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Easy Canvas Prints Reviews: Shipping Info + See My Canvas Print!

logo easy canvs printsMy Review of Easy Canvas Prints: EasyCanvasPrints.com is one of the up and coming names in the crowded, and hugely-competitive canvas-printing space. In case you didn’t notice, there are dozens of companies trying to print your photos better and cheaper on canvas, and the stiff competition is forcing these printing sites to excel or die.

So, how does Easy Canvas Prints stack up? First, here’s what customer reviews and ratings say, and then my own review.

Easy Canvas Prints: Customer Reviews

The reviews for EasyCanvasPrints.com are overwhelmingly positive online. How good? Here’s a chart from Google Customer Reviews to illustrate what I’m talking about:

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Wow, 95% positive reviews for Easy Canvas Prints!

What Customers Say:

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Great ratings on Google and Facebook

Good Reviews: In their reviews customers use words like, “beautiful, stunning, awesome, love, affordable, unbelievable professional, fantastic, easy, and quality.”

That’s why 95% of customers leave a good review, and probably why they have a quarter-million Facebook followers.

“Very affordable and the quality is great! already ordering for my 3rd time.  It also arrived when expected and was very well protected in the packaging. No complaints!” 

Negative Reviews: I had to scroll through a lot of reviews to find any bad ones, but the top complaint was about the “slow and expensive shipping.”

“My order was processed and shipped quickly. The shipping costs were quite high and I will probably find another vendor for future purchases that has more reasonable shipping costs.”

OK, we’re off to a pretty good start, but I want to try out Easy Canvas Prints myself. Here goes!


Now, My Review:

First, I clicked their best promotion:

The “retail” prices on their site are inflated, so you’re cray not to use a coupon. Here’s the best deal for an amazing 85% off:

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Best current promotion!

Next, I chose a photo from my phone

My son, Connor, took a brilliant photo at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (with my iPhone 7) that’s perfect for this review:

flower connor easy canvas

Make sure your photo is as high-resolution to avoid pixelation or low-quality after it’s enlarged. This means you’ll need your the original or biggest size possible. If you notice that the file size is under 2 MB, it might not be big enough for the larger canvas sizes.

OK, now it’s time to print my photo on canvas.


Designing a Canvas Is Really Easy

If asked to imagine a descriptive 3-word name for a company that provides the simple, high-quality printing of photos onto canvas it would probably be pretty close to “Easy Canvas Prints.” I mean, it’s all there in the name, but do they actually deliver?

Normally the idea of being treated like a child might be insulting, but not when it comes to technology and the internet. I like things that are simple and obvious when I order a burrito or design a canvas, and that’s what you get with EasyCanvasPrints. (minus the burrito)

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Basically you choose a canvas size, upload your photo, get a preview. There are minimal, obvious design tools like “rotate” and “crop,” but that’s it. No filters or templates or text, just your photo.

Ok, that’s it, on to the next step.


Canvas Options:

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Once again, this is very simple. You’ll have two canvas depth options:

  1. Standard Wrap: A thin 3/4 inch wrap that is all you’ll need if you are framing your canvas
  2. Gallery wrap: At 1.5″ it’s twice the depth of the “Standard” wrap, and looks more substantial on the wall if you are not going to frame your canvas. This is the more popular option, but it costs more

• Framing Options: By default no frame is included, but you can choose from a few “classic” (thick and plain) or modern (stepped for a floating effect), or Brazillian Barn wood which looks like reclaimed wood.

I really like the classic black frame, so I’ll choose that to make this photo pop.

• Display Options: By default there’s no cover on the back of the framed canvas, but for $5+ more you can get a more professional, clean, cover that should make your canvas last longer.

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Easy Canvas Prints mirror wrap

• Image Border:  Important: By default the area that wraps around the sides is a mirror image of your photo. Here’s a sample of this “mirror wrap” (see photo)

This is great for some photos, but not others. Pay close attention to the preview, which you can click on and move around to see what your canvas edges will look like.

If you don’t like this “reflection” on the sides, you can choose a black, grey, or white border.

• Color Effects: Easy Canvas Prints can make your photo either Black & White or Sepia if you’d like. It’s worth previewing, but I skipped it and chose, “no thanks.”

• Hanging Options: Choose a standard wall mount (which I did) for $1.49, or a fancier wall-hanging system that can hold more weight for $4.99.


