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How to Create Incredible Canvas Prints for Creative Kids Bedrooms

Posted by Personal Canvas

Canvas prints are perfect for little one's bedrooms, capturing their sense of personality and inspiring them to dream big!

Designing custom artwork is an excellent activity to get children involved with, where they can explore the creative process and see their ideas brought to life.

But, if you're not a naturally creative person, helping kids come up with a unique pattern, design or style isn't always an easy challenge.

Here we've put together a few ideas to help inspire parents to come up with special artwork ideas and simple ways to use bespoke canvas prints to help your child customise their bedroom into a special place.

 Decide on a Kid's Bedroom Colour Scheme or Theme

The first step is to think about the scheme or overall design of your child's bedroom.

 It doesn't need to be a specific genre, which children rapidly grow out of, but could be more general - think:

  • Spots and stripes
  • Green and nature
  • Underwater
  • Relaxation
  • Bold and colourful

Once you've got a baseline, choosing family prints, editing favourite photos, or selecting a frame for a personalised framed picture or poster print is much easier.

Choosing a Canvas Print Size for Bedroom Spaces

Next, let's consider the space you have available.

Personal Canvas Prints create unique pieces in a huge range of sizes and styles, so your artwork could be:

  • Square
  • Landscape
  • Panoramic
  • 30 x 30 cm
  • 46 x 46 cm

A great concept is to create a smaller canvas and then have the opportunity to add new images and designs as your child grows, so don't worry about filling all of the blank wall space in one go!

Your canvas print should also fit with the size of the room, so a very large empty wall will look fantastic with a bigger canvas, whereas smaller bedrooms might feel dwarfed by oversized artworks.

When you upload an image, graphic or photo to our website, we'll automatically advise on the thickness options for your canvas, which is usually between two and four centimetres, depending on the resolution of the picture and the format of your print.

Exploring Creative Design for Kid's Custom Canvas Prints

Your bespoke prints don't need to be a conventional family photo, and it's great to encourage children to think about what images bring them joy and will make their bedroom a happier place to be!

 There are countless options to choose from:

  • Holiday photos and favourite memories
  • Captures of their siblings, cousins, or best friends
  • Photos of Mum and Dad or other family members
  • Images of pets, animals or places they'd like to visit
  • Inspirational graphics of dreams your child has
  • Lettered images spelling out their name
  • Favourite characters from movies or TV shows

Note that any images you haven't taken yourself must be royalty-free or licensed for personal use, so you're permitted to use them!

One of our favourite projects is to create a new canvas each year for the same child, usually to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion.

They could select their best moment in the last year, or take a new portrait on every birthday, so you have a beautiful record of their life as they grow!

How to Customise Children's Canvas Print Designs

When you've decided on your images, it's time to have fun with the design tools.

 You can select from a vast range of effects, colours and designs through our website, or even play with filters, background, borders and other edits on your mobile app to see what designs your child can come up with.

The Personal Canvas Prints editing tool offers an array of styles, which we'll explain below.

Canvas Print Edge Designs

It's entirely up to your creative imagination how you'd like your canvas to look.

 That could be stretched right up to the edge of the canvas material or could feature a professionally crafted edging strip to give a more traditional picture effect.

 Options include:

  • Folded edge designs, with a slightly darker edging strip replicating the graphic behind it.
  • Mirrored edges reflecting the picture immediately next to the borders of your canvas.
  • Bold black or white edges finishing your canvas off perfectly.

 You can flick through the edge designs and try them all before making a decision.

Canvas Print Colour Effects

The following customisation option offers three simple colour effects.

 If you're looking to edit the photo itself, perhaps sharpening the contrast or making the image brighter, you should adjust this before uploading it to the website.

Original colours mean that our craftspeople will print your exact image with the same colours, shades, tones and textures.

 A black and white canvas print is a classic look and timeless style for older children who want something elegant that won't clash with a busy colour scheme.

Sepia effect canvases work wonderfully on old family photos or lend an authentic edge to modern graphics that instantly look like they've been captured on a Polaroid camera rather than a modern mobile!

 Canvas Print Frame Options

Finally, we offer a range of premium frames, again depending on the resolution of your photo.

 Our advice always starts with analysing the quality of the graphic, as some images won't work well with particular formatting.

 For example, you shouldn't customise a lower resolution onto a large canvas since it will lose clarity, and it'll work far better on a more petite canvas frame.

 If you're looking for a modern premium frame, options include simple black, white, chocolate or no frame if you're happy with the gallery-style canvas print look.

 We hope these ideas help you decide on the best designs for your child's canvas prints and that they have fun experimenting with the formatting options to arrive at a design that is all their own!

 There is no right or wrong way to create a custom canvas print, and the joy of the process and choosing between special memories is a fantastic way to engage with kids interested in putting their stamp on their bedroom.

 Please visit Personal Canvas Prints to try all of the tools mentioned here.

Read more

Canvas prints are perfect for little one's bedrooms, capturing their sense of personality and inspiring them to dream big!

Designing custom artwork is an excellent activity to get children involved with, where they can explore the creative process and see their ideas brought to life.

But, if you're not a naturally creative person, helping kids come up with a unique pattern, design or style isn't always an easy challenge.

Here we've put together a few ideas to help inspire parents to come up with special artwork ideas and simple ways to use bespoke canvas prints to help your child customise their bedroom into a special place.

 Decide on a Kid's Bedroom Colour Scheme or Theme

The first step is to think about the scheme or overall design of your child's bedroom.

 It doesn't need to be a specific genre, which children rapidly grow out of, but could be more general - think:

  • Spots and stripes
  • Green and nature
  • Underwater
  • Relaxation
  • Bold and colourful

Once you've got a baseline, choosing family prints, editing favourite photos, or selecting a frame for a personalised framed picture or poster print is much easier.

