What Makes an image amazing for Printing on Canvas? Is it just nature, mountain ranges and close-up portraits that accommodate the format? Which compositions make the best transition to photo wall art? Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re thinking of turning that photo into a canvas print.
Thinking of getting one of your favorite photos printed on canvas? While the process of ordering a canvas print is as simple as it gets, there are a couple of things to consider beforehand. First of all, you need to think about whether the photo you’ve got in mind is the right choice for canvas printing. You’ll naturally want to choose an image that does justice to your exceptional talent and good taste, regardless of how it’s displayed! But a photo that looks amazing on your computer screen might not cast the same spell once it’s been printed on canvas. Likewise, some images come to life on canvas in a way they never could on your desktop.
An image with scattered points of focus won’t always make the most successful transition from screen-sized digital photos to large-scale print. And if much of the “action” takes place near the image borders, there could be another problem: the printed canvas is wrapped around the edges of the wooden frame, so crucial details at the margins of your image could end up tucked away on the side of the frame. You should think about choosing more classical compositions – try following the Fibonacci Spiral or Rule of Thirds, for example.
You’re aiming for bold impact here, so relying on tried-and-tested compositional rules like these should help you get the effect you want. Texture photography is an example of a less conventional genre that lends itself well to the canvas format. Drone photography and blocks of text in bold, chunky fonts are two more – and it’s even become something of a trend to combine them into statement pieces halfway between aerial vistas and inspirational quote posters.
There’s quite a difference between browsing your existing stock for an image to print and taking a photo with the specific intention of reproducing it on canvas. The latter approach lets you conceive your image with your future wall art in mind, so you can take and retake your shot until you’re completely satisfied. Assuming you choose this approach, what should your priorities be? The guidelines you should follow are much different from what you’d get in any basic photography tutorial. That is: unless you’re going for a classic still-life shot, your photo needs a certain vitality to make it appealing to the eye.
This can be achieved by making use of the so-called “leading lines” in your image – lines that guide the viewer’s eye towards an important focal point, creating a sense of depth and dynamism. These lines are usually formed either by light and shade or by geometric patterns in the composition. The lines should lead towards the image detail that’s intended as the main focal point or “attraction” of the shot – and this focal point should ideally be placed at one of the four points of intersection in the “Rule of Thirds” grid.
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