Metal photo prints provide many advantages over standard photo paper prints, first they can be hung on the wall or displayed on a table or desk without a frame or glass. Also, they will not wrinkle or crease when handled and the design options are too numerous to mention. The colors and depth of images printed on metal using the dye sublimation method are simply superior to any other substrate/ink combination, period. Metal prints are beautiful, versatile, affordable and just plain cool! We use only the highest quality substrates from Chromaluxe, these are aluminum substrates that are either rotary cut or sheared to size prior to being printed.
Sublimation printing is a dye process instead of ink, that means the colors are more vibrant and much more permanent than ink. The dye is embedded in the coating that is baked onto the substrate which also helps to make the image much more durable than any photo paper or photos mounted on foam core or hardboard. Unlike photo paper or hardboard there is no acid in the metal substrate so it will not yellow over time. Look at any older photo, even one from as recent as ten years ago and you will find it has faded, more than you would have ever imagined and it has begun to yellow. The process that causes this is a chemical reaction between the paper/hardboard substrate and the UV light that is all around us. Most people think that as long as their photos aren’t in direct sunlight that they will not fade. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Think about this, the old photos you have stuck in a box in your closet have faded and are yellowing, there isn’t any sunlight in your closet (at least in most closets). UV light is all around us in small amounts, even florescent lights put off a small amount of UV light.
Next time you have a photo that you really want to have and enjoy for the rest of your life, have that photo printed using sublimation and you will not regret it!