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Photographer

Phantasmal Images

Posts: 615

Boston, Massachusetts, US

I'm thinking of having a couple of metal prints (from BayPhoto) made for an upcoming art show. I've never done any metal prints before, so I have a few questions. First, how much sharpening should I use? Anything else in particular I should do in photoshop to get the best quality print?

I'm also debating between going with the White High Gloss, or Sheer Glossy finish. I'm leaning more towards the Sheer Glossy, but having never seen either in person, I'm just not sure which would be best.

Here are two of the prints I'm considering doing in 20x30 for example.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121030/22/5090bb3cece62.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110503/10/4dc034cda702f.jpg

May 18 13 02:46 pm Link

Photographer

Motordrive Photography

Posts: 3068

Lodi, California, US

when I was looking to have some metal print done, I requested samples
from a company, I think in TN, can't find them this minute. They have
four different finishes available, all are really cool , main difference is
if you need something to be white, then get regular, the see-thru gloss
shows metal highlights.

May 18 13 03:47 pm Link

Photographer

Motordrive Photography

Posts: 3068

Lodi, California, US

I found them, here is a link.
the samples I got are: white aluminum satin : brushed aluminum satin
white aluminum ultra gloss : lightly brushed ultra gloss (my favorite)
this company is great, just a little expensive for me. I'm checking
BayPhoto myself so please report back as your project progresses.

http://imagewizards.net/

May 18 13 04:02 pm Link

Photographer

SME

Posts: 21029

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

I exhibit almost exclusively on aluminum. There are a lot of benefits to it.

Bay Photo has a lot of options. I recommend that you order their sample packet so that you can choose the best finish for presenting your work. They vary a lot and can dramatically impact the final effect of your image. You want your decision to be an informed one.

Also keep in mind that they can be tricky to light. I've seen them stump more than one venue. You might want to find out if the lighting can be modified if needed to best display your print.

Good luck!

May 18 13 08:12 pm Link

Photographer

Phantasmal Images

Posts: 615

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Sita Mae wrote:
I exhibit almost exclusively on aluminum. There are a lot of benefits to it.

Bay Photo has a lot of options. I recommend that you order their sample packet so that you can choose the best finish for presenting your work. They vary a lot and can dramatically impact the final effect of your image. You want your decision to be an informed one.

Also keep in mind that they can be tricky to light. I've seen them stump more than one venue. You might want to find out if the lighting can be modified if needed to best display your print.

Good luck!

I was hoping to avoid having to do the sample pack, my budget is stretched pretty thin as it is, but I had a feeling it would be unavoidable. Maybe I'll be able to sell the samples at the show... smile

Assuming I have the option, what do you recommend for lighting?

May 18 13 09:03 pm Link

Photographer

Chris Macan

Posts: 12795

HAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania, US

I've done the white satin and the metal satin.
(White background and metal shows thru background)

In my opinion the white background doesn't look all that different than printing on paper.
It is good if you want that look and want to hang/frame without glass...
But may not be worth the cost if you don't have a specific reason to need the metal substrate.

The brushed metal look can be bueatiful and add a luminescence to some prints when lit properly.
But it does not work for all prints so you need to consider what you are printing.

Your first image above would probably work well with the metallic background,
Your second image is more of a toss up...might work might not.

May 19 13 06:10 am Link

Photographer

Fusion Imagery

Posts: 525

Centerville, Ohio, US

I do all my metal prints through BayPhoto as well and couldn't be happier with the results.

May 19 13 06:22 am Link

Photographer

AMCphotography2

Posts: 471

Los Angeles, California, US

Good to know.

May 20 13 05:31 pm Link

Photographer

Chris Macan

Posts: 12795

HAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania, US

I've been using Magnachrome.com for a few years with great success.

May 21 13 09:39 am Link