Should You Buy Paper or Metal Prints
A question I get asked a lot as a photographer is "What's the difference between a paper and metal print?". Actually there are some major and important differences between the two options when it come to prints. I wanted to write this post to explain just some of the pros and cons of each type of printing options.
First, lets look at paper prints. Paper prints are by far the most popular type of printing options for most photos. There are different paper options for finishes such as luster, glossy, silk, matte and even metallic paper prints. The main reason why many people choose paper prints over metal prints is that paper prints can get printed just about anywhere these days. As far as cost, paper prints are cheaper. However, the biggest cost for most paper prints comes from framing and matting the prints. I have had some of my customers and clients spend as much as three times more to have a paper print framed and matted than it cost them to buy just one print. Yes, printing on paper can be cheaper but you have to factor in the price of framing and matting a photo and that is not cheap. Finding a great frame and someone to mat the paper print for you can also be very time consuming.
So, what about metal prints? In most cases you can get a metal print with some of the same types of finishes that you can get from paper. However, metal prints can provide you much more value in the long run. The advantages of metal prints are you can get metal cut in a variety of unique shapes and sizes. Metal prints are more durable. Metal prints don't fade or bend, they are scratch resistant and can be easily cleaned. The beautiful colors and finish of a metal print really makes the colors of a great image really "pop" and jump right off the metal. My favorite feature about metal prints is they do not need framing or matting (unless you want it). You don't even need glass. Lastly, you can hang a metal print right out of the box. As for cost, the metal prints by themselves do cost more, but you end up saving money in the long run because of not having to frame and mat your print.
Roger's Tip: No matter what printing option you go with for your photo make sure your photo is a high resolution image and a great photo. A poor photo will look terrible and you will waste your money regardless of the print option you choose. So pick and choose your images wisely.
Summing it Up!
To me, metal prints are the best option if you plan to hang up a photo for your home, office or give as a gift. If you are just going to hand out prints to others, you could go with the paper option. As for me, I love metal prints and that is all I order for my home, office and friends. I tell all my friends, clients and customers that if youhaven't seen a metal print before you have to see one to appreciate it.
If you have any questions about paper or metal prints please let me know. I would love to hear from you.
Until next time.