Glass Wall Prints vs Acrylic, Canvas & Metal Prints
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, aluminum, metal, textured wall paper, glass and even stone.
Prints On Glass or Acrylic
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 glass photo frames.
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 glass photo 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.
Canvas has become a popular medium to display personal photographs and artwork because it is cheap to produce and available from just about anywhere – even retail stationery and $2 stores. It is certainly one of the cheapest options but it is not necessarily the best option if you’re looking for a premium product. Your photo or artwork is printed directly onto the raw canvas surface which is stippled and difficult to clean and remove dust from.
Sometimes the canvas is coated after printing with a clear coat to add some protection to the print, however this will not have the life expectancy that glass, acrylic or framed prints will have. Canvas art prints are stretched around a cheap wooden frame that generally bow and warp in time depending on the pressure applied, the quality of the wood used and the environmental conditions where they are hung. The staples used to hold the canvas in place are prone to rust which can eventually stain and damage your art piece. The top edge of the canvas frame is a great place for household dust to collect and the stippled texture of the raw canvas makes it difficult to clean.
Prints on Glass offer stretched canvas art prints in any size up to 1600mm wide.
The oldest form of photographic art presentation is art picture framing and this is still extremely popular. It does, however, tend to be the most expensive option on the market today. The process involves carefully mounting your photo or art piece on foam board followed by mounting a white or coloured matt border cut with 45-degree internal edges. The matt border allows the image to be concealing behind a piece of glass in a protective frame without touching the glass. Picture framers do not generally offer digital printing services so you will have to go to someone like Prints on Glass to have you photograph printed and then take the finished print to a framer for framing. Depending on your choice of frame, the cost can escalate significantly.
Prints on Glass offer large format high-resolution photographic quality prints and framing services for any sized print up to 1600mm wide.
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.
Textured and Fabric Wallpapers
The growing availability of digital wide format printers has driven the development of new digitally printable wall papers, vinyl and wall fabrics. In the past people chose to paint a feature wall in a contrasting colour. With the reduced price and ready availability of digitally printed wall materials and the ease of producing custom digital artwork, the latest fashion is to create a custom printed feature wallpaper.