Wrap options

Canvas wrapping - which one to choose?

By canvas wrap we mean how your canvas is stretched and wrapped around the wooden frame. You have 4 different options; gallery wrap, mirror wrap, white edge and black edge. While white and black edge is simply that the sides of your canvas print are white or black, gallery and mirror wrap requires a bit more explanation.

Gallery wrap

This is when the image folds around the edges. This the most popular way of wrapping a canvas. If you intend to choose gallery wrap, please read the section "Don't crop the photo too closely" below.

When not to use gallery wrap

Don't use gallery wrap when the main subject of the image is near the edge, as the area near the edge will be displayed on the side of the canvas. In the example below, the area marked with green will be displayed on the side of the canvas print.

Bad gallery wrap - original image Bad gallery wrap Bad gallery wrap
The original image. The green area will be displayed on the side of the frame. The chin and the ear end up on the side of the canvas print.

Mirror wrap

This is when the edge section is mirrored on the side. This is a good option to choose if you want the wrap appearance without losing any of the image from the front. If you intend to choose mirror wrap, please read the section "Don't crop the photo too closely" below.

When not to use mirror wrap

Just as with gallery wrap, don't use mirror wrap when the main subject of the image is near the edge, as part of it would be mirrored on the side of the canvas print. In this example the ear will be mirrored on one of the sides.

Bad mirror wrap - original image Bad mirror wrap
The original image. The ear would be mirrored on the side.

When to use mirror wrap

Use mirror wrap when you would like a gallery wrap appearance without losing any of the image from the front of the canvas. In the example below everything in the picture will be displayed on the front of the canvas print, and at the same time it will have the gallery wrap appearance as the area marked with purple will be mirrored and displayed on the sides.

Good mirror wrap - original imageGood mirror wrap

Don't crop the photo too closely

As illustrated above, if the main focus of the photo is too close to the edge, the side of the canvas print can look very messy.

To calculate how much of your image is going to be affected by gallery/mirror wrap, use either the formula below or the simple rule of thumb:

Rule of thumb:

A 10% wide strip all around the image is needed for the gallery/mirror wrap
(Somewhat less for large prints)


Example; if you are viewing the photo on your computer screen and it is displayed as 20 x 20 centimetres on the screen, then a 2 centimetre strip all around the photo will either be used to wrap around the edges of the frame (gallery wrap) or be mirrored and displayed on the side of the canvas print.

How to calculate area needed for gallery/mirror wrap:

In addition to the print size you order, a further 2 inches all around the image is needed for a gallery/mirror wrap
(1 inch for smaller prints using ¾" stretcher bars, as indicated on our size & price page)


Example; a 20" x 20" canvas print based on a 2000 x 2000 pixel photo will need a further 2" all around, making the final print area 24" x 24". This means that (2" wrapping/final print size) x (pixels in photo) = (2/24) x 2000 = 167 pixels will be used all around the photo for the wrap.

Don't panic

Does it all sound complicated and intimidating? Don't worry, if we receive an order that we think will not look very good with the wrapping option chosen by you, then we will contact you before proceeding with the printing process. Also, don't hesitate contacting us if you there is something that is unclear to you. We are happy to help you.