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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Review: Costco Canvas Print

I recently made a canvas print through Costco. I'd like to give you a review of the product I received. I used this picture that I created with digital scrapbook images. It is a gift for my sister-in-law to put in her new baby boy's room.

credits: boy created from two images by Kristin Aagard (from One Love mini kit and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow collab with Vera Lim). Everything else by Irene Alexeeva (from The Tremendous Adventure kit)

I hung the print on the wall and took a photo:


My comments:
  • Easy to create. If you are familiar with Costco's online album system, which is pretty straight forward, a canvas frame is super easy to create. You just click on "create" from the Canvas Prints page in the store, then pick your size, and then pick your image.
  • Cost: $29.99 for 8 x 10 inch size. There was no shipping charge because I selected the option to ship to my local Costco warehouse. You can also ship to your own home.
  • I noticed (from the shipping label) that this print was actually made by a company called Your Photo On Canvas. If you order directly from them, the cost of an 8 x 10 print is $59.95
  • Turn around: 5 days. I placed the order Saturday, December 18; I received the call that I could come pick it up on Wednesday, December 22.
  • Image size: 11 x 13 inches, finished print size 8 x 10 inches. 1.5 inches were wrapped around the frame all the way around, which left the finished size exactly 8 x 10 inches. When you create your canvas print, Costco's form even shows you a guideline of what part of the image will be wrapped around the frame. Comparing the canvas print to Costco's wrap guideline showed that the guideline was right-on. (By the way, I came to the 11 x 13 size after a couple trials of uploading and then checking the wrap guide.)
  • Hanging hardware included. On the back of the frame is a toothed metal hanging bar. This was a surprise to me as I did not notice it being mentioned in the description.
  • There was significant color variation, discussed further below. However, since I was giving this as a gift, and the recipient has no reference for what the colors were "supposed to" look like, I still found the print acceptable.
A couple more photos of the back:


Now, a little more about the color issue. I've been digital scrapbooking long enough to know that if I have not calibrated my monitor/software with the printer's color profile, I expect to see some variation. All of the prints I've ordered have been on photographic paper, either through Costco or Scrapping Simply, and I have always been happy with the color. The canvas print is made with ink laid down on the canvas, so it is a completely different process.

Here is a composite I made with the original image and the photograph of the print. The outer parts are the original image and the inner polygon section is the photograph.

When I had the print in hand, the most noticeable variation was in the letters L and R in "EXPLORE." In the original image they were a bluish color, but in the print they were actually purple. The background was off too. It seemed much less saturated than the original image, and was more purple than the deep blue-green of the original image. The reds and browns of the boy seemed to print fairly well. I don't know a lot about color, but overall I would say that warmer tones (the browns and reds) seemed to print more faithfully and the cooler tones (the blues) ended up with red in them, making them purple.

I looked through Your Photo On Canvas's site and saw that they do offer color calibration, but it was an option only available to people who wanted to register with them as professional photographers.

Overall, I was pleased with the print. If I hadn't actually compared the canvas to the image on my monitor, and was only relying on memory, I wouldn't have thought much about it. But having done the comparison, I must admit to being somewhat disappointed with how purple the image was - the variation is quite substantial. I would definitely order another canvas print through Costco, but I would probably give Your Photo On Canvas a call and talk to them about the color issue, and see if they have any suggestions.

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for that review! I've always wanted to do one of these, but the price keeps me from doing it when there's no history with the product.

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  3. Hi Tiffany,
    Thank you so much for your feedback on the canvas prints at Costco. It was very helpful. I am trying to find out if the depth of their frames is .75 inch or 1 and a half inches....Would you mind measuring your print?
    Thanks so much!
    Kelly

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  4. Hi Kelly, I hope you see this reply. I don't actually have the print, as I gave it away as a gift, and I did not think to photograph it with a ruler. But I do know that I "lost" 1.5 inches at both the top and the bottom, as well as both sides, for a total of 3 inches in each direction. I started with an image 11x13, and the finished product was pretty exactly 8x10 when looking face on. Looking at the pictures, I would guess that the frame is closer to 1 inch in depth, as some of the image actually wraps onto the back surface.

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  6. Great review, thanks a lot! Looks like the depth is 1.5 inches, as there's 3 inches in either dimension that wrap around the sides, to the above poster. Cheers!

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  7. I'm a professional photographer who used Costco long ago (I print my own work now). I'm quie sure that the suggestion Costco would give you is: Calibrate your monitor and then download and use their printer profile to prepare digital files for them. Once that's done, when you send the order in, un-check the box that says something like "Autocorrect." It's really the only way to get it right.

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