Thursday, January 18, 2018

Why You Should be Printing with Inkjet Printers

With the rapid sophistication of modern printing, it's becoming harder and harder to discern differences in quality when it comes to comparing the various methods one can print fine art. On Etsy alone, fine art and design prints can be found on laser-printed cardstock, off-set printed fancy paper, or inkjet-printed on high-end 100% cotton rag. But while digital laser and offset printing can be appealing due to their lower cost, inkjet printing is still by far the best choice for artists and photographers, and here are our reasons why.

An example of an inkjet printer - the Epson SureColor 



More Precise Printing Process / Higher DPI 


Unlike laser and off-set printing, inket printers do not make colors by layering one on top of another. Instead, inkjet printers print using precise nozzles connected to colour cartridges. These nozzles are activated by little electrical pulses that activate the nozzles to put out a single dot of color in a certain area. This is why inkjet printers often will advertise their high-resolution capability – this means that the higher number of dots per inch (dpi) they advertise, the smaller the dots each nozzle is able to print, resulting in a much more accurate and rich color combination than other printers. 


Photo sourced from http://www.dp3project.org/


Wider Color Gamut / Smoother Continuous Colour


Although technically inkjet printing operates on the same principles as CMYK, unlike laser and offset-printing, inkjet printers have a wider range of inks in which to print. While laser printer and off-set printers have 4 different color rolls or drums (one for each color: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black), inkjet printers often have secondary inks available in various shades of the main colors. 

CMYK Rollers for Off-Set Printing


Laser printer showing the 4 CMYK drums inside
For example, rather than having one cartridge for black (K), some inkjet printers may have matte-black or gloss-black. They may even have several different shades of gray, light cyan or dark magenta. Having a wider range of precise ink colors means inkjet printers are able to replicate a wider color gamut with more accuracy. This also results in more natural, continuous shades of color, which is why inkjet printing is often used to feature black-and-white photography.

This is why some fine art printing companies will ask files to be supplied in Adobe RGB rather than CMYK. A 6-color or 12-color inkjet printer, therefore, can create color gradations with more precision than 4-color offset or laser printers. 

Inkjet Inks, in various colours for smoother gradients 

Larger Choice of Paper


Example of Hahnemule paper, showcasing continuous grays in a b/w photo

In addition to offering a larger gamut of color in their inks, inkjet printing also offers a wider range of paper choice. This is because certain inkjet printers are built to take specific types of paper that laser printers cannot. For example, an archival 100% cotton rag paper would be too thick and textured to run through a large format laser printer.

While offset printers are able to print on a variety of paper as well, they are not usually of archival quality, and therefore do not offer the same width in color gamut. Archival papers are often acid-free as well, and photopapers are made only to receive inkjet inks. Outside of archival papers, injkets can print on virtually any other type of material as well - canvas, transfer paper for dye-sublimation printing, textiles, etc.


At KeenArt Medida, we use the Epson Surecolor inkjet printer for all your print needs. It carries a 12-color cartridge capability for stunningly smooth results. We also carry a wide range of substrates, including fine art paper, photopaper, canvas, textiles, etc - check out our selection our website today!


Fine Art
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Photo Rag 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Textured German Etching 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, William Turner 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Fine Art Baryta 
  • Fine Art - Moab - Entrada Rag Bright 
  • Fine Art - Moab - Entrada Rag Natural  
Photography
  • Photographic Paper - Metallic Paper 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Luster 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Glossy 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Semigloss 
  • Coated Paper - Enhanced Matte
Synthetic Textiles


  • Fabric - Satin Cloth
  • Fabric Removable Adhesive - Peel n' Stick
  • Canvas
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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art printsframingcanvas and  dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!) printing. Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy New Year, everyone!

We hope everyone's had a great holiday and rest these past couple of weeks. With the holiday rush out of the way, we can now breathe a big sigh of relief and return to our regular turnaround times:

Product/ServiceSuper RushRushStandard
Turnaround Time
Canvas Gallery Wraps/Transfer1 day2 days3-5 days
Custom Made Picture Frames1 day2 days3-6 days
Dye Sublimation - Metal & Wood Printing1 day2 days3-4 days
Dry-Mounting, Stretching & Coating1 day2 days4-6 days
Rolled Canvas / Fine Art Prints1 day2 days2-4 days
Restorations, Collage & Popart Designs & Image Effects1 day2 days3-4 days
Artwork Scanning1 day2 days3-6 days
Plexi Face-mounting2 days4 days6-8 days
Resin Coatings2 days3 days4-6 days
Plaque Mounting & Greeting Cards3 days4 days6-8 days
Handmade Oil Paintings2 weeks3 weeks
4-5 weeks


In the joy of the new year, we also have a few new dye-sublimated products, launching soon! For example...


