Canvas Types and Wraps – Prints on Canvas

At American Frame, we offer giclee printing services of digital images on both canvas and paper.

The canvas we use has a smooth, bright white, fine art matte finish. When you order a print on canvas from us, we recommend that you order it laminated. This provides maximum UV protection and scratch resistance. Choose UV Matte lamination for a soft finish or UV Luster lamination for a higher sheen.

Epson Exhibition Canvas Matte

Stretching options:

types of canvas wraps

Prints on canvas, just like original artwork, are usually stretched around wooden “stretcher bars” in order to create the stiff, self-supporting product we see in galleries and art shops.  However, you can also order a canvas un-stretched if you wish to frame or stretch it yourself.

We offer three methods of canvas stretching or wrapping: gallery, museum, and standard. (Note: we don’t stretch canvas that wasn’t ordered from us.)


  • The image is centered and wrapped around 1 ½” stretcher bars on all 4 sides and stapled to the back
  • Ideal when objects are centered in the middle of the image with a lot of background on all sides
  • Can be displayed without a frame


  • The image is centered with white borders on 1 ½” stretcher bars and wrapped around and stapled to the back
  • Recommended when objects are near to the edge of the image and shouldn’t be wrapped around and stapled to the back
  • Can be displayed without a frame


  • The image is centered on ¾” stretcher bars and stapled to all four sides
  • Recommended when the canvas will be framed

What kind of stretching method do you prefer? Or would you rather order an un-stretched canvas and have it framed? Share your tips, tricks, blunders and victories with us.  We want to know what you know about stretching canvas.

Read our post about archival injet printing services here.

To learn more, see our related articles:

Why Should I Frame My Canvas Painting?
How to Frame a Canvas with a Canvas Floater
Canvas Clips and Offset Clips
Calculating the Float with a Float Frame
How to Set Up Print to Canvas Gallery Wraps with Mirrored or Colored Borders
Do You Stretch Large Canvas?

AubreyK | 9/5/2014 9:59:03 AM | 2 comments
American Frame
You're welcome Henry! Glad you found this helpful. Let us know if you have any other questions!
9/11/2014 10:08:53 AM

Thank you so much for this! I was thinking of placing a print order, and there are so many options. This helps a lot
9/11/2014 9:54:29 AM