Canvas has been used for centuries as a base for paintings and is a material that is usually made from cotton. It is now also made by mixing it with other materials or poly-cotton. This material is now used for printing and printing on to canvas has become quite popular because of the revolutionary printing techniques that have been developed in recent times.
Canvas made from cotton stands a lot of wear and tear, and canvas printing allows any painting or even photograph to be turned into a work of art that can occupy pride of place in a home, an office or other places. Canvas printing requires a computer and an inkjet printer to produce any canvas print of high quality. Inks used are dye inks or UV inks that can resist the effect of the sun. UV inks are more often used as they can give prints that can last for years.
For canvas printing, you would first need to create the image on the computer, or by scanning a photograph or other art piece. The computer must then be hooked on to a color printer that has the right type of inks. Most printers prefer to use UV inks. Printers must have a capacity for good color calibration so that the exact colors of the original photo or art piece are copied in the print that is being made on canvas.
Canvas prints can be further coated with materials that are transparent and can make the canvas waterproof. It is customary to mount canvas prints on frames where as far as possible the print is held from the sides. The canvas used must feel like fabric and must be ideally woven to 500 GSM (grams per square meter). The material must not have any sheen or glare. Images must be printed deep into the canvas, as then these canvas prints can last for decades and become family heirlooms. Most professional canvas printing professionals will mount the print on stretcher frames, a process that is carried out by hand.
Photos work best for canvas printing when they have a density of 100 dpi, which most good digital cameras will ensure. Canvas printing is carried out by many companies as an online service, and many of these companies will have tools for checking photographs that the customer can use before sending any photographs for printing. This way the item to be printed can be checked before any order is placed.
Canvas printing that uses deep fiber printing will give the optimum results. Deep fiber printing brings out the colors and creates prints that display a lot of dynamism and energy. It can make for wall art that can last for years and without any need for maintenance.
Online printing companies that undertake such work can deliver the prints within 24 hours. You will have to specify the canvas that is to be used and the framing and stretching required. They can also send you proofs of the image that will be printed, for approval, before the actual printing is undertaken.