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Album Feature Spotlight | The Canvas Cover

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At Zookbinders, we know that one of the most impactful features of a professional wedding album is the cover. That is why we offer hundreds of unique options to create the perfect look to showcase any special event. We are going to shine a spotlight on the Canvas Cover as we talk about just how unique this ONE cover can be. 

Zookbinders has four distinct album types; The Zook Book, the Lustre Book, the EZ Book, and the Bon a Vie album. The different albums have a variety of cover options. Photo wrap, canvas, leather spine, fabric, faux leather, full leather, cameo, and acrylic covers round out the basic options.

The canvas cover option is the sleeper on our list of covers because of its creative potential.  Only available on the Lustre Book,  this option may seem simple, but it’s extremely customizable.

Similar to a photo wrap, whatever imagery you submit as a cover file can be printed on textured canvas paper and bonded to the album cover. The canvas texture adds an artisan look to the imagery. It elevates the look and feel of the cover. It’s not just a photograph anymore.

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Photography by Chugach Photography in Alaska. This beautiful panoramic image looks like a piece of artwork on canvas cover!

But Wait There’s More to the Canvas Cover!

While it may seem like adding an image to the cover is a no-brainer, don’t stop there. Yes, you can create a customized wedding album cover by adding text to a hero image and allowing the beautiful photograph to wrap around the album…but there’s so much more you can do. Here are some ideas to ramp up your creative juices for using the canvas cover option.

Any Color Under The Sun

While Zookbinders has a wide variety of leather, faux leather, and fabric options, what if we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for? No problem! If you’re looking to match a color to a dusty rose from a wedding, or a neon green from a bar mitzvah, you can simply create a cover file to exactly match whatever Pantone color your heart desires.

Make your Mark

Got that gorgeous colored background for your custom wedding album cover? Go ahead and add a unique monogram or logo to create something truly personalized for every client. Depending on your skill set in working with fonts, you can create some sophisticated looks. 

Here are some ideas:

    • You’re not stuck with everyday fonts and explore sites like Adobe Fonts or DaFont to find something truly on brand for your clients. 
    • In Photoshop play with the bevel sliders under layer effects, to increase the impact of your text.
    • Choose a font color that is slightly darker than your cover color and play with drop shadows and outer glow to make your logo look embossed.
    • Add large chunks of text, like vows or a poem to a wedding album cover. You’re not limited to the number of imprinted lines,  so go ahead and ramble.


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Creating a personalized monogram on a colorful canvas cover is a unique way to personalize an album.

Get Wild with Canvas

Currently, Zookbinders gets all their organic cover material from a cow, but are you looking for something more exotic? Remember – anything goes with a canvas cover – and since it’s a printed image – all the animals are safe! 

Consider these animal prints when creating your canvas album cover:

    • Cheetah
    • Tiger
    • Leopard
    • Zebra
    • Snake
    • Ostrich


Images of textiles work well with the texture of the canvas print. Fabric images can be used for family albums or newborn sessions. Matching the cover to a backdrop feature or clothing combinations can tie the look of the cover together with some added text. 

Try these:

    • Buffalo Check
    • Chevron
    • Damask
    • Paisley
    • Tartan
    • Florals

Organically Grown

Natural patterns can replicate a cover material that would otherwise be unavailable for a professional photo album. By capturing detailed images during an event, you can create customized covers to match the setting. 


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Here are some ideas where special background images might also be a good landing spot for a creatively placed digital cameo image:


Of course, these examples of added imagery would all be good for a photo wrap cover. However, the texture of the canvas creates dimension and a tactile experience that sets this professional photo album cover apart from consumer-level products. Hopefully, some of these ideas will inspire you to look at the canvas cover in a new light!

Need help figuring out what cover is best for your client’s event? Reach out to one of our experts HERE, or check out our INSTAGRAM for some custom cover inspiration!

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Maureen Miller CPP

Contributor to Marketing & Client Experience at Zookbinders. Professional photographer for 25+ years. An advocate for making money and doing what you love. My motto, ”Photography is a BIG DEAL!”

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