Review Order, Use a Promo Code

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Always use a coupon or promo code!

If you clicked over to EasyCanvasPrints.com from a promotional link, you might already have a coupon applied. If not, this is your chance. Don’t ever pay their inflated “retail price,” as promo codes can save you up to 85%! (Apply this coupon)

After you’ve applied a coupon, just fill out your shipping info, choose to pay via credit card or PayPal, and you’re done!


Shipping Info:

Shipping is an important consideration with Easy Canvas Prints for two reasons: shipping is expensive, and it can take a long time.

For my order I got a really good price on the actual canvas, but they must make their profit on the shipping fees, as my shipping cost over $16!

*If you don’t use a coupon, the shipping price seems to cost less, as shipping was listed as $10.99 before the coupon was applied. The $89 savings from the coupon more than made up for the extra $5 shipping cost though!

easy canvas prints shipping cost

Well, it’s still only $56 total for a framed canvas print including deliver, so even with the salty shipping cost it’s still a good deal if it ends up looking great.

Shipping Time: On EasyCanvasPrints.com they say that shipping can take 2-15 days but will vary based on the size of your order and what you ordered.”

My canvas took a long time in production, (because it was framed?) and after 7 business days I got an email with shipping confirmation and tracking. 4 business days later, (11 total business days for production and shipping it arrived. Let’s see if it was worth the wait.


Here’s My Canvas Print:

The big day just arrived. FedEx rang my doorbell and I got a big, sturdy box with my canvas inside!

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The canvas was really well packaged

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OMG, It’s beautiful!

Easy Canvas Prints: Close-up shot

My Review of Easy Canvas Prints:

OMG! My framed 12×12″ canvas print is gorgeous, and check out that detail from an iPhone 7 picture! The color is vibrant, and I love the thick “Classic” black frame. I’m glad I paid $6 extra for the cover on the back, as it really looks professional.

The framed canvas is really heavy, and feels sturdy. The frame seems to have cropped off about 1/4 inch on every side, which is to be expected. (Don’t allow important parts of your photo to get too close to the edge) 

The total price for my framed 12×12″ canvas print was $56 including shipping which is less than Shutterfly’s similar product (thinner frame) which comes in a total cost of about $70 (after using a 50% off coupon).

What can I say, I’m really happy with my framed canvas print! Looks like I’ll be one of the 95% percent of customers who write a good online review for Easy Canvas Prints.

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Have you ordered something from EasyCanvasPrints.com? Please let us know with your own review below:

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Vistaprint Canvas: Here’s My Real Review + a Sweet Coupon

vistaprint logo blueCoupons for Canvas Prints from Vistaprint.com – Not to be confused with their cheaper cousin, “mounted prints,” premium canvas prints from Vistaprint are a beautiful way to display your favorite photos as wall art. Use a coupon below for up to a 40% discount or free shipping:


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First Things First: Don’t Pay Full Price; Always Use a Coupon Towards Their Canvas Prints!

The Vistaprint.com website displays different pricing, depending on where you arrived from. For example, if you just type their URL in and go to the site, you’ll probably pay more than if you did a 20 second search for coupons.

There is always a promo code or coupon of some sort available that works site-wide, towards photo gifts, or specifically for canvas prints. For new customers you should consider the “20% off + Free shipping on $50+ promotion, and all customers should aim for at least a 25% discount off their regular price.

Simply clicking on a promotional link will usually apply the discount, and they usually notify you which promo code has been applied as soon as you arrive on their site from a promotional link or banner.


Premium Canvas Prints From Vistaprint: My Review

Canvas prints are a way to show off or preserve your best photos and memories. After a two-week trip up the California coastline I had no shortage of candidates to print on canvas to remember our trip and some of the breath-taking views that we saw.

*Tip: Don’t be tempted to go for the cheaper, mounted prints, which are categorized under “canvas prints” but essentially printed on thicker paper stock, not canvas! 

So, here’s a review of my own experience and the final product:

Designing Your Canvas Print

First, have a large photo ready to upload, and choose a Size for Your Canvas Print: From 8×12 to 24×36“. You can print your canvas horizontally or vertically, but unlike other products, there are no design templates for canvas with borders or text. (you upload the complete design)

For the most accurate results, design your image in CMYK color mode, instead of RGB. If you have a photo-editing program like Photoshop, it’s easy to save your image in this color mode. A few reviews complain that the image printed darker than expected, which is probably due to color mode.

