Blog 8 – Major Art Differences between Acrylic and Metal Prints
To follow along, be sure to log into http://www.mitchell-watrous.pixels.com and choose an image that you would like to work with.
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I’m going to use different images than the one in previous blogs. Here are three images for sports from our “Coffee Mugs – Sports” Gallery (See all 25+ Galleries.):
Here are three images from our “Coffee Mugs – General” Gallery:
There is NOT a war between Acrylic Prints and Metal Prints. Both have their advocates, and both types of prints have appealing, attractive, attributes (I know … that’s not alliteration … but it is the use of two adjectives to “dress up” a noun).
Well, no matter how we enhance an image, it should produce the desired effects we want to achieve in our finished product … and “dress-up” the location where it is used.
A visit to your local photographic shop should help you with some physical products to demonstrate the differences … which you cannot see in any internet articles or blogs.
Nevertheless, here are some descriptions that may help you in evaluating our products in our Fine Art America (FAA) website:
First, here is some descriptive information about the production of our FAA Acrylic Prints:
Bring your artwork to life with the stylish lines and added depth of an acrylic print. Your image gets printed directly onto the back of a 1/4″ thick sheet of clear acrylic. The high gloss of the acrylic sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results.
Second, here is some descriptive information about the production of our FAA Metallic Prints:
Bring your artwork to life with the stylish lines and added depth of a metal print. Your image gets printed directly onto a sheet of 1/16″ thick aluminum. The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4″ thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. The high gloss of the aluminum sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results.
You will notice in both descriptions that each art print-form promises to bring your artwork to life with the stylish lines and added depth of an acrylic print.
And guess what? Both the Acrylic Prints and Metallic Prints can bring your artwork to life. But, depending upon the colors and digital image properties, you may prefer one art print form over another.
However, the differences may be so slight (in many instances) as to make the choice between the two print forms to be insignificant.
Then, your options may boil down to a decision based upon three important factors:
- Price – Which print option will be more affordable (especially if you want to use an image in more than one location?
- Visual – Which print option looks better in the intended environment(s) and does it present the effect you want? Is one perceptibly better than the other?
- Use – If this is a corporate image (i.e., large or small business) … which is better if it will be used in more than one location? If it is in your home, how does it match with your painted wall(s) … and how does it make you feel?
The information presented in the blog for Acrylic Prints (in Blog 7) is basically the same for Metallic Prints in this blog. I will present most of that information again in case you did not see, or cannot find, the blog for Acrylic Prints.
I will choose a different image so that you will know that you are in Blog 8 (not Blog 7). Here is the image I will use:
For example, to get to this menu (for the image: Orange Rose):
Click > Coffee Mugs – General (in the Gallery list) … and then scroll down to the image: “Orange Rose”
Click > Orange Rose (i.e., click on the image)
Click > Wall Art (in the list that appears just to the right of larger image of “Orange Rose”)
When you click on Wall Art menu below, another submenu will appear that looks like the one below (this is similar for any image you choose from any of the Galleries):
Note: The menu above is not active. You must go to the website to activate any of these links (images) so that you can follow the directions in this blog.
In case you’re having trouble finding the image, here is a handy link to it: https://mitchell-watrous.pixels.com/featured/1-orange-rose-mitchell-watrous-brian-exton.html
Click >Metal Prints (Ignore any prices you see posted): After clicking this link, you will have several options when you get to the next page. Be aware that Metal Prints do not have “Frame” choices to go around these image prints:
Notice that you have one option for Metal Prints (1. Size … with four image shapes, Natural; Vertical; Horizontal; Square):
1. Size – Also, just inside the menu, you will have four options that can change the appearance (or orientation) of the actual image size you choose.
For example, take a look at your large image to the left of this submenu … then, be sure to watch this image change as you click on your four options below:
- Click >Natural – This is the image appearance you will see when you first open this section (with five size choices). You will have 5 size options with Natural.
- Click > Vertical – Keep watching, and you will see a slight change in appearance in the image (but, with only two size choices). You will have 2 size options with Vertical.
- Click > Horizontal – Keep watching, and you will see a slight change in appearance in the image (but, with only two size choices). Make sure to observe if all of the image words appear in the “Horizontal” orientation. If not, do not select it. In some images this can happen … so be careful if you choose that orientation. You will have 2 size options with Square
- Click > Square – Keep watching, and you will see a slight change in appearance in the image (but, with only two size choices). You will have 2 size options with Square
Here is an example of a Natural 9.00” x 12.00” Metal Print compared to a Square 8.00” x 8.00” Metal Print (of the Orange Rose image):
Mounting – Your image gets printed directly onto a sheet of 1/16″ thick aluminum. The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4″ thick wooden frame which is attached to the back.
Until next time, happy shopping,
Professor “Bumblebee” Watrous
PS: Most people do not put their acrylic or metal images into a frame … but just be aware … you can put an acrylic print or a metallic print into a frame if you have a situation where you would want one.
If you really want an additional frame around your image, you would probably get a better job if you took your acrylic print or metal print to a local frame dealer … especially if you have a particular situation where a frame would definitely enhance your image application