Have you got a digital image with us that you’d love to put on display in your home, but you’re not sure where to start? Don’t worry! Empire State Photography has you covered. With the helpful tips in this post, you should have everything you need to get your image on display in your home!

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Why get a canvas?

Digital images are versatile and useable in a lot of different ways. They make great gifts as prints, for example, and they can really put your best foot forward on social media.

A professional photograph is first and foremost a fine art product, and what better way to display it than on the wall at your home? A canvas print can draw positive attention to you and your family in the house, and it brightens up any room you put it in. It’s a timeless, ageless keepsake that will stay with you for years!

Size Matters

Before you spend any money, it’s helpful to consider how large you need your canvas to be.

The first step is to find a space in your home where you’d like it to be on display. This should be an area that gets a decent amount of traffic and a moderate amount of light. Too little, and the color tones in the canvas will seem more muted than they actually are. Too much, and they may look too bright. It’s also important to note that direct sunlight will damage the color tones of your canvas over time, although if you have the digital copy of the image, getting it replaced is fairly cheap and easy.

Next, it’s time to get out your tape measure! How much space do you want to fill? Visually speaking, the size of the canvas will affect how much attention it draws. A large canvas will command more of the room and is best placed on a wall by itself, or with smaller additional images. A smaller canvas will be a little more understated and can fit well with a group of images. Most importantly, you should know how much space you actually have to work with before parting with any cash!

At Empire State Photography, our favorite sizes are 30×40 cm, 40×60 cm, and 60×80 cm. Here’s what they look like – we’ve included a banana for scale!


Top left is 60 x 80, right is 40 x 60, and the bottom is 30 x 40.


Image Resolution

If you went to a professional studio to get your portrait done, then the digital image you’ve got for printing is certain to be high resolution. That means you’re all set – you can get your canvas printed in any size you want and you won’t have to worry about the image size affecting the quality.

If the image you’re looking to get printed is smaller in size, either because the photographer cropped it quite aggressively or wasn’t using a high quality digital camera, then you have to consider this when choosing your canvas size. It doesn’t mean you can’t get a canvas that looks amazing, but it does mean that you might see pixels if you tried to print a small digital image to a large canvas size.

For reference, our images are typically over five thousand pixels by thirty-five hundred pixels, which is more than large enough for you to get printed at any size you like. Also, reputable  printers will tell you if the image is too small before you print anything!

Also, please bear the image’s ratio in mind! A rectangular image may not work well with a square print.


If you’re going to get your images printed at a brick and mortar store, it’s important that you be able to present proof of copyright. Many photography studios will not transfer copyright to you on purchase, and will raise a big stink if you’re using their images without permission, so high street printers will often ask to see proof of copyright when you go to get your images printed.

At Empire State Photography, we do give you copyright of the images. If you came to us for your images, this proof can be found in the white order form you were given at the point of purchase. If you need another copy of that form, just ask!

The Printer

Choosing the right printer for your images is another important part of the process. Prices for these can vary, but so can quality. It’s tempting to spend as little as possible getting it done at a drugstore, but unfortunately, these printers often cut corners when it comes to color matching. This means that the exact colors of the canvas might seem a little off compared to the digital image you have. It is a bit of a gamble, so be careful about buying cheap.

My personal recommendation for general consumer printing is Photobox. They have a wide range of products, they have frequent sales, and their online canvas creator tool is quite useful for getting a general view of how the finished product will look before you push go. They also sell hanging kits with every order, which can save you a trip to the hardware store.

Or… Let Us Handle Everything!

Another option is to let us handle the printing process. Our prices for this are available on our website, and letting us do the work means you won’t have to worry if the image is too small or if the colors will look right.

If you follow this advice, your new canvas will be a fantastic addition to your home decor!