The obvious advantage of custom canvases is that you get to choose exactly what you'd like to have printed, but there is another lesser-known benefit. Not only do you have free reign on what you'd like on your canvas, you also have options for different types of canvas for your print. This allows for even more creativity and can make your print pop.
Here are four different options to consider when choosing the best canvas material for your individual prints.
Confident, Classic Standard Canvas
Standard Canvas is the classic, go-to material for the majority of custom prints. Standard Canvas is reliable, offers beautiful results, and looks best in residential settings. It also is durable enough to be hung up for years while still maintaining vivid colors. The Standard Canvas is made of a 395 GSM cotton-poly blend and has a natural satin finish.
Best For: Hobby Photography, Family Pictures, Personal Portraits, Travel Photos, and Smaller Prints
Museum and Gallery Quality Matte Canvas
Museum Matte is a thicker 414 GSM cotton-poly canvas with a wonderful matte finish. This matte finish eliminates glare from the sun or artificial lighting while adding depth to the color in the print. The Museum Matte offers one of the highest quality prints you can get for custom canvas prints. This is the best canvas material for printing art for public spaces, galleries, and for spaces with a lot of natural or artificial lighting.
Best For: Art Reproductions, Pro-Quality Photography, and Gallery Display
Museum and Gallery Quality Gloss Canvas
Museum Glossy is the alternative to its Matte cousin, offering the same high quality with a twist. Museum Gloss is another 414 GSM canvas, identical to Museum Matte in all ways but one. This canvas material has a glossy finish, which gives prints more of a modern and luxurious feel. While you might use Matte for an art reproduction, you might instead use Gloss for that stunning photo that's just dripping in color.
Best For: Color Saturated Professional Photography or Art and Dimensional Images
High-End, Archival Quality Canvas
URTH - OBA Free is considered an archival quality canvas, which means it has been designed without chemical brighteners. This allows your canvas prints to have vivid colors that are as true to the original as possible. This 400 GSM white canvas has a classic satin finish and is able to handle any type of lighting situation, high or low light. When you want the most realistic print possible, this will be your ultimate choice.
Best For: High-End Photography and Fine Art Prints
The best canvas material for printing art doesn't mean the most expensive, but rather the one that has the right characteristics for the subject of your print as well as what type of look you’re trying to achieve.
A fairly basic Standard Canvas may not be a fancy material, but it really is a versatile, flexible option for homes. Photographers and artists will instead find that museum and archival quality canvas options really allow them to display their images at a professional level.
You'll also need to keep the location of where the print will be hung in mind. For example, even if your canvas print isn't high-end, if you will be hanging it in your brightly lit kitchen or in your living room that is often illuminated with natural light, you could really benefit from upgrading to Museum Matte.
Choosing the best canvas material for printing your wall art isn’t always easy, especially if you’re completely unfamiliar with custom print. Thankfully, CanvasPress is always ready to chat with customers and help you determine which canvas material is the best choice.