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Edges and Finish

Edges and Finish


Canvas Edges

The image you wish to print onto a canvas will impact upon how your canvas edges need to be prepared. If you are unsure of how your canvas edges need to be prepared our team of professional graphic designers can provide you with guidance to ensure your canvas print is produced to maximise the result of your particular graphics or image.

Picture Edges

Generally a canvas being three dimensional looks most effective where the image is wrapped around the edges of the frame. We call this picture edges. It gives a natural flow to your image so the actual picture continues around the sides of the frame.

Some images however are best formatted so none of the subject is lost around the edges for example images depicting people where heads and feet appear on the top or bottom of the image or if an artwork has important content around the sides which form the complete image. On these occasions we recommend one of three options:

  • mirror edges
  • pixel edges
  • block edges

Mirror Edges

Mirror edging means that the edges of your canvas are mirrored with part of the images that appears on the sides of the image ensuring that there is a flow of the imagery. This is most effective with landscapes and abstracts. The colours and look of the imagery is consistent and it appears that the image flows.

Pixel Edges

Pixel edges means that the image is stretched around the edges. This is more suited to images that do not have a lot of detail so it is hard to detect the stretching such as sky, grass and solid colours.

Block Edges

If it is preferred that the image does not get stretched or mirrored so the only imagery appear on the front, then we can apply a block edge. In this case the image is only slightly extended over the bevelled edge of the frame and for the majority of the edge a block colour is applied. The block colour can be black, white or in fact any colour you choose. In most cases the colour chosen would be a colour picked from the colours within the image so it complements the image itself.

An example of each edge option is depicted in the diagram below.

Different edge/wrap options


Finish Options

Your budget for your canvas print project and the quality of your customer's finished product requirements will depend upon the finish required for your canvas art reproduction. Your customer may require the product unstretched for ease of shipping. We therefore have three finish options - standard, gallery and rolled (unstretched).

Standard Finish

Standard finish is the most economical option. The staples attaching the canvas to the frame are still visible at the back and the excess canvas once it has been cut remains intact on the back. The hanging cord is then stapled to the frame making it ready to hang.

Gallery Finish

For a more professional high end look we offer the gallery finish. Here we cut the excess canvas from the back of the frame and cover the staples with brown artists tape ensuring the staples cannot in any way damage the wall. The hanging cord is then attached with screws on either side which allows for any adjustments which need to be made to the height of the canvas as the cord can be loosened or tightened as required. Bump pads are also applied to each corner to provide cushioning when pushed against a wall.

Standard vs Gallery finish



Rolled (Unstretched) Finish

If your canvas does not require a frame (perhaps you wish to send them overseas or it is a particularly large size which must be assembled at its destination) then we can supply the canvas unstretched i.e. rolled in a tube.

Unstretched canvas shipped rolled in a tube





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