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Are Canvas Prints, Canvas Photos, and Art Prints Tacky?

Are Canvas Prints, Canvas Photos, and Art Prints Tacky?

Are Canvas Prints, Canvas Photos, and Art Prints Tacky?

The art and photography world has many longstanding debates. One of those debates is if canvas prints, canvas photos, and art prints are tacky. Some argue that printing on canvas is a great way to display beautiful art and photographs, while others argue that the texture of canvas is not right for art and photography. Does canvas art look cheap? We definitely don't think so, but you'll have to make sure that you're ordering quality canvas from a printer that cares deeply about helping their customers showcase their memories in an elegant fashion. 

While this will likely continue to be a debate for years to come, we encourage you to study the facts and make your own determination. With years under our belts in the printing business, we are in a great position to provide you with the unbiased truth of using canvas as a printing medium. We have seen great artists and large companies order canvas prints, canvas photos, and art prints with wonderful success. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of printing to a canvas so that you can make an educated decision on the best way to print a photograph or piece of art for your tastes. 

Are Canvas Prints Tacky?

It goes without saying that canvas prints are one of the quickest rising trends in the home decor world currently. However, with it being such a quickly rising trend, there are many companies offering tacky and cheap canvas prints. These tacky canvas prints are also often overpriced. While there are some great companies providing high-quality canvas prints, there are just as many providing cheap quality prints. Here is what to look out for:

  • The quality of the canvas material (blended cotton is much better than a polyester blend)
  • The quality of inks being used (Solvent inks are ideal as they are full of deep colors)
  • The printing process (Advanced, cutting edge printers like our state-of-the-art Epson S60600L Production Presses)
  • The depth of the canvas (.75” or 1.5” canvases are ideal for a gallery-quality canvas print)
  • The style of wrapping (this includes blur, mirror, white, black, and grey)
  • The construction of the frame (a handmade frame made with pine board ensures your canvas print won’t start to warp 50 years from now)

We’ve all seen generic, dull, and floppy canvas prints being sold off the shelf at the store. These prints often give a bad first impression of the beauty that is possessed in a real high-quality canvas print. Many times, folks can’t tell a difference between an original work of art, and recreation on canvas due to the state-of-the-art technology that is used in professional canvas printing

Even working with canvas prints every day, we still have to stand centimeters away from a canvas print to tell if it is an original decoration piece or a reprint of the piece on canvas. This quality is achievable by using all American made materials to create our canvas prints. A major benefit of canvas prints, when compared to traditional framed prints, is that you do not need a custom frame to fit in with the style of your interior decorating. The elimination of the need to find expensive frames for multiple prints makes canvas prints an affordable yet elegant way to surround your home with your favorite moments and photos. 

Canvas prints as mentioned above can create a cozy, warm, and welcoming atmosphere in any space, which makes them pair well with many types of other home decor and furniture. The ability to customize these canvas prints allows you to print anything from your favorite piece of art to family portraits. These gallery-quality canvas prints are the exact opposite of tacky. 

Are Canvas Photos Tacky?

Canvas photos of family portraits, animals, and nature scenes are often misrepresented by poorly made canvas prints. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of companies printing your beautiful and cherished memories onto a cheap canvas with bad inks that fade away in less than a year. 

Further, these companies are producing these canvas photos at such a low price that they are able to oversaturate the market with poorly made canvas photos. Some key factors to look out for when purchasing a personalized canvas photo are:

  • Compromising on quality by using a cheap polyester blended canvas (cotton blended canvas is leagues ahead)
  • The use of Aqueous latex inks (up to 40% off the ink is lost in the drying process when these inks are used)
  • Wood frames made out of cheap plywood and other wood that absorbs moisture
  • Thin frames that are less than .75” thick
  • Companies using standard printers rather than state-of-the-art inkjet printers (detail will lack greatly with a standard printer)
  • Coarse canvas that will show an unrefined texture for your final print

If you use a high-quality canvas photo printing company, you do not need to worry about a single point that is mentioned above. Your reaction upon receiving the canvas photos should be filled with joy and instantly in love. In order for your canvas photos to turn out perfect, turn to a company that cares about you cherishing these memories forever. 

