Canvas printing

Canvas printing provides a great low cost way of beautifully bringing your memories to life in a quality way. Create beautifully soft, warm and modern canvas prints for your home, business and customise them to your own personal style. The canvas prints are printed in high resolution on strengthened and stretched canvasses. 

Canvas printing can be printed on any size canvas, normally over a 30mm depth profiled plywood frame, with hanging accessories.

Canvas printing is where a canvas material is stretched over a wooden frame (called a stretcher) with an image printed on it using an inkjet printer. This is normally done by a professional printing comapny with teh correct printing equipments and skills to strech the canvas over the wooden frame. Canvas printing is an effective, and long lasting method of printing and light weight in comparison to a glass - framed picture, the canvas printing reduces your cost by not having to pay for a frame, and allows you to focus on the image instead.

What images can be printed on canvas?

Any image, as long as the resolution is set on high. Images are taken from photographs, stock images, and printed to look as close to the real picture as possible. Canvasses are primed to prevent the ink from leaching / running

What material is used for canvas printing?

Poly canvas are generally used and have taken over from  cotton canvasses. Canvasses are cpvered with a primer to prevent leaking of the ink

Canvas is a also made from plain tightly woven material which is extremely durable, allowing the ink and image to last longer. 



What is offset printing? 

Offset printing is done for reproduction of original artworks

Offset printing is when an ink image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket. For the purpose of this page, we are not delving into offset printing, but rather inkjet printing for canvasses. 

What is a shaped canvas?

A shaped canvas takes on an altered shape. This process is used more with painting processes for effect. It gives a multidimensional effect. This method was used in certain works often in the 1960’s.

What size can I do a canvas print on? Canvas size depends on the customer, but can be as large as 1.5 m or even larger

Large printing requires large format printers and a high definition photo / image. Pixels

How is canvas printing done? Inkjet printers are generally used for printing. 

When choosing an image remember that the canvas printing is done with the printed image being taken  over the edge of the cavas to avoid having a white open area on the frame

Pixel size and Canvas Printing

What resolution should I use? 

Common Canvas Print Sizes:






200 x 200 mm 300 x 300 mm 400 x 400 mm 500 x 500 mm 600 x 400mm 700mm x 700mm
1200 - 2000 pix 1500 - 2500 2000 - 3000 2000 - 3000 pix 2000 - 3000 pix 2000 - 3000 pix



Canvas printing styles to consider




Arty Design

Printed calendars

Calendars are printed according the correct calendar dates and public holidays and can be personalised

Types of calendars:

Monthly: with page per month

Monthly: with areas to add text, make notes

Yearly: The full year is presented on one sheet and can be seen at a glance

Yearly with small text box

Birthday calendars: these do not have dates per day, only dates and can thus be used every year to remember anniversaries, birthdays and important events

Why print a calendar when there are free templates online and on my phone?

Calendars are still very popular when printed and personalised, even though there are elctronic forms available.

Calendars can be customised with personalised pictures per month

eg create a birthday calendar using your family members or friends, with each one getting a month of the year

Printed calendars are used as branding tools, use your logo and contact details on a calendar which will be seen every day to promote your business.

Being able to write down events helps with planning and coordinating of your life's details.

Unique calendar ideas:

  • Baby photoshoots
  • Family protraits
  • Travel photos
  • Motivational / Inspirational messages
  • Pets
  • Recipes
  • Emergency and other useful numbers

Printing Brochures

Printing Banners

Printing Business Cards

Binding Booklets

Printing wedding invitations

Printing Envelopes

Printing Booklets

Printing Software

How to create printers marks

Printing plastic bags and packaging

How to set up your documents for printing and binding

Catalogue design and printing

Need a printing company?

Fourways Area

Pretoria East