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Author Topic: Cutting sheets from canvas rolls  (Read 19544 times)
ed_k
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« on: May 28, 2012, 04:47:43 PM »

I thought there was something here on this topic - once upon a time - but searching didn't turn it up.

I would like to buy a roll of canvas - 17" x 40' - and cut it into 17" x 24" sheets. Probably use my mat cutter for the job.

Might there be printing problems? I'm thinking especially about the residual curl when feeding these sheets (Epson 3800 which will accept 17" width).
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 12:44:52 AM »

Hi Ed,

I mentioned some time ago about cutting wider rolls down to 24inches, but that won't apply to you if you are starting with the correct width. Generally printers for canvas have a vacuum, to hold the material flat. However, folk have printed canvas on the 3800, but it seems hit and miss - see http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=15129 and elsewhere. I think your best option, before buying a whole roll would be to get a few samples to try, some will be better than others.

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Ray
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 12:31:23 PM »

Ray,

Thank you very much for that link.

I've printed to canvas (13x19) without much difficulty, but it was in the form of pre-cut sheets (flat). I want to move up in size but found that cutting a roll seems to be the only option - thus my concern about curl in the sheets.

Here's an example of what I want to do http://edkphoto.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/gallery-wrap-photo-grids/. Each panel is 10x15 with a 1.25" "wrap border" for a print width of 12.5x17.5. I want to increase the panel to 14x21 (16.5x23.5 print) and need the 17x24 canvas for that. The final multiple-part image will be a 3x3 panel abstract photo.

Ed


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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 01:30:07 PM »

Hi Ed,

I can't give you any definitive reply wrt curl, but the canvases I've used are 'pretty floppy', they show no curl after passing through the printer from the roll, unlike most of the few roll papers I've used. However, if I wanted to do it with your printer, I'd  take the risk, buy the roll, and cut it as soon as possible, and store the sheets flat. If there was any curl, it would most likely be towards the core of the roll, and use those last, having had longer in the flat. I guess stiffness would also depend on the coating. One problem you may have, if you don't take care, is dust from the cutting on the surface of the canvas, or embedded in the texture - once you've got few streaky prints you'll remember  Wink.

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Ray
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 03:48:52 AM »

I do make art prints from canvas rolls using the Epson Workforce 1100. Not designed for canvas, but it can be made to work.

I cut the canvas with a long straight edge and a utility knife with the canvas on a cardboard sheet. The major problems you will have, depending on the printer, are curl and small fringes where you have cut the canvas.

Curl is easy to fix. The printer likes it to curve away from the center roll so after you've cut it just roll it that way and hold for a few seconds.

The fringy edge is hard- depending on how clean your cut is sometimes it will feed properly and sometimes not. Generally the solution is to use some thin paper tape over the leading edge of the canvas - sometimes it will work with just a strip of paper folded in half and put over the leading edge. I also have some cardboard sheets that I put in the paper feed area behind the canvas. It can take a few tries before the printer decides it will print.

So, it can be done, but isn't blindingly easy - probably will vary in difficulty with printer type.

Good luck,
Graham
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2012, 12:09:56 PM »

Thanks for the info, Graham
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