Metal Pictures Printing photos on Metal as Art

Photos of the ocean look great printed on metal. This image of Pigeon Point Lighthouse looked stunning.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse on the way to San Francisco via Highway One or PCH as we like to call it.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse on the way to San Francisco via Highway One or PCH as we like to call it. | Source

Printing on metal as art

As a professional photographer I have had the opportunity to create a lot of art pieces over the years. Most of the time I print my work as a glicee, matted and framed. It is a very traditional way to show art.


In the very recent weeks I started printing art on metal. I have concentrated on ocean scenes that will be in a book I'm writing. I discovered that these photographs of the ocean were especially stunning on metal.

Lighthouse in Santa Cruz CA.

This lighthouse is a functioning lighthouse on the jetty in Santa Cruz Harbor. This image was taken during November when the weather in Santa Cruz is amazing!
This lighthouse is a functioning lighthouse on the jetty in Santa Cruz Harbor. This image was taken during November when the weather in Santa Cruz is amazing! | Source

Should you choose metal prints for your photos?

I will have an entire show of ocean art on metal. This is a first for me. It can be a very expensive medium if you choose the right vendor.


Let me explain.


I chose to have a few prints done from Picture it on Canvas because I got a Groupon coupon for that company. I was happy with the savings until I realized that the "shipping and handling" fees cause the price to equal many other sources that print photos on metal. I also was not happy with the quality.

Deception Pass in Washington State

This is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. The bridge that crosses the bay makes a great photo!
This is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. The bridge that crosses the bay makes a great photo! | Source

I have one image that had several errors in the print. Another image the colors were all off even though I sent the file in RGB. And finally one other had a small area peel off at the corner. After spending hundreds of dollars for these prints I doubt I will order from them again.

Bay Photo was another vendor. So far their quality is superior to Picture it on Canvas. The aluminum is about twice as thick and it seems that the printing is of higher quality. They are more expensive however. When it comes to selling fine art, I think spending more is worth the extra. My collectors deserve professionally executed pieces. I also like the float mount on the back.

One other vendor is Fine Art America. I have collectors order from them and have been happy with the results. I chose them as a vehicle to sell art online. So far so good.

Pros and cons of metal

Pros to printing on metal-

  • Metal art prints are lightweight.
  • Metal art is easy to keep clean.
  • Metal prints create a modern look.
  • Metal photos are vibrant and colorful.

Cons to printing on metal-

  • Metal prints are costly compared to prints (once you start framing the frame can exceed them however).
  • Metal can scratch.
  • Not all metal printers are equal. Choose a really good one or you will end up with poor quality.


Would you print your art on metal?

Do you prefer printing art on metal or traditional glicees?

  • Metal art
  • Glicees
  • I would only choose metal if it was less than a glicee
  • I actually like canvas printing the best!
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DiamondRN 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

Thanks for bringing this medium to my attention.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Wow...was not aware of such a medium until now.

Thanks


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for this suggestion. My lesson for the day.


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bayareagreatthing 3 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks DiamondRN, Ruchira, and Ms Dora for reading!! I really like how my ocean pictures looked on metal. The colors were fabulous. It was worth the expense I think.

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