Even though every canvas photo printer company will claim to offer the best canvas printing photography results, they will vary considerably in standards of printing or quality. As a rule of thumb, go with the printer that prints out their products with pigment inks, because those inks are the best and tend to last a long time even without lamination. What's more, when you buy canvas photo prints, the canvas type should also impact the quality of your printout or photo print. Offset printing produces different results when you use a matte or gloss paper. It's the same thing with canvas. The results vary when you go with either poly cotton blends or 100% cotton canvasses (neither of which are preferable for oil painting, by the way, but that's neither here nor there).
The Factors of Quality Printing
- There are many factors to quality photo printing on canvas. First, you should consider the materials used. As noted, go with cotton canvasses that are laminated and stretched over kiln-dried wooden frames. Second, you should avail of dye sublimation printing and/or FSC stretcher bars (as well as free proof before you commit to buy what they're selling). The printing technique can also impact the quality of the image. You can have the image manipulated via computer too.
- There's digital printing (with pigment ink for the best results), offset printing, silkscreen printing, or film development that can also be put into canvas (if you have old film negatives lying around and wish for higher resolution prints than those scanned from your developed pictures of yore). Some of these are more time consuming (and thus expensive) than others. You should also avail of professional photography printers who can turn even the most mundane of pictures into pure art.
- Just take note that photographs taken from pro photographers (as in the case of your wedding pictures) is easily to put into canvas than any photos you've taken from your smartphone megapixel camera unless you yourself are a photographer by trade. If your pictures are of the amateurish bent, then it's recommended that you avail of expert designer advice because at the very least, your pictures will be printed out and cropped by someone who knows what he's doing!