CanvasChamp Review: Quality Canvas Printing or Best Avoided?

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A canvas print of a photograph that holds special memories makes for a wonderful addition to the home. It is also a great gift idea, and beyond the sentimental, canvas prints can look great in the office too.

That’s precisely why online canvas printing services have become so popular in recent years. It is now a very simple process to upload your image, choose a canvas size and frame and have your finished print delivered directly to your door.

The question is, which service should you use? Is CanvasChamp worth giving a try?

That’s exactly what we are going to look into today. What follows is an in-depth look at the CanvasChamp printing service and my recent experience ordering a print through them. Are they the guys to be using in 2021?

CanvasChamp Review Summary

The Pros
  • Huge discounts on prints plus price matching
  • The ordering process is simple and straightforward.
  • Produces high-quality canvas prints with a lifetime guarantee.
  • Image wrap, border color, or mirror wrap are offered free of charge.
  • Provides free touchups upon request.
  • Offers a wide selection of frames & sizes
  • Serves clients based inside and outside the US.
  • 100% “Love-it” guarantee or a no hassle refund
The Cons
  • No backing for framed canvas prints.
  • Only accepts high-resolution, high-quality images for printing.
  • They don’t do any in-house photo editing.
Overall, CanvasChamp is a fast and reliable canvas printing company. They have a huge range of printing services (prints, artwork, T-shirts, bed linen you name it), with some of the lowest prices on the market. In fact, they are difficult to fault, (apart from the lack of photo editing service maybe). The ordering process is easy and with the 100% satisfaction or your money-back guarantee, giving them a whirl for your canvas printing needs is a bit of a no-brainer. Highly recommended.

Who are CanvasChamp?

Canvaschamp review and logo

CanvasChamp is a digital printing company that was established in 2012 as a canvas printing company. It specializes in reproducing digital artwork and images as high-quality prints on canvas, fabric, mugs, metal sheets, and wood boards. It also produces mounted print.

It is owned by the limited liability company (LLC) called Prints and Signs International, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia; and has printing facilities in India and the United Kingdom.

CanvasChamp is the division that handles canvas printing and framing, as well as printing on hard sheets of acrylic, metal, and wood.

It also does the following specialty prints: printing on a mug, umbrella, calendar, blanket, banner, and bus roll, as well fabrics that can be used to make a pillow, hence creating the pillow print. It also does print art on photo boards.

It accepts orders from both professional photographers and individuals. Because it has overseas production facilities, it can accept orders from clients outside the USA.

It aims to produce affordable canvas prints that are backed by a lifetime warranty, and in case of damage during shipping or packaging, then the client is assured of a replacement. It has sold over 2 million prints since it became operational.

A Brief Overview of CanvasChamp’s Services

CanvasChamp specializes in affordably reproducing digital photos, art, and images as wall-mountable canvas prints that range in size from the standard photo size of 5inches by 7inches to the large standalone photo print that measures 54inches by 54inches.

The canvas print can be framed using hand-crafted frames. Normally, each canvas print is backed by a lifetime warranty, and in case of damage during shipping or packaging, then the client is assured of a replacement.

This company can also print a digital image on a sheet of picture board, acrylic, metal, or wood. Moreover, it produces specialty prints that include printing on a mug, umbrella, calendar, blanket, banner, and bus roll, as well as pillow fabrics that are used to create pillow print.

Currently, CanvasChamp only accepts orders placed online. Its web portal accepts uploads of images in JPEG/JPG, PNG, and BMP formats.

For a non-compatible image file, it redirects the client to the file conversion service, HighTail, for the conversion of the image into a compatible format.

After accepting a digital image for printing, CanvasChamp provides an option for photo retouching where the client can request for lightening or darkening of the image, red-eye removal, scratch removal, color enhancement, dust removal, and date stamp removal.

It also provides 2 image-enhancing options for free – grayscale and sepia. The other 3 image enhancement options – Lichtenstein, caricatures, and Warhol-Marilyn style – are charged.

