Metal prints have two settings with two options each for a total of four combinations. They are: color (white or silver) and reflectivity (glossy or satin).
- Gloss is highly reflective, almost like your image is inside a thin sheet of glass.
- Satin isn't completely matte, it's somewhere in between. If you reflect light off it you can see a diffuse sheen, but not a true reflection. This is ideal for locations with bright lighting, such as a window facing the image.
- White means your whites will have all their detail.
- Silver means that the white areas of your image let the metal show through, E.g. clouds in the sky and reflections on water will look like bushed silver.
Which is the best fit for your image depends on the look you're going for.
Gloss or not tends to be a matter of personal preference, though this decision may be influenced by the lighting in the environment. E.g. if you have bright lights or windows facing your image, satin will have less glare.
Silver, much like a print on metallic paper has a very distinctive luminescent look. The thing about silver is that its hard to describe because it looks different depending on the angle you look at it from. It also makes bright colors seem to have almost a glow to them. Again, this is hard to show with a static image because the reflectivity changes depending on the angle and ambient light.
The four finishes options are:
Whites in the image show as brushed metal. Colors are bright and luminous with a non-reflective satin finish that reduces glare.
Whites in the image show as brushed metal. Colors are vibrant and luminous within a brilliant high gloss surface.
This finish has a smooth surface with soft, rich colors. The matte surface diffuses the light and provides minimal glare.
The rich colors in the image will pop with dramatic intensity from beneath the almost mirror-like shine of this finish.