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CANVAS CHAMP

Canvas Champ proudly proclaims that they offer "Cheap Canvas Prints!" These prints include canvas, of course, but also wood, acrylic and metal, as well as photo pillows, banners, engraved plaques, and much more.

Watch for special offers: when we visited the Canvas Champ site, almost immediately we got a pop-up saying we could get a free 8x8 canvas print on an order of more than $25 if we gave them our email address. Canvas Champ also offers a complimentary rewards program; for every $2 you spend, you'll get 1 reward point. Rewards can be redeemed in groups of 10 points for a $1 discount. There are higher-tier rewards at spend levels of $1000 and $4000; you'll find more information by clicking on the Rewards Program link at the top of the page.

At first glance, Canvas Champ's selection of canvas sizes looks small: 5x7, 8x8, 11x14, 16x20, 20x30, and custom. But, looking around a little further, we found many more options that included mosaic prints, hexagon-shaped canvas, and multi-panel, split-style canvas in diptych, triptych, and quadriptych styles.

Like many of the canvas print companies we reviewed, Canvas Champ's "regular" prices are high, starting at a whopping $63.55 for a 5x7 print. However, there was an equally-hefty 93% discount in place, bringing our total down to a much more attractive price of $4.45.

The interface for uploading photos was easy to use: choose an image from your computer, or connect with your Facebook or Instagram account to select a photo there. Our image loaded quickly. Make sure to check the tabs at the top of the page once you've uploaded your photo, or you'll miss the chance to select the following options:

  • Wrap: thin (0.75"), thick (1.5"), rolled canvas or hanging canvas
  • Border: mirror image, image wrap, or color border
  • Frames
  • Hardware: hooks (free), sawtooth hanger ($3.99), easel back ($9.99), easel stand ($24), dust cover back ($9.99)
  • Optional color finishing: original, sepia, grayscale (all free), or caricature ($9.99), Warhol/Pop Art ($25), Pixel Painting ($50)
  • Lamination ($4.99)
  • Minor photo retouching: red eye removal, enhance color, lighten/darken image, dust/scratch removal, date stamp removal (each option adds $12 to the order)

On our order, our shipping options were $7.99 for standard (delivery within 14 calendar days), $28.98 for express (delivery within 10 calendar days), and $38.98 for priority (delivery within 5 calendar days).

Canvas Champ has two customer-friendly guarantees. First, if you find a better published price for your canvas print, they'll match that price and give you an extra 10% discount on your order. Second, if you find any errors in printing, design, or materials, you can request a full refund or replacement.

This last guarantee is particularly important: although many customers are very happy with the canvas prints they received from the company, we found more than a few who said that the prints were lesser quality than they expected. If you're an average consumer who just wants a fun way to display some family photos, you may not notice or care; however, avid photographers and print experts may find flaws that they can't ignore. We also found several instances where customers had a hard time getting a satisfactory response from Canvas Champ, with even the reprints coming out as poor quality. These prints typically ship from India, so as you might imagine there are also complaints about orders damaged during shipping.

On the other hand, Canvas Champ is an accredited business with the BBB and maintained an excellent "A" rating at the time of this updated review. They also have thousands of reviews across various sites that do give them 4- and 5-star ratings, so obviously they're still doing many things right. For this reason, Canvas Champ gets an extra half-star in their rating, compared with their previous review; we're hopeful that they will continue in a positive direction and possibly resolve some of the print quality and shipping issues that have been a problem for a number of customers in the past.

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CANVAS PRESS

Based in Texas, Canvas Press has been offering paper, metal, and canvas prints since opening in 2006. Their prints are all made in and shipped from the USA, allowing for faster delivery and higher-quality prints than services who make and ship canvas prints overseas.

One perk that Canvas Press offers that we didn't see with all of the companies in our review is a free image consultation. When you click the "help" button on the navigation bar, you'll find the link to the form to fill out and to upload your photo. You'll be contacted by a Canvas Press representative who will get any extra information needed and answer your questions prior to placing your order.

You'll find an appealing variety of canvas sizes with this company:

  • 8x8
  • 8x10
  • 11x14
  • 16x20
  • 16x24
  • 18x24
  • 20x30
  • 24x30
  • 24x36
  • 30x40
  • 36x48
  • Custom sizes of your choosing

You'll also get four different mounting/border options: 0.75", 1.5", 2", and non-stretched canvas. If you opt for one of the wrapped styles, you can select a mirror, image, or color wrap. Canvas options range from standard with a satin finish, museum matte, or museum glossy.

Everyday pricing is higher than most, starting at $41.33 for an 8x8, 0.75" canvas print. But, when we went to place an order, there was a seasonal promotion in placed offering a discount of 50% on canvas prints up to the 36x48 size.

