Different Types of Printing Methods

Posted on 21 March 2019

different types of printing methods

You may be wondering, “are quality prints worth it?” The answer is a resounding Yes! Though you can get away with some things being DIY, your artwork and prints should not be one of them. You are better off spending a little extra money to ensure a higher quality, which means a longer life. This is a basic rule of thumb for all graphic designers, photographers and artists looking to prolong their work, as well as for the layperson looking to showcase a beautiful memory as a print. There are a few different printing methods for prints that you should be aware of when printing your artwork or photographs.

(For more information, check out our Complete Guide to Canvas Prints and our guide, Where To Buy Wall Art Online!)

giclee print

#1 Giclee

Giclee prints are best for large sizes or for quality art reproductions and photography. Giclee prints are made with inkjet printers, but keep in mind that not all inkjet printers are Giclee. This technique is distinguished by the document resolution, choice of paper, and ink and printer. The benefits of this technique are the high quality color saturation. If you are an artist and want to make a replica of one of your artworks, giclee is the way to go.

(For much more information, check out our Giclee Print Guide!)


#2 Perspex

Perspex is a great medium if you want to elevate your home decor prints with a wow factor! This method utilizes a sheet of acrylic, which is bonded to your image to create the appearance of depth. This technique helps your images to last a long time since the image is protected by the acrylic glass, which also fights against warping. Since this is contemporary look, it should be matched by a hanging system on the back.

canvas print

#3 Canvas

Canvas prints are great for making a statement with your own photos or reproducing your favorite art piece. Though flimsier canvases can eventually warp, high quality materials (like the ones we use here at Canvas Vows) will ensure your canvas prints remain looking good for a long time. The canvas fabric, inks and frame are ideal for a uniform look with loads of color depth and without any kind of glare!

(For more information on the different types of canvas prints, check out our Types of Canvas Prints Guide!)


#4 Dibond

Dibond refers to the foam core that is used in this method, which is then sandwiched between two sheets of metal. Aluminum is the best kind of metal to use for this printing method because it is lightweight and lower cost than other metals. With this technique, your image is printed directly onto the metal! The benefits of this technique are that you will be left with a rigid product with a contemporary look that can be displayed on its own or in a frame.

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