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How to Easily Personalise Canvas Prints Online

You’ve probably admired box canvas prints in a gallery or expensive retailer. Now get the studio look with a printed canvas. We’ll print your design – a photo, illustration or signage – then tension it over a wooden frame and attach it to the rear for a neat professional image. Available in a range of sizes and guaranteed to brighten up any wall.

Framed Canvas Prints make great gifts for the whole family – simply add their favourite photo of the family, a holiday snapshot or memorable moment and watch their faces light up when they unwrap their present.

To get started, search for “Canvas” in our library of designs. You can refine your search by selecting colours, canvas size and styles using the menu on the left.

Online Design Search Results

When you’ve found a design you like, click on the green ‘Quick look’ button, which will appear when you move the cursor over the thumbnail, to view a larger preview of the canvas design. If you’re happy with your chosen design, click ‘Edit this Design’ to start personalising your printed canvas design.

Choose Your Printed Canvas Design

Click on the green ‘Edit’ buttons to personalise that part of the canvas. You can change the font, font size or colour using the tools on the right hand size.

Edit Your Printed Canvas Design

To add your photograph, click on the ‘Edit’ button over the existing image and then click on ‘Replace’ on the right which will open up the image replacement options. Go to the ‘Upload an Image from my Computer’ tab, click ‘browse’ and choose and jpg or tiff image on your computer and select ‘upload’.

Upload Your Own Photo

You’ll get a warning if your photo is too small to be used on the canvas. Images that are stretched bigger may appear pixellated or jagged when printed. Pictures on Facebook, Twitter or other social networks are often too small because they are saved as low resolution. If you’re unsure, get in contact and we can help.

If all of your pictures are too small, you may want to choose a smaller canvas size or choose a design that uses several images to make a collage. This enables you to use smaller pictures.

You can then use the image editor to move, rotate and scale your photograph once it is placed in the design. You can regularly save your design by clicking on the ‘Save’ button at the top right of the editor. Save regularly and come back later if you wish. After you’ve pressed ‘save’, sign in or register so your masterpiece will never get lost. Once you’ve finished editing you can preview the design without the green edit buttons. To place your order click ‘Next Step’.

Editor Buttons

You’ll be taken to a page to confirm the details of your order, once you are happy with these select ‘Add to Basket’. Checkout securely online and we’ll print your order and deliver it quickly to your door or your local studio.

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Spot the Opportunity with StarMarque


It’s not just magpies that love shiny things
 -€“ we’re all attracted to them. Diamond necklaces, new cars, crystal glasses. They never fail to get our attention. Increase your chances of getting noticed by adding glossy StarMarque highlights to your marketing material.

So what is StarMarque?

We all know that adding gloss lamination to an image increases the intensity of colours. StarMarque is a special process which only adds a gloss coating to selected parts of the image or document.

We start with a matt laminated item such as a business card, folder or thick flyer. The matt base provides a great contrast for the next layer -€“ a special hi-gloss varnish. This varnish is only applied to the areas you want, hence the commonly used name “spot varnish”.

The end result is a beautiful flyer or card with both gloss and matt areas. This has the effect of accentuating and drawing attention to the glossy part of the design. Ask your local printing.com store for colour charts to compare the difference.

Who’s using StarMarque?

Damson Restaurant

Lots of businesses are finding that adding StarMarque to their marketing material is giving it a lot more weight and presence. The gloss highlights provide an additional visual stimulus because of the varied textures on the single printed surface. This adds depth and impact and sets the perception of high quality in the eyes of the recipient.

If you’re selling a premium product or are trying to position your business at the upper end of your market, create a striking first impression with StarMarque Business Cards, Presentation Folders, Thick Booklet Covers and Flyers.

Steve Pilling -€“ Restauranteur, Damson @ BBC Media City says €”Our award-winning restaurants offer modern British food and an extensive wine list, so it’€™s important our marketing reflects our brand… only StarMarque will do!€”

What works best?

StarMarque looks great added over the top of dark colours -€“ black, dark blue, purple, that kind of thing – that’s where the contrast is greatest. On a light background, the highlights will be less visible and they’ll be practically invisible on white – although that’s sometimes useful if you want to use it as a difficult-to-copy security feature.

