Friday, 28 October 2011

Busy on creating wrapped canvases

Focusing on canvases

So, I've finally got round to doing a big stint on the new wrapped canvas (aka canvas print) product. The first few attempts were for my eyes only and helped me get used to the nuances of the product.

Most of my artwork is well suited to presentation as stretch-frame canvases. Regulars here or to my store will  know that I'm a fine art photographer and, if wrapped canvas isn't good for that, what is it good for?

Things to think about

Where to start? I've found a few, maybe you've bumped into others - if so let us all know in the comments.
  • If no part of your image can be lost without disturbing the composition, you'll want to use blank edges. To do this, you need to choose or set a product size in the same proportion as your image.
    Once you've done this, you reduce the image's size in the design tool until it coincides with the dotted red line guide in design view.
    If you keep an eye on the corner view they give you, you'll see when the image is just the right size.
  • If you're using blank edges - what colour to use?
    I reckon either plain white or a dominant colour that's present in your image, possibly darkened down a few tads
  • If you go for your image being wrapped around the edges, the amount you'll lose to the wrap obviously depends on the frame thickness you choose.
  • What colour do you use for "signing" the canvas? Choices include selecting one of the images dominant colours, darkened down, using a grey or a black, depending on the image. Obviously you want the wording to be readable, but at the same time you don't want it to stick out like a sore thumb. 


{click an image to go to the product page in my store}
Marina cityscape at night
Last surf of the Day
Moorland Sun and Snow
You'll see that the first uses blank edges set to one of the dominant image colours, darkened down a tad, and the other two wrap the image.

See all (so far) of my wrapped canvases and if you want to promote any, then please, be my guest :)