Artist: Marci Rule
The difference between fine art paper and normal paper lies in the composition of the paper itself. As a matter of fact, natural fibres (usually cotton or alpha cellulose) must be included within the composition of fine art paper. The paper is not artificially bleached with chlorine, thus ensuring that the photos stand the test of time. A major asset in the sphere of art photography!
Because fine art paper is intended for the printing of high quality art, its quality must be ideally suited to receiving inks and pigments. The composition of the surface layer must allow the ink to adhere well over time, while offering a neutral pH to ensure that the paper also stands the test of time.
Lastly, a fine art paper will allow you to emphasize the composition of the image, while providing the ideal support for intense colors and marked contrasts, while also enabling a wide range of grey tones.
A canvas print, not to be confused with a canvas painting, is an image printed from an inkjet printer onto canvas. Once printed, the canvas gets stretched onto a frame. Some people opt for a frameless border while others prefer framed canvas prints. To create an unframed canvas print, many use the gallery-wrapping technique. During this process, the canvas is wrapped around the stretcher bars and secured to the frame.
There is common confusion between mounted prints, acrylic prints and canvas prints. A mounted print is a paper print attached to a backing board. The emphasis of this print is to preserve the photo and prepare it for framing or hanging on a wall.
An acrylic print takes an image printed on photographic paper. The image is then placed between sheets of acrylic, often referred to as plexiglass. When comparing the three types of prints, canvas prints evoke an artistic feel. This is because they’re similar in appearance to oil and acrylic paintings.
Canvas is a strong and durable fabric created with hemp. In more modern times, cotton and linen have replaced hemp. Most of the canvas prints that you buy for your home use cotton or polyester. The main difference between the two is the exactness of the color.
Color seeps into cloth made with cotton fibers while it remains on the surface of synthetic polyester strands. Because of this, polyester prints are more vivid and cotton prints are longer-lasting.
So which is better? It depends on what you’re looking for. Many consider cotton prints higher-quality and closer to what you would find in a museum. But polyester is the more affordable option, and it also yields bold and colorful prints.
Metal artwork has been a form of self-expression since ancient times. Metal prints, also known as metallic prints, are modern, high definition art pieces made of a sleek metal panel (usually aluminum), layered with any image of your choosing.
These stunning, luminous art pieces can be hung in a living room, bedroom or another favorite place in the home. Metal prints bring photographs to life and often make for a great conversation piece.
If you’re looking to design your own metal print, head on over to our extensive metal print collection.
While the medium you choose for your photographs and artwork is largely based on personal style, there are some unique benefits of metal art.
Metal prints use a frameless design, giving photos a clean, modern look. You don’t have to deal with framing or matting the piece: the art is ready the minute it arrives. Because of its durable material and professional finish, metal art has immense longevity. It looks as new in 20 years as it did on day one.
In addition to its longevity, metal prints are scratch-resistant and waterproof. That’s right: you can hang it in your kitchen, bathroom or even playroom, without worry that it will be damaged. You can have peace of mind knowing the artwork will remain pristine over time.
In terms of how your photograph will look, you may be surprised by how brilliantly it displays on a metal print. Because the image is infused into the aluminum sheet, not on top of it, it becomes clearer and more radiant. In other words, the process takes your image and magnifies its beauty.