DIY Photo Canvas

How many of your precious moments are gathering dust in boxes or hidden from view in photo albums? In this item it's about taking your time and investing it in turning your everyday photos into something special - pieces of art.


  1. You'll need an image at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, at the dimensional size you want to print to, so it needs to be a high quality image to start with. We chose approximately 11"x15" to match close to A3 size. These changes were made using Adobe Photoshop. If you have a slide or negative that you would like on canvas you may need to get the digital photo lab to scan to a digital image file for you.
  2. Once you have your image at the correct resolution and dimensions you want, take it to a digital photo lab to have it printed to canvas.
  3. If you have the facilities you can create your own frame to stretch the canvas over. The frame we used is made from stretcher bars bought from a local art shop.
  4. Once the frame is ready, you can use an electric stapler to fix the canvas to the frame. Ensure the printed image is sitting squarely on the frame before you start. Start by fixing the canvas to the back edge of the frame along one side, then stretch the canvas firmly (but not too firmly!) and staple along the opposite side. Continue along the third and final side of the frame, stretching firmly as you go.
  5. To hang your canvas, use the stapler to fix a strong piece of string or picture wire across the inside of the frame.

  • Add a dark border around the photo area to spill across the stretcher bars or frame when stretching the canvas.
  • You can play with the colour of your image to make it look more abstract.
  • If you don't have Photoshop or a similar graphics program at home, you can take the image to a digital photo lab for them to make any editing changes. Either way, you'll need to go to a digital photo lab to have the image printed to canvas.
  • These days there are state-of-the-art printers that can print onto almost anything. We've chosen canvas, but you could also use a lighter fabric..
  • For locations to have your image printed, check under "Photographic Processing Services" in the Yellow Pages. Strictly speaking you are looking for a Digital Print Bureau or Digital Output Bureau. But many of the established photo labs also have these state-of-the-art printers, and do work from digital files. Prices will vary.

We did our print at:
COFA (College of Fine Arts) Digital Print and Copy Service

Photo in story by Louise Fowler-Smith

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You can canvas prints online from this website,it's so cool.