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06/28/2006 10:47:32 PM · #1
I'm looking to buy some inkjet canvas to test but need some advice. Looking at B&H there are a number of different manufacturers at prices that rnage from $9.95 to around $40 for a 10 pack of 81/2 x 11. I use a Canon i9900 printer (Canon does not make canvas) and would like to eventually use rolls.

Any recomendations on brand? Inkpress, Oriental, Lumijet, Legion, Olympus, Marshall, Hahnemuhle?
06/29/2006 12:21:49 PM · #2
Anybody?
06/29/2006 12:29:06 PM · #3
Sorry, JB. I've never printed my own canvas - I usually order those through smugmug or bayphoto depending on the size I want.
06/29/2006 12:38:19 PM · #4
Thanks Cindi - I've considered just ordering prints from MPIX or Smugmug but I have this fnacy printer sitting here and wnat to get more use out of it. Maybe I'll just order up a few different brands and do some experimenting!
06/29/2006 12:50:20 PM · #5
If you do that JB, report back to this thread so we can all benefit from your research. I'd also like to know.

I've set this thread to watch.

Thanks in advance.

edit:grammar


Message edited by author 2006-06-29 12:50:40.
06/29/2006 01:05:20 PM · #6
MPIX.com does a beautiful job on all their prints. That's where I have all my prints done. Its fast and professional.

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06/29/2006 01:22:37 PM · #7
OK - I'll try and remember to report back but it may be awhile. I need to order the papers and then do some experimenting.
06/29/2006 02:07:29 PM · #8
I cannot vouch for this company but found it linked in a thread a while back and have wanted to try it. I have tried a piece in my Epson from I think Walmart, that worked really well, that is all I can offer.

Good luck.
07/27/2006 05:16:25 PM · #9
I finally got around to testing the canvas papers I received a few weeks ago. As promised here is a report based on my subjective opinion.

All papers were 8.5 x 11 Canvas, six different brands, varied weights and priced in US dollars at B&H. Printed using Canon i9900 printer and recommended generic setting for canvas, Photo Paper Pro. Many of the manufacturers have profiles you can download which is what I will use for the chosen paper (I was to lazy to download them all when I will not be using them all).

Hahnemuhle Art Print Artist Canvas for Inkjet 10 sheets - $9.95
Produced thick and rich ink coverage with a finished print texture that was smooth and less canvas like. This paper was the heaviest of the bunch. On close exam definitive vertical thread lines showed.

Olympus Pictorico Inkjet Canvas 10 sheets - $19.95
A light weight paper with a light texture that produced a less vivid print but with good ink coverage. This and the Oriental are good choices if your printer has trouble feeding canvas or heavy papers.

Legion Premium Canvas Paper for Inkjet 20 sheets - $23.95
A medium weight paper that produced a print with decent canvas texture, good color and vibrancy but less so than the glossy finished canvases.

Lumijet Masters Canvas for Inkjet 20 sheets $25.95
Medium weight paper with a glossy textured surface which produced a print with crisp and vibrant colors and a canvas texture. Had slightly less ink coverage than some of the others.

Oriental Graphica Design Art Canvas for Inkjet 10 sheets - $28.95
See Olympus above. These two papers were almost identical with the Oriental producing a print that was maybe a little brighter. But then again it costs about a $1 a sheet more.

Inkpress Waterproof Canvas Gloss for Inkjet 10 sheets - $12.95
One of the heavier papers with good canvas texture that produced a print with great color, texture, vibrancy and ink coverage. To me this was the most canvas like of the papers that produced good results. It likely will be my choice for future purchases

Hope that helps someone out there.

edit: BTW - there are many more choices out there. If anyone wants to try a few ohers and post results that would be good.

Message edited by author 2006-07-27 17:28:13.
07/28/2006 11:51:01 AM · #10
A bump for those who may not have been around last night.
07/29/2006 01:31:23 AM · #11
Can someone explain what you mean by canvas? Is this for prints like what I have in my wedding album, where it looks like textured paper?
07/29/2006 01:59:03 AM · #12
Originally posted by levyj413:

Can someone explain what you mean by canvas? Is this for prints like what I have in my wedding album, where it looks like textured paper?


Canvas is what you normally see used for paintings. In this case it is paper with cloth strands woven through it. It comes in varied amounts of texture, It can also be stretched as a painting would be over a wooden frame and then mounted and framed. In the case of inkjet capable canvas they add a coating to the surface to allow the ink to adhere properly.

It is likley that the textured paper in your album is paper and not real canvas as you can buy textured paper also, As I said camvas has cloth in it and is normally fairly heavy weight.

Message edited by author 2006-07-29 02:00:15.
07/29/2006 02:05:19 AM · #13
I've had very good luck making large prints on photo canvas from both Epson and HP. (16 X 20 and larger). They both have true canvas cloth, coated to receive the inks without absorbing it like sponges. I have access to an HP 5500PS large format (up to 60" rolls!) printer at work, and was amazed and delighted at how easy it was to produce extraordinary images that look so unique and artistic.

Unfortunately, I can't always have access to the big printer at work, but I found an extremely high quality lab that specializes in big prints. THIS lab does very careful, high quality work on giclee prints on a variety of media.
07/29/2006 03:03:20 AM · #14
A few questions for you JB
I also do printing at home - a canon S820. I get quite a variety of results - mainly because I don't really know what I am doing. I have only tried Kodak and Canon paper.
This is what I do (no idea if this is right).
Check that view is to "Windows RGB". When I go to print - let Photoshop handle colour handling. In printer profile I only have "BJ Colour Printer Profile 2000". I have profiles for every other printer that has been hooked up to this computer, but nothing that specifically says S820 - but I assume this is the one for the S820.Rendering intent is set to "Relative Colorimetric".
The reason I am posting this here is because there are very few postings regarding printing with home inkjets and maybe some others are unsure as well.
Would love to hear some specifics on how you do it.
11/20/2006 11:52:46 AM · #15
Hi. I found this thread while searching for recommendations for a good quality inkjet canvas paper. I haven't used these papers before, and I was actually hoping someone might tell me about their rigidity. I see mention to them being "stretchable" like a standard canvas, but I am not sure to what degree this paper is bendable or flexible. I am actually looking for something rigid like a standard heavyweight cardstock to use unmounted/unframed and i'm worried about it being "floppy." Any insights??

PS - the brand comparisons were very helpful, thanks!
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