How to make a gallery wrap canvas print - a behind the scenes look at Canvas Press

by Eric Von Lehmden | October 14, 2011

In case you wanted to try your hand at hand stretching a gallery wrap canvas print...here is a behind the scenes glimpse at how we do it here at Canvas Press. Our very own Adam Boley is the star of the video...he is the man who oversees all of our production and making sure your photo looks perfect on canvas. For those of you who think this is too daunting a task not to worry...you can always head over to Canvas Press and leave your gallery wrap in our capable hands.

 

If you would like to watch this on youtube here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kyj_3uHTCA

And here is the transcribed version in case you can't see the video for some odd reason. It may not be word for word...but it is pretty dang close:

Hi, this is Eric from Canvas Press. We get questions from our customers all

the time asking how they can make their own gallery wrap canvas print. So you

are in luck because today we are going to give you a behind the scenes look and the complete process on

how Canvas Press creates beautiful gallery wraps from photos to canvas.

First let me introduce you to Adam...say hi Adam. Adam is in charge of our workshop and is the man responsible for making your canvas as beautiful as it can be. Adam will be our demonstrator today and will be taking us step by step through the process of creating your photo canvas masterpiece.Step 1 is to make sure the image looks correct and is cropped correctly. We are going to end up with a 16x20 canvas print and we are going to stretch it onto a frame that is 1.5" deep...sooo our print isn't actually printed out at 16x20. We are going to crop the image to at least 19x23 - that is adding a total of 3" on each side so the image can wrap around that 16x20 frame giving us that sought after gallery wrap look.Step 2 is to print your canvas. Yes, that is a very large printer. We use large format Epson printers with archival ink and print onto wide rolls of artist quality canvas...This gives us the flexiblility of producing all types of custom sized photos on canvas... you probably won't find one of these printers at Office Max. Once the image is printed and checked for quality then it is ready to be stretched onto the frame...so we better go build the frame for the print. let's follow Adam to the workshop.

Step 3 is off to the workshop to build the 16x20 frame for the print. we custom build each and every frame for every order that comes into canvas press from scratch. Let's watch Adam work. That's a good looking frame. Sweet, we are onto the final steps. now we are going to take a look at the most vital part of the process...stretching the canvas onto the frame...if i had a good sound effect i would have put it there.

Step 4 Stretching the frame is crucial. if it isn't stretched well the print will sag and look droopy...and nobody wants a droopy canvas print. We have special equipment that helps ensure a quality stretched canvas...not to mention these really cool air powered staple guns to finish the canvas off. If you are going to try this at home you will need a computer with editing software such as photoshop or photoshop elements, a good printer, canvas material that you can print on with your inkjet printer, some 1x2 wood, a saw, a good staple gun and some patience.

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