Regarding framing, one needs to choose between a 0.75-inch or 1.5-inch thick frame, as well as between a plain or stylized frame.

One is also allowed to choose the wrap style from the 4 available options – thin gallery wrap, thick gallery wrap, hanging canvas, and rolled canvas. Likewise, there are 3 types of border customization available: image wrap, colored border, and mirror wrap.

Relatedly, CanvasChamp offers 3 types of canvas print finishes: semi-gloss, matte, and glossy. As expected, the company prices its canvas print depending on the size of the print, choice of frame, finish, and print design.

Important Note: Quality Resolution Images Required

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CanvasChamp recommends that its clients send over high-quality images to be printed, and poor-quality images can be rejected because they usually produce very poor canvas prints.

There is an automated system that checks the quality of the image uploaded by the client to ensure that it meets the minimum threshold of acceptable image quality.

After the image has been accepted by the system, image retouching can be done. CanvasChamp provides an option for photo retouching where the client can request for lightening or darkening of the image, red-eye removal, scratch removal, color enhancement, dust removal, and date stamp removal.

It also provides 2 image-enhancing options for free – grayscale and sepia. The other 3 image enhancement options – Lichtenstein, caricatures, and Warhol-Marilyn style – are charged.

Currently, its web portal accepts uploads of images in JPEG/JPG, PNG, and BMP formats. In case one has an image that is not in any of these 3 formats, e,g a TIFF image file, CanvasChamp redirects one to the file conversion service, HighTail, for the conversion of the image into a compatible format.

Choosing Your Canvas Print Layout

kids together canvas prints

Usually, the canvas print is placed on the wall. Its placement is determined by two key factors: the wall space available and the layout of the wall.

These factors allow one to choose whether a single or multiple canvas prints can be placed on the wall. If multiple canvas prints are to be placed, then the shape of these prints determines how they are laid together on the wall so as to fit in the available space, and the resultant laying of the prints is called the layout.

There are 2 main types of canvas print layouts:

Single panel layout

This involves only one canvas print and is suited for a large print on a small wall as it creates an art statement.

Multi-panel layout

Two or more canvas prints are laid side-by-side on a large wall that can accommodate them. The image on each print can be different.

Likewise, CanvasChamp can print a single image across 2 or 3 canvas prints thus necessitating these prints to be laid side-by-side so as to reproduce the desired image.

As expected, the client needs to consider the wall space before choosing the layout. Also, layout impacts the size and shape of the canvas print.

The main shapes of prints made by CanvasChamp:
  • Rectangular – This is well-suited for standalone canvas prints.
  • Square – This can be used for creating a multi-panel grid layout where multiple canvas prints are arranged to create a collage or photo mosaic.
  • Hexagon – The canvas print has 6 equal sides, which makes it well suited for creating a multi-panel grid layout when used alongside other hexagon prints.

Choosing your Print Size

canvas print size canvaschamp

CanvasChamp allows the client to custom set the size of the canvas print. On the order page of the website, there are a set of 6 preset canvas print sizes, as well as the option of setting the custom size with the embedded price calculator immediately estimating the cost of the custom-sized print.

The minimum size that can be produced is the rectangular 5inches by 7inches canvas print, while the maximum canvas print that can be produced is the 54inches by 54inches square print.

The size customization widget in the order page, therefore, allows one to choose a custom size between these two size ranges.

The preset print sizes are:

  • 5inches by 7inches (5 × 7): This mini-sized rectangular print is the standard photo-size for placing on the wall of a stairway, bedroom, and bathroom.
  • 8 × 8: This small-sized square print is suitable for placing on small wall space.
  • 11 × 14: This medium-sized print is suitable for standalone photos.
  • 12 × 12: This square medium-sized print can be used in a single canvas layout or multi-panel layout
  • 16 × 20: This large rectangular canvas print is suitable for a landscape photograph, artwork, or family portrait. It can even be displayed on a gallery wall or hallway.
  • 18 × 24: This large rectangular canvas print can be displayed as a standalone canvas artwork.

