Print Of The Week 10-6-09

October 6th, 2009

Everyone around the shop especially liked this one. This was submitted from a photo of a NYC subway sign. We had a little fun with Helvetica, recreated the sign, then printed it on a 2′ x 8′ gallery wrapped canvas.  So if you have a project in mind, but it isn’t a traditional photograph, give us a shout, we can probably help.

Subway Print

Print of the week - August 24

August 25th, 2009

Another great print hot off the presses, and another happy customer- Can’t you just feel the love people? couple

Another print of the week

August 21st, 2009

36 x36 floral print. Wrapped on our thin stretcher bars, then framed.flower

Easy panoramas using iphone & photoshop

August 16th, 2009

So last week I was visiting The Art Institute of Chicago, ( Best museum & school in the world! It’s my alma mater, so I’m allowed to be biased.) and I totally spaced- left the camera at home. Needless to say there were tons of great photo op’s but I was only armed with my iphone.  So if life deals you lemons,  try making a panorama.  I decided to snap away on  my little camera phone. The following series of shots were taken  simply by standing in one place, shooting, turning, and repeating. Nothing special, or technical at all.

panoramashotsSo what I’m going to show you next is truly one of the coolest features in Photoshop. I downloaded all the photos from my camera to my computer. Then I opened all the photos in  Photoshop. Be sure to have only the photos you want to use open. Next go to File> Automate>Photomerge. This little window will open.


Next simply click the “add open files” button, and then click OK.  Photoshop begins to work it’s magic. In about a minute Photoshop merges, blends, masks, and adjusts the photos into a panorama. A process that could take hours to perform manually.

Your left with an image that looks something like this:

panoramamergeThe next step is to simply crop the image.

panoramacroppedYou can do any color adjustments you like, but what you see here is “as is” & adjustment free. Pretty amazing! What you probably can’t tell from the photo is that this image is actually 20″ x 86″ in size. I did absolutely zero size adjustments. That will make for really nice sized canvas print. All from a iphone! YAY!

Print of the week

August 12th, 2009

We get lot’s of great photos sent to us for canvas prints and we’ve decided to start sharing some of the ones that we really like with our readers.   We hope they inspire.


What goes into making canvas prints?

June 29th, 2009

In this post we thought we would give our customers a better idea of what goes into making a canvas print, from start to finish. So let’s jump right in.

The first thing we do is prep the image for printing. You can see the details of the process here. For this post we’re using a public domain image of the jazz legend Louis Armstrong- By the way public domain archives are a great source for images.


Once the photo has been prepped, we send it to print. We print all of our canvas prints at 1080×1080 dpi. We use eco friendly inks, and archival quality canvas.


Here’s a close up of the  canvas texture and print quality:


Once the printing process is done, we allow the inks to dry for about an hour. We then apply a clear semi gloss protective coating on the surface of the canvas print. This does two things: adds UV protection, and increases scratch resistance.


Next it’s time to stretch the canvas print. We use kiln dried stretcher bars. Here’s a closer look.

We work our way around the canvas. we apply staples about every  2″ or so. Then we do a typical gallery wrap corner fold.


Here’s a detailed shot of a corner fold:


Once the canvas stretching is done, we then finish the canvas with a Tyvek paper backing, two “D” hooks, and plastic coated wire that’s rated for 30 lbs. Our canvas prints are truly ready to hang right out of the box.


Finally a shot of the finished product!


Well that’s about it, We hope you find this helpful and maybe even slightly interesting. Cheers!

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June 28th, 2009


Tips for photographing kids & pets

June 21st, 2009

By far some of our favorite canvases that we have printed have been of kids and pets. When photographed well there is always a wonderful level of honesty in the shot. Children & pets both hold such a special place in our hearts, that it’s hard not love these photos. Here are few tips to help take some amazing pictures of your little loved ones.

Photograph them at play. Have them play with toys or each other. Capturing a child and their pet in action makes for very compelling shots. The get the shot you’ll need to take a fast picture. Try setting your shutter speed at 1/250 a second or faster. Most digital cameras have a “sports” or “action” mode that freeze the action and provide a nice clear shot.


Try not to force a good time. Make the experience as fun as possible. Be as loose and spontaneous as your subjects. Just remember to keep snapping away. Every shot is not going to be amazing. But that’s OK, odds are a few are going to be fantastic.

