wall, or the concept of your home to select the most suitable colour for your colour wrap.

Canvas Photo colour wrap

How do I get my canvas print onto the wall?

There are several ways you can hang your canvas print on the wall.

  1. 1. Alligator Hook
    This method is easy and quick. All you need is to have a nail in the wall where the top of your canvas print will be. Simply hook on your canvas print to the nail.

  2. 2. Cable Hanging Kit
    Another way is to install the cable hanging kit onto the back of your canvas print. Attach the wire cable taut across the wooden canvas frame. Hang it from a nail or hook in the wall.
    The bigger canvas print sizes here at Print For Fun have these cable hanging kits readily installed.

  3. 3. 3M Tape
    This is a quick and easy solution. No nail or hook is needed! The 3M command Large Picture Hanging Strips can really hold up a frame on the wall. Simply paste one of the sides to the wooden frame, and the opposite side on the wall. The velcro surfaces between the two sides will seal the deal. However, this might be a temporary solution, as it will lose its stickiness once you remove any of the hanging strips.
Canvas alligator hook

How do I care for my canvas print?

Firstly, ensure that your canvas print is displayed indoors only. Moisture and high humidity can cause damage to your canvas print. Keep it out of direct sunlight as this can cause the print to fade. If you’re looking to provide some lighting for the canvas, soft artificial light is the way to go. To maintain its cleanliness, softly dust it with a dry cloth, or feather duster.

Wall Decor

The most common way is putting up your canvas print for your home wall decor. What better way to display your growing family, or your wedding portrait, with a grand canvas print on the living room wall. Apart from photos of yourself and loved ones, printing art decor for your wall is also an increasingly popular way to add character to your space.

Canvas Wall Decor

Canvas Collage

Want something a little more interesting? You can get creative with your canvas prints by creating a collage to add some special character on your wall. Lay out some of your favourite photos of different sizes on the wall. Or split up a single image into a few canvases and arrange them on the wall to give an abstract yet wholesome feel.

Canvas Wall Collage

Wedding Display

Canvas prints are also the top choice for display at wedding ceremonies. Share your favourite couple moment with your family and friends on your special day. You can display your canvas print on an easel stand at the entrance or enhance it with fairy lights for a magical touch on your reception table.

Wedding Canvas Print

Do you still have some questions about canvas printing?

Call us at 6547 1733 to ask us any questions you may have.

Where can I print my photo into canvas?

We offer many different sizes for canvas prints. Here is our full list of sizes, you can also customize the sizes if it's not available in our list.