Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Photographing Artwork Vs Flatbed Scanning for Print Reproduction


When it comes to making prints, there are two popular ways of capturing the original painting. One method is by camera photography, and the other is by scanning. Today we will be discussing how each method is implemented, as well as outlining its strengths and weaknesses.



Photographing Your Artwork


This method is by far the most common and most cost effective. Depending on the amount of resources you have available, photographing your artwork can be done with your cellphone camera, or with a high-end DSLR. Of course, each method will result in different levels of quality.

The first thing you need to know is photographing your artwork requires a specific environment. In order to capture the best color accuracy, your painting needs to be set up in just the right kind of lighting for the camera. You will need the following:


  • Easel - for holding your artwork upright and square to the camera
  • Camera - whether it is with your iPhone or DSLR. Make sure it has a resolution of at least 14 megapixels.
  • Tripod - to make your camera level, square, and aligned with your artwork, and to eliminate shake or vibration
  • Good lighting - in overcast outdoors, or a room filled with natural light, or with a light kit that consists of light stands, strobe heads, soft boxes or umbrellas (that cost roughly $600 - $1000 on Amazon)


Photographing With Your Phone Camera



Woman Snapping Photo of Art with Smartphone

It's no surprise that snapping your artwork with an iPhone would be a popular choice. They are portable, intuitive and convenient, and great for snapping quick shots to upload to your social media channels.  Especially with the quality of camera built in these days, along with their color-editing apps, phone cameras are able to capture a surprising amount of visual detail and color.

However, iPhones do come with their own limitations. The first is the low level of control and consistency. Phone cameras do not have a manual setting in which your viewfinder can be adjusted. Rather, it will automatically focus on what it thinks is best, which may not capture your artwork accurately. Phone cameras are harder to align parallel to your artwork, which may also result in warping proportions and scale.

For these reasons, we would only recommend photographing with your phone camera for personal projects in which identification and sentiment are more important than color or scale accuracy- for example, snapping old photos from a picture album for a collage, printing images for a diy birthday card, or a canvas print of your favourite trip for your home decor.


 Photographing With a Digital SLR Camera


Armed with more manual and powerful settings, a DSLR camera is another popular way of capturing artwork for print reproduction. To do this, artists or photographers usually have a room dedicated for capturing original paintings.


An example set up for photographing artwork, sourced from
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2833131


https://rgdigitalphotographytips.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/setup.jpg


Digital SLR cameras allow you to capture and output images at higher resolution and clarity. They are also excellent for taking photos of artworks that are potentially still wet, like oil paintings or oil pastels.

Example of Photograph vs Scan by Sam Flegal. Example sourced from artistjourney.wordpress.com

However, they are also at risk to issues such as lens distortion and uneven lighting. Uneven lighting can cast shadows, influence colors and pick up highlights, all of which would be difficult to edit out. Lens distortions occur when the angle of the camera results in parts of the image becoming farther away and other parts becoming closer. This means certain parts of the image will appear larger than others.

As aforementioned, uneven lighting can be solved with an environment full of natural, uniform light. To keep glares and highlights at a minimum, photograph the piece before glazing the artwork. While an easel and tripod can help with lens distortion, the best way to minimize it is to take a picture of the artwork from above. This ensures that the camera is positioned in the very centre of the image, and the space around the image allows for any corner distortion. Using the zoom function will help as well.


Scanning Your Artwork



Because all of the previous methods are at mercy to so many outside factors, eliminating as many of them would be the best course of action. This is where scanning comes in.

Our Epson 11000XL Scanner, flatbed, with optical

resolution of 2400 dpi


Scanning allows for high resolution, without any lens distortion. Scanners also come in many shapes and sizes, allowing for a large artwork size. When a painting is scanned, all the raw colors are captured as is without any other influencing factors, such as shadow or lighting. This allows yourself or the production tech more control to tweak and edit the colors accordingly. The result is a digital file that is 80%-90% close to the original.

The result of a good color match.
Left: Original; Right: Print

Scanners can be flatbed, rolling or overhead. When placing your order, make sure you know which one you need. Flatbed scanners mean your artwork is placed against the glass, which may not work for paintings that are on slightly warped surfaces, or are wet, such as oil paintings. Rolling scanners can scan large flat artworks, but the pressure of the rollers can damage the paint. Overheads like the Cruse scanners are best.

When it comes to making prints, the reproduction should look as similar to the original as possible. Our scanning services output a high resolution file that has been color-corrected and test-printed for the highest accuracy. Check out our scanning price calculator here. We offer scanning in both 300 dpi and 600 dpi.

Once a high-resolution file has been created, you can use the same file to print your reproduction, such as on canvas, fine art paper, or metal. You can also tweak the file and save a copy of it for your social media or website.

