How to Print Artwork on Canvas

By Alexander Poirier

There is something about an image printed on a piece of canvas that screams "art." And with the advancement of modern technology, you can even print digital images on canvas in your own home. As long as you have the correct type of printer, printing on canvas is just like printing on any other type of paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Canvas stock paper

Step 1

Read through the user guide that came with your printer to make sure it can print on canvas. Most Epson printers, including the Epson 2400, can print on canvas, as can the HP Pro B9180 and the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8100.

Step 2

Connect the printer to the computer via the USB connection cable that came with the device.

Step 3

Double-click the image that you want to print on canvas to open the image in the computer's default image viewing application, or open the image in the image viewer of your choice. You want the image that you are going to print to be a very high resolution image. Since you are printing the image on a home printer and will not likely be printing on anything larger than a 16-by-24 inch canvas, an image with a resolution of 3072 x 2048 will work.

Step 4

Click the "File" menu and select the "Print" option. Select the printer that you want to use in the print setup window. With the correct printer selected, select "Canvas" as the type of paper that you want to use in the print setup window. You should be able to select the type of paper from a section labeled "Paper Type," "Presets" or "Printer Profile," but this label may change depending on the printer and application you are using.

Step 5

Click and drag the corners of the image preview to adjust the size of the image to fit on the canvas you are using. While adjusting the image, pay attention to the image's PPI (pixels per inch). The PPI will be listed somewhere in the print setup window. If the PPI drops below 250 pixels per inch, you will be able to make out the individual pixels in the image.

Step 6

Insert the canvas stock paper into the printer's paper tray or paper holder.

Step 7

Click the "Print" or "OK" button to print the image onto the canvas.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pigment-based inks take to canvas better than dye-based inks.
  • If your printer doesn't have an adjustment for thick stock, you may have to tape masking tape or heavy duty packing tape along the feeder edge of the canvas. To do this, use a thin strip of tape the length of the paper width. Tape the bottom edge of the canvas ½ the width of the tape, and then wrap the tape to the back side of the canvas and seal. This way, the tape covers the entire edge of the canvas, on both sides.