Choosing a Canvas Print Size for Bedroom Spaces

Next, let's consider the space you have available.

Personal Canvas Prints create unique pieces in a huge range of sizes and styles, so your artwork could be:

  • Square
  • Landscape
  • Panoramic
  • 30 x 30 cm
  • 46 x 46 cm

A great concept is to create a smaller canvas and then have the opportunity to add new images and designs as your child grows, so don't worry about filling all of the blank wall space in one go!

Your canvas print should also fit with the size of the room, so a very large empty wall will look fantastic with a bigger canvas, whereas smaller bedrooms might feel dwarfed by oversized artworks.

When you upload an image, graphic or photo to our website, we'll automatically advise on the thickness options for your canvas, which is usually between two and four centimetres, depending on the resolution of the picture and the format of your print.

Exploring Creative Design for Kid's Custom Canvas Prints

Your bespoke prints don't need to be a conventional family photo, and it's great to encourage children to think about what images bring them joy and will make their bedroom a happier place to be!

 There are countless options to choose from:

  • Holiday photos and favourite memories
  • Captures of their siblings, cousins, or best friends
  • Photos of Mum and Dad or other family members
  • Images of pets, animals or places they'd like to visit
  • Inspirational graphics of dreams your child has
  • Lettered images spelling out their name
  • Favourite characters from movies or TV shows

Note that any images you haven't taken yourself must be royalty-free or licensed for personal use, so you're permitted to use them!

One of our favourite projects is to create a new canvas each year for the same child, usually to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion.

They could select their best moment in the last year, or take a new portrait on every birthday, so you have a beautiful record of their life as they grow!

How to Customise Children's Canvas Print Designs

When you've decided on your images, it's time to have fun with the design tools.

 You can select from a vast range of effects, colours and designs through our website, or even play with filters, background, borders and other edits on your mobile app to see what designs your child can come up with.

The Personal Canvas Prints editing tool offers an array of styles, which we'll explain below.

Canvas Print Edge Designs

It's entirely up to your creative imagination how you'd like your canvas to look.

 That could be stretched right up to the edge of the canvas material or could feature a professionally crafted edging strip to give a more traditional picture effect.

 Options include:

  • Folded edge designs, with a slightly darker edging strip replicating the graphic behind it.
  • Mirrored edges reflecting the picture immediately next to the borders of your canvas.
  • Bold black or white edges finishing your canvas off perfectly.

 You can flick through the edge designs and try them all before making a decision.

Canvas Print Colour Effects

The following customisation option offers three simple colour effects.

 If you're looking to edit the photo itself, perhaps sharpening the contrast or making the image brighter, you should adjust this before uploading it to the website.

Original colours mean that our craftspeople will print your exact image with the same colours, shades, tones and textures.

 A black and white canvas print is a classic look and timeless style for older children who want something elegant that won't clash with a busy colour scheme.

Sepia effect canvases work wonderfully on old family photos or lend an authentic edge to modern graphics that instantly look like they've been captured on a Polaroid camera rather than a modern mobile!

 Canvas Print Frame Options

Finally, we offer a range of premium frames, again depending on the resolution of your photo.

 Our advice always starts with analysing the quality of the graphic, as some images won't work well with particular formatting.

 For example, you shouldn't customise a lower resolution onto a large canvas since it will lose clarity, and it'll work far better on a more petite canvas frame.

 If you're looking for a modern premium frame, options include simple black, white, chocolate or no frame if you're happy with the gallery-style canvas print look.

 We hope these ideas help you decide on the best designs for your child's canvas prints and that they have fun experimenting with the formatting options to arrive at a design that is all their own!

 There is no right or wrong way to create a custom canvas print, and the joy of the process and choosing between special memories is a fantastic way to engage with kids interested in putting their stamp on their bedroom.

 Please visit Personal Canvas Prints to try all of the tools mentioned here.

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How To Hang Your Canvas In Your Home, Perfectly!

Posted by Personal Canvas

If you have invested in a gorgeous canvas print for your home, then you are going to want to make sure that you hang it in a way that showcases it in the best light possible. You may think that it is easy enough to hang a canvas print, but truth be known, if you want to hang it perfectly, it can be more complicated than you realise.

Want to know more? Then here is our guide on how to hang your canvas perfectly in your house.

How will you attach it?

Preparation is key when it comes to hanging your canvas in your home. Because they are available in various sizes and styles, so too are the methods that you can hang them in.

The smaller frames that you can buy (16 inches by 16 inches or below) are easier than most to hang up as they simply need a single nail on the wall. This will then need a bracket that will connect with the top rail of the frame. 

If the frame is larger, you may need to ditch the above method and instead go with a hanging wire. This could be art wire or string, whichever you prefer, so long as it can take the weight of the frame as this will keep the canvas print steady, level and above everything else secure. 

What are your walls like?

Next, you need to think about the wall that you want to hang the canvas sprint on; if it is a standard within your home, you should hammer into the wall using the below process. However, things can be trickier when the walls are made of concrete or brick, and you may want to follow a slightly different approach. 

What supplies do I need?

There are some essential tools that you will need to have to hang up your canvas prints in your home. These are:

    Screwdriver
  • Spirit Level
  • Nails 
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Wall Protection Pads

It is also worth noting that you will need screws, hangers, wires and eye hooks, depending on where you are going to hang it. 

Choose where to hang it

Before you begin, it makes sense that you need to think carefully about where you will hang up your canvas print. It is always the best approach to keep your print at eye level; this is even more important if you place it over a bed or a sofa.

