aluminum print by Graphic Impact

Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Print Your Photographs on Aluminum

High-resolution printing on aluminum is a new trend in the printing industry that is quickly becoming popular among professional photographers and artists. There are many reasons why you should print your photographs on aluminum, but the most important one is that it provides a more durable product that will last for many years.

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  • Durability: Aluminum prints are extremely durable and can last a lifetime. They are resistant to fading, moisture, and UV rays so they can be displayed both indoors and outdoors.

  • Vibrancy: Aluminum prints offer a high level of color vibrancy and clarity. When printed with the right printer and technique, the final result will have a glossy, shiny surface, and the colors will pop much more than on traditional paper prints.

  • Modern and sleek look: Aluminum prints provide a modern and sleek look to your photographs. The metal surface enhances the details and contrasts of the image, making it an excellent choice for contemporary and minimalist spaces.

  • Easy to clean: Aluminum prints are easy to clean and maintain. You can wipe them down with a damp cloth.
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  • Cost: Aluminum prints can be more expensive than traditional prints on paper due to the material and printing process.

  • Weight: Aluminum prints can be heavy, especially for larger sizes. They require sturdy hooks or anchors to be hung on a wall.

  • Limitations: Aluminum printing has some limitations regarding the size, shape, and image resolution.

  • Reflections: Aluminum prints can have a reflective surface, which can be a disadvantage if they are displayed in an area with excessive lights or windows.

  • Location:  Where you will display your photographs. If it is a high-traffic area, an aluminum print can withstand wear and tear better than paper or canvas. If the lighting in the room is often dim, a paper or canvas print might be a better choice as it won’t reflect light like aluminum does.
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Our Conclusion

Overall, whether or not you should print your photographs on aluminum depends on your needs and preferences. If you are looking for a durable, modern, and vibrant display option, Aluminum prints might be the perfect fit for you.

However, if you are on a tight budget or prefer a more classic or traditional look, paper prints or canvas prints might be a better alternative.

Ultimately, the decision to print on aluminum should be based on your personal preference, budget and needs.  Consider all the factors and choose the option that best suits your priorities.