By Laura | 05th June 2019

Printing old photos onto canvas

Printing your old photos onto canvas is a wonderful way to bring past memories back to life. Photo albums are great, but to get the most out of your old family photos you need to hang them for everyone to see!

This week we’re going to show you how to turn those dusty old images into beautiful canvas prints for your wall or to present as a gift to your loved ones.

Bringing old photos to life

If the photos are in decent condition this process is relatively simple, but if you have an old photo that’s in a terrible state it’s a good idea to send it to a restoration specialist to get the best results. Ask them to send you a high-quality jpeg which you can send to us to print to canvas for you.

If your photos don’t require this detailed and specialised process, you can follow these steps for a DIY solution...

Choosing a scanner

Photo scanners can cost anything from £80-£500, but for the occasional user a cheaper one will do fine. The Epson Perfection V90 is a fantastic bit of kit that will allow you to print from most standard photo sizes with a resolution of 4800 DPI – enough for decent sized enlargements. At around £80 it’s great value and will give you excellent results.

Alternatively, some print shops will have the facility to scan and save your photo for you.

Scanning effectively

To get the best results when printing old photos onto canvas, you want to have the highest quality final image possible. Yes, you can clean up the picture in Photoshop, but a little bit of care before scanning will limit the work you have to do in post-production.

For best results, make sure your old photo is as clean as possible by wiping it down with a microfibre cloth. Do the same to the scanner bed to ensure that there’s no dust to contaminate the final image.

Once the photos are clean it’s time to start scanning! Bear in mind that size is important, so make sure you scan at a high enough resolution for the canvas size you require. Ideally, you should scan at the highest resolution possible, but this isn’t practical because the file size will be huge. Around 1000 dpi is perfect, but if you’re unsure just drop us a line for some advice.

Touching up your image

Now you have your scanned file you can touch it up. Hopefully, it already looks pretty good, but check it for blemishes and remove them with the clone or healing tools in Photoshop. Make any adjustments for colour, contrast and white balance that the image needs, and then use the crop tool to resize for printing.

If this step scares you, you can send the file over to us and we’ll do this for you before printing.

As you can see, it’s a pretty simple process to print your old photos onto canvas, so why don’t you pull out your old family albums and have a go!

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