Canvas print

Canvas print

A canvas print, also known as a stretched canvas or canvas art, is the result of an image printed onto canvas which is stretched, or gallery-wrapped, onto a frame and displayed. [ [ Fine Art Trade Guild] ]

Printing methods

Reproductions of original artwork have been printed on canvas for many decades using offset printing. Since the 1990s, canvas print has been associated with either dye sublimation or inkjet print processes (often referred to as Repligraph and Giclée [ [, "What's In a Name: The True Story of Giclée" By Harald Johnson] ] respectively).

Modern large format printers are capable of printing onto canvas rolls measuring 60" or more. Modern examples of inkjet-based printers capable of printing directly onto canvas [ [ HP Designjet Z6100 Printer Series] ] [ [ Epson Stylus Pro Sales Sheet] ] are the HP Designjet z6100 and the Epson Stylus Pro 9880. Printers such as these allow artists and photographers to print their works directly onto canvas media.

The popularity of canvas prints has been aided by the general development of and increased accessibility to graphics technology, including printers and software. The benefits of the Giclée process over traditional methods to printmakers include lower set-up and maintenance costs. This, combined with the continued rise in computer use has allowed individual artists and photographers, as well as large printhouses, to create prints of their work to sell. Online galleries, in comparison to traditional retail outlets allow prints to be sold on an on-demand basis, as well as the means to offer customised canvas prints.

Display methods

After the image is printed, the canvas is trimmed to size and glued or stapled to traditional stretcher bars or a wooden panel and displayed in a frame or as a gallery wrap. A print that is designed to continue round the edges of a stretcher frame once gallery-wrapped is referred to as full-bleed. This can be used to enhance the three-dimensional effect of the mounted print.

ee also

* Shaped canvas
* Giclée
* Perspex Art


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