Sending your picture to be canvas printed without first altering its colours is the same thing as going to cocktail parties without wearing the appropriate attire. While true beauty is truly all on the inside, photo editing can make the bright colours brighter, the blacks deeper and the whites appear whiter. All of these together will make up for the imperfectly rendered scene by your camera. If you've never edited a photo before, don't worry. Here are some easy to understand steps in order to create amazing canvas prints.
Change the Colour Space
The vast majority of cameras process images in a Red Green Blue format, which is commonly known as RGB. When you ship your photo to the canvas printer, you must change the colour space from RGB to CMYK, which stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. CMYK is the widely accepted format when looking to represent colour with ink, as opposed to the LEDs that are used when viewing pictures on a screen. Before making any changes to the picture, make sure to change the format to CMYK as it can greatly affect the look of your picture.
After changing the colour space, you must make sure that you're working with the right photo format. A lot of canvas printers only accept images in the tiff or jpg format. If your photo is saved as png, ensure to change it to either jpg or tiff before proceeding further. Note that this will broadly alter the colours in your picture.
Brightness and Contrast
Depending on the software that you're using, the location of these features will differ greatly, but they're generally placed together. You're probably already aware of the effects of brightness and contrast from lowering or increasing your phone's brightness depending on the light conditions outside. RGB colour spaces are generally lighter than CMYK, which means that you should look to increase the brightness and contrast of your photo in order to make the photo appear livelier.
In terms of photo editing, you must be extremely careful when it comes to colour enhancement features. The human eyes are extremely keen on what looks natural and what doesn't in terms of colour balance. If you increase the enhancement filter too much, the photo will look muddy and too brightly coloured. Generally, you want to enhance just one of the colour ranges on your photo. Depending on the atmosphere depicted in the photo, you can enhance either the cyan, the magenta, the yellow, or the black from the CMYK colour space.