How to print photos on canvas

Written by sharon mcelwee
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If you're looking for a way to sell your photos or give them as gifts, print them on canvas. You can frame it when done, or stretch it over wood stretcher for that art gallery look. No matter what you choose, you're bound to impress. Check out the following to get your photos off of your hard drive and onto canvas.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Canvas-style inkjet paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase canvas paper. The best place to start is with your printer manufacturer. Manufacturers design their paper to work best with their printers. If you can't find any there, check out the resources below. Purchase extra paper, as it may take a couple of tries to get your print to work.

  2. 2

    Load your paper in the printer and print a sample page before you print a photo. Canvas paper has a print side, so check that the paper is loaded correctly before you do your final print. On your printer menu, find an option that says "print sample page" or "demo page." This will save ink and ensure that the paper is compatible with your printer and that you have loaded it correctly.

  3. 3

    Open your photo on your computer.

  4. 4

    In print options, select settings. Set the print quality to the highest setting possible, and changed the paper type. Since canvas tends to be much thicker than regular paper, use a setting for the heaviest paper possible, such as heavy card stock or speciality paper.

  5. 5

    Exit settings, and hit the print button. Wait for canvas print to dry.

  6. 6

    Frame your print or stretch the canvas over a wood frame, gallery-style.

Tips and warnings

  • You may have to print your photo several times before you get the settings right. The first setting to experiment with is paper type, next is quality. Sometimes a high-quality setting lays down too much ink and makes a worse-looking photo.

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