Type of Print

abstract art canvas print

CanvasChamp allows the client to set the design of his/her desired canvas print.

Also, CanvasChamp allows the client to set the design of his/her non-canvas specialty print that is to be printed on mugs, calendars, banners, pillow fabric, umbrellas, blankets, and bus rolls.

This design reflects the aesthetic taste of the client, and it is influenced by the size and layout of the print, as well as whether it is to be framed or not.

Design basically means the category of the image to be printed on the canvas or specialty print. As this review focuses on the canvas print, the designs listed hereafter are those that can be reproduced by CanvasChamp on stretched canvas:

  • Family photo
  • Pets
  • Inspirational Quote. This quote can also be added to a family or pet photo.
  • Landscape
  • Abstract art
  • Modern art
  • MapsPop art.
  • Word art. This can also include lyrics.

Likewise, CanvasChamp provides a collage of pre-sized photos that one can choose from on its website, as well as an idea gallery where its clients showcase their images that have been reproduced as canvas prints.

Choose Your Finish

CanvasChamp uses fade-resistant and ultraviolet-resistant ink to create a canvas print that is resistant to fading. Still, it is advisable to keep the print out of direct sunlight or laminate it between sheets of plexiglass.

The type of canvas fabric, ink, and coating used on the canvas print determine the finish of the canvas print. Currently, there are 3 types of finish offered by CanvasChamp:

  • Matte – This finish has an ultra-low glare which makes it suitable for high-contrast images that are printed on cotton canvas. It does preserve details and is suitable for photographs of people.
  • Semi-Gloss – This finish has a low glare that creates just enough light reflection to mimic an oil painting.
  • Gloss – This finish has a glare that intensifies the vividness of the colors, as well as creates depth perspective in the image. It is suited for artworks and real-life images of people, landscapes, and cityscapes.

Usually, the choice of canvas fabric determines the finish as the cotton canvas is best suited for a matte finish, while polyester canvas is well suited for a gloss finish.

Frameless versus Framed Canvas Prints

Picture frames

CanvasChamp can produce both frameless and framed canvas prints. This depends on whether printing is done on unframed or framed canvas.

The framed canvas always creates a framed canvas print, while the unframed canvas can produce either unframed or framed canvas print.

The gallery-wrapping technique where the canvas is wrapped around stretcher bars, and then stretched is used to produce unframed canvas.

This technique also allows CanvasChamp to produce the full-bleed print where the image extends onto the rounded edges of the canvas (that is rolled on the bars).

Normally, the frameless canvas print is designed to focus the attention of the audience on the printed image; and depending on the finish used, for example (e.g) iridescent or glossy finish, it can enhance the ambiance of the illuminated room.

Choosing Your Frame

A framed canvas print pops off the wall, and the frame can also enhance the aesthetic quality of the print. CanvasChamp uses hand-crafted frames, and this ensures that quality wooden frames are made to fit their canvas prints.

Likewise, it allows for these prints to be securely stapled on their frames. Additionally, these frames have smooth edges and straight borders, which gives them an aesthetic quality. This aesthetic quality is further enhanced by the color and design of the frame.

The frames provided by CanvasChamp are graded based on their thickness into:

  • 0.75-inch – This is the standard thickness for portrait prints.
  • 1.5-inch – This is suitable for large canvas prints.

The framed print can have a center or corner bracings. Nonetheless, the canvas print is not laid onto a backing before framing.

Frame Border

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One is allowed to choose the wrap style. The wrap (or border) is basically the portion of the canvas that is draped around the sides of the frames.

The four wrap options are the thin gallery wrap for the 0.75-inch thick frame, thick gallery wrap for the 1.5-inch thick frame, hanging canvas, and the rolled canvas. The thin and thick gallery wrap are collectively described as the image wrap.

The border of the canvas print can be customized so as to create a unique framed print. There are 3 types of border customization available: image wrap, colored border, and mirror wrap. The main border colors used are black or white.

