Blog 7 – 5 Major Art Differences between Acrylic and Canvas Finishes

Blog 7 – 5 Major Art Differences between Acrylic and Canvas Finishes

In the last blog I reviewed several choices for Framed Prints using the “Canvas” finish.

There are at least five major differences between Canvas and Acrylic finishes:

  • Appearance
  • Durability
  • Price
  • Transportability
  • Uniqueness

“Canvas” finishes provide great quality for digital art product at a slightly lower cost than “Acrylic” finishes.

The finish you choose for your digital art products depends primarily upon your finish preferences and your budget.

If you are not familiar with the differences in appearance between these two types of finishes, you might want to go to a photography shop and ask to see some samples so that you can see the differences between the two finishes.

You cannot really see the differences by looking at photography samples on a website. Plus, you can make better comparisons by seeing some physical examples in person.

  1. Appearance – When comparing the same art image, the art and colors in an acrylic finish stand out with a more vibrant appearance than on canvas.
  2. Durability – Acrylic finishes are more durable than Canvas finishes because they are more resistant to UV rays, moisture, and color deterioration.
  3. Price – Canvas can be much cheaper than acrylic art applications. Also, the mounting location may be better for one type of finish than another. Take a look at the environment where the art will be displayed. One type may better suited than the other (i.e., an office, a bar, dorm room, bedroom, living room, etc.).
  4. Transport (moving) – While this may not be much of a concern to most people … canvas is lighter to transport (i.e., when moving) than acrylic … and canvas may be slightly more resistant to damage if dropped.
  5. Uniqueness – Canvas prints are made by printing an image directly onto a canvas medium that can be mounted or stretched over a frame. Acrylic photo printing is developed by applying the image to a photographic paper which is then sandwiched between two sheets of acrylic.

Here is the menu you will find for any of (the 1250+) digital art images on this website. I will continue to use the Cathedral of Love image since you are probably familiar with it.

For example, to get to this menu (for the image: Cathedral of Love):

Click >

Click > Religious Themes (in the Gallery list) … and then scroll down to the image: Cathedral of Love

Click > Cathedral of Love (i.e., click on the image)

Click > Wall Art (in the list just to the right of larger image)

When you click on Wall Art menu below, another submenu will appear that looks like this (this is similar for any image you choose from any of the Galleries on this website):




Note: The menu above is not “active.” You must go to the website to activate any of these links (images) so that you can follow the directions in this blog. In case you had any difficulty finding this example, here is the direct link to it: 

Click > Acrylic Prints (Ignore any prices you see posted): After clicking this link, you will have several options when you get to the next page.

Be aware that acrylic prints do not have “Frame” choices to go around these image prints:

Notice that you have two options for Acrylic Prints (1. Acrylic Size and 2. Mounting):

1. Acrylic Size – Also, in the horizontal line above the “size” options you will have four options that can change the appearance (or orientation) of the actual image size you choose.

For example, take a look at your large image to the left of this submenu … then, be sure to watch this image as you click on your four options below:

Click >Natural – This is the image appearance you will see when you first open this section (with five size choices).

Click > Vertical – Keep watching, and you will see a slight change in appearance in the image (but, with only two size choices).

Click > Horizontal – Keep watching, and you will see a slight change in appearance in the image (but, with only two size choices). Make sure to observe if all of your words appear in the “Horizontal” orientation. If not, do not select it. In some images this can happen … so be careful if you choose that orientation.

Click > Square – Keep watching, and you will see a slight change in appearance in the image (but, with only two size choices).

Here is an example of a Vertical 8.00” x 10.00” Acrylic Print compared to a Square 8.00” x 8.00” Acrylic Print:

Vertical                                                            Square

  2. Mounting – Click > 2. Mounting

You will have two “mounting” options:

  • Hanging Wire (Click > link “View Mounting Instructions” to get the mounting details.)
  • Aluminum Mounting Posts (Click > link “View Mounting Instructions” to get the mounting details.)

Mounting is simple for either method.

Your image gets printed directly onto the back of a 1/4″ thick sheet of clear acrylic. The high gloss of the acrylic sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results. Two different mounting options are available, see below.

Here are the mounting options for Hanging Wire:

Or – click the link provided as shown below here for Hanging Wire Option:

These are the Mounting Details for using a “hanging wire” to mount the art.

Here is the Aluminum Mounting Posts option:

These are the Mounting Details for using a “Aluminum Mounting Posts” to mount the art.



The two mounting methods above can be seen better by going to the links provided on the website ( ). The two example given above demonstrate just how easy it is to mount your beautiful images.

Note: If you decide to send an image as a gift, your recipient will receive all the mounting hardware with instructions … and they still have the same 30-day guarantee as you would have.

In the next blog … I will cover “Metal Prints” for you … and you are bound to be pleased with that option as well.

Until next time, happy shopping,

Professor “Bumblebee” Watrous


PS: Most people do not put their acrylic image into a frame … but just be aware … you can put an acrylic print into a frame if you have a situation where you would want one. You would probably get a better job if you took your acrylic print to a local frame dealer … especially if you have a special situation.

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