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Canvas printing is more than just a cool interior design tool, it’s kind of a revolution in the DIY design world because it’s giving people from all kinds of aesthetic perspectives and budgets the ability to decorate their homes exactly the way they want to. We’re no longer bound by the selection of wall art in a store or even a series of stores – many of which will be getting their art from the same wholesale supplier, resulting in a generic look and feel that leaves your home feeling tired and dull. We now can take our own photos or artwork and turn them into high-quality pieces of art, keeping our designs fresh – and personal.
There’s still a lot of wasted potential in these prints, though, because many amateur designers don’t use the most powerful and easiest tool at their disposal: The crop tool. Cropping is something anyone can do in any software program – you need just the most rudimentary and basic computer skills to crop a photo. But cropping by itself can have such an impact on the image you eventually put up on the wall it’s possibly the only absolutely essential preparatory step you take before ordering prints. Here’s a quick guide to cropping your photos before having them printed.
Cropping for Canvas Printing: Shifting Focus
The first thing to consider is the focus of your image. This will require you to step back and be totally objective for a moment: Remember that as the photographer, or the designer, you know what you think is the focal point of the image. But will visitors to your space get it? Look at the photo: Is there something else in there that could also be the focus if you walked in fresh, without preconceived notions? Crop it out: Snipping out a background event or person who might draw the eye will increase the impact of your photo.
Another way cropping can improve your photos for canvas printing is to improve the balance and composition of the image. Sometimes, especially when we’re snapping photos on the fly, we don’t get the balance precisely right – too much space around the subject, or they’re too centred. Cropping is the fastest and easiest way to adjust this. Getting rid of a little space to one side can shift the subject more to the centre and make your image pop off the walls.
We often get ‘subject blind’ where we’re so focussed on the person or object that drew our eye in the first place we don’t see distracting background action that changes the tone. For example, a photo of your grandparents at your wedding is absolutely beautiful – until you see some kids in the background being silly. That sort of tonal clash can ruin a photo – but you can crop out the distractions and return the power to the central image that caught your eye.
Cropping is dead simple and often necessary – it’s a rare photo that can’t be improved by a little judicious cropping. If you’re all thumbs with Photoshop and can’t do much else, you can at least crop your photos before they go to the printer – and you absolutely should. And when you have, click here and we’d be delighted to turn those cropped photos into powerful wall art.