The term "canvas printing" usually refers to taking your own photos and then having them printed on a canvas, just like an oil painting or art print. Your pictures then become real artwork, suitable for hanging on the wall. Canvas printing is readily available through a number of different printers, but before you start uploading your pictures to have them printed, note a few questions and features to consider first. This will ensure you're happy with the finished product and understand the entire process.

1. Figure out which size canvas wrap is right for the print

Canvas wraps refers to the bars that canvas material is stretched across. Some are very thick so that the canvas print has depth; this is good for an eye-catching piece of art. A thinner, more shallow bar will make the canvas seem very modern and clean. The thinnest canvas wrap is needed if you plan on having your canvas print framed. Note the different sizes of canvas wraps and be sure you choose the right one for your intended use and to create the look you want with your print.

2. Ask about the sides of your canvas print

If you aren't getting the canvas print framed, you want to check as to what goes on the sides of the print. Remember that, unlike a flat photo, a canvas print is stretched over those bars so the sides are visible. If you choose to have the picture itself as part of the sides, you would need to ensure you center the picture or otherwise space it so it's not cropped off. Otherwise, you may need to choose a solid color to use for the sides of your canvas print. Whatever your choice, be sure you understand how the sides will appear and how they affect the print overall.

3. Consider gallery images

Gallery images usually means that one image is printed on several different canvases, so that it is displayed as a gallery. Think of one horizon that spans several different pieces of canvas that are hung next to each other, and this is a set of gallery images. This term might also apply to having several different images printed at the same time, either on the same size canvas or on different sizes, like you would see in an art gallery. Rather than just having one photo printed on canvas at a time, consider gallery images. This can allow you to plan out how your artwork will be displayed on one wall so your space and your images all coordinate and everything looks its best once the printing is done.