Our Halloweeks contest rolls on through the month of October like a pumpkin kicked off the front porch by a pimply faced teen. Actually, if you can capture that exact image in a photo and work it up in Pixlr Express you’re probably a shoe-in for a prize.
But what kind of prize, you ask? Lots of different ones — and new prizes each week. Today, I want to encourage you to enter the contest to try and win what I think is one of the best prizes: custom canvases from CanvasPop.
In preparation for the Halloweeks contest, I sought out CanvasPop to see if they wanted to help us celebrate Halloween with the Pixlr community. They were happy to join in and generously gave us three gift certificates for 24”x36” custom canvases to give out to some of the best photos submitted by the Pixlr community. Each prize is a $179 gift certificate that you can use to make any kind of printed canvas you want with the picture of your choice. (Or pictures plural if you prefer a collage treatment.)
I’ve purchased a number of canvases from services like CanvasPop, usually as birthday or holiday gifts for friends and family. I love the idea of taking something you made yourself and putting it on canvas. Using a service like this lets you put all your energy into the creativity of making — with none of the headaches that come with printing and stretching canvas on your own. (Don’t even get me started on how difficult framing is if you don’t have experience doing it; it’s harder than it looks.)
When CanvasPop donated these prizes for our Halloweeks contest, they offered to send me an example of what our community members would be winning. I sent them a photo of one of the Instructables Artists-in-Residence that I worked up with all kinds of subtle effects in Pixlr Express. (I created this image for a tutorial on this blog a few months back.) The end result is quite good, especially considering how many overlays and effects I added with Pixlr Express:
This is the size canvas we’re giving away in the contest, and it’s a much better quality canvas print than other services I’ve tried. In fact, I have a canvas print (printed from the exact same image file) that I ordered from a competing service a few months back. The quality of these kinds of services varies wildly, but it’s embarrassing to see just how poor quality the shall-remain-nameless’s print looks side-by-side with the CanvasPop version:
All of which is to say that if you’re ever thinking of using a service like this, I would encourage you to check out CanvasPop. They have a customer-friendly website that’s easy to navigate, and the quality of their prints are the best I’ve encountered so far. And the prices are surprisingly competitive. They even included a nice card with my shipment that has a big fat discount on my next print.
If you’ve ever wondered what your own photos would look like as hang-able wall art, enter our Halloweeks Photo Contest and get in the running to win one of these custom canvases. We’re giving one away this week and another next week. And we have all kinds of other prizes for you to win. It’s as easy as tagging a photo #halloweeks on the most popular social sites. Read all about it on our contest site.
— Eric Suesz, Pixlr community manager