One can easily choose the image wrap, border color, or mirror wrap – depending on the desired aesthetic of the canvas print – because they are offered for free.

Mounting Hardware

One can also choose the mounting hardware for the framed canvas print. The current range of hardware options provided by CanvasChamp is the hanging hooks, easel back, sawtooth hanger, easel stand, and dust cover.

The key advantages of a framed canvas print are:
  • The color of the frame can be matched to the wall color.
  • Frame design impacts the mood evoked by the printed artwork or photo. Normally stylized border frames add an emotional character to the canvas print.
  • The canvas print can be placed in different types of frames, which allows one to change the frame design if (s)he has the intention to change the mood evoked by the printed image.
  • The canvas print can be covered by plexiglass so as to protect it, though this creates glare.
  • As expected, the frame size is determined by the size of the canvas print. Normally, the large canvas print is framed using bulky and heavy frames, hence making packaging and transport more complicated as compared to smaller framed prints.

How much does CanvasChamp cost?

CanvasChamp prices its canvas print depending on the size of the print, choice of frame, finish, and print design. It also offers bulk discounts and time-limited discounts.

For instance, at the time of this writing, there was an offer of making 2 orders and receiving the third-order free of charge, as long as one makes the 3 orders within a stipulated time frame. One can pay through PayPal or card payment.

Essentially prices for items vary widely, however, the company can boast some of the most competitive prices on the market. And when it comes to high-quality canvas printing, they even guarantee the lowest prices.

If you can find the same print options for cheaper elsewhere, CanvasChamp will price match.

How easy is it to order from CanvasChamp?

step by step

The process of requesting a canvas print from CanvasChamp can be summarized as follows:

  • Visit the website
  • Register as a new client.
  • Choose canvas print as the product that one wants.
  • Upload the image to be printed on the canvas. CanvasChamp allows one to upload images directly from Instagram or Facebook, hence allowing one to print images in his/her Facebook and Instagram digital collections. Even so, the size of the image file should not exceed 25MB (megabytes). You can also choose an image from the stock collection availed by CanvasChamp.
  • Select the size of the canvas print.
  • If one requires photo retouching, (s)he can choose the desired option of photo retouching.
  • Choose whether the print needs to be framed or not.
  • If the print is to be framed, one chooses the frame – whether stylized frame or plain solid frame.
  • If a plain solid frame is chosen, one chooses whether the print should have an image wrap, border color, or mirror wrap.
  • If a stylized frame is chosen, one chooses from the available frame designs.
  • One chooses whether the canvas print should be laminated or not.
  • One chooses the mounting options.

After this process, the virtual preview of the finished canvas print is shown so that one can confirm if that is the desired canvas print.

This virtual preview shows the photo in a simulated room, with visualization enhanced by enabling the client to have 360-degree and 3D views of the decorated simulated room.

If it meets the need of the client, the order is placed and paid for.

Afterward, the canvas print is made, packaged, and shipped to the shipping address provided by the client during the registration process.

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Is the delivery secure & reliable?

For clients in the US, the usual turnaround is normally 10 days. There are also 2 paid options for faster turnaround – the Express shipping that promises an 8-day turnaround, and the Priority shipping that promises a 7-day turnaround.

The most common packaging is a single layer of cardboard surrounding the canvas print, with plastic wrapping around this cardboard to make it waterproof.

For clients based in the US, the finished canvas print is delivered through UPS, TNT, or FedEx.

What is customer support like?

CanvasChamp provides reliable customer support through live chat, phone support, and email support. This provides the customer with multiple channels in which to contact someone at the company.

Furthermore, the 100% no-hassle guarantee seems to work in reality. In the online reviews, I read there have been only rare instances where a refund has had to be made, and sure enough, this seems to have been carried out swiftly and efficiently.

The ease with which you can contact a representative if you have an issue is a big reason for this.

