Acrylic Prints and Canvas Prints – The Only Guide You Will Ever Need

Acrylic Prints and Canvas Prints – The Only Guide You Will Ever Need

Acrylic and canvas prints are an excellent way to showcase your photography. Yet which prints you decide to opt for will vary based on your preferred style, where you’ll be hanging your prints and which image type you want to use. 

Whether you’re a professional photographer looking for high-quality prints or an amateur enthusiast, it’s important to select the right print type. 

Different printing surfaces can complement image styles in different ways. The difference between a good print and a fantastic print is in understanding the distinction!

Learning to snap the perfect photo can take time. But you should also allocate time towards selecting the perfect print. This will make your prints shine to their true potential. 

That’s why we created this comprehensive guide to show you the difference between acrylic and canvas prints. Keep reading to get the lowdown on the best print option for you!

The Process

How are canvas prints made? 

We create our canvas prints by applying an image onto the surface of a canvas. We then stretch that canvas across and around the frame. You can choose to frame the edges of your canvas with the image you have selected, or, with Canvas Factory, you can add a coloured border.

We use high-quality materials during this process so we can ensure that the frame and canvas won’t warp over time, or when affected by heat and moisture.

At Canvas Factory, we offer a range of personalised print sizes. So, regardless of the size of the room you’re decorating, you can select from small, medium, and large canvas prints (and everything in between). We also use a UV laminate (also called a UV coating) to protect images from the elements.

We apply this protection during the canvas printing process. The material is so strong that it can provide image quality protection for up to 70 years. Without it, the image quality would begin to eventually break down due to the damage from sun exposure. 

The laminate cover protects your canvas prints from scratches that can occur from moving your prints around your home. This coating also provides water damage protection, while allowing you to still be able to clean any dust off the canvas with a damp cloth. The quality of UV laminate can also add depth and vibrancy to your print and ensure it pops on your walls.

acrylic and canvas prints

How are acrylic prints made? 

Acrylic prints are created using two different methods. The first method is known as the face mount; this is when an image is printed onto a photographic sheet of paper that is then placed between two acrylic sheets. Before being sealed, the print will be sprayed with air. This ensures that every speck of dust is removed from the image surface.

The second method is getting your photograph and printing it directly onto acrylic and sealing it with a solid back coating using a printer.

Both methods give your image a visual depth that has to be seen to be believed. To get a good quality acrylic print, you need to work with an experienced printer.  

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What is the difference between acrylic and canvas prints?

Presentation and appearance 

Acrylic is a premium print, which means that it comes at a slightly higher price point. But as soon as you mount it to your wall you will notice how high-end it looks. The colours will be more accurate and the visual depth and sharpness of your image will be far more pronounced than most print types. Also, the life of an acrylic print is typically longer than other materials. 

Many professional (or aspiring) artists choose acrylic when deciding between acryclic and canvas prints. That’s because they prefer a strong and striking finish. 

Canvas prints, on the other hand, are far more textured in the finish.  So if you are after an old-world traditional feel to your finished image, a canvas print is the perfect choice. Canvas prints are the most popular choice for anyone looking to create wedding prints, family prints or any beautiful image-based wall art print.. 

Generally, canvas prints are made out of cotton or polyester. Both material types are good in their own unique ways. If you’re after something more high quality and traditional, cotton canvas is perfectly fine. However, if you’re after something affordable that still provides a sharpness of colour and offers long-lasting quality then polyester will meet your requirements. 

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Colour sharpness 

Acrylic prints are sharper than canvas, which can enhance image vibrancy. It also helps that acrylic prints have a reflective quality. This limits light passing through the surface of the print, which in turn ensures image colours are able to retain their sharpness when being viewed from all sides of the print. 

When it comes to canvas prints, more colour is added during the printing process. This means you’ll achieve the best colour coverage for the image being applied.

That’s how printers ensure that image detailing is not lost. At Canvas Factory, our printers are masters at this process. They will ensure that ink spread across the canvas is achieved every time. The fiacrylic prints in situnal finished print will look exactly like your vivid photograph. 

Strength and life span

Canvas prints have UV protection and laminate applied to the surface of the prints. That means they are protected from bumps and scratches. They’re great for kids, or if you’re moving your images around your house or office.

The laminate also provides water damage protection, while allowing you to clean the canvas with a damp cloth.

We use a canvas material that’s very robust. A good canvas print will last over 70 years if it has a solid surface treatment applied!

Acrylic prints, on the other hand, offer even more protective benefits and longevity for your image. With a super strong surface, acrylic prints are resistant to breaks and scratches. Yet they’re still light enough to move from room to room.

Like canvas prints, acrylic prints are also moisture resistant, easy to clean with a damp cloth, and resistant sunlight damage. Either material can provide an excellent option for image protection and longevity.   

Popular designs for canvas prints 

At Canvas Factory we offer traditional shapes, modern arrangements and bespoke sizes to match your tastes and interior design requirements.

Here are some examples from our range: 

  • Single Canvas Prints: These are gallery-wrapped canvas photo prints that are printed on high-quality, stretched canvas available in a range of sizes, including custom sizes. 
  • Split Canvas Prints: These multi prints allow you to turn your stunning panorama pictures or any other cherished image into sensational split canvas prints.
  • Canvas Photo Collage: This print option allows you to combine photos related by theme or subject – or just visual aspects such as colour and textures – into a single layout which results in an impressive creation that’s more powerful than the sum of its parts.
  • Canvas Print Wall Display: This multi print option offers you a chance to create a series of different canvas prints at varying sizes. Canvas print wall displays are an excellent way to use your special photo memories to visually showcase your journey.  

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Popular designs for acrylic prints

We offer a range of acrylic designs to meet your interior design needs.  Check out the different options below:

  • Shaped Acrylic Prints: Available in three shapes; love heart, round and oval. Your special photos will be presented perfectly and with such vivid clarity. 
  • Split Acrylic Prints: The contemporary aesthetic of acrylic photo printing is heightened when you take one of your stunning images and split it across multiple panels. The crystal clear clarity of the acrylic print on the walls of your home will elevate any room.
  • Acrylic Wall Displays: The gallery-inspired look of an acrylic printed wall display will make your photos shine. Simply choose a group of similarly-themed photos and have them printed on different sized panels.
  • Silhouette Photo Collages On Acrylic: Adding a playful, unexpected silhouette to your collection of photos creates an instant conversation starter!
  • Modish Shape Collage: Perfect for contrast with more traditional photos, the modish shape collage brings a plethora of creative ideas to the arrangement of your photos.

Making a decision between acrylic and canvas prints

So, acrylic or canvas? In conclusion, the print you choose will depend on your image, your budget and your unique style preferences. 

If you’re looking for a classic, yet versatile look at an affordable price, canvas prints are a great option. These prints are robust and will still reflect the quality of the image applied to the material, including richness of colour. A canvas print from Canvas Factory will also be with you for over 70 years without fading.

Acrylic prints work fabulously as a modern-style print that showcases highly-detailed or highly-saturated images. They’re available at a premium price. Yet the price is justified based on the finish, depth and vividness you get with your final image – along with a prolonged product life.

It’s definitely not easy to choose between acrylic and canvas prints, but all you need to do is weigh up the options and decide which is best for you! Which print will you choose? Browse our range today to decide!


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