Digitally printed photos and custom wall art are a booming segment of the interior decorating industry and there are a vast range of options that weren’t available a few years ago – from canvas prints, acrylic, aluminium, metal, textured wall paper, glass and even stone.
Prints On Glass or Acrylic
Ceramic and wood laminate can also be used with epoxy resin to create similar effects for furniture.
Having your favourite photograph or artwork mounted or printed directly onto glass is the most vibrant method of display. The colours not only pop, they are completely sealed from the outside air and are protected from harmful UV rays. You can expect your print to be free from fading for at least 50 years. Printing onto glass is more modern and less expensive than traditional framed prints.
Acrylic prints are an alternative to glass. Acrylic is marginally lighter than glass, however it is very soft and highly susceptible to surface scratches so great care is required when handling and cleaning it. Acrylic is susceptible to crazing and cracks when subjected to UV light and is also subject to warping under the tension of the mounted print so it requires an additional structural frame on the rear to provide stiffness to the print. This adds to the weight and cost of acrylic prints.
Prints on Glass offers acrylic face mount prints in any custom size ranging from small, freestanding acrylic blocks (30mm thick) to larger wall prints (6mm thick) that can be hung on the wall.
Aluminium and Metal Wall Prints
One of the latest trends in wall art is the aluminium or metal print. There are three major options with aluminium and prints.
Sublimation – This sublimation process utilises a photographic image printed onto a specific media and transferred to the pre-coated aluminium surface using heat and pressure. The results can be stunning; however the lifespan of this process is still unknown.
Direct printing – This process involves the use of a flatbed printer and UV activated inks. The printer will print directly to the surface of the aluminium or metal media. The final print can be laminated with a matte or high gloss film to increase the life of the print and protect the inks from UV light and outside forces. When customers are looking for a rustic finish we offer to print directly to the raw finished aluminium face of the material.
Mounting – This process involves the image being printed to a high gloss media and mounted directly to the aluminium or metal face. The final print can then laminated with a high gloss film to increase the life of the print and protect the inks from UV light and outside forces.
Prints on Glass offer each of the above processes for printing on aluminium and metal used for wall prints or signage.