|(image provided by Printcopia)|
Canvas photo prints. Who doesn't love them? There's something about seeing one of your photographs recreated on a canvas that makes it feel extra special. Prices--and qualities--for canvas photo prints vary greatly depending on the company you choose to create your piece. Now you have a chance to win a great-quality, free 8" x 10" canvas from Printcopia!
I know the canvas is great quality, because we got one ourselves of Mr. Desmond. And I have to say, I was very impressed with the process of making the canvas on their site. (That is until I ran into some difficulties switching back and forth from the side-wrapping options. Every time I clicked a different option, it would bump my photo into an off-center position on the preview canvas. Very odd. Although, truth be told, my browsers are all out of date, because my OS on this MacBook is so many versions old that the software I would need to begin the dual-process upgrade is no longer even available on the Apple store website as a download. Le sigh. For the record, I am running Mac OS X Version 10.5.8. If any of you IT folks out there have any tips for me on how to upgrade without waiting for software to get delivered or going to the Apple store in person, I'd love to hear them. Anyway, my point is, I don't know if that problem was coming from my end or Printcopia's, but it was a problem nonetheless.)
So sorry. Major sidebar there. Back to the canvas.
On Printcopia's site, it's super easy to upload your photo. The biggest problem you'll have is choosing a photo to upload, because not only can you pick from whatever you have stored on your computer, but you can also upload directly from Facebook and Instagram.
Now you know that I almost fell out of my chair when I saw that Instagram option. I seriously considered a few shots from our feed there, but in the end--after much debate--we decided to go with this photo I took of Desmond at Coindre Hall last winter:
|I purposely lightened the shaded areas on Desmond's front, because I was worried about it all coming out too dark to see his facial expression, which very clearly says, "Oh, bother. The ball is just out of my reach. Woe is me."|
Here are some screen shots from the process--I just did another one really quick to show you how it works. I pulled the photo directly from Instagram onto an 8" x 8" canvas (because the Instagram pix are squares, so it's just easier that way).
|I resized my image so I wouldn't need to include the black area that lives at the top of it or the railing that's at the bottom of it (neither of which you can see here)|
|The second involves the image continuing around the sides. Here you can see how the actual photo has black at the top (due to the way I added it to Instagram) and a railing at the bottom.|
|And here's the final preview, as a mock 3D canvas. That gray color on the side is just to represent shadow--it does not come out with a gray tint when you get the canvas.|
Now, I was supposed to do this review almost a month ago, which at this point feels like it was about a year ago. Obviously, the hurricane put a bit of a kink in all my blogging plans, but the other main effect this has had on this review is that I do not want to remove the canvas from the plastic wrap that it arrived in. We are not living in our house again yet, and I don't really have anywhere to keep extraneous items, so I thought the canvas would best be kept safe until I have my own walls again if I kept it all wrapped up in its original packaging, under the watchful eye of my dear mother. So, forgive me, but these photos of the finished product are semi-terrible.
|With flash, on the iPhone, in terrible indoor lighting. Ugh.|
|Without flash. Slightly less horrible.|
|We went with the image wrap for the sides of our canvas, and I really like the way it came out.|
For years now, I've been planning a gallery wall in our living room--planning being the farthest I got with that. When we get back to the improved version of our house in a few months (yes, I said months. Le sigh. Again.), I am going to make this photo canvas the focal point of the entire gallery. And I will be very very happy to unwrap it and hang it up.
If you'd like a chance to win your very own 8" x 10" photo canvas from Printcopia, please enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open only to continental U.S. residents (sorry Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and beyond!).
It seems they are currently running a 25% off sale on the site, which is great if you either don't win the giveaway or if you are in a big hurry and would rather just buy one now. :-)
Additionally, they have a sister company that does other kinds of printing: signs, banners, magnets, and business cards. The giveaway winner can arrange an exchange for one of those options if that better suits him or her. Good luck!
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Disclaimer: I was provided one free 8" x 10" photo canvas from Printcopia in exchange for my honest opinion of their product & service.