That said, you do need to make sure that you keep the print at least 6 inches between the bottom of the canvas and the highest point of the furniture that it is above, as this will limit the chance of you hitting yourself on it when you get up. 

Make it a part of a gallery

One great way that we have seen canvas prints displayed is as a part of a gallery. This not allows you to bring together a variety of prints (perhaps to tell a story from one particular day or showcasing your family as it has grown). But, as well as this, a gallery of canvas prints will make a great feature wall for your home too. 

To do this style, you need to think about several things before you begin. It is a good idea to map out how you want the pictures to look by laying them on the floor in the right places. That way, you can see which ones look right next to the others. 

It is best to start with the centre print as this will be the focal point of the entire gallery set-up and the centre from which you work out where the other prints go. 

It is essential to make sure that you leave around 2 inches to 4 inches between each picture. Suppose you are worried that this will take up too much room or that it won't fit in your chosen space. In that case, we recommend cutting out paper replicas of your prints to size and then sticking them to the wall; that way, you can step back and see if they all work together in the space you want to display them. 

Hanging the print up

Before you start to hang the print up, you want to make sure that the wall is clean; you also want to move the furniture out of the way to make as much space as possible. 

It is always a good idea to have someone to help you, as you will need to have your tools passed to; however, it is also a good idea to have all the tools and other items you need close by hand. 

If you want to protect your wall, you should always place wall protector pads on the wooden frame to prevent scratches. 

The quickest way to hang up pictures is to use a nail and a hammer simply. The top wooden bar will need to be placed over the nail, which you must not hammer in more than two thirds as you need to have enough of the nail outside to allow the nail to support the frame's weight. 

Whilst this method is suitable for smaller prints, if you have a giant print, then a simple nail will not be able to offer enough support for the weight, which means that you should think about another approach. 

As we have already mentioned, it is better to use a bracket or a wire to hang up your print in these circumstances. These have slightly different ways that they can be attached to the wall; however, in the most part, they are much the same.

Once your print is hung up and displayed, then you can start to enjoy it. It will brighten up your home and give you the chance to add a touch of your personality to it too. Both of which will help to make your home your own. 

Read more

If you have invested in a gorgeous canvas print for your home, then you are going to want to make sure that you hang it in a way that showcases it in the best light possible. You may think that it is easy enough to hang a canvas print, but truth be known, if you want to hang it perfectly, it can be more complicated than you realise.

Want to know more? Then here is our guide on how to hang your canvas perfectly in your house.

How will you attach it?

Preparation is key when it comes to hanging your canvas in your home. Because they are available in various sizes and styles, so too are the methods that you can hang them in.

The smaller frames that you can buy (16 inches by 16 inches or below) are easier than most to hang up as they simply need a single nail on the wall. This will then need a bracket that will connect with the top rail of the frame. 

If the frame is larger, you may need to ditch the above method and instead go with a hanging wire. This could be art wire or string, whichever you prefer, so long as it can take the weight of the frame as this will keep the canvas print steady, level and above everything else secure. 

What are your walls like?

Next, you need to think about the wall that you want to hang the canvas sprint on; if it is a standard within your home, you should hammer into the wall using the below process. However, things can be trickier when the walls are made of concrete or brick, and you may want to follow a slightly different approach. 

What supplies do I need?

There are some essential tools that you will need to have to hang up your canvas prints in your home. These are:

    Screwdriver
  • Spirit Level
  • Nails 
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Wall Protection Pads

It is also worth noting that you will need screws, hangers, wires and eye hooks, depending on where you are going to hang it. 

Choose where to hang it

Before you begin, it makes sense that you need to think carefully about where you will hang up your canvas print. It is always the best approach to keep your print at eye level; this is even more important if you place it over a bed or a sofa.

That said, you do need to make sure that you keep the print at least 6 inches between the bottom of the canvas and the highest point of the furniture that it is above, as this will limit the chance of you hitting yourself on it when you get up. 

Make it a part of a gallery

One great way that we have seen canvas prints displayed is as a part of a gallery. This not allows you to bring together a variety of prints (perhaps to tell a story from one particular day or showcasing your family as it has grown). But, as well as this, a gallery of canvas prints will make a great feature wall for your home too. 

To do this style, you need to think about several things before you begin. It is a good idea to map out how you want the pictures to look by laying them on the floor in the right places. That way, you can see which ones look right next to the others. 

It is best to start with the centre print as this will be the focal point of the entire gallery set-up and the centre from which you work out where the other prints go. 

It is essential to make sure that you leave around 2 inches to 4 inches between each picture. Suppose you are worried that this will take up too much room or that it won't fit in your chosen space. In that case, we recommend cutting out paper replicas of your prints to size and then sticking them to the wall; that way, you can step back and see if they all work together in the space you want to display them. 

Hanging the print up

Before you start to hang the print up, you want to make sure that the wall is clean; you also want to move the furniture out of the way to make as much space as possible. 

It is always a good idea to have someone to help you, as you will need to have your tools passed to; however, it is also a good idea to have all the tools and other items you need close by hand. 

If you want to protect your wall, you should always place wall protector pads on the wooden frame to prevent scratches. 

The quickest way to hang up pictures is to use a nail and a hammer simply. The top wooden bar will need to be placed over the nail, which you must not hammer in more than two thirds as you need to have enough of the nail outside to allow the nail to support the frame's weight. 

Whilst this method is suitable for smaller prints, if you have a giant print, then a simple nail will not be able to offer enough support for the weight, which means that you should think about another approach. 

As we have already mentioned, it is better to use a bracket or a wire to hang up your print in these circumstances. These have slightly different ways that they can be attached to the wall; however, in the most part, they are much the same.