11oz Pearl Coat Mugs A high quality premium AA+ grade polyester coat ceramic mug available in bright white gloss finish. These mugs are coated with our super white pearl coating allowing images to be brighter and more vivid. Perfect for colourful images, photos, or brands. Also comes in 15oz  or 11 oz Black with White Patch
  • Dishwasher Safe - Rated for up to 3500 cycles
  • Microwave safe and heat resistant
  • Lead and cadmium free
  • FDA Compliant
  • CA Prop 65 Approved
  • Ceramic Platinum 32 Handle Strength Test



Follow us on Facebook for more updates on when these will go live!

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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services, such as framing or dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!). Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
www.USAOnCanvas.com
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Saturday, November 25, 2017

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

It's here, our biggest event of the year!! Until this Sunday at midnight, take 35% OFF all regular priced canvas and fine art prints!! Perfect time to snap up those gifts!



Just type in the code BLACKFRIDAY!


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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints, framing, canvas and  dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!) printing. Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
 
 
 
From all of us here at USAOnCanvas, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! May you be surrounded by your loved ones and filled up with the best of food!
 

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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints, framing, canvas and  dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!) printing. Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Monday, October 30, 2017

New Product - Fabric Printing is Available!

It's finally here!


You've asked, we listened, and now we finally have it: dye-sublimated fabric printing is now available!

Using our Epson SureColor, we can now print your graphics and images in stunning, vivid color, and sublimate them onto your choice of 5 different kinds of fabric. Through heat and pressure, the inks are absorbed into the very threads of the synthetic fibres, dye-ing them directly. This ensures that the printed graphic will not flake off, as the colors have been infused into the fabric itself. Perfect for branding T-Shirts, athletic wear, patterned quilts and dresses, pillows, and banners!






Available Fabric Types:

Fabric Type
Composition
Weight
Properties
Applications

Brushed Poly/Spandex
86% polyester, 14% spandex
200 gsm
wicking yarn, brushed back, very soft hand
athletic wear – zip-up jackets, leggings and yoga pants

ChitoSante Extreme
92% polyester, 8% spandex
255 gsm
antibacterial, wicking yarn, UPF protection
yoga pants, leggings, polo shirts, dresses, long sleeve shirts, zip-up jackets, shorts, dancewear

ChitoSante Interlock
100% polyester
145 gsm
antibacterial, wicking yarn, UPF protection
tank-tops, t-shirts, skirts, dresses, tablecloths, lining, baby wraps

Microfibre Fine Twill
100% polyester
115 gsm
water resistant, peached face, soft hand
shirts, dresses, skirts, bags, banners, flags, tablecloths

Polyester Twill
100% polyester
220 gsm
no special properties
bags, banners, shorts, pants and tablecloth
Please note that we do not print on cotton materials (or any third party supplied material), as the dye-sublimation process can only work on synthetic polyester. This is due to the lack of pores found in natural materials such as cotton; without the pores, the inks would not be able to saturate into the fabric.

Please also note that the cartridges do not use white ink, and that any white in the original image will be the colour of the substrate onto which the dye ink is transferred.

For more information, visit our website today!

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KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

StockPhotoSet Wednesday - Ombre Autumn #4

Drizzle can get such a bad rap. But a sprinkle of rain can be extremely therapeutic. Here are our favourite photos of moody autumn showers (we recommend printing them on high gloss or clear gloss metal for a super touchable appearance)!








To download these files to print onto canvas, metal or fine art paper, click here!

Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

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What's autumn to you? Comment below and send us suggestions on what brings you summer joy and we'll try to find it for our next Stock Photo Set!




KeenART Media Ltd. www.USAOnCanvas.com
Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
Working hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

StockPhotoSet Wednesday - Ombre Autumn #3

Another StockPhotoSet Wednesday is here! We can't get over finding these beautiful photographs of the autumn landscape. Their vibrancy and saturation reminds me of colors of a freshly printed canvas, so deep and rich. Enrich yourself with these shades of gold and auburn below!












To download these files to print onto canvas, metal or fine art paper, click here!

Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

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What's autumn to you? Comment below and send us suggestions on what brings you summer joy and we'll try to find it for our next Stock Photo Set!




KeenART Media Ltd. www.USAOnCanvas.com
Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
Working hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday