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I’m not talking about “metallic prints” (which are prints made on Kodak metallic-finish paper) I’m talking about images actually printed on metal (well, Aluminum to be exact). I got two different kinds in the past two weeks, from two different sources, so I’m going to cover them both here.

First, the print I’m holding above, which is from Image Wizards, and it’s one of their “AluminArte” images (which they call, “High Definition Images on Aluminum”).

On their site (link) they make a pretty bold statement:

“Remember the first time you saw HDTV? Our AluminArte samples will show you a level of imaging never seen before.”

I have to admit—it’s actually right on the money. My buddy Matt Kloskowski had the first AluminArte print I’d ever seen (it was of his amazing landscape shot of a barn in Washington State’s Polouse region), and when it came in the office, we all just stood around it slack-jawed. I’d never seen anything like it. Then when mine print came in (shown above), we all did the same thing—the depth and detail is like what you see on HDTV (compared to regular broadcast).

The sad thing is—-in a regular photo of it (like you see above—photo by Brad Moore), you lose all that depth and dimension that you see so clearly in person (just imagine seeing a HDTV image on a regular TV with no HD and you know what I mean). I found a video on their site, about the process, but again, because it’s video, it can’t show the depth of this type of printing on any level (this is just one of those “you have to see it with your own eyes” type of things).

Anyway, I’m incredibly impressed, and I’m going to have some of my favorite images reprinted as AluminArte images when I get back from Photoshop World. Here’s the link to their site.

Now, onto the 2nd type of metallic printed image:

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This one is actually a six-piece mural (made up of six 12″x12″ metallic tiles) from Metal Murals and although theirs isn’t the Hi-Def type of images that I got from Image Wizards, the impact here comes from the size and presentation.

The funny thing is; these two types of images had a different impact on different groups of people. The photographers in my office lost their minds over the quality of the Hi-Def  image (shown above), but everybody (the non-serious photo crowd) were all taken in by the mural. Everybody was talking about it when it came in (and a bunch of golfers in the office wanted to snag it for their office).

The pole they’re connected to (shown here, with the help of Brad Moore—photo by Matt Kloskowski), are also how you mount them to your wall (it came with the mounts, and it’s pretty darn clever how the whole thing works).

Also, you can buy a much smaller 12″x12″ sample version (the size of just one tile) if you want to make a proof for your client before creating the final full-sized mural. Since the mural will have gaps, I think this is really a smart idea—especially if you’re creating a really large mural (these murals can be any size, and not just made up of 12″x12″ squares, and you can have more than just six squares).

They’ve got a page of samples on their site (link) and from their sample page, these must be very popular for tradeshow displays (or it just includes a lot of photos from their own tradeshow booth—I couldn’t tell). Here’s the link to Metal Murals Website.

Anyway, despite the fact that the ‘metallic-ness’ of both types of printing get totally lost when you show a regular photo of them (like you see here), when you see them in person—-either one—-you’ll be amazed at how much impact they have.

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Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.

10 Comments

  1. So how do you do it?   I want to print them in my own studio…with my own printer

  2. I know I’m a bit late posting here, but has anyone done any image quality comparisons between BayPhoto and Image Wizards’ prints? There’s a pretty significant price difference!

  3. This is a pretty old comment but I will reply anyway in case anyone stops by and is interested. I received my first order from Bayphoto this week and I am happy with the results. What John hasn’t mentioned is that Bayphoto will work with you at no added charge if you are not completely pleased with your prints. If you send them a print, you have the option of paying for a small sized proof but once you get a sense of how to treat your images so they are printed as you want them, all you need to do is send them and ask that they are color corrected if needed. I did that and all that they did to change them was to very slightly brighten one of the five images. The rest were untouched and since I asked them to take a look, they guaranteed the results. I think these images are amazing. I ordered 5 metal prints with a glossy finish ate 42″ x 28″. If you have any questions, feel free to write to me at frank@frankblackwell.com.

  4. Do these use direct print onto the metal or sublimation? and which method produces better results or are both methods fairly similar in outcome? Thanks.

  5. I havent compared prices with Metal Wizards yet but I have ordered several prints form Aluminyze http://aluminyze.com/ and they rock! Quality outstanding, service and process time is great! It is so cool to see your photos pop. I am definitely hooked.

  6. It looks amazing, but i thought at that time the cost of metal prints are higher and now it will be going low. Recently i have got one of my name metal print from http://www.canvaschamp.com.au/metal-prints and believe me i’m really impressed with quality and pricing. Fully Metallica and HD print

  7. I was disappointed with my experience with Image Wizards. I had conversations with one of their customer service people prior to ordering to get all the info. The order was placed for two different images and I received the proofs from both of them. I asked that a couple corrections be made before making the large prints. All was confirmed and we were good to go. After a while I contacted them again to check on the status. I think they had overlooked my order because once I checked on it it arrived soon after. The prints I received looked exactly like the proofs. No corrections had been made. I reached out to them twice regarding this and never received a reply.

  8. Everyone states that the aluminum process creates long lasting prints. How long lasting. Haven’t seen that. Someone must know Tomas in Tucson

  9. […] Scott Kelby can attest to that vividness, saying that these prints offer a kind of visual experience that you […]

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