Patterned Canvas Prints Tested: Excellent Quality, Good Price, 25% Off
Patterned canvas prints are the latest product offered by the company that supplied Apple branded printing products from 2005 to 2018.
It was never clear why Apple decided to pull out, but the good news is that you can continue to buy the same products the same way, just under a different brand.
We explained the background when I tested the company’s photo books.
In 2017, it was announced that RR Donnelley – the same company used to produce Apple-branded print products – was launching its own Photos plugin, under the Motif brand. This one was launched in 2018.
RR Donnelley has impressive credits. It is the largest commercial printer in the world, and the Apple Company relied on its own branded printing products from 2005. At that time, RRD had printed over 75 million photo products for Apple. It also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, money back or reprint if you are not completely satisfied with the result.
Although you now need to install a third-party plugin, the experience you get is almost the same as the old one. You can still create all of your print products directly through Apple’s own Photos app on Mac, and it still uses the intelligence built into that app for image analysis used to help create the end result.
Patterned Canvas Prints
Since then, the company has occasionally added to the printing products available, and its latest offering is canvas printing. Here’s what the company has to say about them:
Motif canvas photo prints are high quality canvas, gallery packed, fully finished, including wall mount bracket. Each canvas is printed on high quality poly-cotton canvas and is stretched over a solid pine frame, preventing wrinkles from appearing over time.
Canvases can be simply made from a single image or from a collage of images.
Motif offers them in four sizes, which can be hung vertically or horizontally:
- 8 x 10 inches
- 10 x 14 inches
- 16 x 20 inches
- 24 x 36 inches
The prints wrap around the edges of the canvas, which can be 3/4 inch or 1.5 inch deep. If you have heavy content around the edge of your photo, you can use the actual canvas size instead and opt for your choice of solid color for the edges. In my case, I packed the photo.
Creation of your canvas
As with any Motif printing, the process is somewhat intuitive, but very straightforward once you know how.
First, you need to install the Motif app – it’s a free download from the Mac App Store. Run this app before you open the Photos app.
In the Photos app, select the photo (s) you want to print. Then go to the menu bar and select File> Create> Wall Decor> Pattern.
This opens a new window which allows you to choose the size of your canvas. Being in the UK my options are displayed in centimeters and pounds while in the US you will of course see inches and dollars.
For my test, I opted for 20 x 16 inches, and chose a Portrait mode photo of Charlie, a cat who is unfortunately no longer with us.
I have had a lot of photo murals over the years and have tried everything from very high end art printers to consumer printers. What I learned from this is that the cheaper consumer products are quite poor, and the high end products are not noticeably better than the midrange ones.
That being said, I’ve generally found mid-range printers to be ideal, so I ended up buying from specialist photo printers, but avoiding their high-end finishes.
Reason is not all low prices available, but it really is not far off. Their canvas prices range from $ 30 for an 8×10 thin edge, to $ 150 for a 24×36 gallery edge.
My expectations at this price point wouldn’t be very high, if it weren’t for the fact that I had been really impressed with the company’s photo books.
I was equally impressed here. The print quality is really good and the canvas texture is superb. A common problem with cheap canvas prints is that the tension is not right which means you get slight wrinkles or a lack of flexibility in the print, but this one is perfect.
If I had ordered it in the mid-range of a professional lab, I would have been completely satisfied with the result. In a way, that’s not too surprising – the company is, after all, a commercial printer. But to offer this quality at prices adapted to consumers always impresses me.
It comes with a decent quality hanger, or you can just hang it inside the wooden frame.
I’m assuming the tl version; dr of my review is this: this canvas is hanging on my wall and will stay there.
25% discount for 9to5Mac readers
The price is already very competitive for what you get, but if you order before the end of January you can get a 25% discount. Just use the discount code 9TO5MAC25 when you place your order.
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