Specialty Print Spotlight: Metal Prints

There are many alternatives to having regular paper prints made, and one of the types of specialty prints I offer my clients are Metal Prints. MetalPrints represent a new art medium for preserving photos by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. Because the image is infused into the surface and not on it, your images will take on an almost magical luminescence.” - B.P. The metal prints truly are beautiful, and something to see with your own eyes. They are a unique way to exhibit your favorite portraits of the ones that you love, and compliment BlondeShot Creative's unique studio style. They can also help to turn any wall into a sleek, modern piece of art.

(The below images are scans of metal prints. Keep in mind that the glossy and matte finishes are lost on the computer screen, as are some of the true color and luminescent qualities of the finished prints. If you are a client interested in viewing examples of these in person, please let us know at your next appointment or photo session!)

We offer four finishes to choose from, along with multiple hanging and display options, and they can be printed in any size you choose. The two sheer finishes look the most like what you would think of when someone says, “metal print”. The texture and detail of the metal come through the image and finish, especially in the lighter/brighter areas of the image. 

The sheer glossy has a high gloss coating that is fairly reflective and mimics a glass top. When you change your viewpoint or slightly tilt one of these prints, it almost has a 3-dimensional feel to the image. (This is usually my personal favorite finish for most images printed on metal.)

The sheer matte doesn’t have that glass-like shine, but still has some shine from the metal itself coming through.

The high gloss and satin finishes look much more like traditional prints than the sheer finishes do, but are still noticeably printed on metal when held. They do however show more detail in the image, since the detail of the metal doesn’t show through. The satin finish is fairly matte, and the high gloss is similar to the sheer glossy in that it is very reflective and glass-like.

Similar to paper prints, I would say the colors (if using a color image) pop the most in the two glossy surfaces, both the sheer gloss and the high gloss.

The original digital image, showed for comparison in the above metal print scans

Besides the aesthetic reasons why you may choose to have a metal print made, you should also think about the images durability. This process's "image stability is 2-4 times that of traditional silver based photo papers. Because it’s so durable, you can also forgo the mattes and glass- the ultra-hard scratch-resistant surface is waterproof/weatherproof and can be cleaned easily with any commercial glass cleaner”. - B.P.

Prices for individual metal prints start at $35. Want to know more? Ask us about them at your next appointment or photo session!