FAQ – Information about Canvas Prints, Canvas Printing, Acrylic and More

Product Info | Paper | Acrylic | ecobanner | Framing | Image | Ordering

Product Info

What is a Giclée?

Giclée (“zhee-clay”) is a French word meaning “that which is sprayed or squirted”. A state-of-the-art wide format digital printer sprays millions of drops of ink per square inch onto specially treated canvas or paper. Giclée printing produces large quality images with brilliant velvety colors, crisp contrasts and razor-sharp details.

  • This method of printing is used for fine-art reproductions using dye-based inks.
  • Artists and photographers can produce artwork on-demand.
  • Hi resolution images can be reproduced in various sizes (up to 54” in width) and unto various mediums.

Textured Laminate

A textured laminate is a fine art paper print, mounted on a piece of masonite and then a hard gel-coat is applied by hand on top of the image. The gel coat is a transparent semi-gloss finish that is applied to protects the art and enhance the colours in the image. It is easy to clean, with a dry cloth or a feather duster.

Cotton Canvas

Printapic offers quality affordable canvas prints and canvas printing for fine art, photography and interior decorating. Our North American made quality canvas will satisfy the most demanding consumer and professional by providing the finest image quality for your artistic creativity. Our canvas is stretchable, designed for high quality Giclée printers. The canvas provides a consistent and smooth printing surface that allows for an incredibly wide color gamut and deep rich blacks.

Features & Benefits of Canvas

  • Heavyweight quality canvas North American made (up to 54” width almost any length)
  • Semi Gloss coating to provide protection from moisture, scuffs, and ultra violet rays.
  • Hand stretched for framing ready to hang or available rolled.
  • Premium quality North American wood stretcher bars.
  • Choice of standard wrap ¾” or 1 ½” gallery wrap
  • Outstanding color gamut and resolution.
  • Optional float contemporary frames are available with ¾” standard wrap.
  • Virtually no reflection.
  • Light weight (ideal for areas with high ceilings).
  • Low maintenance.
  • Has the look and feel of original art on canvas.
  • Comes with hanging hardware – ready to hang.

Included with a Cotton Canvas print

canvas gallery wrap Gallery Wrap 1 1/2″: The image continues on the sides of the stretcher bar. This option does not affect the original image size. Looks great without a frame.
canvas standard wrap Standard Wrap 3/4″: The canvas is stretched on 3/4” deep stretcher bars & stapled on the back. You have a choice of edge colours. Ideal for float frame. Float frames are available in black, white and espresso.
canvas hardware Stretched canvas comes with hanging hardware.
canvas is stapled on the back All stretched canvas is stapled on the back.
rolled canvas for DIY Rolled canvas is great if you would like to stretch it yourself. Cost effective option.

Paper

Premium Glossy
Glossy paper is ideal for an incredibly vibrant and high resolution finish. We recommend this paper for Fine Art, Photography, Presentations and Acrylic mounting.
Images can be printed up to 54” width.

Premium Matte
Matte paper is perfect for a smooth, high resolution finish. We recommend it for photos, posters, framed artwork, and presentations.
Images can be printed up to 54” width.

Metallic Photo Paper
Metallic Photo Paper delivers a stunning and almost 3D effect to photographs. The glossy finish creates photos with incredible depth with rich, vibrant colours and flesh tones. We recommend this paper for any high resolution photography and commercial prints.
Note: Due delicate nature of metallic paper, this product can only be ordered in combination with acrylic mounting.
Images can be printed up to 30 “width.

Features & Benefits of Paper

  • Least expensive method of getting your picture on the wall.
  • You have the option of framing with matting.
  • Inexpensive for gift giving.

Included with a Paper print

Photo framed with 7/8" espresso frame Sample of 7/8″ width, 432 espresso frame with a white mat, acrylic glass fully assembled ready to hang. Choice of 3 wood frames white, black & espresso. Choice of premium glossy or matte paper. We recommend matte paper for framing.
Photo framed with 1-5/8"width espresso frame Sample of 15/8″ width, 141 espresso frame with a white mat, acrylic glass fully assembled ready to hang. Choice of 3 wood frames white, black & espresso.
If you choose a frame your photo is finished off with paper and hangers.
Rolled paper if you want to frame it later Paper rolled – if you want to hold off on framing or mounting. We carefully roll your photo & ship it in a tube.

Acrylic

  • Acrylic Face Mounting is a contemporary and stylish method of presenting your images. The photo appears to float away from the wall giving your photo a 3D appearance.
  • The clarity and incredible depth of the image surpasses traditional framing with glass.
  • We print your photo on your choice of glossy or metallic photo paper (we do not print directly on acrylic).
  • Your image is face mounted to the back of optically clear 1/8” acrylic medium using a patented adhesive.
  • Photos will be mounted edge to edge on the acrylic framing is optional.
  • The acrylic glass has polished edges.
  • We use a wood sub-frame to float the finished acrylic away from the wall.
  • Comes ready to hang.
  • For outstanding results we recommend using a high resolution image (300 dpi) and upgrading to metallic photo paper.

Features & Benefits of Acrylic

  • Face mounted photographs combined with metallic paper have incredible vibrant brilliant colours.
  • It is the latest trend in wall decor and available through fine art galleries.

