How is Dibond different from using metallic paper?
In the Direct Dibond Print Process, we will print your image directly onto the surface of the board, using High Resolution Flatbed Inkjet Printers. The “metal” effect carries throughout the image, as our UV cured inks are not 100% opaque, allowing the grain and luster of the brushed aluminum surface to shine through. The lighter the color, the more grain is visible – and once we reach a pure white, you will see the brushed silver surface of the Dibond aluminum panel shine through, giving the print unique highlights and texture quality.
When comparing this process to Kodak Metallic Paper, it is important to distinguish the difference between Direct Printing and Laser Exposed, archival Photo printing. Our Kodak Metallic Prints are continuous time – laser exposed prints, a TRUE photograph… the metallic effect is inherent to the photo paper – it gives the images an overall pearlescent metallic look, perfect for Monochrome photography, but also lots of fun for bright colorful images where a bit of extra sparkle and pop is desired.