Tuesday, September 12, 2017

REVIEW/DISCOUNT: Breathing Color Art Peel - Inkjet Printable Wall Fabric with Repositionable Adhesive (A Canvas Alternative)

Breathing Color Art Peel (24 x 48" Panels x 3)

At this point you are probably wondering what the heck a "Inkjet Printable Wall Fabric with Repositionable Adhesive" is and why you should keep reading?!!! However, if you do your own printing you are going to love this stuff WAY better than canvas.

In a nutshell, as you can see from the crooked iPhone shot above, this stuff is a high quality fabric that you can print on and then hang like wallpaper. However, it has a big benefit - you can remove it and reapply it which is great if you are terrible at hanging wall paper like me!

Here's a short video that shows how the adhesive works on my dusty laundry room wall:

The funny thing is that I printed that print around July and have hung it around my house in several places before leaving it sitting in the hot laundry room for the last few months. I didn't clean or prep the walls - I just stuck it like you would a post it note just to see what would happen. In fact, my goal was to get it to wrinkle or peel off, but that didn't happen!

Once I was sure it would work great, I finally decided to go big and printed a 72 x 48" version of one of my favorite images - Treehouse (but an all new edit that is warmer and more saturated).

Perfect Resize from on1 - Tile Feature (Click to view screen shot at full size)
Perfect Resize from on1 - Tile Feature (learn more)

I used Perfect Resize to make it big and split it into three tiles (as shown above), but in retrospect I should have taken advantage of the overlap feature. I also had some issues with the AM1 file I used with my Canon printer, so I couldn't do borderless which was a bummer too. I don't have a steady enough hand to cut something that big perfectly, so I just hung it with the lame borders. That said, it still looks amazing when hung and I get asked all of the time "what is that", since this fabric is unlike anything I've ever seen (and most likely you too).

Print Quality

I printed out some letter size prints using the ICC profile that I got from Breathing Color for my Canon PRO-2000 printer, and using my Epson V850 pro scanner I scanned the swatches. Of course this means the grayscale ramp, gray squares and black squares lose some fidelity (you can see more in real life), but this gives you a ballpark idea of how good this stuff is as these images are scans of prints - which always suck - yet these look pretty good...

Full Resolution JPEG V850 Scan of a Art Peel Print from Canon PRO-2000

The printer evaluation image turned out great with the reds and skin tones being spot on

Full Resolution JPEG V850 Scan of a Art Peel Print from Canon PRO-2000

This turned out accurately, but you can see that the background is a little stronger green than black compared to the original file. With that said, this still looks good enough to hang on a wall.

Full Resolution JPEG V850 Scan of a Art Peel Print from Canon PRO-2000

Here's a smaller version of treehouse that has been resized via the printer from the original.
I felt the colors were very good with all things considered, so going big was no problem - and I'm glad I did it!

ICC Profile

ICC Profile Comparison of Art Peel
vs Canon Artistic Matte Canvas
vs Epson Exhibition Matte Canvas

I decided to compare the ICC Profile with a Canvas profile for my PRO-2000 and an Epson P800. While you can see there's definitely some gaps in the tonal range, it  is in the ball paper with those much higher fidelity substrates. Those doing color critical work might have to do a little tweaking to get the best results, but I think most users will be happy right out the gate with what you get using this substrate. Breathing Color has done a fantastic job of providing good ICC profiles for Art Peel!

Using Art Peel in Photoshop on Canon PRO-2000

Here's my workflow for printing onto Art Peel using my Canon PRO-2000 printer from Windows.

In my case I had a custom media type AM1 file that I got from Breathing Color. The advantage of it is that I knew I'd get the right amount of ink on the substrate, but the downside is that this AM1 file was made for a PRO-4000 so I couldn't edit it (due to a software limitation). The reason I wanted to edit it is because this AM1 media type file didn't allow borderless printing which I really wanted to do. If I were you I'd work with Breathing Color to get a new one that supports borderless:

PRO-2000 Main Settings for Breathing Color Art Peel

I click Color Settings button and set matching to Off because I like to specify the ICC profile in Photoshop for Soft Proofing, even though AM1 files support embedded ICC's:

PRO-2000 Color Settings for Breathing Color Art Peel

In this example, I'm just showing a letter size print but with the AM1 file I had even if I were to set borderless I'd still get a border. As a result, my advice is to experiment and start small with test prints before you start making your big prints.

PRO-2000 Page Setup Settings for Breathing Color Art Peel

In addition to using rotate page 90 degrees like I did above, I also like to use No Spaces at Top or Bottom to get a final product that wastes as little paper as possible. My AM1 also blocked cutting so I had to manually advance and cut with scissors on a crop line.

PRO-2000 Layout Settings for Breathing Color Art Peel

In Photoshop the key thing was to do was make sure I selected Photoshop Manages Colors, the correct ICC profile, and I found Relative Colormetric with Black Point Compensation gave me the most accurate color results:


I typically click Gamut Warning too just so I can see what colors are going to get impacted by the rendering intent selection and if I want to make image adjustments to bring colors back into gamut.

The workflow is effectively the same on the Mac or other printers, but the names and locations of things change. Check out my printing series to see how I print from other products like Breathing Color Lyve Canvas using Epson printers or Legacy Papers to see both Windows and Mac printing from Photoshop and Lightroom


This is by far the most exciting time I've had printing because I was able to make a favorite print of mine come to live in huge 72x48 wallpaper print that was easy to hang (and trust me I suck really bad at hanging wallpaper). Air bubbles and wrinkles were no problem as I just peeled it back and tried again. This stuff has some really great adhesive so it didn't damage any of the paints or sheetrock I applied it to, and despite not prepping the walls it stuck well and didn't show the wall texture through the paper (probably mostly due to my test images being very busy).

My wife is dying to do some wallpaper for the baby's room with this stuff and I've got some fun ideas for the garage and man cave! As far as papers go, it may not have the highest DMAX of papers I've tested this year, but I've seen worse from many canvas products. It also is good enough when viewed at a short arms length to be good enough that people never asked me about the things I saw wrong with the large print - they only asked me what this cool product was and how could they use it to make their own big prints with it.

I HIGHLY recommend this product which comes in two versions. The regular Art Peel and the Art Peel Blackout version which features a backing that prevents the wall color from showing through. This is important if you want to put a light colored print on a dark wall and not have the wall color ruin the print.

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Unknown said...

Thanks so much for doing this review. It's on my list to buy and the discount code is much appreciated, hope it helps you too.

Unknown said...

I also think Art Peel is a great product, much better than PhotoTex. But were you bothered at all but the texture of the wall showing through? I didn't try the Blackout product and that might be thick enough to offset the stipple that shows up on most sheet rocked walls when you adhere a glossy product to the wall.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the detailed review! I'm hoping you can answer a few key questions...

* Have you compared to Lexjet Peel-N-Stick (a very similar product), particularly color fidelity?

* Any thoughts on the 150gsm/6mil Artpeel vs 170gsm7mil Artpeel Blackout? Unclear when Blackout is needed (hopefully not on a white wall - no bleed)? I haven't been able to find any photos of how "see through" one is vs the other.

* I downloaded Artpeel icc from BC, but they don't have a profile for Blackout, so hard to compare color fidelity as well (which I'd expect some differences given their differences in opacity and whiteness)

* Also downloaded PhotoPeel, which has hugely more gamut, but they only have the Gloss icc, not the Matte. Have you compared ArtPeel to PhotoPeel.

* Have you worked out how to do borderless with this on Canon P2000 (I have P4000) and am trying to do a 12' x 40' in vertical strips and it would be a PAIN to trim two 12' edges * 42 panels!

* Have you compared recent versions of uprezzing? ON1 Resize 2018 to Photoshop CC's new "Preserve Details 2.0" uprezzing, or Photozoom 7.1?

Unknown said...

I have used the art peel a few times now. A couple of times for books for my young grandchildren.... it works great for that! And I have also used it to cover journals or other fun hardbound notebooks. Makes for nice gifts and I love using them myself. I was surprised at the quality of the prints I got. I don't think it is as good as my fine art paper, but certainly good enough for what I am using it for. I love the stuff!