If you are interested in art scanning please visit our website for more information. If you already have your artwork digitized and need to make high quality fine art reproductions visit VancouverOnCanvas.com for fine art prints or canvas prints

Friday, July 21, 2017

Frame Features - Leaf Palazzo Collection

Big news everyone! For the first time ever, we have short videos showcasing our many frame styles! Now you'll be able to see the size, shape and color on your screen better - without having to receive a chip sample!

Here's our very first video, featuring the Leaf Palazzo Collection:



The Leaf Palazzo frames measure 2-3/4" wide, with a 1/2" rabbet/depth. Made from wood, this ornate, intricate frame features a bold relief design in antique foil finish, while being lightweight. Its matte, black-mottled texture and antiquing makes it a perfect frame for statement piece for home-decor, interior design, and showrooms. 

Excellent complimentary frame for oil paintings and bold, abstract artworks. Make sure to select an artwork that is not too overly complicated with details, as it may compete with the decadence of the frame.


The Leaf Palazzo frame collection comes in gold, silver, silver-black and black. We can make them in custom-sizes to fit any wall space or mantle, around any original piece of work. Add a sheet of mirror from the hardware store and you've got yourself a stunning hallway mirror with a touch of old Versailles! Give a call or email today, and stay tuned for our next Frame Feature video!



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Friday, July 14, 2017

Another Top 5 Vancouver Art Galleries to Visit


Summer is well underway, and perhaps you've already checked out our choices for Top 5 Art Galleries in Vancouver. In that case, here is the next 5 we would like to recommend!


5. Winsor Gallery

258 East 1st Street, Avenue #2, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-681-4870

Founded by Jennifer Winsor in 2002, Windsor Gallery has distinguished itself locally, nationally, and internationally as a premier source for contemporary art. Their dedication to developing strong relationships with emerging and established artists has helped them accrue one of the most attractive portfolios of talent in Vancouver. Winsor Gallery proudly represents several critically acclaimed and award-winning artists, and continue to modernize the contemporary art scene through promotion, collaboration, and thoughtful curation... as well as an annual bloc party to showcase the most experimental, progressive, and contemporary art on the West Coast.

4. Catriona Jeffries

274 East 1ST Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-736-1554


Established in 1994, Catriona Jeffries is internationally recognized for its continuous and rigorous contribution to contemporary art discourse. Located in a large converted auto parts warehouse in East Vancouver, the gallery is also known to tackle ambitious curatorial collaborations, off-site projects and specially commissioned work. The gallery’s primary focus is on representing artists of international prominence but whose methods have emerged from conceptual art histories of Vancouver. Continual dialogue between artists, writers, curators, museums and private collections also allow Catriorna Jeffires to curate projects that contextualize the work of gallery artists within a historical trajectory, while also working with other artists through exhibition research.

3. Bau-Xi Gallery Ltd.

3045 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-733-7011

Established by Paul Huang in 1965, the Bau-Xi Gallery has grown to be one of Vancouver’s revered galleries featuring West Coast artists. As the oldest commercial gallery in Vancouver, the Bau-Xi has a long history of being front and centre in the the modern art scene. Its reputation is known for excellence, adherence to the highest standards in art quality, as well as its impeccable service to clients and artists alike. It has now expanded to include the Bau-Xi Gallery and Bau-Xi Photo in Toronto, and remains committed to the promotion of exceptional contemporary fine art.



2. Chali-Rosso Art Gallery

549 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-733-3594


Established in 2005 on South Granville’s Gallery Row, the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery is a commercial art space featuring graphic works from the most well known Modern Masters. Since its inception, it has quadrupled its gallery size, and has expanded into a new location in the heart of Vancouver. The historical works dsiplayed are all originals, and no reproductions of any kind are sold from the Gallery. Each work is accompanied with meticulous documentation and a certificate guaranteeing authenticity, making the Chal-Rosso Art Gallery a perfect place to shop for deeply invested collectors and appreciators.


1. Centre A

229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-683-8326

As a seaport city, Vancouver is home to a myriad of cultures and histories. Centre A  (or, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) focuses on showcasing artworks that contribute in building and understanding the history and dynamic between Asia and Canada within the Northwest.. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, Centre A’s diverse, engaging and educational pieces explore the presence of Asia within Canadian imagination. A means for broader cultural productivity, immigration, democracy, and cultural evolution are but some of the diverse and prolific topics explored by the artists they curate.



Have a gallery you love that we missed? Let us know and we'll add it to our next installment!
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  • Museum-quality products for your clients. We use the best technology, and great brands like Epson, LexJet, and Peterboro.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Leah Pipe

Art as true therapy...

Here at VancouverOnCanvas, we're huge fans of any art depicting the West Coast. The works of Leah Pipe are among our top favorites especially. With her delicate  strokes and fine lines, she
renders amazing wildlife portraits that are stunningly soft and clear.

Heart of the Headwaters, by Leah Pipe

Warrior Wolf, by Leah Pipe


The Echo Across the Lake, by Leah Pipe. 


