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Bleed or Gallery wrap explained

The term Bleed or “Gallery wrap” as it is known is simply when your image goes around the side of the wooden stretcher frame. There are two methods of adding Bleed to your photo. Method 1 is where the edge of the canvas frame is plain white and Method 2 is when the photo wraps around the edge of the frame.

The example below shows an image with no bleed (White Edge) and an image with bleed (Photo wraps around the sides).

gallery wrap canvas prints

If you want bleed adding to your canvas prints and are worried you will loose some of your photo by choosing this method, do not despair. At Canvas Online, we take the last 2 inches of your photograph and mirror it over the edges so that you do not loose any of the picture from the front of the canvas print. Once we have mirrored the photo, we then "Clone and Edit" any odd looking shapes from the added bleed. A good example is shown below.

Bleed on canvas prints explained

Another clear example is the image below. To fully demonstrate the difference between gallery wrap or no wrap we have prepared the same photo using both methods.

The photo on the left is the gallery wrap and you can see that none of the picture will be cut off as we have added to the image.

The photo on the right is a plain no bleed prepared image. The edges are simply left white and the photo sits on the front of the frame.

example of a canvas gallery wrap

We know that this may still be a little confusing and we are here to help you. If you would like to discuss the matter further, why not drop us an email or even better, give us a call and we will be more than happy to talk to you over the phone to explain this process further.