The advances in digital photography, as well as the affordability of giclee printing technology has meant that the market place for company's offering to print your photos on canvas is growing at a rapid rate. So how do you choose the right company? Well there are a number of key factors to consider and I will take you through a few of them here.
The First is the Quality of Canvas Being Used
This sounds obvious but it is very easy to overlook, or more accurately, very easy to be mislead. There are three main canvases being used by printers. Cotton canvas is the best while polyester canvas is a cheaper alternative. The third canvas is a blend between the two and is known as polycotton canvas. The first thing to bear in mind is that if a company offering canvas printing does not mention which type, they are using then you can be pretty sure that it's polyester.
Unfortunately, though it's not as easy as looking for the first company who offers cotton as the quality of cotton canvas can vary massively. Ideally you would want to see a sample of any canvas prior to ordering, although we realize that this is not possible when ordering online. The one thing you can check when ordering online is how heavy the canvas is - you want a canvas that is a minimum 340gsm but ideally, for a really top-quality feeling product I recommend 420gsm.
The Second Point to Consider is Frame Quality
Ensure that any frame is oven dried pine wood to confirm that it doesn't warp.