When it comes to picking out art for your home, business, or other needs, there are many options to choose from. Canvas prints make for amazing and stunning art pieces, especially if you plan on selling your own artwork. But even canvas prints have their own options, either stretched or rolled. Rolled canvas has become a popular choice among many for a variety of reasons, each of which makes it a viable option for your order. If you’re wondering whether or not rolled canvases are worth getting, here are the advantages they offer.

Lower Cost

One of the main reasons rolled canvases became so popular is because they cost much less than getting stretched canvases. The reason a rolled canvas costs less is because it takes less time and material. For starters, you don’t have to pay for the frame that the canvas is stretched around, which already saves you money. You also don’t have to pay the extra cost of labor it takes someone to stretch the canvas (or calibrate their machinery to stretch it for you). Finally, it’s a lot cheaper to ship rolled canvases because packing tubes are already widely used, take up less space, and will weigh less. Therefore, you can get your rolled canvas sent to you cheaper and faster.

Safer Delivery

Not only does shipping cost less than with stretched canvas, but it’s also a lot safer. Because the canvas is rolled up and stored in a tube, there is less risk that something can penetrate the packaging and damage the product. While stretched canvases do have a natural stable structure that helps prevent bending or folding, a compact rolled-up canvas has an even better level of protection from rough handling. You may need to lay out your canvas and do some manipulation to get it to lay flat, but it will maintain its shape much better during the overall process.

Easy Movement

When you order a canvas print for decoration or selling, chances are it isn’t going to stay in one place forever. Whether you move to a new location or need to ship it out to a customer, having a rolled canvas offers you greater flexibility in moving the art. Rolled canvases can be re-rolled (or stored rolled-up) to allow for more compact and protected moving. This way, you can protect your canvas print while also making your job a little easier overall.

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Perfect DIY Opportunities

If you love DIY projects, a rolled canvas is going to be the perfect option for you. There’s a lot you can do with a canvas print, and having no initial frame opens up your options. Purchasing rolled canvases allows you to frame them yourself or do any number of fun DIY projects you have in mind. You can use it as a fabric for an upholstered cushion. Turn it into a handmade pillow. Or hang it on a frame you made yourself that helps accentuate its features. Whatever you choose to do with your canvas print, having it rolled up is a great starting point.

Getting the Most out of Your Rolled Canvas

Ordering a rolled canvas can be a good and cost-effective option for canvas printing. But if you really want to get the most out of your rolled canvas, you’ll need to do some preparation work ahead of time. After all, any printed product can turn into a disaster if not done properly.

File Formatting

You want your canvas print to be a stunning work of art, so you need to make sure that you get your file properly formatted before sending it to the printer. Some things to keep in mind when setting up your file include:

  • Changing color spectrum from RGB (Red, Green, Blue) to CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black)
  • Setting DPI (dots per image) to a minimum of 300, or higher for an even clearer print
  • Leaving room for bleed and margin or running to the edge for a 3-D canvas print effect once framed

If you don’t take the time to properly format your image’s file, you could end up with a discolored, hazy, or misprinted canvas. An improperly formatted file will make it seem like ordering any kind of canvas print isn’t worth it.

Choosing a Printer

You also want to make sure that you choose the right printer for your canvas printing job. Not all printers are the same, and you want to find one that is perfect for your needs. Things to look for in a printer include:

  • An urban location, such as downtown Los Angeles
  • Ability to print on canvas and the option to have your canvas either stretched or rolled
  • Quality online reviews with pictures that showcase the quality of their work

Picking the right printer is important if you want to get the best out of your rolled canvas. A rural location can greatly limit your shipping options, while negative reviews or lack of printing variety can indicate less-than-quality products.

Rolled Canvas Options with Guru Printers

At Guru Printers, we offer both stretched and rolled canvas printing for any professional or personal need. With a variety of sizes and additional options, we can help you create the perfect canvas print for your needs. Located in downtown Los Angeles, we can swiftly and safely deliver your rolled canvas right to your door when you need it. To order a canvas print or any other printed materials, you can browse our available canvas print options or give us a call at (213) 513-2159 if you have questions about your order.