Awards & Engraving

September '19

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A&E SEPTEMBER 2019 • 39 Sublimation When considering a photo or image to use, make sure that you add at least 2 inches around the subject being used to wrap the canvas. Sometimes being able to add a decorative border works as well. Picking out the right photo or graphic is important for capturing the desired look. Use the canvas size with the same aspect ratio and orientation (portrait versus land- scape) as the photo or image. It should be a well-proportioned proper fit, being sure to add the 2 inches for the wrap-around. If your image isn't large enough, be mindful when scaling it that it doesn't become pixelated. CANVAS WITH TEXT Once your photo is added in your soft- ware and positioned proportionally to your canvas size, you can think about adding things to personalize it. Adding text such as names, dates, Bible quotes, poems, or song lyrics is a popular way to personalize your customer's piece. Maybe a photo isn't the way you want to go, but it doesn't mean that you can't create a one-of-a-kind work of art. Create word art using background patterns, images, collages, and different fonts to design a unique canvas that invokes the same type of sentiment as one would with a photo added. And who's to say that you didn't just create your best seller. FLOATER FRAMES If you aren't a fan of the frameless look, or if your gallery-wrapped canvas print or original painting is looking a bit ragged around the edges, a floater frame is exactly what you need. Canvases, mounted on stretcher bars, sit neatly on the inside lip of these simple, stylish frames, slightly removed from the face to create a "floating" effect. It can also add a nice decorative dimension depending on the type of frame you choose. TAKE CARE OF YOUR CANVAS Always display your canvas in a dry environment, away from any direct or reflected sunlight UV rays and any heat sources. Remove any dust occasionally with a soft feather duster. Remove any dimpling or sagging of the canvas with a fine spray mist of water rubbed gently to the back of the canvas and allow to dry and tighten to its original stretched form. Today you can offer canvases with rela- tive ease and minimal cost, yet not lessen the profitability you find in the higher end canvases, so it becomes a win-win for you and your customer. Taking your customer's photo and splitting it into three or four finished canvas sections provides a look that's different from the traditional canvas. You don't always have to add a photo to canvas. Word art is also a popular way to customize these items. A&E

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