Once you’ve captured the perfect photograph or created a unique piece of digital artwork, how do you decide how to show it off? Selecting the right digital printing material and finishes is essential to fully showcasing and enjoying your masterpiece. So do you go with traditional canvas prints or sleek and modern metal prints?

Similarities of Canvas Prints and Modern Metal Prints

Artisan canvas prints and metal prints are both professionally printed at the highest quality using the best materials. The latex-based ink used when printing on canvas resists fading and needs no other varnish. Likewise, the UV-cured ink used in Dibond printing and the dye-sublimination process used in ChromaLuxe® make metal prints scratch and fade resistant.

Both print styles are made to last. Canvas prints can last over 100 years when cared for properly. ChromaLuxe® white metal prints also boast outstanding archival quality, lasting up to 65 years when displayed indoors.

Attention and artistry go into printing on each medium. They all can be customized in size and hanging options and can be hung without a decorative frame. Canvas prints especially require a precise technique to be hand-stretched over the frame (or gallery wrapped), creating a timeless beauty.

Differences Between the Canvas and Metal Mediums

With canvas prints and Dibond metal prints, the ink is printed directly onto the material. When printing on Dibond, the brushed aluminum actually becomes part of the art. Any white is removed and instead, the metal shines through. This gives Dibond prints a cool 3D effect that can’t be achieved using any other medium.

With ChromaLuxe® dye-sub metal prints, the dye sublimation process means that the image is printed onto special paper, then heat pressed onto the white metal. This process makes the ChromaLuxe® print incredibly durable against scratches, dust and even weather elements.

Both Dibond metal prints and ChromaLuxe are great options for displaying art outside. Both processes protect the print from water even the scorching Arizona sun. In fact, Dibond material is actually used as architectural accents on buildings.

Although canvas and metal prints are both very durable, metal wins the competition. Canvas is a natural material and thus subject to moisture, warping and tearing.

Metal prints can also be custom cut using a high-speed router: any size digital print, up to eight feet, and in any shape (though you’ll want to be careful of hanging cut metal prints too low – little fingers and paws could get hurt on the cut metal). With canvas prints, you can order custom sizes, but they are always square or rectangular.

When to Print on Metal

Choose metal when you want to show off brilliant HD colors on ChromaLuxe or when you want to use the brushed aluminum of Dibond as a design element in the print. Letting the metal shine through in any white areas brings a modern, industrial look to the polished print.

Now is the time to put the pedal to the metal and print on DiBond! Now through April 16th, save 30% on all Dibond metal prints. Design your custom metal print and just use code 30PEDAL during checkout. Free standard shipping applies to most orders (just not gigantic prints)!

As a reminder, we are still printing and shipping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Precautions are always taken to keep our Artisans and our customers safe and healthy.