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canvas wraps

a step-by-step guide to creating canvas wraps from your photos

For those who are new to canvas wraps, here are some of the steps involved in the printing and canvas stretching process to produce canvas wraps.


Step 1

You send us your digital photo for your canvas wraps, either via our simple upload facility, or on a cd in the post. We check to see whether your photo is suitable for the size of canvas prints you’ve chosen. We allow for extra canvas to accommodate the wrap or bleed edge and also enough canvas to stretch it.


If you have photos, negative or slides, which you would like turned into canvas wraps and you do not have an electronic file, that’s not a problem. Your photo or negative will be professionally scanned to generate a high-resolution electronic file for us to create your canvas wraps.

Step 2 We use wide format printers in printing your photo directly onto the surface of high quality, real artist cotton canvas. Once the image has finished printing, we leave it for the inks to settle and dry. Once dry, your canvas wraps are marked out on the reverse to enable it to be stretched easily.
Step 3

The stretcher frames for your canvas wraps are then assembled, whether you choose Hardwood in 30mm or 40mm depths or 30mm deep Softwood. AT canvas differs from many of our competitors in that we manufacture our own, gallery quality stretcher bars for our canvas wraps as opposed to buying them in from external suppliers.


We only manufacture expandable stretcher bars complete with tension wedges in the corners for your canvas wraps. This enables you to re-tension your canvas wraps over time if they sag. You simply need to tap the pegs further into the joins to re-stretch the canvas.


If your canvas wraps are over 90cm in size they will come complete with the necessary cross bars and half bars to ensure that their structures remain stable. We recommend that canvas wraps over 90cm are stretched over our hardwood stretcher bars. The hardwood timber is denser and is more stable, making it ideal for stretching large canvas wraps.

Step 4 We stretch all our canvas wraps by hand. We don’t use canvas stretching machines. This ensures a professional finish every time for your canvas wraps. Using canvas stretching pliers to apply tension to the canvas, we begin at the centre and work outwards to achieve an even stretch. We are careful not to cut through the canvas with our pneumatic stapler.
Step 5

Once stretched we then insert the tension wedges into the corners of your stretcher. As mentioned above, if over time your canvas wraps sag slightly over time, something they may well do if hung in a warm environment, all you need to do is tap the tension wedges further into the joins. This expands the frame and further stretches the canvas.

Step 6

Your canvas wraps come ready to hang. We screw gallery strap hangers into the stretcher bars to ensure that your canvas wraps will hang securely on the wall. Do not use wire to hang your canvas. Hanging a wire between the stretcher bars puts undue stress on the structure and can cause it to warp.

Step 7 To protect your canvas wraps in transit, they are wrapped in plastic sleeves and then placed carefully into one of our own, telescopic cardboard boxes. These trap your canvas wraps inside to prevent them from moving inside the box.

Now that you've read about the process, click here to begin the process for us to produce your first canvas wrap.






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