Thursday, December 1, 2011

Canvas Review

Hey folks!  I have a few people ask me about good places to order canvas wraps from, so I decided to do a personal review of the four companies that I have ordered prints from so far.  

If you have printed from a company that I don't list and you love them, please share with the rest of us in the comment section below, we would love to hear your likes and dislikes!

If you have never printed a canvas wrap, I would encourage you to do so.  The quality of fine art is available  for displaying your favorite photos.  Once you print a canvas, you will fall in love with it!

So we will start with my first canvas print that I ever did.

I printed this engagement picture for my sister and her husband from the company that I use to print all the pictures from my proofing site.  Mpix does a great job and I couldn't be more happy with the quality of the print.  The canvas print was smooth and the color was vibrant, the wood stretcher frame was strong and well built.  It did not come with mounting hardware.  Shipping was fast and the packaging was superb for ultimate protection during shipping.  The price was not bad, but wasn't the lowest available of these sites. (http://www.mpix.com/)


This next canvas was printed by Canvas4Life. (http://www.canvas4life.com/)

The finish is amazing in detail with a nice flat texture with no shine whatsoever.  The cost was very reasonable due to an online coupon/deal I combined with my purchase.  Processing and shipping was fast.  


The frame is sturdy, and clipped together at the corners with small plastic inserts.  No mounting hardware was included with this print.  The corner folds on the canvas are pretty clean and straight over. 



This wedding picture was printed by Canvas People (http://www.canvaspeople.com/)

Once again, the price was pretty cheap because I got a coupon to use for the purchase.  The processing and shipping wasn't bad but it wasn't amazingly fast.  The finish had a gloss that is a bit too shiny for me. You can't really see it in this picture, but any light source gives a shine off of it that makes a distracting sparkle on the picture.


The corners are glued together and the frame is sturdy.  I didn't like how the corners of the canvas were folded to create a diagonal line at every corner, but maybe I am just being picky.


For mounting they sent this small metal clip for you to insert into the wood frame wherever you want.  You can get an idea of the size of the clip by the staple next to it.


The last company that I ordered for my studio prints from is called Simply Canvas. (http://www.simplycolorlab.com/index.php)

I loved the quality of the prints they sent me, every detail of the photo was perfect.  The processing and shipping was not super fast, but they sent details via email of every step that was happening and when it was happening for the order.  Unfortunately, the website is not made for the average consumer, so you have to figure out how to use their free downloadable pro lab software.  For you professional photographers, this place is great once you figure out how to place an order!


The frames were very clean and sturdy.  Also, they were sanded down smooth to touch. (I like those little details)   The corners were folded completely flat and crisp.


The mounting hardware was already installed upon delivery which made it easy to hang up right away.  I also like using a cable because you can level a picture very quickly with it.  The price was a bit higher then some, but I found a first time discount code that took the price down to unbelievably low for what I ordered.


In review, I would list these sites in this order:
In the end, you get what you pay for, and these prints were perfection in every sense of the word.  I couldn't find anything I didn't like about the prints and the customer service was a joy to work with.

2. Mpix
I will always love the fast shipping and super secure packing that Mpix provides and the top notch quality products they produce.  They also have one of the best return programs available if anything happens to your print during shipping or printing.

For being a lower budget printing service, they did an excellent job and shipped quite fast.  I would say that the print could have had a bit of a better protective coating and the corners could have been a bit cleaner.

They did a good job of printing the details and the price was great, however I wasn't impressed with the corner folds or the ultra shiny protective coating that was applied.  (You may be able to order without that coating.)

Remember, these opinion s are just my own thoughts, and you may like one or the other for different reasons.  If you have had experience with any of these companies or any other canvas companies, please share with us the good, bad and the ugly in the comment section below!

I hope this has been informative and helpful to all my friends who enjoy fine art.

God bless and I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks, Jack! That was very helpful!!! :-)

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  2. No problem Allison, I figured I might as well share with everyone while I gave you a review! Thanks for asking, it made a good post. :o)

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  3. Thanks so much Jack! I was thinking about doing one but I didn't know where to start but after I looked at your blog it was SO helpful!! =)
    Michaela Smith

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  4. Nice blog. Thanks for sharing that look awesome.
    Printing Malaysia

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