Which is Better, Acrylic or Canvas Print?

By CanvasChamp TeamNovember, 5 2019

In this digital age, it’s a shame that so many of our cherished photos are relegated to virtual spaces when we could print our favorite memories and use them to decorate our homes. However, with so many different photo print products on the market today, choosing the right one for your home can be a daunting task. Where should you begin? Which product will look right for the space you’re looking at?

To make things easier, here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of two of our most popular photo print products: canvas prints and acrylic prints.

Traditional vs. Modern: In this instance, canvas is the more traditional choice. The process of printing on canvas has been around much longer, and people generally know what to expect when they opt to print on canvas. A canvas print will blend easily into most decor styles. On the other hand, acrylic prints have a striking and vibrant look to them. The glossy, eye-catching finish may work well in a more modern space, but there’s no doubt that wherever you put an acrylic print, it’s sure to draw attention.

Cost: Acrylic prints tend to be slightly more expensive than canvas. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether your photograph is worth printing on acrylic. If your photo would look best in ultra-sharp detail and vibrant colors, then acrylic is the right choice. However, if you’d prefer a softer, painted look on your wall, then canvas is your best bet.
Durability: While acrylic prints are susceptible to scratches, they’re still ultimately a little sturdier than their canvas counterparts. On the other hand, acrylic prints are also a good deal heavier than canvas and will require different mounting methods.

Glare: If glare is a concern, you’ll want to go with canvas. Acrylic prints by their very nature are glossy and highly reflective. Canvas prints, on the other hand, are not.

Acrylic prints and canvas prints are both excellent options for printing your photos since they each come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which product is right for you based on the factors explored above. Some images may lend themselves better to being printed on acrylic; others will look their best displayed on high-quality canvas. Either way, you’ll be proud to share your art with the world when you hang your favorite prints in your home or office.