Print­ing pics on can­vas

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Even the largest of can­vases can be printed us­ing com­par­a­tively con­ser­va­tive res­o­lu­tions. The weave of the can­vas it­self helps to smooth neigh­bour­ing tones into one an­other as the inks soak into the ma­te­rial, like paints in a paint­ing. Be­ing larger than photo prints, can­vases are usu­ally viewed from across the room rather than close up, which means that the naked eye is un­able to spot dull edges within the im­age. That means that even the orig­i­nal iPhone – never mind the cur­rent eight-megapixel mod­els – could take shots that are suit­able for print­ing this way.

If you’re plan­ning on print­ing a 60x40cm (24x16-inch) can­vas Pho­to­box, you can get away with 2 megapixel shots (al­though if you can stretch to twice that you’ll nat­u­rally get bet­ter re­sults). Take ad­van­tage of this by crop­ping out any sur­plus ar­eas within the shot to give your sub­ject greater promi­nence – and, op­tion­ally, to re­po­si­tion it within the frame to ad­here to the rule of thirds.

If you want to ap­ply a coloured wrap around to the frame (rather than stick with the printer’s de­fault white edg­ing or a con­tin­u­a­tion of your im­age), add a fat bor­der, spec­i­fy­ing a width on each side to match the depth of the wooden frame around which the can­vas will be stretched. Se­lect a colour for this that com­pli­ments the dom­i­nant tones within the shot.

If you can’t de­cide which is the best colour, Color Thief can pick for you. Cre­ate a web-ready ver­sion of your im­age (you can com­press it heav­ily) and drag it onto the blank frame at the bot­tom of lokeshd­ projects/color-thief. Use ç+ß + 3 to take a screen­shot show­ing the re­sult, open this in Pho­to­shop and use the eye­drop­per tool to sam­ple Color Thief’s sug­gested tone for use in your bor­der.

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