Friday, February 9, 2018

Why You Should be Printing with Inkjet Printers

With the rapid sophistication of modern printing, it's becoming harder and harder to discern differences in quality when it comes to comparing the various methods one can print fine art. On Etsy alone, fine art and design prints can be found on laser-printed cardstock, off-set printed fancy paper, or inkjet-printed on high-end 100% cotton rag. But while digital laser and offset printing can be appealing due to their lower cost, inkjet printing is still by far the best choice for artists and photographers, and here are our reasons why.

An example of an inkjet printer - the Epson SureColor


More Precise Printing Process / Higher DPI 

 Unlike laser and off-set printing, inket printers do not make colors by layering one on top of another. Instead, inkjet printers print using precise nozzles connected to colour cartridges. These nozzles are activated by little electrical pulses that activate the nozzles to put out a single dot of color in a certain area. This is why inkjet printers often will advertise their high-resolution capability – this means that the higher number of dots per inch (dpi) they advertise, the smaller the dots each nozzle is able to print, resulting in a much more accurate and rich color combination than other printers.

Photo sourced from http://www.dp3project.org/


Wider Color Gamut / Smoother Continuous Colour

Although technically inkjet printing operates on the same principles as CMYK, unlike laser and offset-printing, inkjet printers have a wider range of inks in which to print. While laser printer and off-set printers have 4 different color rolls or drums (one for each color: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black), inkjet printers often have secondary inks available in various shades of the main colors.

CMYK Rollers for Off-Set Printing

Laser printer showing the 4 CMYK drums inside

For example, rather than having one cartridge for black (K), some inkjet printers may have matte-black or gloss-black. They may even have several different shades of gray, light cyan or dark magenta. Having a wider range of precise ink colors means inkjet printers are able to replicate a wider color gamut with more accuracy. This also results in more natural, continuous shades of color, which is why inkjet printing is often used to feature black-and-white photography.

This is why some fine art printing companies will ask files to be supplied in Adobe RGB rather than CMYK. A 6-color or 12-color inkjet printer, therefore, can create color gradations with more precision than 4-color offset or laser printers.

Inkjet Inks, in various colours for smoother gradients

Larger Choice of Paper


Example of Hahnemule paper, showcasing continuous grays in a b/w photo

In addition to offering a larger gamut of color in their inks, inkjet printing also offers a wider range of paper choice. This is because certain inkjet printers are built to take specific types of paper that laser printers cannot. For example, an archival 100% cotton rag paper would be too thick and textured to run through a large format laser printer.

While offset printers are able to print on a variety of paper as well, they are not usually of archival quality, and therefore do not offer the same width in color gamut. Archival papers are often acid-free as well, and photopapers are made only to receive inkjet inks. Outside of archival papers, injkets can print on virtually any other type of material as well - canvas, transfer paper for dye-sublimation printing, textiles, etc.


At KeenArt Medida, we use the Epson Surecolor inkjet printer for all your print needs. It carries a 12-color cartridge capability for stunningly smooth results. We also carry a wide range of substrates, including fine art paper, photopaper, canvas, textiles, etc - check out our selection our website today!


Fine Art
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Photo Rag 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Textured German Etching 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, William Turner 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Fine Art Baryta 
  • Fine Art - Moab - Entrada Rag Bright 
  • Fine Art - Moab - Entrada Rag Natural  
Photography
  • Photographic Paper - Metallic Paper 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Luster 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Glossy 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Semigloss 
  • Coated Paper - Enhanced Matte
Synthetic Textiles

  • Fabric - Satin Cloth
  • Fabric Removable Adhesive - Peel n' Stick
  • Canvas
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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services, such  dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!). Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday


Thursday, February 1, 2018

WE HEART THIS COUPON CODE


The first of February marks the beginning of yet another sweet holiday around the corner - you guessed it, Valentine's!

While Valentine's Day is usually associated with romantic pairings and lovebirds, it is also a day to just show anyone you love just how much you love them - whether they be friends or family. No matter how big or small the gesture, a sentimental thought will be sure to brighten anyone's day.

If you choose to give a Valentine's gift this year, we can help you make it especially thoughtful and personalized.

For friends, why not print a 8x8 canvas gallery wrap of one of their Instagram shots? 




