Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Photographing Artwork Vs Flatbed Scanning for Print Reproduction


When it comes to making prints, there are two popular ways of capturing the original painting. One method is by camera photography, and the other is by scanning. Today we will be discussing how each method is implemented, as well as outlining its strengths and weaknesses.



Photographing Your Artwork


This method is by far the most common and most cost effective. Depending on the amount of resources you have available, photographing your artwork can be done with your cellphone camera, or with a high-end DSLR. Of course, each method will result in different levels of quality.

The first thing you need to know is photographing your artwork requires a specific environment. In order to capture the best color accuracy, your painting needs to be set up in just the right kind of lighting for the camera. You will need the following:
  • Easel - for holding your artwork upright and square to the camera
  • Camera - whether it is with your iPhone or DSLR. Make sure it has a resolution of at least 14 megapixels.
  • Tripod - to make your camera level, square, and aligned with your artwork, and to eliminate shake or vibration
  • Good lighting - in overcast outdoors, or a room filled with natural light, or with a light kit that consists of light stands, strobe heads, soft boxes or umbrellas (that cost roughly $600 - $1000 on Amazon)
Woman Snapping Photo of Art with Smartphone
It's no surprise that snapping your artwork with an iPhone would be a popular choice. They are portable, intuitive and convenient, and great for snapping quick shots to upload to your social media channels.  Especially with the quality of camera built in these days, along with their color-editing apps, phone cameras are able to capture a surprising amount of visual detail and color.
However, it does come with its own limitations. The first is the low level of control and consistency. Phone cameras do not have a manual setting in which your viewfinder can be adjusted. Rather, it will automatically focus on what it thinks is best, which may not capture your artwork accurately. Phone cameras are harder to align parallel to your artwork, which may also result in warping proportions and scale.
For these reasons, we would only recommend photographing with your phone camera for personal projects in which identification and sentiment are more important than color or scale accuracy- for example, snapping old photos from a picture album for a collage, printing images for a diy birthday card,or a canvas print of your favourite trip for your home décor.

 

Photographing With a Digital SLR Camera


Armed with more manual and powerful settings, a DSLR camera is another popular way of capturing artwork for print reproduction. To do this, artists or photographers usually have a room dedicated for capturing original paintings.

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Digital SLR cameras allow you to capture and output images at higher resolution and clarity. They are also excellent for taking photos of artworks that are potentially still wet, like oil paintings or oil pastels.
Example of Photograph vs Scan by Sam Flegal. Example sourced from artistjourney.wordpress.com

 

However, they are also at risk to issues such as lens distortion and uneven lighting. Uneven lighting can cast shadows, influence colors and pick up highlights, all of which would be difficult to edit out. Lens distortions occur when the angle of the camera results in parts of the image becoming farther away and other parts becoming closer. This means certain parts of the image will appear larger than others.
As aforementioned, uneven lighting can be solved with an environment full of natural, uniform light. To keep glares and highlights at a minimum, photograph the piece before glazing the artwork. While an easel and tripod can help with lens distortion, the best way to minimize it is to take a picture of the artwork from above. This ensures that the camera is positioned in the very centre of the image, and the space around the image allows for any corner distortion. Using the zoom function will help as well.

Scanning Your Artwork


Because all of the previous methods are at mercy to so many outside factors, eliminating as many of them would be the best course of action. This is where scanning comes in.


Our Epson 11000XL Scanner, flatbed, with optical

resolution of 2400 dpi

Scanning allows for high resolution, without any lens distortion. Scanners also come in many shapes and sizes, allowing for a large artwork size. When a painting is scanned, all the raw colors are captured as is without any other influencing factors, such as shadow or lighting. This allows yourself or the production tech more control to tweak and edit the colors accordingly. The result is a digital file that is 80%-90% close to the original.

The result of a good color match.
Left: Original; Right: Print
Scanners can be flatbed, rolling or overhead. When placing your order, make sure you know which one you need. Flatbed scanners mean your artwork is placed against the glass, which may not work for paintings that are on slightly warped surfaces, or are wet, such as oil paintings. Rolling scanners can scan large flat artworks, but the pressure of the rollers can damage the paint. Overheads like the Cruse scanners are best.

When it comes to making prints, the reproduction should look as similar to the original as possible. Our scanning services output a high resolution file that has been color-corrected and test-printed for the highest accuracy. Check out our scanning price calculator here. We offer scanning in both 300 dpi and 600 dpi.

Once a high-resolution file has been created, you can use the same file to print your reproduction, such as on canvasfine art paper, or metal. You can also tweak the file and save a copy of it for your social media or website.

