What is the Difference between Metal, Styrene Mounted, and Luster Prints?

What is the Difference.....

between Metal, Styrene Mounted, and Luster Printed portraits?

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Can you tell the difference between these three prints just by looking at them? As an image they all look like the same finish.  In reality, one is a metal, one is a styeren mount and one is a luster print.  They each have a different finish and texture but all look great when printed on.  Now lets flip them over.

 Can you tell the difference now between the finish's.  Yes, one looks different then the others in this image. But what you can't see is one also has printed words and a date on the back.  Now the one that is obviously different is the metal print.  So lets go over what makes it different other then the fact it is metal.  This one is an aluminum print and has a simple finish.  They are easy to clean as all you need is a damp rag to wipe them down.  They can be framed or displayed on an easle. Metal prints are not only available as a flat print but you can purchase them curved to stand alone on a shelf or a desk. The 11x14 or larger metal prints can be hung on the wall with a float mount.  Of the three printed finishes, the Metal has been independently tested and found to be the longest lasting finish on the market today.  Meaning, if you want your image to last through multiple genrations this would be a great finish to chose for your images.  If you want the confidence of a premium quality metal print with high definition, vibrant colors, coupled with superior fade, moisture, stain, and scratch resistant properties ask your photographer if their metal prints are ChromaLuxe as they haven been independently tested and are an excellent choice for commercial, fine art and home décor applications. The metal prints are extremely durable and can take your portraits to another level of making a statement in you home.  Now as for the other two can you tell the difference?

Can you tell the difference now between the finish's.  Yes, one looks different then the others in this image. But what you can't see is one also has printed words and a date on the back.  Now the one that is obviously different is the metal print.  So lets go over what makes it different other then the fact it is metal.  This one is an aluminum print and has a simple finish.  They are easy to clean as all you need is a damp rag to wipe them down.  They can be framed or displayed on an easle. Metal prints are not only available as a flat print but you can purchase them curved to stand alone on a shelf or a desk. The 11x14 or larger metal prints can be hung on the wall with a float mount.  Of the three printed finishes, the Metal has been independently tested and found to be the longest lasting finish on the market today.  Meaning, if you want your image to last through multiple genrations this would be a great finish to chose for your images.  If you want the confidence of a premium quality metal print with high definition, vibrant colors, coupled with superior fade, moisture, stain, and scratch resistant properties ask your photographer if their metal prints are ChromaLuxe as they haven been independently tested and are an excellent choice for commercial, fine art and home décor applications. The metal prints are extremely durable and can take your portraits to another level of making a statement in you home.  Now as for the other two can you tell the difference?

 The next in line for quality and lifespan would be the Styrene Mounted Print as they have no natural fibers in them, therefore they are not affected by variations in moisture content in the environment. They will remain stable (flat, and warp free) even when they are subjected to large changes in humidity. They are also less prone to edge and corner damage than paper based mounts (HHColorLab.com).  The styrene mounted prints are a combination of a photoprint adhered to the styrene mount with an acid free adhesive. These are great expecially for large prints that you want to frame and keep from drooping over the years. The Styrene Mount is 1/8" thick acid free plastic, which is last to last generations and preven warping of the print.  The styrene can be displayed on an eisle or in a frame or in a photoalbum.  Now on to the Luster print.

The next in line for quality and lifespan would be the Styrene Mounted Print as they have no natural fibers in them, therefore they are not affected by variations in moisture content in the environment. They will remain stable (flat, and warp free) even when they are subjected to large changes in humidity. They are also less prone to edge and corner damage than paper based mounts (HHColorLab.com).  The styrene mounted prints are a combination of a photoprint adhered to the styrene mount with an acid free adhesive. These are great expecially for large prints that you want to frame and keep from drooping over the years. The Styrene Mount is 1/8" thick acid free plastic, which is last to last generations and preven warping of the print.  The styrene can be displayed on an eisle or in a frame or in a photoalbum.  Now on to the Luster print.

 The last is the luster print. When you stand them on end and compare you can tell the difference as a luster print is a simple photo paper print.  They are the least durable as they warp over short period of time and can be easily damaged, if not put in a protective cover soon after purchasing. The only way they can be displayed is in a frame, scrap book or in a photo album which gets hidden away.  The photo paper has a lightely pebble textured semi gloss paper.  The luster prints will last generations if kept away from moisture, sunlight, acidic paper, heat, or sharp objects and sand.  Therefore, these are great for gift prints for friends and family as they are the least durable, but great for sharing memories with loved ones.  I hope this gave you a little insite into some printed options out there for you next family portrait.   So the next time you order printed portraits from your photographer, which finish do you think you will display in your home?  Share in the comments below and ask any questions you have.  (I am not a spokes person for any of the brands listed I just have high respects for the quality of the products.)

The last is the luster print. When you stand them on end and compare you can tell the difference as a luster print is a simple photo paper print.  They are the least durable as they warp over short period of time and can be easily damaged, if not put in a protective cover soon after purchasing. The only way they can be displayed is in a frame, scrap book or in a photo album which gets hidden away.  The photo paper has a lightely pebble textured semi gloss paper.  The luster prints will last generations if kept away from moisture, sunlight, acidic paper, heat, or sharp objects and sand.  Therefore, these are great for gift prints for friends and family as they are the least durable, but great for sharing memories with loved ones.

I hope this gave you a little insite into some printed options out there for you next family portrait. 

So the next time you order printed portraits from your photographer, which finish do you think you will display in your home?  Share in the comments below and ask any questions you have.

(I am not a spokes person for any of the brands listed I just have high respects for the quality of the products.)