So, what is the advantage of a metal print? And who does a good job with them? Trying to decide if I want to give one a try.
I use metal prints in my house now. Here is a link to some photos of an order I did through Bay photo. I will not order anywhere else because their product and customer service are absolutely top notch!
There are a few different kinds of metal prints though. I'm not a big fan of metal showing through the image. That is called Sheer and the whites of an image are not printed and rather the aluminum will show through in those parts.
I'm also not a huge fan of the metallic paper. I'd rather have a glossy. The glossy prints on metal are what I use for landscapes. I have done test with all types with exactly the same image. The glossy just a pop to them and I'd rather look at them with a bit of glare than the reduced contrast of a satin shot. Portraits are different. I'd rather have the satin.
The benefit of metal prints are they are extremely durable. You can clean them with a wet cloth, use them indoor/outdoor, they are very easy to hang. (one nail) and they look great floating off the wall. Not to mention, you pay a bit more initially, but they are much cheaper option than framing and look much more modern.
I'll likely never buy another framed print in my life. My clients are also moving towards these types of prints. I have a 4.5' x 2' collage wall printed in metal coming in one day. I will post examples of it when I get it hung.