Lyve Matte Canvas

for Aqueous Inks

Premium Matte Canvas. Archival Certified. OBA-Free.

  • * 100-Years Certified Archival (certificate) by Accredited 3rd Party
  • * Certified by Canon Alliance Partnership Program in conjunction with the Rochester Institute for Technology (RIT)
  • * No Optical Brighteners (OBA), Yet Still Bright White
  • * Visually and Measureably Superior Resolution and Dmax Versus Competitors
  • * We Are the Manufacturer. You Benefit From Highest QC Control and In-House Expert Service/Support
  • * Matte Finish  |  19 MIL Thickness  |  450 GSM Weight

*Compatible with most Epson, Canon, and HP printer models!


Unleashed in May 2009 under the bold mantra "Go Live with Lyve", the award-winning Lyve™ Canvas is taking the printmaking industry by storm. With eye-popping color gamut and Dmax, coupled with critical archival certification and the ability to apply a laminate hassle-free, it sets a new standard of exceptionalism in fine art and photographic printmaking. Internally, we refer to this masterful blend of artistry and engineering as "the game changer" that will capture every nuance in your images.

The Lyve™ Canvas is a 19 mil bright white, consistent poly-cotton blend matte canvas using an acid-free, neutral pH coating.


If you are new to Breathing Color and would like to test this product, we highly recommend that you take advantage of the inexpensive Trial rolls offered.Trial rolls are priced at cost, and at times below our cost in order to encourage our customers to try our award-winning products for a minimal investment. Trial rolls provide enough product so that our customers can sufficiently run tests and create samples. CUSTOMERS MAY ONLY PURCHASE ONE TRIAL ROLL OF EACH PRODUCT.

Other Product Information

Our "Chromata White" technology gives end-users the most stable platform on which to print photographs and fine art giclees without the metamerism issues or color shift issues inherent on other canvases. Optical Brighteners compromise the attainment of true color, they complicate profiling accuracy, and they inevitably deteriorate and yellow over time.

The water resistant surface works exceptionally well with Glamour II Veneer, our proprietary water-based top coat coating designed specifically for our line of inkjet canvas. If coated with Glamour II, this canvas will not crack even under extremely rigorous stretching conditions (canvas gallery wrap).



If our Chromata White Canvas impressed you, wait till you see Lyve. Lyve boasts a 15% measurable improvement in Dmax and color gamut. Go Live with Lyve, and you'll be using the finest matte canvas on the market. 


There is no doubt that Lyve took a leap forward in delivering image resolution. It will capture detail and nuance in your images that you never saw before on another canvas. Many photographers attest that this is Lyve's most desirable improvement. Want to see the difference? Check out these close-ups of Lyve vs. Chromata White and Lyve vs. 800m .


Called "Chromata White", this breakthrough technology has set Breathing Color apart for years. Normally, OBA-Free products have a yellowish surface. Our "Chromata White" technology, which we released in 2005, forever changed this by delivering OBA-Free with the desired bright white surface. This answered the needs of our customers to maximize the longevity of their prints while maintaining the most popular and desired look.

"Chromata White" gives the end-user the most stable platform on which to print photographs and fine art giclees without the metamerism issues or color shift issues inherent on other canvases. Optical Brighteners compromise the attainment of true color, they complicate profiling accuracy, and they inevitably deteriorate and yellow over time. You can read more about OBA's and their long-term effects on inkjet prints .


There's nothing superior to the combination of Lyve and Timeless - both proprietary products that were designed for one another. Never use a varnish again that wasn't designed specifically for your canvas.


Lyve is archival certified for 100+ years. Download and utilize Lyve's Archival Certificate to differentiate your business and show your customers how much you care about quality.


When varnished with Timeless Gloss, Satin, or Matte, Lyve will not crack or tear when stretched. See it for yourself in this Fold Test . Learn More: 4 Options for Stretching Canvas Prints


All of our inkjet canvas grades share this feature.


Our proprietary products are very expensive to develop, manufacture and ensure quality. If we sold them through traditional distributors, our products would hands down be the most expensive on the market. Instead, we employ a manufacturer-direct business model that bypasses the middle man and empowers us to provide you with first class, state-of-the-art products at competitive prices. It also allows us to deliver direct, unprecedented service and support for our products. Here's where you can learn 5 Ways to Save Money with Breathing Color .



Which matte canvas is best for me?

We sat down with Breathing Color President Nick Friend and Vice President Adam Hill to discuss Breathing Color's matte canvas options - Lyve, Chromata White, and 800M - in order to help users select the best option for their business.