For family, why not a metal print of their latest vacation photos? 



And for an especially special sweetheart, the possibilities are endless...but poetic Word Arts, Word Clouds, and Collages are our favourite.


And now we have an even better way to help - with a coupon!


Until February 14th, use the coupon code HEART30 to receive 30% off all regular-priced canvas, metal, plexi, fine art prints and plaque mounts! Order by Feb 7th for guaranteed Valentine's arrival. So heart this coupon code and get started!
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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services, such as scanningdry mounting, and dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!). Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Printing Logos for Office Decor

There's nothing that symbolizes a business's values and practice better than a logo. But why stop at just marketing materials? A large piece of art with your business' name in the foyer or reception area makes a huge impact on customers: that you're proud of your business, that its identity is worth hugely celebrating.

So when it comes to printing logos for office decor, we have a few tips to make your order easier. We'll talk about file size and set up, as well as the pro and cons of the most common choices of printing for office decor.

File Size + Setup

When looking for a file to send us, there are two options:
  • A raster (or .jpeg) file
  • a vector file (anything ending in .ai, .svg, .eps)
If you have a .jpeg file, you will have to check in with your graphic designer (or us) to see if it is has enough information to be printed at the size you're looking for. 

If your graphic designer has already placed the logo in a file with a background and has set it to the size it will be printed at, then it should be high enough quality. Their file should also have a bleed (for edges), and set in Adobe RGB

If neither of these options are possible, please send us the logo in a vector format. This will allow us to scale the logo up without losing any quality or information.  We can quickly put together a mock up for you and send you a proof before we proceed with printing.

Choose Your Material

Depending on the look you are going for, some materials will be a better fit than others. Here are some of our recommendations and why:





  • Canvas - With canvas, you can't go wrong. Traditional, warm, and coated with UV-protected finishes, the colors of your logo will remain vibrant and vivid for years to come. Lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to clean (just wipe the dust off with microfibre cloth). An excellent long-term solution. They can also be ordered in custom sizes, to fit whatever space you need to fill. 

  • Plaque Mounting - A little more formal, but definitely has a more "sign-like" appeal. With beveled edges and your choice of color, plaque mountings are a little more conservative, informational, and polished. They are also finished with a soft matte-laminate, which makes the colors vibrant while also easy to clean. They have a little more permanence and are not as easy to hang as canvases, but make excellent, official impressions. They can also be ordered in custom sizes, to fit whatever space you need to fill. 


  • Metal Prints - If you're looking for something much more modern, metal prints are now all the rage. They function just like plaque mounts, and are durable as well as scratch resistant. They are also much more lightweight than plaques, and have a clean, border-less edge. However, they are only available in standard sizes. They also come in two different finishes: white gloss and clear gloss. With white gloss, the images are bright and saturated. With clear gloss finish, the metallic texture will be more dominant, and will be seen in any area of the picture that is white. An excellent choice for businesses with a tech or lightspeed edge, or software start-ups.

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KeenArt Media is an online fine art printing and framing company, specializing in canvas, archival and photographic prints and reproductions. We are proud to serve and support artists from all over Canada. 

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Photographing Your Artwork at Home - Our Tips





Before you have your work scanned for print reproduction, you're bound to want to post the product first. In order to make sure your customers get the best idea of your artwork, excellent, accurate photography is key.

Although these tips are to help you capture your artwork better via photograph, these photographic files should not be used for reproduction.  No matter how visually accurate the colors may appear, a photograph will always capture slight hues and glares that may still influence the print after editing. Therefore, we always recommend you do scans of your artwork, as these scans are edited and tested to ensure that the printers produce color that is as accurate as possible to the original.

1. Center your artwork.


 
This may be a no brainer, but having your artwork square and centre helps anchor the viewer and the image. Try making sure your camera is aligned so that it is parallel to the artwork - not tilting forward or back, to get the clearest shot.


2. Take clear shots. 

 

Best way to guarantee this: use a tripod. Better yet, take photos with a proper camera with adjustable lenses, as point-and-shoot functions on cameras can focus incorrectly, and you have less control to manipulate them.