Once your print is hung up and displayed, then you can start to enjoy it. It will brighten up your home and give you the chance to add a touch of your personality to it too. Both of which will help to make your home your own. 

Read more

Creating a bespoke canvas print for your home or a wonderful gift for a loved one is such a great way to design something special!

 However, if you've ever come to upload a photo of your treasured moments and found them grainy, blurry or out of focus, we've got some tips to ensure you put your phone camera to better use.

 A huge number of canvases, posters and accessories we produce are created from a simple phone snap. With some pointers from the artwork experts, there is no reason you can't capture everyday images on the go!

 Today the Personal Canvas Prints team has collated our go-to advice to make sure every mobile photograph is as vivid as possible.

How to Take Great Photos on Your Phone

Almost every smartphone out there has an incredibly high specification camera, so it's all about understanding how they work to ensure your photography speaks for itself!

  • First, experiment with your camera, primarily if you've not used it much before or have a new device. They all have different settings, timers, filters and functions, so getting to grips with the functionality is step one.
  • Next, make sure you know how to turn off the flash.While a flash was essential for an older digital camera in a dark space, they aren't so crucial with advanced mobile camera technology.The best images are taken in natural light, and a flash can cause a glare that won't look good in print.
  • Third, DON'T be tempted to zoom right in! We know that it's tempting to use digital zoom to get close to the person or object you're photographing, but many phones just enlarge the image rather than actually zooming.

 The result is a grainy capture that would have looked just fine cropped down from a larger image.

 You don't need to be a photography professional to take incredible phone snaps, but you need to practice making the best of the camera you have.

 Keeping the lens clean is another sure-fire way to improve your photos since a grubby fingerprint or dust detracts from the sharpness your phone camera is capable of.

Getting the Right Exposure on Mobile Photography Captures

Now, we all know that lighting is crucial to taking great images, particularly if you're hoping to print and frame the moment on a canvas print that you'll be able to enjoy forever!

 It's really tricky to take a decent photo even on the best mobile camera in the dark, so grey days and nighttime events aren't the best moments if you're planning a family portrait or visiting your favourite landscape.

  • Sunny days are ideal, and a pro tip is to plan for the 'golden hour'.
  • Just after the sun has risen and just before it sets are extraordinary times to take photographs since the gentle nature of the light is flattering, delicate and translates beautifully into print.
  • If you haven't tried it, play around with taking a selfie outdoors in the morning and then again at lunchtime in the same spot, and you'll see the difference!
  • And, while the sun is a photographer's friend, you want it ideally behind you, with the light falling onto your subject matter.
  • Taking images facing the sunlight often results in a glare, or means your capture will look more like a silhouette with the features and detail obscured.

Does Photo Editing Help Design Better Quality Canvas Prints?

Photo editing apps are controversial but, if used correctly, they can be an excellent way to sharpen images, deepen colours, or design something quirky and original!

The trick with photo editing is always to enhance the quality and aesthetic of your photos, not to try and morph or change them to the extent that they look unnatural.

Let's think about landscapes as a great example - here are some of the most popular photo editing apps for iPhone or Android and the effects they make possible:

  • Snapseed is a Google app created to replicate some of the features in Adobe Photoshop (but for free). You can crop, add a vignette, insert text, or change the depth of field to blur the background and highlight a specific person or object.
  • Prisma is something somewhat different. Users can upload an image and transform it into a painting or drawing through AI technology. It's also free and is excellent for designing a cartoon or changing a photo into a painted picture.
  • Photo Collage offers a tool to create a collage, so you could select several shots and combine them in a professional-looking frame and have the collage printed onto a canvas print! There are over 100 layouts with a range of sizes and grids.

Those are just a tiny snapshot of the apps out there, and if you do decide to try out photo editing, we'd recommend going for a free version and only paying for a premium app if you're comfortable that you'll get enough use out of it.

How to Take Amazing Portraits Through a Mobile Camera

They always say not to work with kids or dogs - and if you're struggling to get that perfect capture to turn into personalised gifts, cards or canvas prints, you'll know it's true!

There are quite a few ways to make it easier to help your fidgety photo subjects stand a little more still.

  • Keep your phone straight, lined up with the horizon.
  • Use moving pictures if you have that option. Your image replays like a GIF on your mobile, but you can flick through each second and choose that one special moment.
  • Set the timer button - having a countdown from five is ideal for little ones who get restless pretty quickly!
  • Take a video and screenshot great images. This solution is excellent for capturing a dog mid-jump or a soggy head shake after a cooling dip.

If all else fails, a few treats don't go amiss either!

By using all the advanced settings on your camera phone and aiming to take your photos in the best light possible, you'll have a memory card full of fantastic shots that you'll want to remember.

Read more

Creating a bespoke canvas print for your home or a wonderful gift for a loved one is such a great way to design something special!

 However, if you've ever come to upload a photo of your treasured moments and found them grainy, blurry or out of focus, we've got some tips to ensure you put your phone camera to better use.

 A huge number of canvases, posters and accessories we produce are created from a simple phone snap. With some pointers from the artwork experts, there is no reason you can't capture everyday images on the go!

 Today the Personal Canvas Prints team has collated our go-to advice to make sure every mobile photograph is as vivid as possible.

How to Take Great Photos on Your Phone

Almost every smartphone out there has an incredibly high specification camera, so it's all about understanding how they work to ensure your photography speaks for itself!

  • First, experiment with your camera, primarily if you've not used it much before or have a new device. They all have different settings, timers, filters and functions, so getting to grips with the functionality is step one.
  • Next, make sure you know how to turn off the flash.While a flash was essential for an older digital camera in a dark space, they aren't so crucial with advanced mobile camera technology.The best images are taken in natural light, and a flash can cause a glare that won't look good in print.
  • Third, DON'T be tempted to zoom right in! We know that it's tempting to use digital zoom to get close to the person or object you're photographing, but many phones just enlarge the image rather than actually zooming.