Shoot from your subject’s level. Try sitting or lying on the floor. Also consider zooming in to capture the details. A close up of your puppy’s wet nose or a child’s hand can make for a magical canvas print.

To capture your pet’s attention try using a squeaky toy or a treat. These will usually produce that charming tilt of the head, or a eager and happy reaction.

For a more formal child’s portrait, try providing some activity before the shoot to settle the child’s nerves and reduce their need to fidget. Share your shots on your camera’s LCD as you take them. Letting them see the results usually engages the child and you’ll get a happier subject. Some kids may not respond to “cheese” being said to them over and over. So try something silly and a little gross that will make kids laugh… “Stinky Feet”.

Most importantly remember to be patient and have fun. It should be a good time for everybody. And if it is the proof will be in the print.

How to use Photoshop to prepare a photo for printing on canvas

June 20th, 2009

In this post were going to show you how set up your photos for a canvas print using Photoshop.  It’s actually really simple to do, and should only take a few minutes once you get the hang of it. You can use other photo editing software to achieve the same results, however we use Photoshop at, so we’re going to  keep the instructions limited to what we know.

Let’s get started.

1) Adjust your color settings.
Open Photoshop. Then go to Edit > Color Settings. Change your working spaces to RGB: Adobe RGB(1998), & CMYK: U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2. Be sure to change your Color Management Policies to the working space for both RGB & CMYK

Why do this ? Our printers are set to convert files to certain color spaces before the file actually prints. So what this means to you is that if you are using a different color space edit than we are using to print, chances are your prints may look a little different in person than what you may see on screen.

Set your color space in Photoshop

Set your color space in Photoshop

2) Create a file. File > New.
Here’s where we enter our file settings. For demonstration purposes we’re going create a file for 12″x12″ gallery wrapped print that will be using our thick 1.25″stretcher bars. The file should be 15″x15″. This gives us enough image space to ensure that our final print wraps entirely around the sides of the stretcher bar. We have added 1.5″ of space to each side of the image. Set your resolution to 150 Choose a color space of CMYK and a background color of white. Then click OK.

Create a new file

Create a new file

3) Drag guides.
Go to view > show rulers. You should now see rulers on the top and side of your window. Now simply click drag a guide from the rulers to 1.5″ from each edge. These guides will help you show you what parts of you image will be cropped and visible only on the edge of your canvas print.

Drag your guides

Drag your guides

4) Open your photo, then drag the photo into the new file you just created.

5) Edit, Edit, Edit - Resize, adjust colors, levels, or apply whatever filter(s) you like at this time…This your time to be creative, so let it rip!

6) Save As…
Once your happy with your image go to File > Save As. Choose .jpg or .tiff as your file format. Be sure to UNCHECK the Layers box. Click Save. That’s it. Your ready to submit the photo to us for printing onto canvas. BooYah!!!

If you have any questions we’d be glad to help. Email us a

Make a canvas print from the new iPhone…

June 20th, 2009

Well Apple revealed its new iPhone this week which is loaded with tons of new features. We’re going to focus on some especially great enhancements made to the camera.

First off they’ve increased the image size up to 3 megapixels, This means we can create some larger canvas prints from your iPhone photos. So if you capture a great picture on your camera we will be able to create a 16″x20″ gallery wrapped canvas print with pretty awesome results. The beauty of a canvas print is that even if you have some minor pixelation as a result of enlargement, the texture of the canvas helps to hide it.

Another really fantastic enhancement to the iPhone camera is it’s tap to focus feature. You can now tap on the display to selectively focus on anything in the picture. This will add depth of field to your shots that really make for a great photo.

New Focus Features

New Focus Features

The iPhone now also shoots in rapid sequence. You can create some stunning effects using this feature in concert with canvas prints. Create a series from action shots at sporting events or other action shots. The possibilities are endless.

Sequence photos from iphone

Sequence photos from iphone

But Hey I’ve the got a older iPhone! Can I still create a canvas print?  Absolutely. Older iPhones still take some pretty darn good pictures. We can a fairly large print with good results from the 2 megapixel camera in previous generation phones.  If you are thinking of using a iPhone picture but are concerned about the print quality that you will get, simply submit the photo to us for review. We’ll give you the skinny on what will work best for the photo.