Saturday, 31 March 2018

Canvas Press Review

With Easter being tomorrow (as well as being April Fool's Day), it's only 6 weeks until Mother's Day. If you're like me, I always find it difficult coming up with new ideas for gifts, especially for my grandmother, who seems to already have everything.

Awhile back, I was approached by Canvas Press (www.canvaspress.com/) about possibly reviewing one of their canvas prints. Always thinking ahead, I excitedly jumped at the opportunity, as I thought having an old family photo printed on a canvas would make the perfect gift for my grandmother for Mother's Day this year.

Now, my only problem was trying to find the right photo to use. After asking my mother's advice, I picked out an old photo that was taken in the in the early 1940s. The photo features my grandma (as a baby) being held by either her uncle or cousin (I don't remember his name.), beside him is a cousin, and sitting down below is my grandmother's older sister and brother. I had scanned the photo about ten years ago and saved it to a flash drive, so I uploaded the file to the Canvas Press website.

Unboxing the canvas print.
Shortly after placing my order, the Canvas Press's customer support sent me a message stating that the jpg I had sent couldn't be used because it had low resolution. So I had to hunt down the original photo that was in my mother's possession. And it wasn't an easy task to accomplish, as the album the photo was in got misplaced, so my mother and me had to turn a room upside down to find it. We eventually found it; the photo album had fell behind an old trunk.

Anyhow, I scanned the photo, saved it as jpg in high resolution and sent it to Canvas Press. The photo has faded a bit, but luckily they were able to use the jpg.

There are many different sizes and canvas styles to choose from, but for this review, the canvas size is 20"x16". There are also different matte types to choose from, which I picked out the "museum matte" style. The depth of the prints available are .75", 1.5", and 2". For this canvas, I got the 1.5" depth. There are three different border types: mirror wrap, image wrap, and color wrap. A color wrap wouldn't look quite right for this print and because of the size of the original photo, the image wrap wouldn't look right either. So, I went with the mirror wrap. Also, there are different mounting options, and I went a sawtooth hanger.

I don't recall how long the shipping took, but the canvas print was delivered to house fairly quickly.


Final Thoughts

The canvas pint hanging on the wall.
The original photo was deteriorating, so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Canvas Press print. The black & white colors have a rich look (if that makes sense to anyone) to them. I could have had a few touch ups done to the photo (another service by Canvas Press), but the flaws of the photo gives the print a vintage look, so I didn't want anything changed about it.

Depending on the size and style, a canvas print can cost between $41.33 to $495.37. Yes, it might be a bit expensive, but the canvas is made from high quality materials and the printing is excellent.

Overall, I'm impressed by Canvas Press print. I didn't know exactly what to expect from the print when I first placed the order, but I'm more than satisfied by the end result. The canvas print is absolutely beautiful! I believe my grandmother is going to love it!
* Canvas Press is currently having an Easter Sale, which you can get 60% OFF of canvas prints up to 30"x60" when you use the promo code HOPPY60. The promo ends April 1st at midnight (PST).




*Note - I received a free canvas print in exchange for my review/post. All opinions are my own.





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