 The result is a grainy capture that would have looked just fine cropped down from a larger image.

 You don't need to be a photography professional to take incredible phone snaps, but you need to practice making the best of the camera you have.

 Keeping the lens clean is another sure-fire way to improve your photos since a grubby fingerprint or dust detracts from the sharpness your phone camera is capable of.

Getting the Right Exposure on Mobile Photography Captures

Now, we all know that lighting is crucial to taking great images, particularly if you're hoping to print and frame the moment on a canvas print that you'll be able to enjoy forever!

 It's really tricky to take a decent photo even on the best mobile camera in the dark, so grey days and nighttime events aren't the best moments if you're planning a family portrait or visiting your favourite landscape.

  • Sunny days are ideal, and a pro tip is to plan for the 'golden hour'.
  • Just after the sun has risen and just before it sets are extraordinary times to take photographs since the gentle nature of the light is flattering, delicate and translates beautifully into print.
  • If you haven't tried it, play around with taking a selfie outdoors in the morning and then again at lunchtime in the same spot, and you'll see the difference!
  • And, while the sun is a photographer's friend, you want it ideally behind you, with the light falling onto your subject matter.
  • Taking images facing the sunlight often results in a glare, or means your capture will look more like a silhouette with the features and detail obscured.

Does Photo Editing Help Design Better Quality Canvas Prints?

Photo editing apps are controversial but, if used correctly, they can be an excellent way to sharpen images, deepen colours, or design something quirky and original!

The trick with photo editing is always to enhance the quality and aesthetic of your photos, not to try and morph or change them to the extent that they look unnatural.

Let's think about landscapes as a great example - here are some of the most popular photo editing apps for iPhone or Android and the effects they make possible:

  • Snapseed is a Google app created to replicate some of the features in Adobe Photoshop (but for free). You can crop, add a vignette, insert text, or change the depth of field to blur the background and highlight a specific person or object.
  • Prisma is something somewhat different. Users can upload an image and transform it into a painting or drawing through AI technology. It's also free and is excellent for designing a cartoon or changing a photo into a painted picture.
  • Photo Collage offers a tool to create a collage, so you could select several shots and combine them in a professional-looking frame and have the collage printed onto a canvas print! There are over 100 layouts with a range of sizes and grids.

Those are just a tiny snapshot of the apps out there, and if you do decide to try out photo editing, we'd recommend going for a free version and only paying for a premium app if you're comfortable that you'll get enough use out of it.

How to Take Amazing Portraits Through a Mobile Camera

They always say not to work with kids or dogs - and if you're struggling to get that perfect capture to turn into personalised gifts, cards or canvas prints, you'll know it's true!

There are quite a few ways to make it easier to help your fidgety photo subjects stand a little more still.

  • Keep your phone straight, lined up with the horizon.
  • Use moving pictures if you have that option. Your image replays like a GIF on your mobile, but you can flick through each second and choose that one special moment.
  • Set the timer button - having a countdown from five is ideal for little ones who get restless pretty quickly!
  • Take a video and screenshot great images. This solution is excellent for capturing a dog mid-jump or a soggy head shake after a cooling dip.

If all else fails, a few treats don't go amiss either!

By using all the advanced settings on your camera phone and aiming to take your photos in the best light possible, you'll have a memory card full of fantastic shots that you'll want to remember.

Read more

Whether it's a parent who owns everything they need or a partner with a particular taste, we all have that one person who seems impossible to buy for!

Personalised gifts are an excellent solution.

From a beautiful piece of photo art bringing a favourite family holiday back to life or a unique printed blanket to snuggle up with a never-forgotten pet, personal presents mean a great deal.

As a bonus, you don't need to let on that they only take a couple of minutes to design through the Personal Canvas Prints customisation tools!

Here we'll run through some gift suggestions for your recipients, who will be blown away by the thought and care that's gone into creating something designed truly just for them.

Custom Canvas Prints for Parents, Grandparents and In-Laws

Parents and grandparents can never have too many photos, and a bespoke artwork featuring their dearest family members is a fantastic present idea!

 If they have lots of fine art adorning their walls already, you can opt for a vast range of custom prints, each easy to design and offering the same quality and image sharpness you expect:

  • Bath towels and mats are great gifts for a parent who loves a long bubbly soak.
  • Coasters are ideal for hosts and families that love entertaining.
  • Printed blankets work equally well for children and adults.
  • Printed kitchen towels are perfect for keen chefs and bakers.

Remember that you don't need to take a new family photograph to make their day!

Some of our most memorable custom print projects include snaps of days gone by, weddings to remember, silly kids, and pets that have long passed over the rainbow bridge.

Personalised Presents for Colleagues and Co-workers

Another challenging present-buying task is when you need to purchase something meaningful for someone you don't know terribly well.

 That might be a secret Santa, a wedding present for a partner's family member, or a birthday gift for a new acquaintance that you'd like to appreciate your gift.

 Personalised canvas prints work amazingly well and capture a massive range of digital images and photos that will impress any lucky recipient!

 It's also an opportunity to think about the person's interests and hobbies, and perhaps choose a royalty-free image that you know will make them smile if you don't have a photo to hand that captures a great moment!

