In a few hours, MCP Actions will be partnering with Color Inc. to do a super fun contest – with 3 Gallery Wrap Canvases up for grabs. If you have questions about getting images ready for print on canvas or about canvases in general, please post them below and I will have a rep from Color Inc. come answer them for you. Here are 4 quick tips to help you prepare your images for a gallery wrapped canvas. Come back to the blog in 3 hours to learn how to enter!
When using borders remember the bigger the better. Due to the nature of working with wood – the size of a frame could vary by a fraction of an inch, so when using a border in your image – smaller the border even a fraction can be noticeable
When preparing Gallery Wrapped Canvas images in Photoshop, please *add 2 inches to each side* of an image for wrapped area. For instance, if you are ordering a 16×20 canvas, the file size should be 20×24 inches at 300dpi.
Proof your image carefully. If you are printing a large canvas – remember that small flaws that would normally not be visible at a 4×6 size could be very noticeable at a 20×30 or larger.
It’s always good practice to size your Gallery Wrap Canvas image in photoshop prior to uploading in Roes.
*** In answer to many questions about why “300dpi” – Color Inc. representative writes: 300dpi is the highest native resolution that we can print at, which is why we prefer the size. However most gallery wraps can get away with lower resolution if necessary, without visual quality degradation. We wouldn’t lower the resolution any further down than 150dpi or so, depending on the photo and the print size.
As far as upsizing the file, just drop the highest original resolution file into ROES. This way, the customer can see the widest range of crops right in ROES, and don’t have to worry about messing with the file. If you would like to crop it in Photoshop prior to loading the file in ROES, crop the image from the original file to the size that you will be printing at with a resolution of 300.