Best seen large

When I took these two pictures a couple of weeks ago, I immediately knew I’d want to print them at a suitably large size:

Two Hearts Beat As One

Two Hearts Beat As One

Green, Red and White

Green, Red and White

As they both worked best as square images, this presented a minor problem. The normal print services I’ve used before don’t seem to recognise square as an option these days (I’m sure they used to, or maybe I just missed the options this time). And then I thought about the cost of the frames and mounts I’d need once I’d got my square prints[1], and so I hatched PLAN B. I decided to investigate having canvas prints done. The first place I looked online was Transform Your Images, an apparently growing company, based here in the North East, and with shops in many cities. I priced up a few options, noted the delivery times, and decided not to do that. I decided that the personal touch would be better, so I called in to the Newcastle shop with my two big image files[2]. First I looked at the samples on display, which confirmed that I knew what I wanted. But wait! They had a special offer on! Yes, three custom prints for the price of two, which seemed like a good deal considering the costs involved. As it happened, I didn’t have a third image with me, but they let me bring one in the next day. I decided that the “hearts” image, with its lovely wood textures would look good on canvas, and even better at 16″ square, which is bigger than I’d have gone for with a normal print. The “leaves” one, I ordered on shiny acrylic, to bring out the crisp, clear colours, and also as 16″ square. For my third picture, I went back to last summer, and this image of the delightfully bonkers Castell Coch:

Castell Coch

Castell Coch

I ordered that one at 12″ x 16″, again on acrylic. I was told that it would take a week or two, as with the special offer, they had a lot of work on. That was fine, as I was in no rush. And while I was enjoying my day off on Friday, they left me a voicemail at work to tell me my pictures were ready. I went in today to pick them up, and here they are:

Something for the wall

Something for the wall

They’re still in their protective wrappers until I can get them on the walls (I may get someone to do that for me, as I’m ever so slightly crap at drilling holes in the right places), and you can’t really see how good they are in this picture, but I thought I’d share anyway. I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out, and I’d have no hesitation going back for more prints, or indeed telling anyone who’ll listen that good quality big prints on a variety of finishes are available at not quite reasonable prices – around the £65 mark for the big prints, which if you compare with the cost of mounts, frames and printing at large sizes isn’t too bad at all. Well worth a look if you’ve got some pictures you’d like to really show off. And if you’re not a photographer, they sell a quite attractive range of pictures, too.

[1] By cutting down from a larger sheet if that’s what it took
[2] Full size from the 5D, maximum quality JPG files

2 thoughts on “Best seen large

    1. Les Post author

      For pictures that could use hooks (possible for the canvas, definitely not for the acrylics), I prefer to use the 3M sticky strip things. Really easy to use, and can be removed without leaving a mark (depending on the surface).

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