Print Permanence Testing & Archivability Standards

Lyve Canvas Passes Blue Wool Test

Extensive independent testing by a UKAS accredited laboratory has concluded that the Lyve Canvas meets and exceeds the standards set forth by the Fine Art Trade Guild for pH and lightfastness. The Fine Art Trade Guild has established these standards in order to protect the interests of consumers. Consumers who follow the Blue Wool Testing and the Fine Art Trade Guild standards can be confident that the art and framing supplies they use are archival.

Helpful Videos for the Lyve Canvas

How to do a Mirror Edge in Photoshop for a Gallery Wrap

To see our extensive library of helpful videos on printing techniques, color management, and more please visit our BLOG

Compatible Inkjet Printers

This Product has been compatibility tested and approved for the following printers. If you do not see your printer listed below, it does not mean it is not compatible but that we have not tested and approved your printer at this time. Our aqueous media is compatible with most pigment and dye-based ink systems.


Professional Photo: Pixma Pro-1, Pixma Pro-10, Pixma Pro-100, Pixma Pro9500, Pixma Pro9500 Mark II

Large Format: iPF5000, iPF5100, iPF6000S, iPF6100, iPF6200, iPF6300, iPF6300S, iPF6350, iPF6400, iPF6450, iPF8000, iPF8000S, iPF8300, iPF8300S, iPF8400, iPF9000, iPF9100, iPF9400, iPF9400S, W6400, i990


Stylus Photo Series: R1800, R1900, R2000, R2400, R2880, R3000

Stylus Pro Series: 3800, 3880, 3890, 4000, 4800, 4880, 4900, 7500, 7600, 7700, 7800, 7880, 7890, 7900, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, 9880, 9890, 9900, 10000, 10600, 11880, WT7900

Surecolor: T3000, T5000, T7000


Hi-Fi Jet Pro & Pro II Series Printers, VersaArt RA-640


DesignJet: 1055CM +, Z2100, Z3100, Z3200, Z3200ps, 5000, Z5200, 5500, Z6100, Z6200

Photosmart Pro: 8750, B9180


JV-4, JV2-130, JV22-160


RJ46, RJ50, RJ62, RJ64, RJ900, ValueJet 1304W, ValueJet1604AW, ValueJet1638W


All Durst printers using aqueous pigment or dye-based ink

Downloads & Documents

inkjet canvas quality certificate     fine art trade guild     inkjet canvas data sheet  

  1. Canvas sags more in the direction of the weave, typically horizontal
  2. Sagging can happen from under or over tightening
  3. Environment plays a huge part - high constant humidity will relax canvas
  4. For dry environments, spritzing the back of a sagging canvas with hot, distilled water can help re-tighten.
  5. Start stapling on longest dimension & staple clean line. Move to the opposite side, not around the edge of the frame.
  6. Add cross bars and corner keys after full framing.
  7. Putting a bead of archival glue on the bars as you set the edge helps hold tension and keep it all even and flat.
  8. Frame in a high humid environment then move to a drier environment.
  9. More information can be found in this article.

  Retail$250+$1000+ Qty
Canvas Starter Kit
(17"x10' Lyve, EasyWrappe Pro Trial Kit, Pint Timeless Gloss Varnish, Timeless Roller Kit)
$7995 - -
Pro Starter Kit
(17"x10' Lyve, 17"x10' Pura Velvet & 17"x10' Pura Smooth Art Papers, 2 pints Timeless gloss/matte, Timeless Roller Kit)
$10995 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 8.5"x11" sheets, 25 per box $3000 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 13"x19" sheets, 25 per box $7208 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 17"x22" sheets, 25 per box $10913 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 17"x10' $2900 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 24"x10' $4900 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 36"x10' $6900 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 44"x10' $8400 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 54"x10' $9900 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 60"x10' $10900 - -
Lyve Matte Canvas - 17"x40' $9294 $7714 $6813
Lyve Matte Canvas - 24"x40' $13120 $10890 $9617
Lyve Matte Canvas - 36"x40' $19680 $16334 $14425
Lyve Matte Canvas - 42"x40' $22960 $19057 $16830
Lyve Matte Canvas - 44"x40' $24054 $19965 $17632
Lyve Matte Canvas - 50"x40' $27334 $22687 $20036
Lyve Matte Canvas - 54"x40' $29520 $24502 $21638
Lyve Matte Canvas - 60"x40' $32800 $27224 $24042
Lyve Matte Canvas - 64"x40' $34987 $29039 $25645
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