A Quick Guide to Aluminum and Metal Photo Prints

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Aluminum and Metal Photo Prints

Choosing the right substrate for your image


Aluminum makes its mark as a substrate with hard-to-match color brilliance and weather-resistance qualities. Unique surface finishes, sharp detail reproduction, sophisticated appearance, and distinct details –the transformative characteristics of aluminum and metal photo prints might surprise you. At WhiteWall, we combine innovative state-of-the-art printing process and supreme precision, to deliver museum-quality finish every single time.




What is Aluminum Dibond?


Aluminum Dibond is a composite material: the core holds a 1/8”-thick polyethylene panel, enclosed between two thin sheets of aluminum. The combination is light and versatile, but also exceptionally sturdy. The distinct black edge becomes contemporary trait, ideal for a frameless gallery display.


What is the difference between direct and original photo print?


WhiteWall offers two methods for printing an image on Aluminum Dibond: direct print and original photo print. As the name implies, with the direct print process the image is printed straight on the aluminum surface with UV Fine Art inks. This option brings refined matte surface and lends the brighter portions of the picture a light sheen. The six-color printing technique produces vivid colors and sharp details, while the choice of the surface allows for a one-of-kind artistic finish.


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Direct photo print on Aluminum Dibond


Original photo print on Aluminum Dibond combines matte or glossy traditional photo print mounted on the aluminum-backing panel. An assortment of professional photo papers ensures premium image quality, while the razor-thin UV-protective laminate shields the photo print from outside influences. The final prints come with a 75-year brilliant color guarantee.


Original photo print on Aluminum Dibond


Classic vs. Brushed Aluminum


The direct print is available on classic and brushed Aluminum substrate. The classic version offers a white foundation for true-to-the-source image reproduction, while the brushed Dibond features silver metallic surface. With direct print on brushed aluminum, the bright and white areas are not printed at all, so the surface comes through, giving the picture characteristic metallic look.


Classic vs. Brushed Aluminum

The brushed aluminum surface is visible in the white and brighter areas of the image


HD Metal Print


The HD Metal Print from WhiteWall combines glossy surface with impressive, brilliant color and resistance against external influences. In a thermal sublimation printing process involving heat and high-pressure, the image is placed into coated, 1mm-thick aluminum and embedded into the coating. Consequently, the image is not on but rather in the aluminum. Extremely resistant, HD Metal prints are ideal for sheltered outdoor areas or more humid rooms. They remain incredibly light in large sizes, due to the thin nature of the material. Available in three different surfaces: glossy, brushed or smooth.

HD Metal Print

Architecture and cityscapes images stand out with the metallic elegance of the print



What images look the best on aluminum and metal?


In general, aluminum is a fantastic material for almost any kind of picture. However, when selecting your image for a print on aluminum, you should take the sleek and modern look of going frameless into account. WhiteWall prints arrive ready-to-hang and the hanging system, already included in the price, meets the standards of countless galleries across the globe. The modern and pure look of the substrate Aluminum Dibond is particularly suited to architecture and cityscapes. Brushed aluminum is an excellent way to bring out the metallic surfaces featured in your images. The unique combination of textures makes the substrate great for architectural images, technological shots or nature photos and landscapes with lots of white space.



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