Recently I’ve gotten into Large Format printing. I can now have total control over the entire creative process beginning when I take the photo, through the editing process, through the color calibration, profiling, and printing process, to the final presentation.
I use 44 inch wide roll media for most of my printing. I always use high quality materials – in this case, Hahnemühle Daguerre canvas. It’s archival quality, and will not yellow or fade over time. Plus it looks awesome. 🙂 Since it’s 44 inches wide, I can print humongous prints – 44 inches x 8 feet? 10 feet? Whatever fits the bill.
I go through a pretty complicated color management process (which doesn’t make for very exciting images to insert here), and I send the file off to my printer. I monitor it as it prints, and if there are any issues I can cancel the job, make the appropriate edits, and restart.
I also custom hand-make the stretcher bars that the canvas wraps around! I begin with some 1x2s from your everyday hardware store, and I route out some of the wood to make a thin edge:
I cut the appropriate angles and assemble the bars into a custom frame that’s a custom size for the canvas:
Once the Canvas print is dry (which usually takes about 24 hours), I get ready to mount it to the stretcher bars.
With my trusty stapler and canvas pliers, I begin stretching the canvas across the bars…
And eventually I’m almost done.
After it’s done, it’s ready for hanging! No frames, no garish reflections from the glass – just the image, floating out on the wall.
Now, this one was pretty small – about 11 x 11 inches. 24 x 36 inch canvasses are pretty impressive:
My lovely wife was nice enough to provide scale for a 26×40 canvas of Valley View in Yosemite national park – she just asked that you ignore her PJs. 😉
If I can provide a print for you, just contact me – I’d be glad to provide a custom quote, or work a canvas print into your wedding package.