How To Enhance Your Photos for Canvas Prints

Canvas Prints


Canvas Prints


Canvas Wall Art is a huge industry at the moment, with many companies offering cheap and personalised Photo Canvas Printing services online. The majority of business for these services come from the general consumer, those looking to have their family photos and holiday snaps transformed into large canvas photo prints. However, printing your photographs to canvas can be an excellent way of presenting and displaying your amateur and professional photography for purposes such as exhibitions.

When setting out with the intention of printing your photograph to canvas, there are certain techniques and methods that you can utilise to ensure the quality of your end result. Ensuring that the photo you have captured is of a high quality before the printing stage can be the difference between an average canvas print, and perfection.

When capturing your photograph there are some very basic photography skills that will ensure the quality of your image.

  • Shooting at the Maximum Image Size that your camera allows, this will help maintain quality when your image in enlarged for printing.
  • Making sure your photo is not over or underexposed and that you have good lighting.
  • Choose a high ISO setting and use a tripod to ensure a steady shot, if you have the option use an image Stabilisation setting.

These are very basic foundations of photography, but you would be surprised as to how many people don't tick these boxes when capturing a photo for canvas print. When your photograph is enlarged for printing, every flaw and mistake is made very clear, it is therefore important to make sure that the image you have selected to print is your finest work. Putting in the effort at this stage can save you a lot of time and money later on.

Once you are pleased with the photograph that you have taken, there are other ways you can enhance and improve the quality of the photograph. In order to do this you will need a photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop. When editing your image key factors to focus on include:

Colour Correction

When you take a photograph the lighting setting that was present will effect the over all look of your final photo. So if you captured your photo during the day, at dusk, at night, heavy cloud, or under a florescent or incandescent lighting setting then you will find the photos colour will be effected. Before the age of digital photography, photographers used colour filters on their lenses to counter act this effect. Now a days with photo editing software this can be edited and adjusted after the photo has been taken. Make appropriate colour tint adjustments to improve and enhance your image. You can also use contrast and saturation adjustments to bring out certain elements of your photograph.

Touch Ups

This is where photo editing software come into its own. Photo touch ups are used heavily used by the media to improve and adjust photos. Techniques such as airbrushing are used to make models and celebrities appear flawless in their beauty. As photographers these techniques allow us to remove unwanted elements of our photos such as overhead electrical and phone cables, blemishes and other unwanted imperfections. Use these tools tastefully and sparingly, they key is to improve your photo, not to go over the top and end up with an image that is far from the original photograph. You want to display your photography skills, not your editing skills.


Finally, depending on the size that you wish to print your photograph you may need to look at image interpolation. This is a technique used to enlarge images without compromising the quality and clarity of your original photograph. Most contemporary photo editing software will automatically adjust this when you alter the images size and pixel count.

When creating a Canvas Print from your photographs, it is vitally important to make sure that the photo you are using is of the highest quality. By following the tips and techniques above you can make sure that your photograph meets the quality and standard required to make the transition from photo to large canvas