In photography, a canvas is the fabric that is used as a media onto which the photo is printed. It can be 100 % cotton, like the Canson® Infinity Museum Pro Canvas or a poly-cotton blend such as the Canson® Infinity Photoart Pro Canvas.
This photographic media allow you to achieve exceptional results when exhibiting work worthy of becoming a painting. This is a solution that is often used for photographs that are exhibited in a museum or gallery.
Care should be taken when pinning a canvas to the frame
A canvas is a very flexible fabric. When printing, the format of the image can be slightly distorted on account of the printer mechanism. It is therefore important that you check the final result prior to mounting the canvas onto the frame.
Before proceeding with this step, you must allow the ink to dry for at least 24 hours prior to any handling. Once dry, you can also apply a coat of varnish to your photo to protect the inks, without altering the finish of the image.
How do you stretch the canvas?
The majority of artists use staples to stretch their canvas. This process, in contrast to the use of nails, allows you to remount the canvas onto another frame if necessary.
Stretching the canvas fabric onto a frame is a delicate exercise. If the technique is poorly executed, the canvas will be loose, warped and may even show fold lines.
It is therefore very important to stretch the fabric in a regular fashion (without excessive stretching to as to avoid distorting the frame). Begin by centering the canvas on the frame and then staple one side. Adjust the tension of the fabric and then staple the opposite side. You can then proceed in the same way for the 3rd and 4th sides.
Don't be afraid to ask for tips from your certified Canson® Infinity photo lab. He or she will be able to provide you with the necessary instructions to help you stretch your canvas onto the frame and thus show off your work as it deserves.
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