You can upload your image from a number of sources including Facebook or your image library if you’re a returning customer. Beware: If you do upload a photo from Facebook, make sure it is big enough!  Printing of all kinds should be done at high resolution CMYK; I recommend at least 150 dpi or more. If you have the ability to work with a 300 dpi image, go with that. That means any image less than about 2500 pixels wide won’t work on any size canvas. 

After you upload your image, you’ll see a preview screen like this:

vistaprint canvas design

*Tip: Always upload a high resolution photo! After choosing one or more photos, I can’t stress enough the importance of using a high-resolution photo. These canvas prints are much larger than a common 5×7 prints and holiday cards, and you can’t get away with using small photos. 

If you are uploading a file from a phone or device, make sure that it’s the biggest version available. Any files showing a size less than 1mb are going to be too small.

Beware of the Safety line; sides of the canvas

Unlike designing and printing on a flat surface, (like posters) you have to account for your photo to wrap around the sides of the canvas. That big outer frame in the preview (shown with your photo at about 30% opacity)  is the part of your photo that will wrap around the edges or be trimmed away.

  • Never leave important parts of your photo to the margins (lighter) preview area: Anything displayed there will be wrapped around the sides of the canvas, and likely be wrapped around the sides.
  • Never leave white space in the margins of the preview area. If you do, you’ll likely get white space on the side(s) of your canvas! A number of negative reviews describe these white bands, and they are easily preventable!
  • If you see a small exclamation point / warning icon under your image in preview, click on it for a message. Most likely Vistaprint is telling you your image is not high enough resolution, and may print blurry, especially at the larger canvas sizes.

By clicking on the image, you’ll get a few simple design tools like crop, move, and rotate.

Final preview of your Canvas:

vistaprint premium canvas review

You’ll once again notice the glaring reason that angry people go online writing bad reviews for Vistaprint’s canvas: you can’t see the sides on the final preview. Also, even when you click “view larger” it’s hard to see minute details, or whether your image could be blurry. (resolution too small) 

At this point you should see a discounted price from the coupon

Without the use of a promo code or discount, Vistaprint’s canvases are relatively expensive. Companies like Shutterfly (get promo codes) and Snapfish (get promo codes here) and even art to frames (get coupons) have raised the bar on canvas quality, and the prices have really come down. The retail price of my 16×24″ canvas is $93, which is too expensive.

After applying a 20% off + free shipping promotion, the cost comes down to about $75, which is more competitive.

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Review: My canvas Shipped in 8 days, and looks really good!

As mentioned, the bar has been raised for custom-printed canvas online, so no major brands are printing poor quality. I notice that the photo is about a quarter inch or so off-center from the preview, which doesn’t matter for my landscape photo of the California coast. This might be an issue if you rely on text or people’s heads being near the edges of the canvas. Give yourself a little extra room to the edge so that you you have everything important with at least an inch or two of margin around the sides.

Print quality: The quality of the photo is really sharp! The colors look really vibrant, too. I uploaded my photo at 300 dpi, which means that the largest dimension of my file was a massive 7200 pixels wide! That’s a lot bigger than any Facebook or Instagram images, so be careful importing from there.

The canvas is wrapped around sides neatly and stapled for ‘a no frame’ look, which looks good on the wall. It also saves you from having to buy a nice 16×24″ frame for your print. The images are printed “full bleed,” which means that unless something went wrong during the design phase, you’ll see no white area at the edges.

Vistaprint is good, but not the best for printing on canvas

At the end of the day, I recommend Shutterfly or Easy Canvas Prints for the best combination of price & quality for custom printed canvas, and like Vistaprint, you should always use a coupon! Good

Tip: If you are not happy with your canvas for any reason, write an honest & helpful, negative review on vistaprint.com, and they will likely credit your account with the purchase amount. Hopefully this is not the case, as Vistaprint has adjusted their online design process to fix the white space issue that was creating problems and garnering poor reviews.

[yasr_overall_rating] – Review by Kevin M.

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Ready to Print Your Photo on Canvas? Design Ideas & Inspiration

Here are some neat canvas design ideas on pinterest including designing a collage of canvas prints, as well as some nice black and white inspiration for canvas from Shutterfly.