From houses to corporate offices, interior decoration is a must everywhere. It's the first and foremost thing to create an impression on anyone who enters into the place. Hence, from small businesses to established brands, every single business owner gives importance to decorating the place to attract clients. And canvases play a vital role in creating an inviting ambience in any interior design. 


Nevertheless, printing the right photos on the canvas and placing them on the wall can easily transform a house into a home. Hence, the popularity of decoration with canvas is never-ending simply due to its versatile option to design and affordable cost. Most importantly, printing on canvas is more fun and easy that anyone can do it. 


Besides decoration, it's a perfect gift item for any occasion like a birthday, anniversary, exhibition, etc. If you also want to create your own canvases without any external help, then this article will be helpful for you. 


Here, we will tell you all the things you need to know about canvas printing. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a budding entrepreneur, understanding these intricacies of canvas printing is essential. You can eventually start your custom canvas printing business by following these tips and tricks.


Overview of canvas printing 


Canvas art has been in use since the 12th century. During this period, oil paints were used for portraying art on canvas fabric. Later, printing on canvas was introduced during the mid-19th century. In the 2000s, canvas printing was more popular and easily accessible to the masses, and it has become a trend for interior decoration. 


Since then, there has been a wide diversity in canvas material printing techniques, and new technologies for printing have emerged. Over time, canvas printing has become more cost-effective, fast to print and easily consumable to the public. 


Further, in this article, you will get to know about the different types, materials and printing techniques on canvas. 


Different types of materials for canvas 


There is a wide variety of canvas materials available these days. Each material has its own diversity, advantages and shortcomings. Keep reading to learn more! 


Hemp and flax canvas


Since the early stage of canvas painting, a certain kind of canvas was woven. The material consisted of hemp and flax or linen. The purpose of using these materials was to ensure the durability and preservation of paint. Painting portraits on this type of canvas was long-lasting. This type of canvas requires a certain type of temperature and humidity to protect the paints from deformation. 


Synthetic canvas 


For printing on canvas material, synthetic canvases have been launched. Considering the shortcomings and maintenance procedure of the cotton canvases, synthetic canvases were created. They were more reasonable and resistant to any air temperature and humidity. 


Things that are important to consider for printing on canvas 


Certainly, varying the material and the performance of printing makes a difference on canvas. Hence, there are a few things you must pay attention to while choosing to print on it. Here are a few features that will help you decide. 


Types of canvas 


You already know the different canvas materials that are available to print and why. Compared to synthetic canvases, know that cotton canvases are more suitable and preferred for printing. Because this material brings out the colour and image quality better than the other. 


Thickness of the canvas 


You will find canvases in different sizes and thickness. For decoration purposes, you need to be mindful of the size of the canvas; otherwise, too large or too small a canvas will overwhelm the atmosphere. Generally, the standard depth of a canvas is .75" inches. 


Canvas frame 


A frame is used to make the canvas durable and easily displayed. It's also important to choose the frame material carefully. Generally, the canvas frames are created with pine wood. They increase the strength of the frame, and you can easily set the canvas hanging or simply place it on a desk. 


Canvas format 


As already mentioned, canvases are available in different formats. If you want to decorate with multiple small-sized canvases, then you can choose from 8" x 8" to 18" x 24" canvases. They are suitable for walls, desks, bookshelves, etc. You can print family photos, travel memories, and abstract images to create a thematic ambience in a room. 


However, if you want to decorate a large room like a living area, meeting room or hall, then you can select a canvas as big as 60" x 60". Wherever you place it, it will create a statement and draw attention towards it. 


Types of printing ink


Generally, solvent or aqueous inks are used for printing on canvas. Compared to both, the aqueous ink is more reasonable but less durable and brings poor print quality. Hence, the solvent inks are highly preferred ink for printing on canvas. They work best on cotton canvases and give more durable and vibrant print quality. Since this ink is resistant to water, the maintenance of the canvas is hassle-free. 




You already know that canvas is made of cotton and polyester material. Here, the polyester material is cheaper and gives a less durable colour. Therefore, cotton canvas is highly preferred for durability and outstanding print quality, although it's a bit expensive. Now, you will find a third kind of material, which is a cotton polyester blend. This material is best for printing on canvas for art or images. Nevertheless, if you want to print any artwork or photography, then linen canvas is the first priority among the artists. 


Printing technique 


Now comes the main part: the printing technique. For printing on canvas, there are various techniques put into practice. One of them is a multi-panel split. Here, the images are printed horizontally among several panels. You can use one image and split it into multiple canvases. They are used for large spaces like hall rooms, living rooms, lobbies, etc. 


Another style is the cluster, where you print several photos together from the same area or event and set them as a collage. This style is best for portraying family photos and memories. Or, you can go for a panoramic style. Here, you can print a large landscape photo and print on a large canvas. 


As you set it at the centre of the wall, it will cover most part of it, drawing attention towards it as you enter. Nevertheless, for classic style lovers, there is always an option for traditional canvas. You can print portraits or any photographic images, print on canvas and decorate your favourite corner of the room. 


Final thought 


To sum up, the above-mentioned things you need to know about canvas printing give you an in-depth idea of what you should consider and avoid while printing. Regarding the purpose and preference, choose the canvas material, size, frame and printing style for the best outcome.