Long ago, only a few lucky people had the chance to have their images made on canvas. And even today, not many people are aware that they can have their photos reprinted on this plain-woven fabric, on-demand. That explains why the idea of giving canvas prints as gifts is such a brilliant one especially when the festive season kicks in. And now, thanks to companies like Canvas on Demand (COD), it’s possible to get a piece of this rich artistry history through a few, quick clicks.
Our Take on Canvas on Demand Speed & Quality of Services
To begin with, this is a Raleigh (North Carolina) based company that has been in this business since 2002. The company enjoys a strong digital presence and that’s because this is where a large segment of their market resides.
There’s no doubt that Canvas On Demand has really done a good job of streamlining their checkout process. You can upload any photo – even ones from your Instagram page, and have them permanently printed on canvas.
Their services are quite popular among interior designers, artists, and people looking to spruce up their homes. And if you’re looking for a creative gift to give to your loved ones on Christmas, birthdays or even baby showers, these innovatively done works of art can prove to be of great value.
To date, COD claims to have served over a million customers and printed over 3 million images. Of course, those statistics speak volumes of the level of experience this company might possess. But let’s not take their word for it – a further expose of the pros and cons of their services would be the only way to understand if COD is worth their salt or not.
How It Works
So, you first need to identify the photo you’d like to have printed. Then you can go straight to their website to place a printing order. Usually, this needs to be done in advance to provide enough time for the enhancement, printing, and shipping processes.
To order, you’ll need to specify the size of the print you’re interested in getting. There are three most popular sizes and these are the 16×20-inch, 24×36-inch, and the 20×24-inch variants. The next step is to upload your image. You can do this either directly from your hard drive or Facebook account.
Once that’s done, you get some design freedom that you can use to finally settle on the look you want to see on your canvas. So, you can choose between landscape and portrait orientation. Likewise, you can rotate the image, add some effects and so forth.
You can even specify the edging options you’d like to get. The good thing with COD is that they usually don’t charge for this. Also, there are four edge options to choose from, namely:
- Color blur edge (default)
- Image edge
- Black edge
Click to preview and if satisfied with what you see within the preview window, you can go ahead to place an order. But even then, you can always choose to have a professional enhance the quality of your image so you can get a top-notch end product. In that case, you’ll have the freedom to choose from three enhancement services as follows.
*Level One – Review
This service currently costs $9.95 and entails a closer examination of your image to pinpoint any quality issues it might have. Also, it’s only through this service that you can have the contrast, sharpness, and brightness adjusted. And once that’s done, the expert can always send you a personalized assessment of your image through email. This is a crucial service to consider getting especially for heavy shadowed and dark images.
*Level Two – Restore
You may not have taken note of them yet but minor flaws can easily destroy a near-perfect canvas finish. So, just to be sure that everything is perfectly fine, you want to invest in this restoration, enhancement service. Through it, you’ll be able to remove any fly away hair, blemishes, or red-eye. On top of that, an expert graphic designer would use this opportunity to identify and remove any flaws ranging from small objects, scratches, and even dust. And if you’d like to have some text added to your image, this $19.95 is worth giving a shot.
*Level Three – Repair
So, let’s say you have an old photo of your mum when she was young. Unfortunately, you realize that a significant part of it is torn off or faded but you still would like to have it printed. What would you do in that case? Well, the Repair tier of the COD services is priced at $39.95 and entails major designs and restorations. For instance, the process involves the removal of large background items and unwanted objects. It also can involve the addition or removal of faces or people. Above all, this handy service can involve repairing scratches, tears, and faded surfaces.
If your image is already perfect and you don’t need to have any of the three services done on it, you can always click on the “No thanks” option. On the next page, you’ll have the opportunity to double check the pricing details and also enter the coupon code or gift card numbers to apply a discount.
Finally, you can proceed to the checkout page. This is where you get an opportunity to fill in your billing information and specify your delivery options. Payments can either be done via PayPal or credit cards. Also, there’s an opportunity to create a Canvas On Demand account to save time on future orders.
Benefits of COD Services
There’s no doubt that the checkout process is quite well laid out here and that this site dazzled millions of customers all along. But there are so many other companies with similar credentials also! So, this section isn’t just about the benefits of Canvas On Demand services but also what makes their services stand out from the pack.
*Free Hanging Hardware
All the shipments come with free hanging hardware. This way, you won’t need to worry about how to hang your art on the wall. You simply need to attach the screws and mount on a pre-made surface in order to get the hanging hardware perfectly in place. This may not seem like much, but if you aren’t the DIY type, it can go a long way in helping you erect the art with no qualms.
*Fast Delivery Options
Want the order to arrive faster or within a short time? You simply need to pay for the expedited shipping service. We, however, need to make a note that this service had been facing some issues sometime back whereby expedited shipping orders would erroneously be delayed. So, just to be sure, it’s always a good idea to ping their customer service whenever you want your order shipped fast and that way, you’ll have a dedicated person work toward getting your order delivered fast.
*Great Customer Service
The tip above can only confirm one thing – the kind of quality of customer care this company has managed to put in place. Our experience with them is that they’re pretty good at responding to queries. In fact, they’re constantly looking out for any negative reviews about them, posted on third-party sites and responding. That goes a long way to confirm that the company is taking no chances in cementing its position as one of the leading mass canvas art printers on the market.
If you’re looking for a platform that can give you the best bang for your bucks, the COD service presents you with a streamlined process. What’s more? If you can access the latest Canvas On Demand coupon codes, you can save a lot more. For instance, there’s the Hello Holiday Savings coupon that enables you to get up to 85% of your next order. How cool is that?
*Good Quality of Prints
They are really good at what they do. The quality of their canvas is, no doubt, beyond reproach. We also fell in love with the quality of their packaging. So, generally, we have no doubts about this company’s ability to meet or even exceed their customers’ expectations.
What We Didn’t Like About COD
The company had once been flagged for what sounded like quality assurance issues. For instance, some folks complained of receiving their orders in wrong orientation while others complained of delays. So, while it’s clear that the company is doing the best it can to recover from that, we think it’s worth keeping this important pointer in mind when working with them. Luckily, they currently have a money-back guarantee which ensures that you only pay for what you ordered for.
The company doesn’t seem keen on providing proofing services. So, if you make an order without adding any of the enhancement services, they’ll simply go ahead and print it, as you designed it. It would have been good for them to make the proofing service a mandatory part of the printing process.
We’d like to wrap up this Canvas On Demand review by rating the company 4/5 stars. They have a great customer support team, awesome quality, and above all, they have one of the most experienced teams in the game. That said, there’s still some fine-tuning needed on the quality assurance and proofing aspects of their services.