Canvas Champ Vs The Competition (CanvasHQ, Great Big Canvas etc)


BEST FOR CUSTOM ORDERS

CANVASHQ

LARGEST CHOICE OF ART

GREAT BIG CANVAS

BEST OVERALL VALUE

CANVAS CHAMP

CANVAS VOWS

CANVAS HVN

PHOTO CANVAS LAND

CUSTOM IMAGES & WALL ART

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


AVERAGE PRINTING TIME

2-3 Business Days

1-2 Business Days

1-2 Business Days

1-2 Business Days

1-2 Business Days

2-5 Business Days

FINISH OPTIONS

5 (Matte, Semi-Gloss, Glossy, Iridescent Vintage)

Protective Coating (non custom)

3 (Semi-Gloss, Matte, & Glossy)

No

No

Protective Coating (non custom)

FRAMING/ BORDER OPTIONS

Canvas Wrap, Border Color & Frames

Canvas Wrap, Border Color & Frames

Canvas Wrap, Border Color & Frames

Canvas Wrap & Border Color

Canvas Wrap & Border Color

Canvas Wrap & Border Color

OFFERS / PRICE MATCHING

Regular 25-30% Promo Codes

Regular 30% Promo Codes

Big Sales (50% + off) Price Match Any Order

No

Free U.S Shipping

No

SEND AS GIFT

Yes

No (Can Purchase Gift Cards)

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

ORDER TRACKING

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

SHIPS OUTSIDE US?

No

Yes: US, Canada, UK, Australia, NZ

Yes (Contact Them for Details)

No

No

U.S & Canada Only

RETURN POLICY

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Damage, Defect or Loss

90 Days Damage, Defect or Loss

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Case by Case Basis

One of the main reasons to use CanvasChamp over the competition is the huge deals they provide. With the big discounts and price matching that they offer, they are one of the best value canvas printing services on the market.

GreatBigCanvas (GBC) gets a big thumbs up due to the large amount of artwork it has in its catalog. With over 700,000 images and counting they are the service with the most options when it comes to licensed artwork.

Everything is well organized on the GBC website, so if reproduction canvas prints are what you are after, these guys come highly recommended. The fact they ship outside the US is another bonus, (however, so does Canvas Champ).

CanvasHQ is very popular due to the level of customization that they offer. The service provides lots of options when it comes to materials, finishing, and framing.

If you are looking to print your own image, (and send it directly as a gift, which is a service that they provide), CanvasHQ may well be the best choice for you.

Pros & Cons of using CanvasChamp

pros and cons

Pros of CanvasChamp
  • Exteremly good value for money, with industry leading discount deals
  • Ordering process is simple and straightforward.
  • Produces high-quality fade-resistant canvas print.
  • Provides an option for photo retouching where the client can request for lightening or darkening of the image, red eye removal, scratch removal, color enhancement, dust removal, and date stamp removal.
  • Provides 5 image-enhancing options of which 2 – grayscale and sepia – are free, while the other 3 – Lichtenstein, caricatures, and Warhol-Marilyn style – are paid.
  • Provides options for border colors,
  • Image wrap, border color, or mirror wrap are offered free of charge.
  • Allows for custom sizing of the print.
  • Provides 3 types of finishes: semi-gloss, matte, and glossy.
  • Provides well-framed canvas prints.
  • Provides free touchups upon request.
  • Offers quantity discount and sales.
  • Serves clients based inside and outside the US.
The Cons
  • No backing for framed canvas prints.
  • Only accepts high-resolution, high-quality images for printing.
  • They do not do any photo editing.

Bottom Line

Overall, CanvasChamp is a fast and reliable canvas printing company. They have a huge range of printing services (prints, artwork, T-shirts, bed linen you name it), with some of the lowest prices on the market. In fact, they are difficult to fault, (apart from the lack of photo editing service maybe).

The ordering process is easy and with the 100% satisfaction or your money-back guarantee, giving them a whirl for canvas printing needs is a bit of a no-brainer. Highly recommended.

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