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Apr 21, 2013 08:22 |  #1

Has anyone had a lot of experience with metal prints? I ordered one for my parents about a year ago and I believe I ordered a high gloss finish. It looks amazing but it is ridiculously reflective... it is like a mirror! I ordered a 4 sample palet from Bay Photo to see what the other versions look like but is there a metal finish out there that has a big "wow" factor while not being reflective at the same time?

The image I have in mind for a metal print is this one... All feedback appreciated!!


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Apr 21, 2013 09:03 |  #2

I did a metal print from Bay of a black & white. I ordered the matt finish and loved it! It is more expensive than a regular print, but if you factor in the fact you don't have to matt and frame it, it comes out a wash. I haven't seen the glass finish. I think the matt finish would make you photo really pop.


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Apr 21, 2013 09:47 as a reply to  @ markweaver's post |  #3

I am subscribing to this thread because I want to know about Bay's metals, too.

But I'm also wondering about acrylic prints. Anybody have experience with acrylics? Also, how do metal and acrylics compare?


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Apr 21, 2013 11:10 |  #4

I did metal prints from adorama pix when they had a big sale. I really liked them. They had 4 choices 2 silver and 2 white. The first ones I had done were silver (not sure which of the 2 choices tho). They are pretty reflective, but nice. I did some butterfly pics in smaller prints and framed them and they are so shiny and just beautiful. I later did another landscape on the white one and I actually like it better. The colors are pretty. Both of the large images I had done were sunsets.




  
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Apr 23, 2013 20:58 |  #5

I have ordered metal print form BayPhoto in late 2010 andI'm extremely pleased with it. MN Twins logo - 16x16 gloss finish with a 20x20 floater of same image enlarged in exposed metal finish. PS - not a good photo

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Below is a photo I just ordered in metal from BayPhoto - 10x20 gloss finish - waiting for it just Ordered Sunday night.

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There is also a print house about an hours drive from me that does metal prints BUT they also do a 1/8" or 1/4" acrylic front if you want also. They are called White House of Color - whcc.com

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Apr 24, 2013 14:44 |  #6

I do all of my work exclusively on metal, and most of those come from Bay. There is no finish that will give you that huge color "pop" AND not be reflective. The matte finish will give you much less reflection, but to me it just doesn't have that backlit impression that the gloss finish does.

Yes, there's reflection. But the impression of the piece as a whole, to me at least, makes it very worthwhile. I don't even think twice about it, and neither do the people who buy my work, even when I display it outdoors.

I've often wanted to try a big piece with their finishes that let the metal show through, but I just never have, aside from getting test prints. But that's a very different animal, and it certainly won't give you that big color pop.


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Apr 24, 2013 14:58 |  #7

i have had many metal printed shots printed form them. Always turn out awesome

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May 03, 2013 20:46 |  #8

Just got my second BayPhoto metal print today in the mail. It is a 10x20 glossy finish

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May 03, 2013 22:06 |  #9

Is there any green fringing in the branches of those trees?

I recently ordered a metal print from BP that had a considerable amount around fine edges.


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May 03, 2013 22:13 |  #10

So I ordered the 4 pack sample... The prints came back a lot darker/under exposed than I was expecting. I can't say I calibrated my monitor but they all look the same on my desktop, laptop, iphone, and ipad... but too dark on the print.


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May 03, 2013 22:19 |  #11

Did you allow BP to correct the image for you or did you tell them to leave it alone?


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May 03, 2013 22:19 |  #12

No green fringing on the print


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May 03, 2013 22:42 |  #13

mclaren777 wrote in post #15895799 (external link)
Did you allow BP to correct the image for you or did you tell them to leave it alone?

Told them to leave it alone.


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May 04, 2013 10:29 |  #14

Having four uncalibrated monitors and telling them to leave it alone tells me that you should do some more work and order another sample set. Having said that, keep in mind that the aluminum is much darker than white, so the versions that have metal showing through will always look darker.


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May 04, 2013 12:10 |  #15

^^ I have ordered many prints on metallic paper and they were very representative of what they looked like on the monitor. I have only done color correction once and it came out drastically different than the monitor... I hated it.


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