Here are some ideas to help inspire your design:

  • Initial letters are an easy solution, and you can find millions of royalty-free graphics in a massive range of designs, from classical to graffiti. A set of bespoke coasters with someone's initials is personal yet straightforward.
  • Landscapes of cherished places evoke happy memories and are great for celebratory gifts. Think about a custom towel with a person's hometown, best holiday destination, or dream place to live, and you're onto a winner!
  • Animals or characters are also easy to find, so if you have a colleague who is passionate about wild birds, as an example, you could design them a unique set of printed placemats that they'll want to use every day.

Thinking a little creatively opens up a world of possibilities without limits on the images or designs you can create.

Try out a few ideas through our user-friendly upload tool, and you can play around with layouts and colours to see what works best!

Designing Bespoke Sustainable Wall Art Gifts

Sustainability is a huge consideration when purchasing any consumer item.

 If you are looking for an authentically personal gift for an eco-conscious friend, it will mean a lot that you've thought about the items they'll want to display in their home.

 Custom art is a brilliant option, with natural materials and craftsmanship that mean you aren't buying generic mass-produced products that often end up contributing to landfill.

 Framed photos are an excellent choice, with our customised prints available in stunning resolutions in either 12 x 12-inch or 18 x 18-inch frames depending on whether you're aiming for striking yet subtle or a statement piece.

 Natural wood frames, built by hand by one of our professional team, are a sustainable bespoke gift choice, with every item printed and constructed right here in the UK.

Our framed photo prints are always crafted with high-impact resistant acrylic glass for a durable finish that will last for years to come.

Creating Funny Personalised Presents for Special Friends

Finally, let's talk about the impact of a present that makes you laugh until your cheeks ache - it's a brilliant feeling for everyone, and means you know you've found an excellent gift choice!

 Here at Personal Canvas Prints, we produce individual canvas prints and poster art ranging from classically elegant wedding photography to gloriously silly designs.

 If you're stuck purchasing a present for someone who makes you smile, and you wish to return the favour, there are countless ways to create something joyful.

 Let's run through some of the delightful custom projects we've worked on recently!

  • Silly coaster sets are great for workplaces. Each piece in the collection can feature a different colleague and make for a brilliant workday bingo game to lighten the mood.
  • Our cosy blankets are luxuriously soft and snuggly and an excellent way to keep your memories fresh if you don't get to see a parent or family member as often as you'd like! And, with a full size, crisp resolution print of yourself, they won't forget you in a hurry.
  • Printed posters are ideal for kids and teenagers and easy to roll up for storage or reposition if they're keen on a change of decor. Printing a goofy capture of their closest friends or first childhood play date is both fun and touching and will be sure to have pride of place.

So there you have it, a rundown of some of our popular gift suggestions, which we hope inspires you to design a special gift, even for the most challenging people to buy for!

For more ideas and to explore the huge range of customised canvas prints and home accessories we create, please visit the Personal Canvas Prints website and let's see what we can design together.

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Whether it's a parent who owns everything they need or a partner with a particular taste, we all have that one person who seems impossible to buy for!

Personalised gifts are an excellent solution.

From a beautiful piece of photo art bringing a favourite family holiday back to life or a unique printed blanket to snuggle up with a never-forgotten pet, personal presents mean a great deal.

As a bonus, you don't need to let on that they only take a couple of minutes to design through the Personal Canvas Prints customisation tools!

Here we'll run through some gift suggestions for your recipients, who will be blown away by the thought and care that's gone into creating something designed truly just for them.

Custom Canvas Prints for Parents, Grandparents and In-Laws

Parents and grandparents can never have too many photos, and a bespoke artwork featuring their dearest family members is a fantastic present idea!

 If they have lots of fine art adorning their walls already, you can opt for a vast range of custom prints, each easy to design and offering the same quality and image sharpness you expect:

  • Bath towels and mats are great gifts for a parent who loves a long bubbly soak.
  • Coasters are ideal for hosts and families that love entertaining.
  • Printed blankets work equally well for children and adults.
  • Printed kitchen towels are perfect for keen chefs and bakers.

Remember that you don't need to take a new family photograph to make their day!

Some of our most memorable custom print projects include snaps of days gone by, weddings to remember, silly kids, and pets that have long passed over the rainbow bridge.

Personalised Presents for Colleagues and Co-workers

Another challenging present-buying task is when you need to purchase something meaningful for someone you don't know terribly well.

 That might be a secret Santa, a wedding present for a partner's family member, or a birthday gift for a new acquaintance that you'd like to appreciate your gift.

 Personalised canvas prints work amazingly well and capture a massive range of digital images and photos that will impress any lucky recipient!

 It's also an opportunity to think about the person's interests and hobbies, and perhaps choose a royalty-free image that you know will make them smile if you don't have a photo to hand that captures a great moment!

Here are some ideas to help inspire your design:

  • Initial letters are an easy solution, and you can find millions of royalty-free graphics in a massive range of designs, from classical to graffiti. A set of bespoke coasters with someone's initials is personal yet straightforward.
  • Landscapes of cherished places evoke happy memories and are great for celebratory gifts. Think about a custom towel with a person's hometown, best holiday destination, or dream place to live, and you're onto a winner!
  • Animals or characters are also easy to find, so if you have a colleague who is passionate about wild birds, as an example, you could design them a unique set of printed placemats that they'll want to use every day.

Thinking a little creatively opens up a world of possibilities without limits on the images or designs you can create.

Try out a few ideas through our user-friendly upload tool, and you can play around with layouts and colours to see what works best!

Designing Bespoke Sustainable Wall Art Gifts

Sustainability is a huge consideration when purchasing any consumer item.

 If you are looking for an authentically personal gift for an eco-conscious friend, it will mean a lot that you've thought about the items they'll want to display in their home.

 Custom art is a brilliant option, with natural materials and craftsmanship that mean you aren't buying generic mass-produced products that often end up contributing to landfill.

