How to Print Personal Photos and Artwork on Canvas

Turn your personal photos into wall art. Canvas prints make great decor and personal gifts to give friends, family, and long-time clients. They are the perfect way to preserve a moment from the past and to memorialize major milestones. Cheap canvas prints can be placed anywhere from galleries, offices, and even your own living room wall.

Want to get your hands on a canvas print of your own? It’s easy. Here is an easy step-by-step guide on how to order custom canvas prints:

1. Choose your best photos

1. Choose your best photos

You can’t print all of the photos you’ve taken. It would be too expensive and impractical. To get the best canvas prints, single out the best photos in your collection. Exclude the photos that are dark, blurry, or just plain boring. Put all of your chosen photos in a separate folder.

2. Prepare your photos for printing

2. Prepare your photos for printing

Before sending your personal photos and artwork to the printer, make sure that your photo is fit for printing. Use photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom to edit your photographs. If you don’t have these programs, you can download a free photo editing program online.

A quick checklist to make sure your photo is ready to be printed:

  • Set your photos to CMYK colour mode
  • Frame the subject of the photo by cropping it
  • Leave space at the edges 
  • Adjust the image resolution (150 dpi +) 
  • Make other adjustments, if necessary (brightness, contrast, saturation, vibrancy)

For a more extensive guide, check out our article about how to prepare your images for print.

3. Choose the shape of your canvas

3. Choose the shape of your canvas

You can choose between portrait, landscape or square canvas. We recommend to select the shape of your canvas based on the current orientation of your chosen photo.

4. Choose the size of your frame

4. Choose the size of your frame

As much as possible, use dimensions that are near proportional to the size of your photo. If you are ordering a large canvas print, remember to adjust the size and image resolution of your photo. The minimum resolution for large canvas prints is 150 dpi.

5. Choose the wooden frame thickness

5. Choose the wooden frame thickness

Next, choose the thickness of the wooden frame of your canvas. The most common canvas thicknesses are 2cm and 4cm. Also consider the size of your canvas, when making this decision. If you go for a bigger size canvas, you might also need a thicker frame, since the bigger size presupposes a heavier canvas. 

6. Choose how many canvas prints you want

Lastly, indicate how many prints you want. If you’re giving away canvas prints for the same photo, it would be cheaper to order them in bulk.

Once you’re done indicating your preferences for your order, all you have to do now sit back and relax. Getting a canvas print for the home or the office has never been easier. Get your own photo on canvas now!