I was recently contacted by Easy Canvas Prints to see if I’d like to try out their wrapped canvases for photos and art. I took them up on the offer and decided to print this photograph I took in my parent’s backyard that I manipulated to achieve the popular and beautiful bokeh effect.
The checkout process was super easy and within days I received my canvas. Unfortunately, I think there was some damage during shipping because my canvas showed up a bit wonky. But, they were great at sending out a replacement – I was very happy with their speedy and polite customer service. The process is really simple:
- Choose a size – they have 10×8, 8×8, 20×16, 24×36 and a custom size option.
- Upload your image
- Select a border – you can choose from a wide spectrum of colored borders, mirror wrap, or image wrap (I picked a black border)
- You can also choose from a black and white or sepia color effect, if you aren’t able to do that on your own
Right now, they are offering 25% off your order and free shipping, so an 11×14 canvas with standard options would cost you a little over $46.
I’m very happy with my canvas, it will make a great gift for my parents. And I’ll keep the messed up one for myself. 🙂 Order one for yourself here!
If you are curious about how I did the photo, I’ll explain what I did to achieve the dramatic blurred effect without using a camera or additional equipment. All you need is Photoshop!
Step 1: Apply a filter to your photo. I love night-fate’s actions for Photoshop. I used the #3 action in this set – it’s available as a free download.
Step 2: Make sure and flatten your image at this point then duplicate your photo layer. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and apply a level of blur that you like.
Step 3: Next select the eraser tool and pick a big brush with the softest edge you can get. In the brush settings, make sure the hardness is set to 0%. Take the brush and erase the parts of the blurred image that you want to give more focus – in the case of my photo, I erased the area of the vines and the door.
That’s it! I love this effect, it adds so much drama and depth to the most drab of photos. I hope you’ll give it a try and if you run into any questions/problems, just ask in the comments below!
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I’ve just made paperclip earrings which are inspired by yours. If you drop by on my place, hope that you’re going to like it.