A BC artist, Leah Pipe resides in the coastal mountain ranges of Northern BC, right in the heart of Gitxsan territory around the Skeena River. She is a professional artist, graphic designer, and Communications Designer for Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition. Her love for the wilderness and wildlife of British Columbia is clearly evident in her micro-amazing details, which she encourages us to examine along with her. 



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Fine Art Printing Inspired? At VancouverOnCanvas we offer fine art printing and framing in a wide selection of paper styles and frames. We also scan originals so that you can enjoy the beauty of their colors on each individual paper texture for years to come. Printed with archival inks, their brilliance is built to remain. To evoke that beautiful subtle watercolor texture, we recommend the Hahnemuhle German Etching. Simply sensuous!

Would you like to be featured on our blog, or know an artist you'd like us to share? We'd love to get to know you and your thoughts! Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day!





We're so proud and thankful to live here in Canada. From all of us here at VancouverOnCanvas, happy birthday, Canada!


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Top 5 Vancouver Art Galleries to Visit


With summer now in full bloom, there will be lots of chances for sight-seeing. Whether you're a tourist or a resident of Vancouver, here are some of our top 5 choices for galleries you must visit.



5. Spirit Wrestler Gallery

101-1699 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-669-8813
Founded in 1995, the Spirit Wrestler Gallery is a leading contemporary fine art gallery representing Inuit, Northwest coast and Maori artists. Specializing in exhibitions that showcase contemporary direction in aboriginal art, the Spirit Wrestler Gallery specifically curates and showcases works that explore themes such as cross-cultural communication, the use of new material (such as glass and metal) environmental concerns, modern interpretations of shamanism, and other issues pertaining to the changing world.  


4. Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

639 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-682-3455
Named in celebration of acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998), the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast art is a public gallery devoted to contemporary Indigenous Art. In addition to showcasing special exhibitions from contemporary Indigenous West Coast artists, the Bill Reid Gallery also exhibits Reid’s iconic gold and silver jewelry, his monumental sculptures in bronze and stone, and a full-scale totem pole carved by James Hard of Haida Gwaii. An icon in Northwest Coast art, Bill Reid’s legacy continues to inspire emerging artists to infuse Haida art traditions with modern forms of expression. As a core part of Northwest Coast history and art, the Bill Reid Gallery is a  must-see for visitors or residents of Vancouver.

3. Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery




555 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-681-2700

As the longest standing independent and non-profit public art gallery in Vancouver, CAG is dedicated to research, exhibition education, and documentation of contemporary visual arts and its practices. Every year 10-20 exciting public exhibitions are hosted, and a series of residences is annually provided for Canadian and international artists contributing to the local art scene. To encourage accessibility to art for all, CAG also offers an extensive range of learning and public programs or adults, families and children. In accordance to their fundamental philosophy that art should be accessed, enjoyed, and debated by all, the CAG offers all its programs free of charge, and its admissions are offered by donation.

2. Coastal Peoples Fine Art Gallery

332 Water Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-684-9222

Since its inception over 20 years ago, Coastal Peoples has become renown for its high-end, museum-quality works which entice newcomers and collectors alike to delve into its legendary art form with strong First Nation roots.. The Gallery’s collection showcases art emerging from First Nations culture and history, and encompasses both the traditional and contemporary, captured by lore and mythicism, while remaining culturally expressive. Patronage through Coastal Peoples Fine Art Gallery supports artists in contributing to their families and communities, as well as the preservation and continuation of West Coast First Nation culture.


1. Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-662-4719

With its monumental presence, the VAGis a classic must-see for visitors and residents alike. Within its stately architecture and cutting-edge exhibitions, you will find works from leading contemporary artists, as well as collections from revered artists in Canada’s history. The gallery has featured famous works from artists Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Roy Arden and Brian Jungen, while also showcasing the largest collection of Canadian icon Emily Carr. Stationed in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, the VAG is recognized as the capital of creativity and artistic energy.

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Are you an artist?

Apply today for a Pro/Reseller account with KeenART Media! There are plenty of benefits to this FREE program: 


  • Professional discounts; volume discounts. Your discount starts at 25% regular products and services.
  • Easy online ordering. It's quick, uncomplicated, and secure.
  • Speedy production time. 2 to 4 days for paper prints and canvas.
  • Museum-quality products for your clients. We use the best technology, and great brands like Epson, LexJet, and Peterboro.
  • Special Member Savings and offers throughout the year.
  • Real, in-person customer service. You'll always be speaking to a real person when you call with questions, or place a new order.
  • Free shipping on all orders over $99* and a reasonable, flat rate ($19) on orders under $99.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

VancouverOnCanvas is a local printing, framing, fine arts and reproduction company. We also supply artist materials such as custom canvases, primed and unprimed, as well as stretcher barswood panels, etc. Check out our supply section today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!







For those of you who have ordered some special thoughtful gifts from us for today, thank you letting us help make your Dad's Day special. From all of us here at VancouverOnCanvas, happy Father's Day!


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Check out our Ideas Gallery for that next big special day!
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