The museum quality of canvas reproductions is sure to satisfy a serious fine art collector. Prints on giclee canvas are tougher and more durable than conventional paper prints. It has been consistently shown that giclee canvas lasts longer than anything else available on the market.
Giclee canvas art does not need to be framed to look amazing – it can be a stretched gallery wrap style. The natural texture of the canvas gives these prints the look and feel of an original painting.
To protect your canvas we apply a UV light filtering coating in a variety of finishes (matte, satin, gloss).
High quality professional stretching is offered on 3/4″ or 1 1/2″ gallery style bars.
Exhibition Canvas Natural Matte enables a wide colour gamut for prints that require stunning, museum-grade image quality and durability, without the use of Optical Brighteners (OBA). Built on a polyester and cotton blend that is specially coated to produce vibrant colours as well as rich, deep blacks and tonal gradations that distinguish them from competitive products. These poly-cotton canvases are also the ideal weight and can also be easily stretched and coated by us, to help achieve the best combination of image quality and archival display life.
Our Canvas base – Archival Exhibition Matte
Our Exhibition matte Canvas enables a wide colour gamut for prints that require stunning, museum-grade image quality and durability, without the use of Optical Brighteners (OBA). This is an acid-free, lignin-free heavy weight (395 gsm) canvas, built on a polyester and cotton blend that is specially coated to produce vibrant colours as well as rich, deep blacks and tonal gradations that distinguish them from competitive products. This elegantly textured canvas features a matte non-reflective surface with a bright white point. The canvas base is enhanced with elastic polymers, providing high tensile strength and flexibility for gallery wrap stretching without cracking. All of our canvas printing is done on an archival matte canvas base and varnished to the artist’s choice (satin or matte).
All canvas prints require varnishing to protect from: UV lighting, shield the surface and enhance the density of the pigment inks (satin or matte). We only use the best varnish available in the giclee industry, specifically formulated for archival pigment giclee printing. All of our varnish is applied with a turbine air system (best possible application) to deliver an even dense glaze, providing exceptional UV and damage protection, that will last for years and years. Canvases that are coated this way can be dusted and cleaned without damaging the print or varnish for years to come.
Rolled Canvas – Un-Stretched
You can have your canvas print varnished and shipped (with options for borders) with-out stretching to reduce shipping costs and possible damage, and then have them stretched at your local framing shop. We work to standard sizes for all canvas print borders to allow for stretching, 3” borders are added (2” colour edges). Custom borders are available upon request, but recommend following industry standards.
Stretching Services – Canvas Stretched onto wooden frames (3/4” or 1.5” bars)
We offer museum grade canvas stretching services on wooden bars for 3/4″ or 1 1/2″ bars. Our standard wrap is a gallery wrap (wrapped around and stapled at the back, to provide a clean framed like appearance), but we can also provide mirrored edges (image mirrored around the edges to give the appearance of painted edges). We work to standard sizes for all canvas print borders, a 3/4” bar requires 2.5” of borders added to the image file and a 1.5” bar requires 3” borders added. Custom borders are available upon request.
Giclée Canvas Process
Scanning/Capture of Images
A. Scanning: Watercolours and matte art works are best scanned for exceptional detail and colour precision.
B. Capture: Glossy, textured, and varnished paintings are best shot with a digital camera as the lighting can be polarized to reduce reflection.
C. Provided digital file: You can provide your own digital files. Images should be provided at 100% at 300-400 dpi in RGB (tiff is best). Best to include a colour/grayscale reference in your image to adjust for colour cast and reduce calibration time.
Once your paintings are scanned we need to get them ready to print. Images are cropped, cleaned, and optimized in Photoshop to begin the calibration process. Working from the original painting, we adjust the hues and densities of the colours to closely match the palette of your work of art. Test strips are printed on the actual canvas used for your print order, until we create the final match. Actual calibration time depends on the size of the painting, complexity of the palette, and quality of the digital file.
The final step before printing your giclees is the creation of printers proofs. These are signed, dated, and filed along with your archived digital files to make sure that all future print editions match the original painting (our specialty). Calibrations and impositions are a one time cost.
Print Runs & Media Type
We are extremely fussy about colour and cleanliness, and pay close attention to image quality and colour consistency for every order. Not only can we get the colour right, we can reproduce it time and time again.
Canvas giclees require a UV protective coating to ensure long life and protect the surface from UV light, scratches, and dirt. Available in a variety of finishes, these non-yellowing coatings seal the surface and and make future cleaning easy. We offer an in-house service, or we can provide you with the details and recommendations to do your own coatings.
We offer canvas stretching onto 3/4″ or 1 1/2″ bars for your canvas giclees, or choose to have your canvas shipped to you rolled to save shipping costs.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Set-up and proofing fees start at $40 per new image on canvas, no set-ups for re-prints.
All printed canvas are finished with UV protective clear-coat and available stretched on high quality stretcher bars in your choice of 3/4″ or 1.5″ depth.
Looking for a different size? Our order forms give pricing as you enter sizing!
||Canvas stretched on 3/4″ bars
||Canvas stretched on 1.5″ bars
||Rolled Canvas with 3″ borders
Ask us about our Certificates of Authenticity, available with archival prints at no extra charge.