Choosing a company for your canvas prints may be a difficult thing to do, but whatsoever the case may be, always ensure you get answers to the following questions from your desired canvas printing company.
#1: Do you regularly maintain the printer?
This is extremely important, especially if you intend to make multiple copies of the same prints now or later on the line. Controversy is a common problem between canvas companies, and much has to do with inadequate maintenance.
#2: How old are their printers?
A printer older than 6 years has become obsolete and may not produce the best print on the screen. Progress in inkjet technology means more color and inkjet colors with a wider range of colors. The accuracy of color can be sacrificed if they have older printers.
#3: Do they use a branded canvas?
Normally, some brand names like big acrylic offered all poly-cotton canvas and more but now they seem to be scarce. A good way to find out is if you simply ask if they use a blend of poly-cotton canvas blend. This is necessary because all cotton canvas suddenly gets deteriorated, fade away, and even yellow over time. In addition, the poly-cotton canvas reflects the dust better than canvas and lasts longer.
#4: Are their inks based on pigment?
If you do not use inks based on pigment, they probably will use solvent or dye-based inks. Dye based inks are sensitive to spots and scratches and are more difficult to cover with a protective layer. Solvents based inks are improving but are still not equal with the inks based on pigments yet.
#5: Are they photo labs?
Be tired of companies that specialize in another product line. Although photo labs work with images every day, the printing process of the lab is completely different from the giclee process used for canvas printing. If you make more enquiries, you can discover that they outsource their images to other companies, in which case you do not have direct communication with the printer and you are convinced that the photo lab will be your agent. Even if not, since they are not specialized in print on canvas, they may not have the right facilities, experience and equipment to produce high-quality prints on canvas.
#6: What mounting frames types do you use?
If you plan to allow the mount on the canvas, you would want to know if they use a sap free lumber. Kiln dried pine is the most sought after among quality printers and is unlikely to warp, crack, or become fragile.