With access to so many beautiful pictures on the internet and DSLRs being affordable to most, not to mention the powerful cameras that now come with smartphones, beautiful pictures are literally at our fingertips. Photo printing too has grown in leaps and bounds. In the old days, people went to the photo studio to develop a role – a usual limit of 36 pictures per – into 6×4 photographs.
Today, we have thousands of pictures stored on our various devices. Printing out photos for our mantels or walls is just an email away to a professional. Canvas prints are especially attractive as wall decor. Done well, it has a minimalist look that puts focus directly on the subject it is displaying. It also gives you complete artistic freedom of deciding exactly what you want up on your walls.
If you are looking to decorate your space with canvas prints, here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing a professional printer and overall to make sure your end results are up to the mark.
1. It Starts With You
Professionals can only do a good job if all the bases are covers – and that is your lookout. Don’t send in a low-resolution file and expect a clear print. Similarly, a badly composed picture will only have its imperfections magnified in a larger size. Does your original look washed out or have poor lightly? Don’t get it printed. Instead, make sure that your picture resolution is of 300dpi at least. Also always check with the company beforehand whether they feel the picture quality can be worked with.
2. Your Subject
Before you commit to a professional print ask yourself whether it is really worth putting the image up on a canvas print. Try to visualise it in the area you plan on displaying it at your home or office. Does it go with the rest of your wall art? Is the image too stark or too busy? If you feel that the photo is good enough to stand the test of time on your wall, go ahead and get it done.
3. Check The Composition
Even with a high-resolution picture that is perfectly focused in good light, there is still room for error. It’s the small things that can really stand out in larger prints, such as a messy side table in a family portrait photography, or a wide gap between otherwise standardly-spaced individuals. Look for anything that looks odd, and checks to see whether the angles are appropriate and are not distorting the image – especially if it features people. The background is also crucial to good composition – you don’t want anything that is too busy or distracting unless it is intentionally so.
4. Choose The Right Printing Style
This refers to whether you want to print one single picture or have many pasted together as a photo collage. A collage doesn’t have to be randomised placement; it can also be organised into rows and columns, etc. This is a great option for family holiday pictures or party shots such as from a wedding reception. Though the dimensions of your original picture will play a part in this, you also have some flexibility in the shape of your print – landscape, portrait, square, etc. Playing around with the shape can really take your wall art to the next level. For example, close-up portraits look striking on a square surface. Similarity, a landscape can take on a unique perspective when printed on a vertical canvas.
5. Ask About Quality
If you are taking the prints from a physical store, it would do you good to ask for examples of work so that you can actually have a look and feel of the work. If you are ordering online, most companies will give their clients an idea of the technology and materials used. If you cannot find that information on the website, shoot out a mail to get a better idea of what kind of quality to expect. Also convey any specifications you may have such as glossy or matte finish, canvas weight, water resistance and lamination. Also, beware of super cheap deals online – it’s unlikely that you will get a good quality canvas print for an unbelievably low price.
Finally, when you get your print in your hands, take a close look at the finish. The corners should be sharp and neat – you should not be able to see the folds on the sides when you look at your print from the front. If you can see the seams, consider returning it. Check that the staples are neat and discreet. If you are gifting the print, check the hanging facility at the back. Ideally, one should be provided so that you aren’t giving the receiver of your gift added work.
Keshav Sishta, experienced professional from Singapore video production company with extensive experience in corporate video production, creative commercial photography and film projects.