Choosing the right material and size for your new Print

Trust me, it’s no easier for the artist. Sometimes it’s worse! You’ve found the ideal image, but you’re struggling to choose the size and material to create your print. For that reason, I offer a choice of Canvass or Metal Print for both classic and contemporary styling, with multiple sizing options to suit any home or office.

However, I know there are also those among you that want something specific – and that’s why I offer a free custom ordering service. From Framed Canvass to Gallery Frames, Bamboo Panels to Wood Prints, we can get as specific as you wish with paper types, finishes, frame materials and colors. To use this service, simply go to the Contact Page of my website, fill out your contact details, and click the “Help with Print Ordering” radio button, and I’ll be in touch to schedule some time to help you.

In the meantime, this guide will give an overview of my two favorite material types and offer some guidance on sizes. Don’t worry, you’ll get to see what your print will look like before you purchase it! This is just to help you decide what you would like your print to look like.

So which material is right for you?

My personal preference is for Canvass or Metal Print, for the simple reason that both do a wonderful job of showcasing my work. However, each gives a different look, so here’s what each will give you:

Canvass: All canvasses are hand crafted (not by me, I’m busy taking pictures). The printing companies I use have been chosen for their premium, fine art canvas, and will give any image a stylish, gallery feel. Often regarded as a contemporary look, they are simple and tasteful, and will work in any home or office.

Metal Print: The perfect statement piece, and a very versatile material. Metal loves bold colors and strong contrast but will also give an elegance to softer tones while rendering subtle detail. They are printed directly onto high quality aluminum for a clean and lasting finish. I have these in my living room and formal. I just pronounce aluminum differently.

What’s the best size for your new print?

Sometimes the format of the image doesn’t work for the size of the print you want or need. Perhaps you just want to crop it for personal taste. Whatever the reason, this next section is here to help you visualize your final product.

The following picture dimensions and sizes are available for both Canvass and Metal Prints, with the exception of 12x24, which is only available for Metal Prints. No, I don’t know why, it’s driving my OCD crazy, but what do I do, not give you the option?

Picture Dimension Sizes available for each dimension (inches)

3x1                                        10x30

2x1                                        10x20, *12x24

6x4                                        8x12, 12x18, 16x24, 20x30, 24x36, 40x60

4x3                                        30x40

5x4                                        8x10, 16x20, 24x30

1x1                                        10x10, 12x12, 16x16, 20x20, 30x30, 36x36, 40x40

So what's the best fit for each image?

Any of the following dimensions are a fit or close fit to the original, or will result in a complementary crop:

Campfire with a View: 4x3, 6x4, 5x4, 2x1

Sunset at Trillium: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4, 2x1

Golden Hour at Trillium: 2x1, 3x1, 6x4

The Barn with One Wall: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4, 2x1

Mountains Shrouded in Mist: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4, 2x1

Sunset Speedway: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4, 2x1

Retreating Tides: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4, 2x1

Footprints in the Sand: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4, 1x1, 2x1

Serenity After the King Tides: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4, 2x1

Ethereal Stroll: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4, 2x1

Swirling King Tides: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4

King Tide Aftermath: 6x4, 4x3, 5x4

Weathering the Storm: 2x1, 3x1, 6x4

Gothic Adventure: 5x4, 4x3, 6x4, 1x1

Bridge Over Calm Waters: 6x4

PDX Sunset 1: 5x4, 4x3, 6x4, 1x1

PDX Sunset 2: 3x1

PDX Sunset 3: 2x1, 6x4

PDX Lights: 3x1

Gorgeous Gorge: 2x1, 3x1, 6x4

I do hope this guide has been useful. Please remember, if you would like any help at all, please go to the Contact Page of my website, click “Help with Print Ordering”, and it will be a pleasure to help you.

Cheers!

James