Art needs to be preserved. One of the hardest problems about being an artist is that art is almost always transitory, no matter how permanent it may seem, making the need to preserve it that much more important. Just as important is the need to produce copies of it, especially when the artwork is popular. As every artist is looking at any number of possibilities when it comes to the preservation and distribution of his work, it is important to look at the advantages and disadvantages of any system that allows for both. An artist must debate how he does that.
Printing on canvas is not a bad solution. It may sound like it is simply printing a copy of the painting onto canvas, but there are other options to consider. The image of the painting needs to be scanned into the computer before anything else can be done. There are a number of different methods available, but there are some basics to consider: If the entire painting can be scanned in at once without damaging it, if it can be scanned in without removing it from the binding, and if the scan will do the artwork justice. If all of those criteria have been met, then the artist should have full confidence in the scan.
Once it has been scanned in, the artwork must be prepped. The preprinting can modify the artwork in some minor or major ways, subject to the desires of the artist and the needs of the printer. No matter how perfect the art may seem, there will always be necessary modifications that need to be made in order to ensure that copies look identical to the original, sometimes the image needs to be lightened or darkened, sometimes in just spots, sometimes the whole piece. The issue is rarely that there are some coloring problems with the original; the issue is the copy will print differently unless the piece is modified before it can be printed. Once it has been done, the piece is ready to be print.
Printing can be an interesting venture in and of itself. Although it can take a few attempts, it generally only takes one attempt or so in order to get it right once the preprinting has finished, making for a potentially happy artist. Printing it, or at least making it available, gives the artist a number of options, such as making his art available for public sale or keeping the original safe and using the copy as a display copy. Understandably this gives an artist a certain freedom.
Fine art printing is not as scary as it may seem at first. It is just a matter of finding the right printer; just look for one whose canvas prints you like. Do some research when you find someone you like, and then go with the printer you like. You want to do business with the best person for your art and offers you the services you need to preserve and sell your art, and go with the one that you feel will do well by you.