To get started, you can click on the bright pink/red Create a Canvas Print button at the top of the page. You'll need to know the thickness you want right away, since it's the first selection you have to make. We didn't love that we either had to upload an image or get it from Flickr; we would love to see social media upload options like Instagram or Facebook as well. It took a long time to upload our selected image from our laptop; competitor sites had it ready to go in a second or two, while we waited more than a minute for it to appear on the Canvas Press Design Tool. It never did. We refreshed the screen and tried uploading again, to no avail. That was a definite frustration and disadvantage; most customers would probably walk away at that point, no matter how good the service is otherwise.

Shipping is much more expensive at Canvas Press than with most of their competitors. Ground Shipping starts at $20 for a package less than 17" and goes all the way up to $50 for packages measuring more than 40". If you need 3-day express/overnight delivery, you're looking at a range of $35/$55 to $95/$120.

On a positive note, customers have great things to say about the quality of the canvas prints received from Canvas Press. Fast delivery, excellent image reproduction, and better-than-average materials are some of the compliments the business receives on a regular basis. Better yet, Canvas Press offers a 30-day replacement policy and a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and materials.

If you can get the uploading tool to work for you, Canvas Press is a good choice for higher-quality canvas prints that are printed in and shipped from the US. Just be prepared for it to cost a little extra for both the print itself as well as the shipping.

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Best Canvas Prints

To help you find the Best Canvas Prints, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of Canvas Champ and Canvas Press.

Who has the best Canvas Prints? Gone are the days where the best way to display a treasured photograph was in a traditional frame. Most home decoration TV shows, magazines, and websites feature canvas prints as the most modern-yet-elegant format for showing off your children, favorite scenic shots from a vacation, or even spotlighting your four-legged family members.

Using a canvas print takes your images from a flat, two-dimensional aspect and pops them out as a 3-D work of art. Whether you're buying a canvas print for yourself or as a gift to commemorate a special occasion, ordering it online can save you time and money while still resulting in the pixel-perfect quality you'd expect if you entrusted the project to a local photographer and print shop.

When working with an online supplier of canvas prints, you'll find that the best websites will walk you through everything you need to know - from how to select an ideal image, the best canvas size for your selected photograph, which framing to use, and which touch-up services like fixing color balance or adding text elements might give it a special touch.

How can you tell which canvas print company you should use for your next project? Services vary widely, so as you decide which one would meet your needs, keep these factors in mind:

  • Pricing. How much will you pay for the print size you want? Does the company offer any discounts, free or reduced-cost shipping, or other perks that can make it even more affordable? How much will you pay for upgrades like contrast balancing or other features?
  • Reputation. What do previous customers have to say about the quality of the canvas prints they purchased? Does the company have a rating with the BBB?
  • Simplicity. Does the company's website make it as frustration-free as possible to upload your photos and get your canvas print ordered quickly? Is it easy to make changes, add customization, or fix flaws in the photo?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Canvas Print stores available today. We hope this information helps you design the right canvas print for your home, office, or gift-giving needs!



Types of Pictures That Make Good Canvas Prints

We've all had a "Kodak" moment. Maybe it was the first time you saw a baby fawn taking its first steps in a field. Maybe it was that fantastic waterfall you encountered at the end of a hike in the wilderness. Or maybe it was just your grandma, sitting on her rocking chair on the front porch of her hundred-year-old home. Whatever the moment, we've all had one where we just knew it would make a memorable photo.

Photos that can only be classified as "Kodak" moments definitely are the kinds that make excellent canvas art.

But what, exactly, is canvas art?

Canvas art is created through a specialized printer which requires special eight to 12 color inkjet printers containing UV-resistant ink. You want to use UV-resistant ink because if the canvas will be hung on a wall, it most likely will at some point be exposed to sunlight, which can cause it to fade. UV-resistant ink helps to slow the fading process. The printer is designed to accommodate canvas, which is heavier than most of the kinds of paper we use in our home and office printers.

A high-resolution photo or digital image is then taken, scanned into a computer, and printed onto the canvas with the special printer.

Once you understand the process, it is much easier to choose photos or digital images which would lend themselves to the creation of a good canvas piece.

The first step in choosing a picture that would make a good canvas print is to make sure the image being used is of a high resolution. Most new cameras are capable of 8 to 12 megapixel images, with more expensive digital SLR cameras able to produce even higher resolutions. The general rule of thumb is if the image isn't at least 350 dpi (dots per inch), it will not reproduce well onto canvas. If you are unsure whether your photo or digital image is of good enough quality for printing onto canvas, consider consulting a professional photographer or canvas art business before placing an order. They should be able to review the image or print photo and tell you if it will reproduce well.

If the quality of the photo is acceptable, you also may want to ask the printing company if they are able to edit or "brush up" the photo for you. Issues like red eye, smears and even dust on the lens of the camera can transfer to your canvas art. These are all things that with the right photo-editing equipment - such as Photoshop - can be altered to create a better-looking image.

Among some of the images which have found their way onto canvas include:

  • Family portraits
  • Portraits of pets
  • Skyline photos, particularly at sunset or sunrise
  • Landscape photos
  • Waterfalls, lakes or the ocean
  • Wildlife

The list of what can be transferred to canvas is endless and truly depends on the taste of the individual who is ordering the piece.

 



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