If you are interested in art scanning please visit our website for more information. If you already have your artwork digitized and need to make high quality fine art reproductions visit CanadaOnCanvas.com for fine art prints or canvas prints

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

StockPhotoSet - Sweet Summer Batch #3

As summer continues to roll, I bet you've got some loads of pictures on your camera from your travels! But what to do with those awesome photos?


Print it on Canvas!

Printing on canvas is one of the best ways to commemorate a photo! Its deeply pigmented inks bring warmth and lustre to photographs, and the UV coating protects the colors from fading (and keeps it easy to dust). It's lightweight and transportable. Best of all, the canvas's woven texture hides imperfections that can be captured by phone cameras on the go - so those Samsung photos can be blown up bigger than you think!

Print on Paper + Frame 

This is a more traditional route to go - but why not print out all your favorite polaroids and string them from a frame with flair? 

And if you prefer to keep the photographs protected, shielding them with plexi will keep the memories safely intact for years to come.

Plaque-Mount It

What exactly is plaque-mounting? Well, plaque-mounting is the process of printing your file onto paper, mounting it on wood, and then sealing it with a lush, satin-matte laminate. The result is super vibrant colors and the image sealed and protected, without the heaviness of a plexiglass or frame. With so many different choices for edges, your photo can stand alone as an art piece in of itself!

You can also plaque mount other paper-goods, not just images. Why not plaque-mount a map from where you've been, and mark it as you go? The matte-laminate makes writing and scrawling memories and notes a breeze.

We'll stop it at these three choices for today! In the meantime, here are some new hi-res photos to inspire you:







To download, simply click on the Dropbox link below:



Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find for our next Stock Photo Set!


KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 
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 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Feature Artist - Andrea Mueller

Hello all!

With all this bright weather we're having, our minds can't help but drift to the beaches and oceans. Today on our Artist Spotlight, we're featuring a collection from Whistler-based artist, Andrea Mueller, team-builder, art instructor, and one of our favorite contemporary artists.



Andrea's works are instantly recognizable by her use of bold, strong colors, in loose but precisely-placed brushstrokes, and bright, playful realism. Her pieces explore the dynamic between humans, animals, memories, language, belief systems, and the environment, and how one influences the other. One of our favorite collections of hers hails from the sea ("Ocean Dreams") - and we love how it expresses and captures the motion of the ocean, the inextricable connection between waves, water, and its inhabitants.

She Comes in Waves, Acrylic on Canvas, 9x12

She Dreams in Colours, Acrylic on Wood, 6x6
In addition to painting, Andrea also offers team-building and small group workshops up in Whistler. In her sessions, groups are lead up the mountain, to completely absorb the energy of  the outdoors that so infuses in her art - whether it be among the forests, or by a base of a waterfall. Her energy is also very infectious and absolutely inspiring!

Tao, Acrylic on Canvas, 12x12

Magic in the Sea, Acrylic on Canvas 24x48
These are just the beginning of our favorite pieces from her! Have a favourite? Let us know in the comments below! Wish to buy a print? Head on over to Andrea's shop here!

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Have an artist you would like us to feature? Let us know in the comments below, or contact us via email!

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. 



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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 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Frame Features - Leaf Palazzo Collection

Big news everyone! For the first time ever, we have short videos showcasing our many frame styles! Now you'll be able to see the size, shape and color on your screen better - without having to receive a chip sample!

Here's our very first video, featuring the Leaf Palazzo Collection:



The Leaf Palazzo frames measure 2-3/4" wide, with a 1/2" rabbet/depth. Made from wood, this ornate, intricate frame features a bold relief design in antique foil finish, while being lightweight. Its matte, black-mottled texture and antiquing makes it a perfect frame for statement piece for home-decor, interior design, and showrooms. 

Excellent complimentary frame for oil paintings and bold, abstract artworks. Make sure to select an artwork that is not too overly complicated with details, as it may compete with the decadence of the frame.

The Leaf Palazzo frame collection comes in gold, silver, silver-black and black. We can make them in custom-sizes to fit any wall space or mantle, around any original piece of work. Add a sheet of mirror from the hardware store and you've got yourself a stunning hallway mirror with a touch of old Versailles! Give a call or email today, and stay tuned for our next Frame Feature video!

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Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
Working hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

StockPhotoSet Summer Batch #2 - Mountains and Lakes!

With the warm weather looking to stay, we know some of you are itching to be heading outdoors soon. For those of you armed with Canada's Discovery Pass 2017, gorgeous greens, lakes and mountains are on your horizon, and we're totally jealous. Until we can join you, we'll be stuck dreaming with some of these inspirational photos that remind us of the great outdoors.









To download, simply click on the Dropbox link below:




Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find for our next Stock Photo Set!



KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 
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 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Beginner Artists: Our Top 5 Portfolio Website Recommendations!


If you are a beginner or hobby-ist artist looking to start testing the waters with your art, the first suggestion anyone will give you is to post everything onto a website. The only problem is, most websites these days are geared towards fledgling professionals - recent grads, freelancers, etc. These websites are generally geared towards the demographic that already has some established income or can anticipate having established income in art. However, for a young artist who hasn't made their first sale yet, how do you test the waters?

Look no further- we've done all the muddy digging for you. While we haven't fully tested out the sites yet ourselves (that will come at a later post), we've dabbled and and done our thorough research. All of the suggestions below are not only free, but also ad-free! Sweet! That's already better than the free plan at Wordpress. (Granted, you will have to add the website's name after yours, but that's a given - and still better than the free plan at Wordpress!)

1. Portfoliobox.net


At the top of our list, there is Portfoliobox. Lush, modern, dynamic, it's a heavy-hitter for free portfolios sites. Boasting a highly customizable dashboard of all sorts of goodies, Portfoiobox is the Squarespace for aspiring artists looking to take their first steps in posting an online portfolio. Even if you are a hobbyist artist, your website at least will look super professional, and you'll also have an opportunity to play around with more settings than can be found on other "pro" websites. 

PROS: Free - 10 products, 30 images, 10 pages, aesthetically beautiful and professional, highly customizable. Excellent website to add on blogs, comment section, etc.


CONS: Watch out when selecting your choices - many are “locked” unless you upgrade. That being said, there are still quite a lot of selection for those that are available for free.





2. Crevado




Where Portfoliobox has all the bells and whistles, Crevado is the opposite. Don't let the bold simplicity take you off-guard though. Crevado's strength is that it is truly simple and straightforward, with an easy drag-and-drop interface. Although more limited in what you are able to do (less pages), it can have the functional look of the late 90s/early 2000s, and is also unapologetically authentic, easy for the artist to use, and (most importantly) clear for the viewer to understand. If you don't have time to play around with all of Portfoliobox's shiny toys, go Crevado.




PROS: Free -  5 galleries, 30 images, 2 pages, simple and straightforward, drag-and-drop interface.


CONS: Limited pages, very “functional”.


3. FolioDrop



Not interested in fiddling around too much but wanting something cleaner? FolioDrop is your best option. With a much larger allowance for photos and unlimited pages, your portfolio can be super varied. It has a lovely drag and drop interface as well. The only issue is - there is only 1 template you can choose from, which means your portfolio will look exactly like all the others on the free account.

PROS: Free -  80 images, 3 categories, unlimited pages, drag and drop interface, aesthetically beautiful and professional

CONS: 1 template only (“Classic”, black/white)

4. Carbonmade



Looking for something with a little more personality? Go Carbonmade. Super-cute and direct, it gets straight to the nitty-gritty. Compared to Portfoliobox, it's relatively customizable, with a nice selection of different templates for you to choose from.  If you use Tumblr, Carbonmade's dashboard will be a bit familiar...just without all the glitching and bugging. It already comes with an About Me and a Contact page built in, so you don't have to waste Pages making those sections from scratch. The Contact page even has a message box all built-in for you!

BONUS: Carbonmade also has a "network pool" wherein employers can reach out to you about your talent. The dashboard comes with a messaging service that will notify you when someone is interested in hiring you. Awesome!

PROS: Free (automatic “Meh” Plan) - 5 projects, 35 images, very simple, relatively customizable, very cute

CONS: Very cute, very hip. Targets a particular demographic. Dashboard may not be what you expect if you haven't used Tumblr before.


5. SlidingBoxes

With every device having screens of different sizes, having a site that is responsive is key. This is SlidingBoxes' biggest strength, although all the other portfolios are somewhat outfitted for mobile use. Like FolioBox, it is super clean and minimalist, but you are even more limited with your customization choices.



PROS: Free - 5 projects, 35 images, (3 pages?) super clean, polished and minimalist, responsive


CONS: very little customization choice


So those are our 5 top choices! Personally, if you're looking to get the most experience out of your beginner's portfolio, I would recommend Portfoliobox and Carbonmade. Both of these two sites have much more customization choices and have connections to an established community of artists and talent scouts. If you're looking to just start off with simply a gallery to show, I would go with Crevado, FolioBox or SlidingBoxes.

We hope this helped! Which website host do you all use? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to our Top 5 Portfolio Website List - for Intermediate Artists!

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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 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day!





We are so thankful and proud to live in Canada. From all of us at CanadaOnCanvas, happy Canada Day!!


Check out our Ideas Gallery for that next big special day!

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