 Framed photos are an excellent choice, with our customised prints available in stunning resolutions in either 12 x 12-inch or 18 x 18-inch frames depending on whether you're aiming for striking yet subtle or a statement piece.

 Natural wood frames, built by hand by one of our professional team, are a sustainable bespoke gift choice, with every item printed and constructed right here in the UK.

Our framed photo prints are always crafted with high-impact resistant acrylic glass for a durable finish that will last for years to come.

Creating Funny Personalised Presents for Special Friends

Finally, let's talk about the impact of a present that makes you laugh until your cheeks ache - it's a brilliant feeling for everyone, and means you know you've found an excellent gift choice!

 Here at Personal Canvas Prints, we produce individual canvas prints and poster art ranging from classically elegant wedding photography to gloriously silly designs.

 If you're stuck purchasing a present for someone who makes you smile, and you wish to return the favour, there are countless ways to create something joyful.

 Let's run through some of the delightful custom projects we've worked on recently!

  • Silly coaster sets are great for workplaces. Each piece in the collection can feature a different colleague and make for a brilliant workday bingo game to lighten the mood.
  • Our cosy blankets are luxuriously soft and snuggly and an excellent way to keep your memories fresh if you don't get to see a parent or family member as often as you'd like! And, with a full size, crisp resolution print of yourself, they won't forget you in a hurry.
  • Printed posters are ideal for kids and teenagers and easy to roll up for storage or reposition if they're keen on a change of decor. Printing a goofy capture of their closest friends or first childhood play date is both fun and touching and will be sure to have pride of place.

So there you have it, a rundown of some of our popular gift suggestions, which we hope inspires you to design a special gift, even for the most challenging people to buy for!

For more ideas and to explore the huge range of customised canvas prints and home accessories we create, please visit the Personal Canvas Prints website and let's see what we can design together.

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Easy Ways to Keep Your Canvas Prints Clean & Vibrant

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So, you've picked your all-time favourite images, transformed them into professional canvas prints, and are proudly displaying them in your home.

How can you ensure your treasured memories stay bold and bright while keeping pesky dust in check?

The Personal Canvas Prints team has put together this simple guide to explain the best ways to clean your canvas prints and keep them in excellent condition.

How to Clean a Canvas Wall Print

Every Personal Canvas Prints artwork is lovingly crafted by hand, with an outstanding quality canvas that repels water for durability.

Most canvases won't attract anything but general household dust, so a dry cloth or duster is more than sufficient to banish the particles!

The easiest way to keep them clean if exposed to dirt is to use a soft, damp cloth and warm water.

Heavy solvents or chemicals can break down any fabric over time, so we'd advise steering clear of anything abrasive as it could dull the finish of your prints, or indeed the canvas itself.

There are also lots of ways to protect your canvas:

  • Avoid smoking close to your wall art - smoke can discolour walls and prints.
  • Hang your print outside of high traffic areas such as stairwells where a passer-by could knock it.
  • Opt for a wall outside of day-long sunshine if you're fortunate enough to have a south-facing room. That will help avoid fading due to regular natural exposure to UV light.

If you have a bespoke framed photo with our impact-resistant acrylic glass, we'd also recommend wearing gloves to avoid fingerprints!

Ensuring Your Canvas Prints Remain Glossy and Bright

Canvas is a superb material for modern home art, weighing substantially less than a heavy framed artwork that usually isn’t suitable for hanging on internal walls.

Our advanced printing technique means every colour is captured in its full glory, with an array of the deepest blacks and most vibrant reds.

Hanging your canvas print in the right place is a great way to preserve the integrity of those beautiful colours, so although canvas is water repellent and can be hung in bathrooms and kitchens, the shades will remain more brilliant in drier rooms.

Areas with poor circulation have lower air quality, so a tiny room with a lot of steam and temperature variations will gradually impact the quality of the ink - a living space, bedroom, or hallway are ideal!

Canvas is designed for flexible use, so you can even bring your prints outside to decorate an entertaining space.

However, it's best to keep them inside, particularly in the rain or hot days, to avoid weather-related damage.

Safely Storing a Canvas Print

If you're moving home, redecorating, or having a change around, you'll need to store your canvas somewhere away from the chaos!

 Your special memories need a little extra protection, so bubble wrap or acid-free paper are perfect ways to ensure your prints won't get damaged and will be safe from dust and particles.

 Acid turns canvas yellow and eventually can destroy canvas, so it's essential to use an acid-free wrap to avoid this problem.

Remember that while a canvas isn't made from brittle glass, it can become damaged, torn or dented from heavy impacts, so stacking it between other artwork or using a secure protective wrapping is the best way to prevent accidents.

Wrapping artwork is advisable for storage or moving, but any general-purpose bubble wrap and sticky tape will do the job well, so you don't need specialist materials!

Make sure the wrap is sealed tightly and with as few air bubbles as possible.

Air won't damage your canvas print, but the tighter the wrap, the less likely it is to slip and expose a corner of your artwork.

How to Repair a Damaged Canvas Photo Print

Tearing a canvas is upsetting, particularly when it's a bespoke print of something special!

Depending on how big the tear is, you might be able to repair it and avoid having to reprint your favourite images.

Professional artwork shops do offer repair services, but if you're going to try a DIY project, here are the best steps:

Source another piece of fabric, ideally a swatch of blank canvas. It needs to be around an inch larger on all sides than the tear, so it isn't too tight and pulls at the fibres around the damage.

