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Photo Guidelines: Canvas

Please read this guide to help you better understand how you should submit your photos and choose the correct size & options when ordering. We will use sizes 16 x 20 & 16 x 24 as the basis for this guide.

Using this guide will not only speed up your orders, but will provide you useful information for general photo editing & preservation.

Question: Is the quality of my image good enough?

One of the biggest problems we encounter is enlarging a photo without loosing image clarity. It is important that you only submit images with a minimum resolution of 1MB. We will not consider printing any image below 1 MB.

Many photo printing companies claim they can print anything and make it look great. This is simply not true.

  • Do not send us any photos you saved from the internet, facebook, or any photo sharing website. The reason is, these images have been re-sized much smaller then the originals.
  • Do not edit your original files. However, if your image needs editing, do it this way. Lets say you have a photo named "Mia 3456". When you crop or edit the color of your photos, make sure you use the "Save As" option in the File drop down menu, and be sure to change the name; Example: "Mia 3456 edit 1". This will always preserve your original file(Mia 3456) and create new edited versions of that same file.

Save As

We check every image to ensure they will print correctly.

Picture Picasso will not print anything that will reflect on us as poor quality.


Note: There is however; one exception. If you choose to have your photo recreated into a digital painting, then we can work with photos less then 1MB.


Question: How large is my image?

Fig. 1: Open the folder that contains your images. Right-click on the icon of the photo you wish to print. A dialog box will appear, then click on properties.

image 1


Fig. 2: The Properties window will display with information. Circled in red is the size of your image.

Note: Any size less then 1 MB(megabyte) most likely will not be sufficient for printing.

image 2



Question: What size should I pick?

Answer: That depends on your camera.

Older cameras used a format of 4/5 hence giving you 8" x 10" photos.

The ratio is measured in inches; simply 4" x 5". Based on the 4" x 5" format, you can enlarge your photos to 8" x 10", 16" x 20", or a 24" x 30". Sharpness & resolution also plays a factor in how large your image will print. For optimal quality make sure they are not blurry.

Newer cameras give you a format of 2/3.

The popular sizes based on this ratio are as follows: 8" x 12", 12" x 18", 16" x 24", & 20" x 30".

Gallery wrap canvas layoutGallery wrap canvas layout

Click gallery wrap options for more detailed information.

Question: Should I pick a color for the sides of the canvas?

Answer: That depends on how tight your subjects are to the edge of the photo.


When we take pictures, the last thing we think about is whether or not the subject(s) we are capturing will fit within the confines of a canvas print.

But don't worry; you have options.

Here is a example of a picture that should not wrap around the sides.

Fig. 1: Lets start with the original picture shown below. This is a great shot of some friends rafting.

Original Picture

Fig. 2: The next one shows how this picture would layout as a 16 x 20 with the image wrapping around the sides.

The white line represents the 16 x 20 face of the canvas, the outer image is the sides.

Note: Notice the person on top would have their head wrapped around the top of the canvas and also the the oars will also be wrapped.

16 x 20 not working

Fig. 3: This next one shows how the picture would layout as a 16 x 24 with the image wrapping around the sides.

The white line represents the 16 x 24 face of the canvas, the outer image is the sides.

Note: Notice only minimal improvements have been made to the width of the picture; it still needs more of the subject matter, and the person on top still would have their head wrapped around the top of the canvas.

16 x 24 not working

Fig. 4: And finally below a 16 x 24 with a color on the sides of the canvas. The subject matter is prominent & the excitement is visible. This is the proper way to display this image.

16 x 24 with side color

Here is another example.

Fig. 1: This photo was ordered as a 16 x 20 gallery wrap with the image wrapping around the sides.

Original Photo


Fig. 2: Unfortunately, the image will not wrap around the sides. Notice some key elements of the photo will be wrapped around the sides.

Note: Make sure the photo you want printed does not have subject matter too close to the edges. This will delay your order. If the subjects are too close; simply add a color to the sides of the canvas.


Image wrap


Fig. 3: This makes for a better presentation by adding a side color option to your order.

Note: On this image, there was no need to upgrade the size, keeping it as a 16 x 20, but a side color was still needed. Also, our free image enhancements were applied.

black side border


Question: My image is not the highest resolution and is only 150KB; What can I do?

This happens more then we like to admit. Either you mistakenly edited the original, its an image from your friends facebook page, or used your cell phone to take that stellar shot. They will look horrible, and we will not print them anyway.

But you still have a choice. Make it into a "Picture Picasso Painted Canvas"

We can recreate your image into painted art work.

Fig. 1: Here is an example of a 235KB sized image we printed on a 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas. As you can see, there is a blurriness to it, imagine what it would look like enlarged.

low resolution photo

Fig. 2: And here it is recreated in to a digital painting along with other photo enhancements.

Painted photo on canvas

Fig. 3: And a little closer.

Painted photo on canvas


Ready to create your canvas? click here: Photo to canvas art


If you would like to have a painted version of your photo:

Read our photo guidelines for painted prints.