Canvas is measured in gsm's which stands for grams per square metre. The rule of thumb is the higher the gsm, the better the quality as it means you get thicker more durable canvas that can absorb more ink and laminate. While many department stores and other providers print on anything down to 150gsm, here at Blue Horizon we offer our customers nothing less than 390 gsm and often up to 430gsm! Ask other providers if they offer that!
Customers can choose from our archival poly-cotton 430gsm canvas or the 100% cotton 390gsm canvas. We only use the best quality canvas with our poly-cotton canvas being carefully selected and imported to provide the best surface for our prints. When you order you can select poly-cotton or 100% cotton, the difference is that poly-cotton makes for a smoother, longer lasting, water proof canvas whereas 100% looks slightly rougher and more classical.
We use Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printers, created for wide format high quality digital printing.
The new Epson 9900 (44 inch) yields extraordinary results and incorporate the very latest in photographic ink jet technology.
With up to 2880 x 1440dpi printing, skin tones, gradients, colour saturation and black & whites have never looked better.
Be warned, large retailers and commercial printers rarely use pigment inks, usually settling for the cheaper quality inks from China. The result is a duller finish,lack of colour definition and rapid fading.
A canvas should always be laminated as this protects your canvas from any fading, chipping and cracking, grubby finger smudges and fungal rot. A laminated canvas will last up to 3 times longer while still looking like you had it printed yesterday! Our laminates are carefully selected to maximise protection and keep colours rich while minimising any unwanted glossy sheen that are the results of cheaper laminate. Many canvas printers will skip this step to avoid paying for quality laminates and cut drying time. We have so much faith in the necessity to have good laminate that we include it free within the price.
After uploading the photo and selecting size youd like, you then get to pick the wrap, this is the way in which the canvas is wrapped around the stretcher bars. We offer four wrap options;
Blur wrap; We blur the predominant colours from the canvas edges
Mirror wrap: We 'mirror' the last few cm of the canvas print, this is only suitable for landscapes and images where there are not too much detail at the edges of the front of thre canvas.
Coloured wrap: We use a plain colour of your choice, either using white, black or a predominant colour from the canvas.
Gallery wrap: The old favourite where we simply wrap the image around the edges, this is a great look / effect but please bear in mind that you will lose a few cm off of each edge/side from the front of the canvas.\
The first step is to upload your order into the smart uploader. It will walk you through the process, analyse your image, check the DPI and suggest a frame size based on the size, shape and pixel quality of your image.
You may alternatively choose to post us the original photograph or CD or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next step if ordering online is to view the proof, once uploaded you can immediately see what your image will look like. You then select your wrapping preference and if happy, approve the proof. You submit your credit card payment to our 100% secure system. Upon finalisation we then email you a confirmation that your order has been accepted.
Printing and dispatching of your order
We then print, laminate, and frame your order, add wires so that it's ready to hang, then dispatch your canvas based on your shipping preferences. Upon dispatch we will notify you by email AND SMS if required.
We believe in a rapid turnaround here at Blue Horizon Printing. Once you've paid for the print we can have your canvas at your door within 24 hours if required.