When it comes to displaying your favorite photos or artwork, you have a few options to choose from. Two popular choices are acrylic prints and canvas prints. But what's the difference between these two options? And which one is best for your home? In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at acrylic prints and canvas prints, and compare their materials, process, and final product.
Materials and Process
Acrylic PrintsAcrylic prints, also known as acrylic face or photo mount, are created by printing a photo onto vinyl and then face-mounting it to acrylic. The acrylic and print are adhered using 1/8 or 1/4 acrylic in front of the print. This process can be more expensive, but it results in greater color pop and vibrancy, as well as improved color permanence. Acrylic prints also benefit from the refractive quality of acrylic, which helps to illuminate the print in the right lighting.
An example of an acrylic print using vinyl, which adds even more color pop and vibrancy behind acrylic. This image is of a thick 1/4-inch acrylic.
Canvas PrintsCanvas prints are created by using a dye-sublimation or inkjet printing process, known as giclee, which creates a textured, oil painting-like look. Canvas gallery wraps have become popular because they are more affordable than traditional framing, and they have a frameless, modern look. However, colors are more muted and textured on canvas prints compared to acrylic.
An example of a canvas gallery wrap, which is a popular mainstream way to present a photo. The canvas image wraps around the frame and is attached to the back, creating a frameless piece.
When it comes to durability, acrylic prints have an advantage over canvas prints. Acrylic provides UV protection, typically between 70-99% depending on the type of acrylic used, and 100% moisture protection for direct prints on acrylic. Canvas prints usually have a post-print varnish applied to protect against UV rays and moisture, but it is not as effective as acrylic. Additionally, acrylic is shatter-resistant and lighter than glass, but it can chip if dropped or mishandled, while canvas is light but can be damaged by drops.
When it comes to the look and feel of acrylic prints versus canvas prints, the main difference comes down to the finish. Acrylic prints have a modern, sleek look that can add a touch of elegance to any room. They are perfect for showcasing high-quality images with vibrant colors and fine details. On the other hand, canvas prints have a more traditional, textured look that can add warmth and personality to a space. They are perfect for creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Acrylic prints tend to have a higher initial cost compared to canvas prints, due to the materials and process used to create them. Canvas prints on the other hand, may have a more accessible price point, but they may not be as durable or long-lasting as acrylic prints. It's important to weigh your options and consider your own priorities, budget and long term plan for your space.
Both acrylic prints and canvas prints can create stunning displays in your home, but each has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. Acrylic prints offer greater vibrancy and durability, while canvas prints have a more traditional, textured look. Ultimately, the choice between acrylic prints and canvas prints depends on your personal preference and the look you want to achieve for your space.