A client of mine recently had some of my images printed on metal at BayPhoto.com
I didn’t know much about the process so I called BayPhoto to learn more. Here is what I learned:
Why are metal prints so popular?
It’s a great new look, especially if you mount them in a floating frame.
It is a new medium that shows off detail and really pops.
How do the prints hold up in busy public spaces such as hospitals?
In busy places where they might be touched we always suggest using an acrylic face to protect the prints. Protective varnishes don’t work with metal prints like they do with canvas prints.
Is the quality of metal prints as good as fine art paper prints?
Joel said that their metal prints are archival and that they are just as colorful as prints on fine art paper.
However, when I researched a variety of online sources and they said that the dye-sublimation printers used in metal prints can’t equal the longevity or range of colors (color gamut) seen with inkjet prints on fine art paper.
Are metal prints always glossy?
No, we offer 4 different surfaces that range from high gloss to satin. (High Gloss, Mid-Gloss, Satin, Sheer-Glossy, and Sheer-Matte)
Is the printing done directly on the aluminum or is it done on a film that is applied to the metal?
The printing is done directly onto a sheet of aluminum that is 0.045-inches thick.
To learn more about prints on metal the BayPhoto website is a great resource.