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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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CANVAS DISCOUNT

Canvas Discount is part of the Bestcanvas family, with headquarters in Miami. They offer several types of photo products, including photo gifts, home decor, and canvas prints.

When you click on the Create Canvas button, it will automatically open your downloads folder - no option to choose images from Facebook, Instagram, or other sources. Available canvas sizes ranged from 8x8 up to 40x60, with pricing from $9 to $160. As with most sites, these prices reflected a "discount" that's more likely to be their everyday pricing.

With an 8x8 print, we were given the option of adding an easel back for $9. We could only get one frame thickness, 0.75", though larger print sizes included a deeper thickness if desired. Other options included edge design (black, white, folded, stretched, or mirrored), framing, and black-and-white effects. We could also add a text box, if desired.

We were surprised that our options ended there. Canvas Discount doesn't offer any kind of image retouching, and their add-ons were very limited compared with other canvas print companies. Shipping options were similarly sparse: $9.90 for express delivery. Nothing more, nothing less. Given that's an amazing price for fast shipping, we weren't bothered by not having more options. Although there was also no production/delivery timeframe mentioned on the order page, we did find that orders are guaranteed ready to ship within 24 hours, which is equally impressive. And, if your order happens to be more than $70, your shipping is free.

Do they deliver on their promises? Canvas Discount's reputation is definitely a mixed bag. On the one hand, we found quite a few repeat customers who've been pleased with their canvas prints over months or even years, with no problems related to quality, customer service, or delivery. On the other hand, Canvas Discount's parent company, Bestcanvas, Inc., had an unimpressive rating of "C-" with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review. The BBB said that the Bestcanvas site made many claims of being the best rated canvas shop, the world market leader in production, and so forth; we found similar claims on this website and saw for ourselves that the places they claimed to have top rankings were not accurate.

One positive is that we did see responses from Canvas Discount representatives on every site where we found complaints, which shows that they are making the effort to address customer concerns.

We appreciate that they offer a 110% price guarantee, and although it's not prominently featured on the site, they do seem to have a satisfaction guarantee as well. According to the return and refund policy, you can contact them within 30 days if you're unhappy for any reason. But, they don't specify that they promise you a refund no matter what. Instead, it says "we will confirm your complaint and then advise on how to proceed". This isn't the most reassuring customer satisfaction policy we've ever seen.

And, if you want to reach a representative, you're limited to a 5-hour window, Monday through Friday, from 11a to 4p EST. This includes their live chat as well as their toll-free number.

The shopping experience with this business might be summarized best by one word: "inconsistent". When Canvas Discount gets it right, their finished products are amazing, but unfortunately, they don't seem to maintain that in a way that customers can trust no matter what their canvas print order entails.

We want to like Canvas Discount for their fast production time, low prices, and sometimes-amazing canvas prints. But, with less-than-consistent results, a low rating with the BBB, and a difficult-to-reach customer service department, we have our concerns about how our order would be handled and if we'd get an end product that left us happy.

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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 Press and Canvas Discount.

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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