By now, you probably have hundreds of photos stored in your computer — none of which have been printed yet. If you want a fast portrait or design image for a canvas art printing project, all you need to do is choose the picture or pictures you want to see enlarged, and open your Photoshop or Picasa program to easily turn your digital image into instant art.
Art on canvas
Canvas is closely associated with visual art. Canvas artworks can serve as instant accents at home or in office spaces. But artworks nowadays, especially the classic ones come, with a hefty price. The good news is that modern times have also given modern-slash-novel ways to come up with your own masterpieces using your own creative genius (with reinforcement), and these are made possible by digital canvas art printing.
A few clicks on your mouse using common image editing programs like Photoshop CS3 and Picasa are enough to help you come up with prints you only used to see in magazines, books and museums. Now, you can engage in a project and see results you would be proud enough to print and hang.
Lined up below are some tricks you can use in for your canvas print.
From Photoshop, open the image file you need and then go to the ‘Filter’ menu drop down list and pick the effect. In Picasa, the image files in your computer are automatically collected so you can simply browse through the program’s image library.
Photoshop has loads of options for this one. You can convert your digital photo into a watercolor artwork or one that looks like a colored pencil or palette knife creation. Sketches are also a handy category as it comes with charcoal effects, among others, to give a nice play of shadow and light in the image.
The degree of distortion to be done on the image can be adjusted so the image becomes artistically manipulated and not damaged-looking. Among the distortion functions are ‘glass’ and ‘ocean ripple’.
Photoshop also lets you play with the illusion of texture with the use of the ‘texturizer’, ‘rough pastels’ and ‘water paper’.
Photoshop offers more options than Picasa in terms of more complex alterations like ‘glowing edges’ and ‘neon glow’. However, the latter has easy steps to convert colored images to sepia or black and white. Picasa also has a feature called ‘focal B&W’ that lets you highlight a specific portion of an image by changing the color of the whole picture to black and white, while retaining the original color of that portion.
There are a number of blurring options to create a soft and old effect like Photoshop’s ‘radial blur’ which makes the image hazy in a circular direction, and Picasa’s ‘soft focus’ which gives the image a vintage look.
If you can’t decide on which image to print, you can make a collage. Picasa, specifically, offers a really neat and easy way to create this. Just add the pictures you want to include on the canvas print and then choose the collage format that suits your taste. You can go for mosaic, contact prints, or even a group of pictures just randomly piled. You have the option to use full-bleed, white-bordered or Polaroid-looking pictures.
Try experimenting with these different effects and make sure that you save your file in jpeg, eps, tiff or pdf format before sending the images for canvas art printing.