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Dec 03, 2014 12:22 |  #16

Metallic Prints are great. However, not all images work well with metallic prints.
I use my local camera shop for all my prints that do them in house. They always come out better than expected.




  
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Dec 03, 2014 13:33 |  #17

cozmo2312 wrote in post #17305453 (external link)
Metal prints and metallic prints are two different thing btw... Not sure which one OP is talking about, but most places will print on metallic paper as an option.

I've never done metallic paper, but I do love printing on metal.

I've done both, and they look the same.

metallic paper is much cheaper, but you have to frame it carefully (too much trouble).

couple of my favs that turned out REALLY well on metal:

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Dec 03, 2014 14:05 |  #18

I don't find that metallic prints and metallic paper look the same at all. IF you get metal prints with the finish that shows the metal through the image maybe (I didn't think these looked good, at all), but I always get high gloss or recently the new mid gloss finish, which look nothing like the metallic paper in my opinion.


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Dec 03, 2014 14:27 |  #19

I've been printing on Metallic Paper myself for a few months. The paper is sort of like a supercharged Cibachrome print. Nicely saturated rich colors that glow.
Lends itself to sunsets and panoramas with large areas of similar color... skies, water, clouds at sunset/sunrise.

Lighting of the framed print (glassless) is a big factor in the outcome.


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Dec 03, 2014 14:36 |  #20

jsecordphoto wrote in post #17308958 (external link)
I don't find that metallic prints and metallic paper look the same at all. IF you get metal prints with the finish that shows the metal through the image maybe (I didn't think these looked good, at all), but I always get high gloss or recently the new mid gloss finish, which look nothing like the metallic paper in my opinion.

if I glued my metallic paper to a super flat piece of glass, and then compare it to actual metal, they would look the same.

I have a screwed up print that has small flaws, done on metal and metallic paper. Both from bayphoto, no difference.


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Dec 03, 2014 16:04 |  #21

jsecordphoto wrote in post #17308958 (external link)
I don't find that metallic prints and metallic paper look the same at all..

Ditto. Not even close. If somebody is getting metal prints and metallic (paper) prints that look the same, they need to find a new vendor.


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Dec 03, 2014 16:18 as a reply to  @ Charlie's post |  #22

A few photographers I know have had bad experiences with BayPhoto, but out of hundreds of prints ordered through them, only 1 was damaged and they replaced it no questions asked.

But yeah back to the topic, I don't know where you get metal prints through, or what surface finish you get, but the metal prints I have ordered look nothing like metallic paper. Metallic paper is reflective through the highlight areas, unless you get the metal print finish that shows metal through the print, they look nothing alike.


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Dec 03, 2014 17:41 as a reply to  @ jsecordphoto's post |  #23

I'm not saying they look bad, just the same. They look fantastic. Either version have a nice glow to them, unlike typical costco prints.

if someone requests landscape prints from me, I'll only do metal, really dont want a watered down look.


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Dec 03, 2014 22:41 |  #24

I was just thinking a nice Black & White landscape would probably pop with the Metallic style print.


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Dec 03, 2014 22:56 |  #25

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I was just thinking a nice Black & White landscape would probably pop with the Metallic style print.


I printed this on metallic paper, and it really popped, came out great:

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Dec 03, 2014 23:01 |  #26

B&W on metallic is great.

I did print this one out, and it is fantastic:

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Dec 04, 2014 12:21 as a reply to  @ post 17307675 |  #27

I don't remember since it was a while back, but if there is an option, I always tell them to leave it alone.
Well, except Mpix, since if it prints poorly, they will only offer a reprint if you don't check the box.
I've never had any issues with them, though.




  
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Dec 07, 2014 19:28 |  #28

I really like metal prints for sports shots. I've had I've had the best luck with Mpix.


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Dec 09, 2014 18:15 |  #29

I do a fair number of orchids on black backgrounds...how would they present themselves on metal, like in a 16x20 size @ 300 dpi?

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Dec 09, 2014 18:59 |  #30

On metallic paper that image would look stunning. There are also several different methods of printing on metal plates, apart from the ones with a brushed metal finish they mostly look like other prints would. They are usually either inkjet type prints on a white surface finish, or a normal print directly bonded to the metal. That would still look nice, just like any other print. I think that the brushed finish would look better with a high key background. In those sorts of prints the surface of the metal is hidden under the darkness of the image. You get the metallic look where there are lighter tones for the finish to show through. white areas end up just showing the finish of the metal. I have a samples of all three types from a lab that I have used for other work, but it is really hard to show the differences by photographing them. For that picture I would be tempted to use the metallic paper, bonded on the metal substrate. Best of both answer, a great looking print on a really good way to display the image.

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