Avoid using it over small text or small objects as there is little chance of it exactly lining up and that will be pretty noticable. Best to think of it entirely as its own design element and use it to enhance a piece, rather than simply putting it over existing elements.

What does it cost?

StarMarque is a high-end finishing option which is usually out of reach for most small businesses. It’s usually reserved for expensive marketing material and adding it would normally cost a small fortune. Not any more. With printing.com’s revolutionary techniques, you’ll share these high set-up costs with lots of other businesses and pay only a fraction of the normal cost. Get it for half price on selected products during April.

Ask your local printing.com store for free samples of StarMarque items, or for ideas on how they could help make your marketing even more effective.

 

 

Make your own QR codes via printing.com

You can now create QR codes for your marketing straight from your printing.com account.

Simply log in to your printing.com account, or go to www.prt.cm/1register to register.

Click on the Files & Images tab and enter the URL that you want to turn into a nifty QR code.

Files and Images tab in my.printing.com

Type the URL to create your QR code

We’ll even save it in your Files & Images folder for you to use on any templates or artwork.

QR code in Files & Images
The description of the image includes the url that the code links to for future reference.

Files & Images List You could use a QR code on your business card to share contact details, or on a leaflet to link to a special offer. For more great ideas of how to use QR codes on your marketing, read our blog post Nowt so QR as Codes.

 

The size is right

If you’re supplying your own design for printing with us, it’€™s very important that you set your page size correctly. If you don’€™t, parts of your design may be chopped off, look off-centre, or have areas of undesired white space. Here’€™s what to do:

  1. Locate the product size you’€™re interested in below.
  2. Make a note of the Page Size. This is the size you should set your page on your document.
  3. Add a black (100K) Page Frame (0.25pt -€“ approx. 0.1mm).
  4. Now look at the Trim Size. You’€™ll see that this is 3mm smaller on both dimensions. This difference is known as the ‘bleed’ -€“ 1.5mm on all four sides -€“ that’€™s approximately where our automated guillotines will make their cuts. The bleed allows for any small variations in this cutting.
  5. To remind yourself where the cuts will be made, you could add some guidelines 1.5mm in from each edge on your document.
  6. See the example on the previous page. For a business card, you’€™d set your page size as 88x58mm. We’€™ll trim down to approximately 85x55mm. No objects must extend beyond the page size -€“ use the ‘€˜paste inside’, ‘€˜clip’€™, or ‘€˜crop’€™ tool.
  7. Finally, it’€™s good practice to leave a ‘€˜Quiet Zone’€™ of 4mm (10mm for Booklets and Posters) from the trim edge (that’€™s 5.5mm or 11.5mm from the page edge). The same goes for any folds or creases. Avoid placing any important objects such as text or logos within this quiet zone. This will make your job look more professional and ensure objects don’€™t look like they’€™re about to fall off the edge.
Take a look at our File Supply Guide for more tips to make sure your file prints as expected.

Common print sizes

It’s all in the Ingredients…

All Printing is the Same, Right?
Leaflets from us are the same as leaflets from that bloke your brother knows. Business cards from that little shop on the high street are as good as ours, right? Wrong. They may sound the same, but it’s like comparing apples with whales. We give you a “business class” product at an “economy class” price.

“The Squirrel is in the Detail”
(Or something like that.) That’s why we print every order with High Definition Reproduction. This means your photos and text will be printed so clearly that you’ll want to lick them. Have a look at the magnified example on the right. (If you’re the curious techie-type, we use a patented XM cross-modulated screening technology to achieve these results).

Clients tell us that 90% of their marketing campaign costs go on distribution – postage, promo girls (and boys!) or inserts. That’s why we believe it’s so important for the print element to work its hardest for you. We apply a special High Impact Coating to every job (except where we can’t, like on letterheads). This feels beautiful and makes the colours look their best. Your recipients will notice the difference too.

 

How It Works…
You don’t have to understand it to appreciate it, but here’s a brief explanation if you’re the inquisitive type. Full Colour (or process colour) is a system which allows a multiplicity of shades to be created from just four primary printing inks — Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK).

Full colour means you can have virtually every colour of the rainbow, without worrying that you’ll need the pot of gold at the end to pay the extra costs. As many colours as you want. As many photographs as you want. One price. Simple.