  • You can make a patch from another fabric, but it won't be as strong or flexible, so a canvas is the best material to use.
  • Lay your canvas face down on a flat, dry, stable surface.
  • Use a regular white craft glue (making sure it's acid-free) or an acrylic primer as an alternative.
  • Glue a thin layer all over the patch, and lay it over the tear, ensuring the ends are aligned.
  • You'll need to press this down very gently and can use a spatula or piece of cardboard to avoid getting glue over your hands.
  • Flip your canvas back over, and put a book or other object underneath the patch, so it's resting at the same height as the frame while the glue sets.
  • If there are any loose threads, you can use a toothpick or tweezers to push them back into place - any that are too fiddly to reposition can be snipped off once the canvas is dry.

Ideally, you want to avoid getting any glue at all on the front of the canvas.

This type of glue usually sets with a shiny finish, which will look out of place on your matte canvas print.

Repairing a damaged canvas doesn't always mean it will look perfect, but it can preserve your memories and avoid further tearing that would be impossible to fix!

If you'd like any help or advice to keep your canvas print in excellent condition or deal with any unfortunate accidents, please give the Personal Canvas Prints team a call, and we'll be more than happy to share our advice!

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So, you've picked your all-time favourite images, transformed them into professional canvas prints, and are proudly displaying them in your home.

How can you ensure your treasured memories stay bold and bright while keeping pesky dust in check?

The Personal Canvas Prints team has put together this simple guide to explain the best ways to clean your canvas prints and keep them in excellent condition.

How to Clean a Canvas Wall Print

Every Personal Canvas Prints artwork is lovingly crafted by hand, with an outstanding quality canvas that repels water for durability.

Most canvases won't attract anything but general household dust, so a dry cloth or duster is more than sufficient to banish the particles!

The easiest way to keep them clean if exposed to dirt is to use a soft, damp cloth and warm water.

Heavy solvents or chemicals can break down any fabric over time, so we'd advise steering clear of anything abrasive as it could dull the finish of your prints, or indeed the canvas itself.

There are also lots of ways to protect your canvas:

  • Avoid smoking close to your wall art - smoke can discolour walls and prints.
  • Hang your print outside of high traffic areas such as stairwells where a passer-by could knock it.
  • Opt for a wall outside of day-long sunshine if you're fortunate enough to have a south-facing room. That will help avoid fading due to regular natural exposure to UV light.

If you have a bespoke framed photo with our impact-resistant acrylic glass, we'd also recommend wearing gloves to avoid fingerprints!

Ensuring Your Canvas Prints Remain Glossy and Bright

Canvas is a superb material for modern home art, weighing substantially less than a heavy framed artwork that usually isn’t suitable for hanging on internal walls.

Our advanced printing technique means every colour is captured in its full glory, with an array of the deepest blacks and most vibrant reds.

Hanging your canvas print in the right place is a great way to preserve the integrity of those beautiful colours, so although canvas is water repellent and can be hung in bathrooms and kitchens, the shades will remain more brilliant in drier rooms.

Areas with poor circulation have lower air quality, so a tiny room with a lot of steam and temperature variations will gradually impact the quality of the ink - a living space, bedroom, or hallway are ideal!

Canvas is designed for flexible use, so you can even bring your prints outside to decorate an entertaining space.

However, it's best to keep them inside, particularly in the rain or hot days, to avoid weather-related damage.

Safely Storing a Canvas Print

If you're moving home, redecorating, or having a change around, you'll need to store your canvas somewhere away from the chaos!

 Your special memories need a little extra protection, so bubble wrap or acid-free paper are perfect ways to ensure your prints won't get damaged and will be safe from dust and particles.

 Acid turns canvas yellow and eventually can destroy canvas, so it's essential to use an acid-free wrap to avoid this problem.

Remember that while a canvas isn't made from brittle glass, it can become damaged, torn or dented from heavy impacts, so stacking it between other artwork or using a secure protective wrapping is the best way to prevent accidents.

Wrapping artwork is advisable for storage or moving, but any general-purpose bubble wrap and sticky tape will do the job well, so you don't need specialist materials!

Make sure the wrap is sealed tightly and with as few air bubbles as possible.

Air won't damage your canvas print, but the tighter the wrap, the less likely it is to slip and expose a corner of your artwork.

How to Repair a Damaged Canvas Photo Print

Tearing a canvas is upsetting, particularly when it's a bespoke print of something special!

Depending on how big the tear is, you might be able to repair it and avoid having to reprint your favourite images.

Professional artwork shops do offer repair services, but if you're going to try a DIY project, here are the best steps:

Source another piece of fabric, ideally a swatch of blank canvas. It needs to be around an inch larger on all sides than the tear, so it isn't too tight and pulls at the fibres around the damage.

  • You can make a patch from another fabric, but it won't be as strong or flexible, so a canvas is the best material to use.
  • Lay your canvas face down on a flat, dry, stable surface.
  • Use a regular white craft glue (making sure it's acid-free) or an acrylic primer as an alternative.
  • Glue a thin layer all over the patch, and lay it over the tear, ensuring the ends are aligned.
  • You'll need to press this down very gently and can use a spatula or piece of cardboard to avoid getting glue over your hands.
  • Flip your canvas back over, and put a book or other object underneath the patch, so it's resting at the same height as the frame while the glue sets.
  • If there are any loose threads, you can use a toothpick or tweezers to push them back into place - any that are too fiddly to reposition can be snipped off once the canvas is dry.

Ideally, you want to avoid getting any glue at all on the front of the canvas.

This type of glue usually sets with a shiny finish, which will look out of place on your matte canvas print.

Repairing a damaged canvas doesn't always mean it will look perfect, but it can preserve your memories and avoid further tearing that would be impossible to fix!

If you'd like any help or advice to keep your canvas print in excellent condition or deal with any unfortunate accidents, please give the Personal Canvas Prints team a call, and we'll be more than happy to share our advice!

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