3. Don't use camera flash.


 

Although this seems counter-productive, camera-flashes often over-expose the artwork in front of it. Instead, take a photo with natural light in the room - with the artwork by a window, or outside on a cloudy day, for best color clarity.

4. Resin or coat after photography.



If you're planning on coating or resinging your painting, do it after you have taken a photo of the matte version. Otherwise, the your reflection may be captured in the resin, or the coating will bounce back any natural light into your camera.

5. Use proper lighting and exposure.
 
 

If access to overcast skies or natural sunlight is not possible, try making your own lightboxes at home. Also, make sure the settings on your phone camera are adjusted for the light you have - this way you won't overexpose your artwork, and you'll be able to better tweak it in your app's editing software.


 
We hope this helped! Have any other tips to share for your at-home shooting that we've missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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CanadaOnCanvas is an online fine art printing and framing company, specializing in canvas, archival and photographic prints and reproductions. We service artists-at-heart for any project, from canvas prints for sale or personalized art for home or office decor. Call us today for all your art decor and framing needs!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday
 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy New Year + New Products!

Happy New Year, everyone!

We hope everyone's had a great holiday and rest these past couple of weeks. With the holiday rush out of the way, we can now breathe a big sigh of relief and return to our regular turnaround times:

Product/ServiceSuper RushRushStandard
Turnaround Time
Canvas Gallery Wraps/Transfer1 day2 days3-5 days
Custom Made Picture Frames1 day2 days3-6 days
Dye Sublimation - Metal & Wood Printing1 day2 days3-4 days
Dry-Mounting, Stretching & Coating1 day2 days4-6 days
Rolled Canvas / Fine Art Prints1 day2 days2-4 days
Restorations, Collage & Popart Designs & Image Effects1 day2 days3-4 days
Artwork Scanning1 day2 days3-6 days
Plexi Face-mounting2 days4 days6-8 days
Resin Coatings2 days3 days4-6 days
Plaque Mounting & Greeting Cards3 days4 days6-8 days
Handmade Oil Paintings2 weeks3 weeks4-5 weeks


In the joy of the new year, we also have a few new dye-sublimated products, launching soon! For example...





11oz Pearl Coat Mugs A high quality premium AA+ grade polyester coat ceramic mug available in bright white gloss finish. These mugs are coated with our super white pearl coating allowing images to be brighter and more vivid. Perfect for colourful images, photos, or brands. Also comes in 15oz  or 11 oz Black with White Patch
  • Dishwasher Safe - Rated for up to 3500 cycles
  • Microwave safe and heat resistant
  • Lead and cadmium free
  • FDA Compliant
  • CA Prop 65 Approved
  • Ceramic Platinum 32 Handle Strength Test

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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services, such as scanningdry mounting, and dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!). Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Friday, November 24, 2017

BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNT CODE!

It's here, our biggest sale event of the year! Until Sunday at midnight (Nov 26), take 35% OFF regular priced canvas and fine art prints! Enter BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Snap up those custom Christmas gifts now!

 

  

Offer expires Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at midnight. Use BLACKFRIDAY now at CanadaOnCanvas.com and save!

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KeenArt Media is an online fine art printing and framing company, specializing in canvas, archival and photographic prints and reproductions. We service artists-at-heart for any project, from canvas prints for sale or personalized art for home or office decor. Call us today for all your art decor and framing needs!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday

Monday, November 6, 2017

COUPON CODE -THIS WEEK ONLY!

THIS IS HUGE- SAVE 30% ON ALL CANVAS + FINE ART PRINTS, this week only!



Got those lovely summer vacation and family photos? Now print them as a Christmas gift - at nearly 1/3rd of the price!

Use the KEENART30 discount code at checkout & save 30% on regular priced Canvas and Fine Art Prints! 

As usual, Free Shipping on orders above $99! Ordering it as a Christmas present? Ask for December shipping - and we will drop ship your order to your recipient in December!

Offer expires Sunday, Nov. 11, 2017 at midnight. Use KEENART30 now at CanadaOnCanvas.com and save!

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KeenArt Media is an online fine art printing and framing company, specializing in canvas, archival and photographic prints and reproductions. We service artists-at-heart for any project, from canvas prints for sale or personalized art for home or office decor. Call us today for all your art decor and framing needs!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday