With everything lined up properly, place a couple of staples in the center of one side of the stretcher bars (#3). Now use the pliers if you have them, or even pressure if you are doing it by hand, and pull the canvas around the opposite stretcher bar, placing staples in the center on that side as well (#4). You’ll repeat this on the remaining two sides.
After you’ve verified that everything is still lined up (it’s much easier to remove a few staples than all of them!), go ahead and staple the rest of the canvas down, spacing an inch or so apart, using the pliers to keep everything nice and taut. Leave open space at the corners, because you’ll be folding the canvas here to make a nice clean corner.
When you’re ready for the corners, start by wrapping one side around to the top of the frame (#5) and then pulling the top edge up. The excess corner material should be folded in and toward the bottom of the frame as shown in #6. It’s important to get this as flat and smooth as possible, so take your time before stapling these corners down.
The final work should be flat and smooth across the face of the print, and when viewing from the side you shouldn’t see any white canvas peeking out (#7).
Canvas prints can bring a new dimension to your photographs, and doing them yourself, even the sophisticated gallery-wrap style, is probably easier than you think. Give it a try and see for yourself!
Jon Canfield is the author of several books on digital photography and output, including the “Photodex ProShow Visual Quick Start Guide” and “Print Like a Pro.” Canfield teaches workshops around the country, including the Panasonic Digital Photo Academy (www.digitalphotoacademy.com) and the Lepp Institute (www.leppinstitute.com). You can reach Canfield at www.joncanfield.com.