One of the greatest forms of displaying one’s photographic skills is using HD metal prints. They last much longer than canvas prints. Though some people are put off by the idea of having HD metal prints saying that these look artificial. But that is not the case. HD metal prints are printed versions of photos on flashing. They make the colors more vibrant and look more realistic than actual photos. You can make them have a 3-D hue but not actually be 3-D. They are great gifts if you want to share a special memory with someone. Read on this article to find out about it and learn how realistic HD metal prints are made.
How HD metal prints are made?
Making HD metal prints aren’t that hard. First you need is a roll of aluminum flashing. These are extremely thin sheet metals that can be rolled through an inkjet printer. The thinner the flashing, the better. Choose the size you to print and cut the flashing with a tin snips. Also the piece of flashing must be smaller than the printer itself. The piece must also be straight so using a measuring tape and drawing lines would be best before cutting. After this use a 600 grit sand paper to sand through the flashing to remove the protective top coating. Then use a commercial cleaner to clean the surface of the flashing to eliminate all of the residue. When this is done cover the entire surface with inkjet pre-coating and apply all of it firmly. After the coating is done attach the flashing to a regular paper the size of the flashing and run it through the printer. When the print comes out cut a piece of sheet paper according to the size and rub the entire surface with sandpaper. Now brush the entire thing with acrylic polyurethane and transfer the design onto it. Press it down for about an hour and it is ready. The finish and the framing depend on personal preference. Using a glossy finish rather than a matte finish make the photos a lot more realistic. But the actual photos are not going to be 3-D.
How much does a metal print cost?
Metal print prices depend on the size. The prices are something like 28.99 dollars for 8×8, 8×10, 10×10 and 12×12, 29.99 dollars for 8×12, 45.99 dollars for 12×16, 47.99 dollars for 12×18, 65.99 dollars for 16×24, 72.99 dollars for 18×24, 79.99 dollars for 20×20, 125.99 dollars for 24×24, 149.99 dollars for 24×36 and 249.99 dollars for 36×36. If you want the canvases to be framed then you have to pay extra. The extra prices would be 37.99 dollars, 40.99 dollars, 57.99 dollars, 58.99 dollars, 89.99 dollars, 92.99 dollars and 132.99 dollars respectively.
HD metal prints are perfect if you want to go down memory lane. They might not be 3-D entirely but using certain textures you can make them more realistic than actual photographs.