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What is Canvas Made of?

What is Canvas Made of?

In simple language, a canvas is a plain—woven fabric, which due to its highly durable quality was primarily used for making marquees, backpacks, tents, sails and other items which required durability. However, with the growing popularity and demand of print photos on canvas, the same fabric was used to create stock and personalized photo canvas prints.

The narration above matches precisely with the traditional canvases which were made from hemp. However, with time, fabrics like cotton and linen are usually used to create canvases.

According to a report released by InfoTrends, Canvas prints covers 12% market of the total online printing industry in the United States. The same report also shares that printed canvas is expected to reach 860 million for a 5-year CAGR of 11.6% by 2018.

The report undoubtedly gives a glorious sneak into the future of canvas prints. But we believe, that despite its popularity and the invincible space that it has made in the hearts of people around, there are users who are still unaware of the minute details linked with the gorgeous canvas prints. Let us have descriptive look at these.

Canvas for Paintings

Canvas for Paintings

It was somewhere in the 14th century that canvas became a common medium for painting using oil paints. This was the time when they replaced the traditional wooden panels and started their journey from Italy.

Talking about their durability and reliability, you can still find one of the oldest canvas oil painting in Berlin (French Madonna with angels).

Types of Canvas Prints
Basically, there are two kinds of photo canvas prints
  • Personalized


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    your own photographs and artworks. These canvas prints are often used to gift it to someone close to you or to use your personal/family photographs to decorate your house/office wall.

  • Stock Images

    Stock Images

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    Custom Framed Prints
  • Single Panel

    Single Panel

    This, in fact, is the simplest way to get your photo canvas prints. More[+]

    Single Panel Canvas
  • Multi Panel

    Multi Panel

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    Split Canvas Prints
  • Printing Methods
  • Raw Materials
  • Technology


Basically two types of fabrics are used for photo canvas printing. First is Cotton and second is Polyester. While the former is considered as the best fabric for canvas printing, polyester is considered as a cheaper option. It has been noticed that photo canvases printed on Polyester have a shorter life span when compared to cotton. On the contrary canvas prints on cotton fabric lasts longer as the ink penetrates deep into cloth, providing amore exact representation of color when compared to polyester.

Wooden panel/stretcher bars

This is required to frame the canvas print. The procedure is called gallery wrapping, in which the photo canvas print is stretched around a simple wooden frame and then stapled or glued at the back side. Apart from this users can also opt Varnish printing, which makes your photo canvas print UV resistant or can also try other frames.

Your advanced camera produces pictures in a shading space we bolster – commonly sRGB. On the off chance that you incline toward, you can likewise transfer pictures in Adobe RGB or some other mainstream RGB Color Profile. Kindly don't transfer pictures in the CMYK shading space.


There are many kinds of inks which are used for canvas printing. The list includes Dye/pigment-based aqueous inks, solvent inks, indigo, Latex, UV Curable, and toner ink. However, among these the most preferred ink is Latex Inks. Experts claim and it has been proven that using latex inks for photo canvas printing not only make it look alive but also add to its life.


There are two kinds of printers used for canvas printing, namely; HP Designjet z6100 and Epson Ultra Chrome 11880.

How photo canvas prints are constructed

How photo canvas prints are constructed

Once your photo canvas gets print ready, it is stretched around a wooden panel/stretcher bars, which are usually made from pine. The wrapped canvases are stretched and underpinned/glued for added strength.

The only thing which needs to be cautiously kept in mind is that the underpinning has to be done religiously with entire focus. This is why it is preferred that the task is assigned to only the experts who have sufficient experience in doing this.

Uses of Canvas Prints
Though we are covering this last here, the entire blog search/writing started because you wanted to use a canvas print. So,
without making any further delay. Let’s have a look at the ways in which a canvas print can be used
  • Home/Office Decor

    Home/Office Decor

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    either by the owners or the interior designers. This includes both personalized/ stock canvases.

  • Framing Artwork

    Framing Artwork

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  • Gifts


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  • Exhibition Purpose

    Exhibition Purpose

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How to check the quality of canvas prints
Checking the quality of canvas from a technical perspective might prove a little difficult for a layman. However, there are certain points which you can examine in order to ascertain a decision regarding its quality. They are:
  • Type of Canvas

    Type of Canvas

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  • Thickness


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    photo printing company about the GSM (unit used to measure the thickness of canvas). Canvas with good thickness is considered a better option for quality photo canvas prints.

  • Stretched Bars

    Stretched Bars

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These were few factors you need to check to judge the quality of the canvas. Besides these, while ordering canvas print, you need to check whether or not the company is offering you free image manipulation to make your photo canvas print look more beautiful.

To get a superior understanding of our standard canvas print sizes, review our canvas sizing guide. Our design a wall feature offers even more guidance to help you plan to decor your wall.

Some precautions to keep in mind

Some precautions to keep in mind

Ok, before we sign off, we would like to share with you some precautions you need to keep in order to ensure the long life of your canvas prints. They are:

  • Keep them away from direct light.
  • Keep them away from moisture. A damp canvas can lead to distortion.
  • Give gentle dusting to your canvas prints. We advise using a linen cloth for the same.
  • Place them upright. And never keep anything on them.

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