The Beauty of Original Glossy HD Metal Prints
Original works of art complete the aesthetic of a room or draw attention to the owner's unique taste. Feature memories to spotlight in a display of modern beauty – or create a distinct geometric display with clusters of metal artwork. Enjoy a stunning work of art with vivid color and sharp design with your own custom metal prints.
H2 What Makes Metal Print Different?
Choosing to create art on a metal surface, versus traditional canvas or paper, gives the artist versatility with texture and surface finishes. Metal surfaces lend themselves well to bright colors and sharp contrasts – subtle, soft images don't typically work as well on this medium. The surface of the metal allows the artist to render sharply distinct lines and contrast hues and patterns in a way that other surfaces don't.
Images such as landscapes or seascapes work wonderfully on metal – the richness of color found in nature, along with contrasting images of craggy mountains, feathered plants, or crashing ocean waves comes alive on a metal surface. Images on metal will pop with crisp detail and saturated color.
H2 How Are Metal Prints Created?
Aluminum Dibond is the most common metal used for creating custom prints. The lightweight metal makes it easy to transport and hang on a wall and the surface of the sheets are treated to reduce glare. The surfaces themselves are typically available in matte or glossy finishes, with degrees of gloss along the spectrum. The dyes are infused directly on the specially treated sheets, adding depth and luminescence to the colors.
Some metal prints are crafted using a light table process – UV light is used to harden the ink. More commonly, however, a process called sublimation is used to create the image. By definition, sublimation means "heat transfer."
First, the image is printed on a special type of paper designed to hold deep saturation of ink. The paper feels heavier and the image itself looks blurry. The paper is only intended for transferring the ink to metal. The paper image is then placed on the treated metal. A specialty heat press is used to transfer the image to the metal, fully covering both pieces. The saturation of color can be managed by adjusting the temperature of the press and the length of time that the artwork is inside.
Once the ink is transferred to the metal, it is cooled, then attached to a "floating" mount – metal prints typically look better unframed.
H2 Placing Your Metal Prints
Metal prints work well in minimalist or modern aesthetic – clean lines and simple furnishings allow the fine details of the metal artwork to come alive and the non-traditional surface complements a more contemporary décor. Metal prints vary in size – arrange a cluster of smaller squares as a vignette on a surface or choose one large impact piece to place over a fireplace or as a backdrop for a tete-a-tete seating arrangement.
Metal prints also lend themselves well to a triptych arrangement: three panels depicting a story or complementing visuals. Black and white images may actually explode on a metal canvas, as the black and white medium is about contrasts of shadows and textures. Opting for metal prints to furnish your home or office allows you to experiment with vivid colors and create eye-catching works of art.