What is a Metal Print? Here’s What You Should Know

Metal artwork has been a form of self-expression since ancient times. Metal prints, also known as metallic prints, are modern, high definition art pieces made of a sleek metal panel (usually aluminum), layered with any image of your choosing. Make your most cherished memories into your newest metal wall art workpiece for your home or office. These stunning, luminous photo prints can be hung in a living room, bedroom, or another favorite place in the home. Metal prints bring photographs to life and often make for a great conversation piece. If you’re looking to design your own metal print, head on over to our extensive collection of the highest quality wall art.

What Is a Metal Print?

A metal print is a wall art piece that has a clean, modern, industrial, high-definition look. Metal prints are printed on aluminum, with a white base coat that will make any color printed on the metal print more vivid. Made with the highest image quality, these show-stopping pieces of art are great for your home or as a gift to someone you love.

These head-turning metal prints will be a great way to showcase your best photos in vibrant colors. Custom metal prints are durable, scratch-resistant, and waterproof, making them the perfect piece to be hung anywhere. Printing photos on metal will give your photo a striking industrial, modern touch to your walls and they do not require frames. These ultra-modern metal prints will be the highlight of your wall art pieces and will perfectly display your personalized photos. Choose from a wide range of layouts, backgrounds, and custom text options to make your metal wall art piece one-of-a-kind. Installation is a breeze, with a handy hanger attached to the back; making mounting these metal photo prints quick and simple.

Metal art and canvas and prints with different images of a family

Why Metal Photo Prints?

While the medium you choose for photo printing is largely based on personal style, there are some unique benefits of metal art. In comparison to traditional prints, custom metal prints use a frameless design, giving photos a clean, modern look that add vibrancy to any room. You don’t have to deal with framing or matting the piece: the art is ready the minute it arrives. Because of its durable material and professional finish, metal wall art has immense longevity. It looks as new in 20 years as it did on day one.

In addition to the metal prints’ longevity, they are scratch-resistant and waterproof. That’s right: you can hang it in your kitchen, bathroom, playroom, or even outdoors, without worry that it will be damaged or getting scratched. You can have peace of mind knowing the artwork will remain pristine over time. In terms of how your photograph will look, you may be surprised by how brilliantly it displays on a metal print. Because the image is infused into the aluminum sheet, not on top of it, it becomes clearer and more radiant. In other words, the process takes your image and magnifies its beauty.

When deciding on your metal photo print, you can choose from a few finish options for your piece of art:

A true-color glossy finish: Available for both surface types. Tends to give the image a more vibrant, crisp appearance.

A true-color matte finish: Available for both surface types. Offers a more subdued, muted look.

No matter the metal surface type or finish you choose, metal prints experience less glare than framed artwork. With metal prints, there’s no glass for the light’s reflection to interfere with. It is still recommended that you not place your metal print in direct sunlight, in order to reduce any fading that may occur.

Family on metal art in outdoor gear with kids piggy backing on mom and dad

Things To Consider With Metal Prints

The longevity and brilliance of personalized metal prints make them an increasingly popular choice for home decor. To ensure it’s the right medium for the particular image you have in mind, you’ll want to consider a few key aspects.

The photo you select should be of the highest resolution. This allows your image to appear crisp and professional on the metal panel. Because the image is printed directly onto the material, a metal print becomes a permanent art piece. Unlike a traditional glass frame, you won’t be able to swap out photos. Be selective in choosing your image—one that you’ll appreciate for years to come.

Though our metal prints, like this portrait style design, tend to be relatively light, metal prints are still slightly heavier than other prints due to their durable materials. We suggest hanging your metal print on a stud in the wall rather than on drywall or plaster. With any wall art piece, it’s important to make sure you install the art piece securely so that it doesn’t fall or injure anyone.

Metal Art work on a wall in a collage style printed on black and white

How To Make A Metal Print

  1. Pick a memorable picture you will cherish for years to come. Since metal print pictures are printed on the metal directly, you’re not able to change the picture as you would change a framed photo. Choosing a photo that is taken on a high-quality camera will make your photos come out cleaner and without any blurriness.
  2. Select a template or layout that best matches the pictures you want on your metal print. From single photo templates to collage layouts, the options are endless.
  3. Take into consideration the size you want your metal print to be. With over 10 print sizes to choose from, you can mix and match the sizes of your wall art pieces. Depending on which photo or group of photos you want to feature, you should choose the custom size that will best showcase your image.
  4. Design your metal print. This is the time for your creative side to come through. As you arrange your pictures, it’s best to come up with different options to choose the best arrangement design possible. In this stage, you can also choose to have a glossy or matte finish for your printed pictures.
  5. Once you finished customizing your metal print, all you have to do now is add it to your cart and browse additional Shutterfly wall art products.

More Metal Home Decor

If you love the vibrancy and modern look of custom metal prints, we offer even more display options for your home decor. Metal photo tiles and tabletop metal prints are two unique ways to showcase photos you love. Photo tiles are perfect for apartments and dorm rooms because they are easy to hang and rearrange without tools. Tabletop metal prints are stunning small photo displays that make the wonderful personalized gift options for loved ones. Available in custom sizes, you can create the perfect metal home decor for your living space.

Metal Photo Tiles

Custom metal photo tiles Create metal custom photo tiles that add a modern look to your home with Shutterfly. Transform your favorite memories into fun pieces of wall art you can hang anywhere when you design your own photo tiles. Printed on lightweight metal, Shutterfly’s metal print photo tiles let you stick, rearrange, and re-stick your pictures without any hassle. Hang long-lasting personalized photo tiles of your travel highlights, kids’ milestones, and your most memorable moments to turn your favorite photos into one-of-a-kind pieces of high-quality home decor. Whether you’re looking for a unique piece of photo wall art or searching for the perfect gift, Shutterfly’s custom metal photo tiles are the way to go.

Tabletop Metal Prints

Group of tabletop metal prints on a table Brighten up your home or workspace with stylish and sleek tabletop metal prints from Shutterfly. A tabletop metal print is a great personalized piece of home decor that adds a modern aesthetic to any room. Printed on high-quality ChromaLuxe® aluminum with a glossy finish, our metal photo prints are stunning and durable with scratch and abrasion resistance. These custom photo prints on metal make great gifts for friends, parents, or grandparents so you can remember favorite memories together. Upload your favorite photos to make a one-of-a-kind tabletop display that wows your guests.

Wrapping Up

The stunning appearance of metal prints lifts nearly any photo from ordinary to extraordinary. If you’re looking for an art piece with longevity, style, and personal meaning, consider designing your own metal wall art.

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