How do you pick a good canvas print from a bad one? Do you need to see every single poorly produced canvas out there? No of course not, its like learning to pick a counterfeit cheque or cash note from a real one. Often you can tell by the texture of the paper and the colour of the ink if it's the genuine thing. With a canvas print it’s no different, so why not spend a few moments getting to know what to expect from a well made photo canvas and avoid disappointment.

Genuine pigs taste better

Number One - A good canvas print will use pigment-based ink vs dye-based ink. What is the difference?

Pigment inks settle better into the grain of the canvas. As the ink dries the pigment particles bond into the canvas fibers. Hence pigment-based inks are more water resistant than dye-based inks. Pigment inks are fade resistant. A quality print will use an archival ink, that means your canvas print will last up to 75 years or more.

Remember the choice of ink directly affects the durability of the photo canvas.

Made with Love

Number Two - The frame should be hand made. This may not seem like a big point because after all you don’t see the frame right? Thats true the frame is hidden from view. However think about this, if the frame is not strong enough the stretched canvas could twist or warp the frame... and trust me a warped picture that won’t hang flat against the wall is not very cool. Some canvas printers have been known to use inferior pre-made plastic or cheap timber frames, it saves them time and money making your print. But wait a minute where’s the love?

Our hand made frames are produced by us using proper picture framing machines, they come out dead square and super strong. We even bevel the front edge of the wood frame so that it wraps easier around the corners... that’s the love right there!

Excuse me... Did you say museum as in the Louvre?

Number Three - It's necessary to coat the finished canvas with some protection against water or scratching. This can be done in two ways. The first way is to use a museum grade lacquer, the lacquer bonds well to the canvas and gives it a gloss finish. The second way is to use a laminating machine which melts a plastic film over the canvas. Both ways are effective at giving the finished canvas protection and enhancing colour.

Peace, Harmony & True Colours

Number Four - What you see is not always what you get. This couldn’t be more true in the case of printing. As computer monitors age the colour and luminosity can change, so it can be very hard to judge the colours correctly, because what looks fine on your monitor can be different to what is displayed on someone else’s. In modern photo printing labs the monitors and printers are calibrated so colours are accurately printed.

Choose a lab that takes the time to calibrate their equipment.

Don't settle for less, get heavy!

Number Five - Canvas comes in different grades. A good quality canvas is heavier compared to a cheaper grade. The weave is also important. A close, tight knit weave is much better to print on than a cheaper canvas. Some canvas printers try to save cost by printing on poorer quality canvas, but the end result speaks volumes.

Be image conscious, we are!

So there you have it, five ways to make sure you are buying a quality printed photo on canvas. So take the time to investigate before you buy and you will end up with a real canvas print well worth the money you’ve spent.

You can have confidence that when you buy a Momentz canvas print we've taken the time to implement each of these steps. We demand the best and so should you.