Photo on Canvas Enlargements - 5 Things to Know About Enlarging Photographs

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For anyone wanting to print a favourite photo on canvas, it is wise to know a few things first to ensure that you do not waste your time or money. Below are the 5 most important factors to think about when having an image enlarged.

1. Image resolution.

Resolution is key. The higher the resolution of your photograph, the better the image quality of your print. The resolution of an image is the amount of pixels that make up that image. The more pixels there are, the more detailed your print will be. It is important to remember that just because an image looks good on your screen, it does not mean that it will look good when printed. Screen resolution and print resolution are two very different things. If you're unsure as to whether your image is good enough to be printed always ask the printer or print company to check your image for you first.

2. Image ile size

Image size is also an important factor. When sending images to be printed on canvas, the larger the file size the better. An image that is to be printed at A1 size or above should ideally have a minimum file size of 1 MB. To find out the size of a image file, locate the file in question on your computer and whilst hovering over it,the file size information should be displayed, if it is not, click the right mouse button and click properties to find the file size.

3. Enlargement.

As a photo is enlarged, the pixels that make up that photo are stretched. The more these pixels are stretched, the more blurry and less defined the image will appear on the canvas.

As most standard digital cameras are now over 5 megapixels (5 million pixels), many of us no longer need to worry about poor quality. It is unlikely you will experience any problems when enlarging to sizes A1 or smaller. With new photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, you can now enlarge images using what is called the "Bicubic" method. This method takes information from the existing pixels and uses it to create new ones. This is by far the most effective way to enlarge an image. Often many people familiar with Adobe Photoshop or similar programs attempt to enlarge their own images before sending them away to be printed. This is a bad idea. It is always better to send the original image and let the professionals do the work for you. There may be other steps that can be implemented to further enhance your image that you are missing!

4. Minimum resolution required.

When talking about specific camera specifications, 5 megapixels is considered to be the minimum camera resolution necessarily to create a crisp and clear canvas print. (Although strictly speaking is no true definitive minimum requirement set as some images, regardless of resolution or file size, can still fare well when enlarged to fairly large sizes, but this does very much depend on the image that is being transferred to canvas.)

5. Never be afraid to ask for help.

If you are unsure about any of the points above (or simply do not have enough time to worry about learning what all this techno-speak means!) Then speak to a professional. You can always send in your image and request that an editor/designer takes a look at your image first to confirm that the quality and resolution are sufficient, before the image is printed onto canvas.

If you have an image in mind that you would like transferred to canvas, visit a photo to canvas specialist who will take your image, enlarge it, edit it if necessary and transfer it onto canvas.

One company I can personally recommend who will transfer your photo to canvas and provide you with a photo on canvas prints is Canvasking. Please click the links in blue above for more details.

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One company worth mentioning when discussing Photo on canvas transfers and Canvas prints is Canvasking. They specialize in taking photographs, editing them and transferring them to canvas. Please visit them for more details.

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