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Sepia Canvas Prints - Vintage Photo Prints with Sepia Filters

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Putting a photograph on canvas can help turn any image into a work of art. Sometimes, though, the colors in a photo don’t always match your surroundings, or maybe the image itself has an old-world look about it that you’d like to emphasize. In either case, using a sepia filter on your canvas print before you order can help you get the look, feel, and color that you’re after. Sepia has warm, rich tone that enhances any image, while calling to mind a vintage look and feel with a soft, dreamy look that is often missing from today’s art.

A Brief History of Sepia

The vast majority of very old photographs that still exist dating back to the 1700s are sepia toned, even though images at the time were always shot in black and white. This is because sepia, a pigment derived from the sepia cuttlefish, was added to the photographs during the developing process. Sepia-infused photos were far more durable than standard black and white photos of the time. So, an image that had been treated with sepia was more likely to last, with many making it into the 21st century, while not nearly as many black and white prints from the same era survived. Sepia gave an ordinary black and white photo a rich, brown color that ranged in tone from nearly black to a very pale, golden tan over the photo. And while the sepia helped to make the photo prints more durable and longer lasting, they also gave a softer look to the images. Black and white prints often used a higher level of contrast than sepia did, so the same photo printed in both colors could have a wildly different appearance. Today, with the use of filters and digital images, it’s possible to achieve the look of sepia on any photo, even those originally shot in color. Because sepia often has a romantic association to it, with its softer tone and coloration, it’s often used in wedding photography today, as well as in portraits, and in images where the artist wants to capture a different look.

Creating a Sepia Canvas Print

Canvas turns any photograph into a special work of art, whether the original image was a candid snapshot or a carefully laid out tableau. By adding a sepia filter to the image before printing, you can take this artistic process a step further, softening the image and giving it that dreamy, old-time feel that most people associate with older sepia-toned photographs. Any image can be given a sepia filter, but because the contrast does become somewhat lower, very high contrast pictures of lights and darks tend to work best. An overexposed image, for example, will soften up beautifully in sepia, which can actually help to save an image that might otherwise be deemed too bright or light for framing and use. Because you get the chance to view what the image would look like in sepia and printed on canvas before you order, you can have the chance to make adjustments, or updating the lighting to create the perfect shot. You can also see how any pictures may look in sepia, so that you can find the perfect image to print.

Create a Vintage Look with Sepia Canvas Prints

With sepia-toned canvas prints, any image can become a vintage-inspired work of art in just minutes. Apply a sepia filter to any photograph before having it printed on canvas to get the soft, dreamy look and feel of an old-time photo. Create a work of art that will hang beautifully in any home or office with a canvas print, and consider adding a sepia filter to complete the job.