A gallery-quality canvas photo is made with 100% American materials, handmade frames, water-resistant inks, and advanced automated stretching. The best part about using a great company to print your photos to canvas is it is only a couple bucks more than the poor quality canvas prints you’ll find elsewhere. 

It is important when ordering a canvas photo that you feel comfortable that the canvas is being made by real humans, not factory automation that can’t tell if your image is blurry or not. 

An added benefit is that many high-quality canvas photo providers offer a 100% money-back guarantee. This is done because we want you to know that we are not happy until you are happy. Since canvas photos are all about the memories that are being printed, there is a certain level of human comfort that goes into the process.

Ordering from a canvas photo company that prints gallery-quality canvas prints means you are trusting that we care about your photographed memories and want them to be perfect.

Are Art Prints Tacky?

Oh great, another poorly printed Van Gogh on cheap canvas. We’ve all been there. Wondering if the great artist is rolling over in his grave due to his masterpieces being printed on lackluster canvas. This is an unfortunate situation to be in because fine art can look jaw-dropping on canvas if it is printed right. When purchasing a cheap art print on canvas here are the issues you might face:

  • Completely wrong coloring
  • Rough textured canvas
  • Flimsy frame prone to warping
  • Slack stretching
  • Incorrect proportions
  • Super slow shipping
  • Limited size options
  • Stress fractures due to incorrect stretching

Don’t let those above points scare you off, however. Ordering a piece of fine art on canvas can be stunning if done correctly. By ordering from a company that uses American made water-resistant inks, you can rest assured that your favorite piece of art will be so full of color, it will look like it was painted by Picasso himself just an hour ago. A handmade frame built from wood sourced from the southern United States will ensure your canvas won’t warp 50 years from now. 

Where To Get Cheap Canvas Prints

Most of us don’t have hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, to spend on an original piece of fine art. Printing this art onto a gallery-quality canvas print is the closest thing to the original, all while spending less than $100. Now, you can   decorate your home with your own special memories, on gallery quality canvas, for everyday prices. 

What Type Of Photos Make Good Canvas Prints

Our favorite thing about canvas prints is that they can make almost any photo look great! Thanks to our custom cotton blended canvas, we combine the classic subtle texture and feel of a canvas print, along with incredible image quality. Believe it or not, some of the best prints we ship everyday are photos that were taken with a smartphone! Long gone are the days of having to buy an expensive camera to get amazing photos. Almost any smartphone made within the last 5 years or so can take incredible images! So why wait? Upload your snapshots to to start creating custom canvas prints to remember special memories forever! 


How To Make Canvas Prints

Getting your hands on a gallery quality canvas print that will both elegantly and affordably show off your favorite photos and memories is simple! Just head over to and upload your photo. Then, select your canvas size, choose from a few options to further personalize your canvas, and relax. You'll have a ready to hang custom canvas print at your door in just a few days. 

How To Hang Canvas Prints

Hanging your new canvas prints is just as easy as ordering it! When you unbox your new canvas you'll find a sawtooth hanging kit already pre-installed on the frame. This means that all you need to do is find your open wall space, screw or hammer in a small screw or nail, and gently hang your canvas on it. And you're already done! All that's left to do is admire your canvas print for years to come. 

Where To Get Large Canvas Prints

At, we print our gallery quality canvases at up to 40 inches tall or wide, so you can show off your photos and memories as big, attention grabbing pieces of art! Whether it's a scenic landscape, family portraits, or funny pet pictures, your photos will look amazing printed large on our custom cotton blended canvas. 


To Conclude

Don’t let any old canvas print that you see at a discount store create your entire opinion of canvas prints, canvas photos, and art printed on canvas. By choosing a company that loves to create gallery-quality canvas prints, you will receive a canvas print that is beyond your expectations.

Canvas prints provide the perfect customizable piece of home decor, office decor, or business decor. They also make for a great gift to your family and friends without breaking the bank. When ordering a canvas print, photo print, or art print, make sure the company has the best intentions in mind of creating a beautiful print just for you.

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