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Printing on Canvas

Given thInnova_Canavas_Papaer_1e progress in inkjet and media technology, demand for printing photographs and art on canvas is growing exponentially. Whether you have a good inkjet printer or you prefer to have your work done by a professional outfit, it is worth to explore this option for any type of image.

Artists regularly order limited edition prints on canvas and watercolour papers to sell to collectors. These reproductions usually are signed and are accompanied by a COA (Certificate of authenticity). Buyers are very receptive to purchasing canvas prints they can hang up without a protective glass, without worrying about scratches and water damage.

The texture of a fine art canvas is unparalleled in beauty; a protective coating is applied on top to give the substrate a matte, lustre or glossy look. If you prefer to experiment with this material to see the results, canvas sheets are available at many stores that carry inkjet products.

Polycotton canvas is available in ultra gloss and matte finishes for photographic art reproduction and in fine art matte optimised for inkjet art reproduction. In addition there is canvas effect paper – really paper but with the texture of canvas. This is easier to feed in sheet form, particularly for smaller sheets such as A3 and A4.

The differences between a home desktop printer and a professional one are many but I will focus on the most important. First, commercial machines can be outfitted with pigmented inks; these inks differ from dye inks commonly found in the cheap home printers because they are archival and will not fade for decades. Dyes on the other hand will start losing brilliance in a matter of months. There are some home use printers now that offer a form of hybrid dye/pigment system. The second difference is the nozzle quality; pro level systems have extremely sophisticated nozzles that can render a very fine dot and exceptional tonal rendition.

The process of printing on fine art materials such as canvas and watercolor papers is referred to as “giclée”. Giclée is a french term that loosely translated means “sprayed on”. It refers to the nozzles which spray ink onto the paper. Giclée printing involves some of the characteristics described above and it is usually performed by professional shops, but it is possible to do this in your own place with little more than a high end inkjet printer. It mostly depends on the print format.

With the latest papers and a good inkjet printer you are able to do this at home – or in a studio. An A2/3 printer such as the Epson 2400 or 3800 is fine. The two most well-known suppliers of paper are Innova (with whom we have a close relationship) and Hahnemühle, though there are more restricted ranges from other manufacturers and the printer manufacturers.

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72dpi_fine-art-roll-and-sheet-product_IFA35-300x300Innova Products

The Innova digital canvas range provides a selection of exciting and unique products which will transform the output of your images onto canvas and cut down on finishing time. The smooth woven surface of this polycotton canvas has been coated with a microporous gloss coating which is similar to the gloss coating we use on the Innova FibaPrint range of papers. Therefore Innova achieves an extremely high good gloss and matte coatings which enhance colour gamut, and d-max in the dark areas of a print, whilst the smooth weave keeps detail needed in photographic images. The Microporous coating results in a very flexible canvas which is excellent for stretching and framing. It is easy to stretch and there is no cracking on the corners.

Innova digital canvas products are offered in roll format only. Paper feeding of cut sheet canvas products is not reliable enough. The use of cut sheet paper is therefore not recommended. Wider formats (36″-914mm and 44″-1136mm) are available on request.

Here are some products you might like to try:

Innova Digital Polycotton Canvas

The new Innova digital canvas range provides a selection of exciting Innova_Canavas_Papaer_1and unique products which will transform the output of your images onto canvas and cut down on finishing time. The smooth woven surface of this polycotton canvas has been coated with a microporous gloss coating which is similar to the gloss coating we use on our FibaPrint range of papers. Therefore Innova achieves an extremely high good gloss, matte and semi-matte coatings which enhance colour gamut, and d-max in the dark areas of a print, whilst the smooth weave keeps detail needed in photographic images. The Microporous coating results in a very flexible canvas which is excellent for stretching and framing. It is easy to stretch and there is no cracking on the corners.

Innova digital canvas products are offered in roll format only. Paper feeding of cut sheet canvas products is not reliable enough. The use of cut sheet paper is therefore not recommended. Wider formats (36″-914mm and 44″-1136mm) are available on request.

Products offered comprise:

380gsm Polycotton Ultra Gloss Photo Canvas

A high white polycotton canvas with a glossy woven smooth photo surface making it ideal for photographic reproduction. The high gloss coating achieves an extremely high level of gloss which enhances colour gamut and d-max in the dark areas of a print whilst the smooth weave keeps the detail needed in photographic images.
(SKU: IFA-36)
350gsm Polycotton Matte Photo Canvas

380gsm Polycotton Matte Digital Fine Art Canvas

Innova’s new fine art canvas matte is a high white canvas with a smooth woven surface which make it ideal for the reproduction of Photographic images and artwork where high detail is required, whilst still retaining the qualities of a true canvas. It is a very flexible canvas because of it polycotton content, and ideal and easy to stretch. The canvas is water resistant
Innova Polycotton Matte Digital Fine Art Canvas 17in(432mm) x 15m 380gsm roll (SKU: IFA37)
Innova Canvas Textile Effect paper

Innova Canvas Textile Effect paper is a natural white paper with a structured canvas weave effect which gives the appearance of a true cotton canvas but with the flexibility of a paper. It is an acid free, single side coated media. Here are examples but full range of boxed and roll papers are available – see the Incartek
Innova Canvas Textile Effect Paper 315gsm A3- Single side – Box 50 Sheets (SKU: IFA-08-A3-50)

http://www.incartek.com/incartek-your-paper-supplier/innova-canvas-49/canvas-textile-paper-315gsm-ifa08.html

Which paper fits best for photos on a wall?

A user of the Сanon MG7120 printer wanted to print photos and hang them on a wall in a photo frame to make it look like a professional photographer’s output.

He also asked what was the best paper, in a photo frame without glass.

Our answer

With a small format printer like the Сanon MG7120, your output is limited to 8½x11in or A4 in size. There are ways in which you can make bigger pictures even with an office format printer.

First you asked about paper. Your choice depends on the way you want to mount it. Take a look at Jetmaster. You can produce a number of panels and set them together to make a larger picture. Furthermore, you do not have to use canvas (which is difficult to feed into smaller printers), several papers being suitable. Probably the best is Innova Art’s canvas-like paper. For more about Jetmaster* click here.

There are other ways – laminating a glossy print for example. Alternatively you can do a panel, also available from Jetmaster. But that does not lend itself to larger displays using multiple panels. You can, though, be more flexible on paper.

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However, make sure that you use a pigmented ink and archival paper if you want a durable picture.

* We are based in the UK. If you are in the USA or Canada please find a source using Google. In Continental Europe Jetmaster and Innova papers are available from Arca in Holland.