There are four finishes available for Metal Prints:
Choosing which finish is right for your needs depends on a number of factors, including personal preference:
- Gloss is highly reflective, almost like your image is inside a thin sheet of glass.
- Satin isn't quite matte, it's somewhere in between. If you reflect light off it you can see a 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. Silver, much like a print on metallic paper has a very distinctive luminescent look. The thing about silver is that its hard to describe online because it looks different depending on the angle you look at it from. It also makes bright colors seem to have a luminescent sheen. Again, this is hard to show with a static image because the reflectivity changes depending on the angle and ambient light.
- Glossy White – This finish has a pure white base that provides true whites, deep blacks and lends incredible depth of color to your prints. Glossy White looks great with any type of image, especially artwork and photographs with plenty of color. Not ideal for brightly lit environments where glare would be an issue.
- White Satin – This finish has a smooth, silky texture compared to the high gloss finish. This finish has a subtle sheen and is ideally suited for portrait photography, wedding photography and photographs with a great deal of color and vibrance. Ideal for environments where glare would be a problem.
- Glossy Silver – This finish permits the metal grain to show through the glossy coating. This finish provides a brushed metallic look with a very luminescent finish, intensifying the color as it reflects off the aluminum. This finish looks best with Black and White images, or artistic photographs. This finish is not recommended for portraits. Not ideal for brightly lit environments where glare would be an issue.
- Silver Satin – This finish allows the metal grain to show through. This finish provides a brushed metallic look with less sheen than our glossy finish. This finish works well with black and white images and artistic images. but isn't recommended for portraits due to its unrealistic rendition of skin tones. Ideal for environments where glare would be a problem.
Below is an example of the same black and white image in silver satin (left) and white satin (right). The image is zoomed in close so you can see the brushed texture on the metal. The whites in the silver finished print are also slightly darker because they are silver rather than pure white. What you can't see in this image is the silvery sheen of the brushed metal. Although it looks slightly darker in this image, if you change your angle it becomes brighter.