So, what is a metal print? First off, all metal prints are NOT created equal! The most common type is made with a process called dye-sublimation.
With this process, the image is printed on a special paper first, then taped down over a specially coated sheet of aluminum in a large heat press. The press is then closed, applying heat to the paper which then transfers the ink and infuses it into the coating on the aluminum. Although they possess nice color saturation and fair detail, there is a better way.
Fujiflex® Crystal Archive is Fujifilm's premier professional photographic material which demonstrates incredible three-dimensional depth, contrast, vibrant color and razor sharp detail. After printing, the photograph is meticulously adhered to a robust sheet of aluminum, then covered with an exclusive high-gloss UV laminate for a perfectly flat, super-gloss archival finish completely free of any 'orange peel' texture.
These prints are a stunning, contemporary presentation that arrives ready to hang with no external framing required. As always, a hand-signed, laminated certificate of authenticity accompanies the art piece which is shipped to you separately.
Fujiflex® Crystal Archive metal prints are best suited for environments where reflections and glare are NOT an issue. This is a VERY important consideration when choosing your print medium.
Can You Frame A Metal Print Yourself?
The short answer is yes, it is possible. But it is important to note that this print style is designed to be presented frameless, meaning that a recessed floating frame will be attached to the rear of the print which becomes invisible after hanging, creating the illusion that the artwork is 'floating' on your wall.
If you intend to externally frame your Fujiflex® metal print yourself after you receive it, you must contact me at the time of ordering so that I can be sure the rear floating frame is deleted, and the signature/edition number is relocated accordingly so that your frame will not obscure it. Your own framer will then attach alternative hanging hardware to the external frame. Also note that placing glass over the print is not recommended or required.
Alternatively, if you desire a framed artwork I recommend that you consider a Charity Edition framed Lumachrome® TruLife® acrylic print instead, as I have full access to the entire catalogs offered by the Italian framing experts Roma® and Omega®. This will save you the time-consuming and often inconvenient process of hiring an expensive third-party framer with the additional risk that your print may be damaged in the process.
Custom framing is not intimidating at all, as I offer full guidance throughout the process and we can be sure to customize your artwork exactly as you desire for your own personal style and taste. A full explanation of the process can be found here.