Choosing The Best Canvas Printer

Tools are important. Having the right tool for the job can decide how well you perform in a particular task or while aiming for a particular goal. For printing small canvas print having the right canvas printer is paramount. So here are some tips for choosing your canvas printer.

  • The difference: Regular vs. Canvas
    • A canvas printer is different from a regular printer. The name isn’t just for fluff. Regular printers are configured differently from canvas printers, quality varies across models, but the key point is that canvas printers are designed for the bigger, bulkier, heavier media that canvas printing uses, whilst the regular ones are better suited for finer weights. Even using a regular printer for a small canvas print is pushing it.
  • So, you ignored the difference.
    • In line with the above point, if someone uses a regular printer for canvas printing, the heavier media puts much greater strain on the printer; strain it wasn’t designed for. The printer’s cutter will blunt faster, the motor that drives said cutter will strain itself more and is liable to burnout. Both of these will need more maintenance than usual when the regular printer is used for canvas printing, and maintenance means cost.
  • Inky, inky, inky.
    • As mentioned before, there are differences with regular printers and canvas printers, ink among them. The regular, technical printers use water-based dye inks, which aren’t waterproof or UV stabilized. They’re great for normal printing, but expose them to sunlight or water, and they will degenerate. Canvas printers, on the other hand, use pigment based inks, which are waterproof and UV stabilized. They won’t fade when left in the sun, and they last for quite a bit of time too.
  • DPI?
    • Dots per inch or DPI, is the measure of the number of dots (or more accurately, pixels) printed onto every inch of material. Higher number means finer detail when inspected up close. This isn’t that important for a canvas print, unless someone plans on viewing in up-close fairly often.
  • The important thing is…
    • Always take into account what you and your customers need. The printer is a business tool, and which one you get should fit your needs, without costing so much as to make any profit made with it a moot point. Take into account things like speed, processing capability, print volume, tonal range, etc.