Creating a Large-Scale Canvas Print You Love

By CanvasChamp TeamDecember, 24 2018

Several factors come into play to determine the final look of a custom photo gifts. There are specific things you can look forin your images to help you decide which ones to convert into sizable pieces of personalized artwork. These points aren’t absolutes, so if you have a questionabout whether your photo can make it to the big leagues, feel free to contact our design team. We can advise you on how far you can enlarge your photo without sacrificing quality.


Resolution refers to how much detail an image has.The more you enlarge a picture, the higher the chance that it becomes grainy, fuzzy, or distorted. You can circumvent this by taking photos in a large dot-per-inch (dpi) setting. A photograph taken at 300 dpi will be crisper than one shot at 72 dpi, because each pixel stretches less when sizing upward. A quick shortcut to determine if your image is large enough is file size – the larger the file, the more information.If you are considering a large canvas print, make sure your photo has the mostdpi and biggest file size you can get.


You want a showpiece for Grandma’s mantle and have a photo from a day at the park. Fantastic! Are all the grandkids grouped tightly together? Looking at the camera? How about any closed eyes or strange expressions? What about joggers in the background where they can’t be cropped out? A stray leaf blowing through the frame? Any of these elements may not be apparent on your camera display or computer monitor, but they will really stand out on a larger size.Take a moment before depressing the shutter and look at your background.Don’t forget to take several pictures of those kids, so you get the best shot to preserve on photo canvas.

Focus and Exposure

These basics sound simple.Your subject needs to be crisp and clear. But with multiple subjects, there is always a chance one will be slightly off from the rest, so check them all.Did you get artsy and intentionally put the background out of focus? Blow your photo up on your monitor to see if that subtle blur turns into a muddy splotch. Exposure – or brightness – also comes into play with large-scale prints.A photo that is bright may turn highlights into white spots in a finished piece, while an underexposed photo may appear to have a dark film over it.


Don’t be afraid to touch up your chosen image before uploading it.Minor corrections to light, color saturation, and sizing can be done with any number of photo editing software programs. If you are thinking ofcreating a large personalized photo gift from an image that’s more than a few years old, it’s a wise idea to remove any red-eye or correct any signs of wear and tear (like creases) before uploading.

And after all of that, make sure that the image you choose is something you will enjoy looking at for years to come. Because our high-quality canvas, archival inks, and warp-resistant stretcher bars will come together in a unique custom masterpiece that will last for decades.