 

Acrylic face mounting

Acrylic Art

Acrylic face mounting - optional frames

Optional frames

Back of Acrylic face mount

Back of Acrylic

 

 

 

 

Eco Banner

Full colour eco banner printing is great for indoor and outdoor living.

Features & Benefits of Eco Banner

  • BIOflex ™ is a durable white banner material, resistant to sunlight, weathering, tearing, fading and flame resistant.
  • BIOflex™ has been engineered to be the FIRST truly environmentally friendly, biodegradable PVC
  • Heavyweight, eco friendly (up to 54” width almost any length).
  • Hand stretched for framing ready to hang or available rolled.
  • Premium quality North American wood stretcher bars.
  • Choose standard wrap 3\4” with an optional float frame (for indoor use) or gallery wrap on 1 1\2”
  • Light weight.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Ideal for problem indoor areas such as bathrooms, cottages, and other areas with excessive moisture and humidity.
  • Comes with hanging hardware – ready to hang.
  • Can be used for business applications such as – temporary signs, trade show booths & advertising specials.
  • We do not recommend framing if you are hanging the eco banner outdoors.

Included with an Eco Banner print

Gallery wrap eco banner 1-1/2" Gallery Wrap 1 1/2″: The image continues on the sides of the stretcher bar. This option does not affect the original image size. Looks great without a frame.
standard wrap canvas 3/4" Standard Wrap 3/4″: The canvas is stretched on 3/4” deep stretcher bars & stapled on the back. You have a choice of edge colours.
stretched canvas comes with hanging hardware Stretched canvas comes with hanging hardware. All stretched canvas is stapled on the back.
Eco banner great for outdoor and indoor Eco banner is great for indoor and outdoor living. Can be gallery wrapped on 11/2” bars or standard .¾”stretcher bars. We do not recommend framing if you are hanging an eco banner product outdoors.
Rolled eco banner for DIY Rolled canvas is great if you would like to stretch it yourself. Cost effective option.

Framing

What types of frames do you offer?

  • Frame colours – espresso, black, white.
  • For Canvas & Eco Banner – You have a choice of wood float frames (image is stretched on ¾” stretcher bars). Framing is not recommended for outdoor use.
  • For Acrylic Face Mount – Choice of 1” or 11/2” width wood frame.
  • For Paper – Choice of white mat, 1” or 11/2” width wood frame & acrylic glass.
  • For other framing requests please email info@printapic.com

What is Bevelled Board?

  • Bevelled Board is an affordable, durable and permanent framing alternative suitable for photos and prints.
  • Easy to clean with a damp towel. It is ideal for hanging pictures in children’s room, bathroom, and high traffic areas.
  • Mount on 3/8” board the print is mounted on 3/8” board, and then laminated with a permanent matte (non-reflective) finish. The sides of the board are then bevelled and finished off with a black or white edge. A slot is cut into the back and your print will be ready to hang.
  • For best results we recommend premium matte paper for a non reflective finish
paper mounted on 3/8" mdf board 3/8″. The premium glossy or matte photo is mounted on a 3/8” depth mdf board. Available with black or white edge. Economical and ready to hang.
back of board is notched The back of a 3/8”. Notch may vary depending on size.

What if I don’t want my canvas framed?

  • With Canvas or Eco Banner you can select our popular frameless gallery wrap option.
  • Gallery wrap is when your canvas image is wrapped around 11/2” wood stretcher bars.
  • You have the option of coloured edge or mirrored edge to eliminate the use of a frame.
  • You can also order it rolled (it is shipped in a tube) it comes with a 2” white border so you can stretch it yourself.

Image

How large can I print my photo?

  • Upload your picture with our easy step by step process and our proprietary calculator will determine the largest size we can print your image.
  • The ideal resolution for printing all images is 300dpi.
  • Copying an image from a web site usually gives you low resolution images and is not recommended.
  • If your image has a lower resolution than 150 dpi, we recommend you select our canvas or Eco Banner printing material and use one of our special effects options to give it a painterly look.
  • Depending on the image size and viewing distance, acrylic face mounting and printing on paper requires a minimum resolution 300 dpi.

How do I make sure what’s on my monitor looks like what I order?

  • Unless your monitor is calibrated the results will vary slightly between our calibrated printers and your monitor.
  • Our monitors are calibrated to produce the truest colour image.

How do I choose a custom print size?

Please email us for instructions: info@printapic.com.

How do I crop my image?

Using the crop tool on Printapic’s web site.

What do you do with the image after it is printed?

We keep your image for 30 days for your re-printing purposes. You must upload it again after 30 days.

Ordering

After I place an order how long before I receive it?

  • Canvas, Eco Banner & paper prints are shipped within 14 business days.
  • Rush Orders – email info@printapic.com
  • Acrylic face mounting will be shipped within 14 business days.
  • Items from WALL ART/GALLERY – will be shipped 21 business days.
  • We want you to receive your orders with the fastest turnaround time possible. – We will make every effort to get it to you earlier. This can vary according to demand, public holidays and volume.

May I change or cancel my order?

It all Depends on the stage your order is in, which will be determined on a case by case basis. Please contact us at info@printapic.com.

How can I reach you?

Visit our contact us page or info@printapic.com.

3D Canvas Creator

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