When it comes to designing a home or office space, more and more people are catching on to this design trend – printing their favorite photos onto natural wood. Wood print photos transform an ordinary photo into a durable and beautiful piece of art that will withstand the test of time. You can create a wood photo from essentially any image, from your favorite family photo to a photo from a birthday party, graduation, or wedding. Aside from using a photo of your family and friends, here are some other unique ideas for wood photos that you can incorporate into your home or office décor.canvas

  • Album Covers

Everyone loves music, and everyone has a favorite musician. So, why not incorporate your favorite album cover into your design scheme? Whether it’s a vintage Beatles record cover, a recent CD cover, or your favorite music poster, you can have it transformed into a stunning wood print photo. The artwork is a fun, unique way to spruce up any entertainment or music room, kid’s bedroom, play room, or office space.

  • Nature

Bringing the outdoors in is always a great design tactic. Nature is calming, and it is important to bring that relaxing feel into your home or office space. Whether you love the beach, flowers, or the mountains, you can use your favorite photo of the outdoors to create a wood print photo. Re-experience your favorite beach vacation or skiing trip every day by incorporating a photo of the picturesque landscape into your space. You can even use a picture of the flowers or trees from a nearby park or your backyard and incorporate that into your design.  Putting these images onto Russian Birch or Bamboo wood will enhance the image and add beauty to any space.

  • Famous Artwork

If you’re an art lover you can use your favorite piece of artwork for a wood print photo. Take an image of your favorite piece by Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Michelangelo to decorate your home or office. Art can cost a fortune, and this will add a timeless piece of renowned artwork to your space that everyone will be talking about.

Wood Photos Direct uses top-notch technology to print your image onto wood. It uses beautiful and durable ¾” thick wood prints that are sustainable and durable. The wood grain that shows through your images complements each work of art, enhances every photo, and guarantees that no two images are exactly the same. View our size and wood options today!

How will wood photos add personality to your home?

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Metal photos are obviously unique. Whether you are getting someone a gift to commemorate a special occasion or you would like to have something distinctive to add to your own collection, having photos printed on metal can make your job simple. But what if you are the crafty type and you see this photo medium as an opportunity?

Where regular photos are delicate and subject to the wear and tear of everyday life, metal photos are far more resilient, making them perfect for certain projects that you would never attempt with paper. And the great news is that we have specialty printing options that can make this easy! With metal keychains, dog tags, and luggage tags available, you’ll have the formats you need for some truly spectacular crafts. Here are three great ways that you can use our metal photos:

1.  Key chain charms – There’s nothing wrong with getting an unadorned keychain, but you could make it so much more interesting! There are tons of charms out there, for just about every theme on the planet, and you can easily find some that relate to the picture you place on your keychain. For instance, are you a cat or dog person? Place an image of your pets on the chain and accessorize with little charms of bones, paws, fish, etc. If you are giving a gift to sports fan, you could use a picture of the person’s favorite player on one side, put the jersey on the other, and use charms of a ball or helmet, or even get a customized championship charm.

2.  Dog tag jewelry – The good news about our metal dog tags is that they aren’t flimsy and they look great dressed up or down. Instead of sticking with the traditional ball chain, use a jump ring and find a cord or chain that suits the look that you are going for. Want to use your great-grandmother’s classic Edwardian wedding portrait? Choose a silver chain with some large links and attach wire-wrapped crystals to it; hang the pendant from the middle. If you’re extra crafty, you could even create a setting for the metal centerpiece. Maybe you’re looking for something a little sportier? Not a problem! You can always use colorful cord, and some wooden beads or seashells.Image of friends in Paris

3.  Accessorize your Travel Bag Tag – If you want to make sure that your luggage is instantly recognizable, you don’t have to replace your whole set. Instead, simply opt for one of our bag tags, which you can customize with a couple of photos and your own individual decorations. Choose a pic of a destination or perhaps you and your best friend on that trip to France (like the one pictured). On the other side, place a map of the world. Now, get a basic keyring with a screw closure (which must close all the way) to attach to the cord. Add a bead or perhaps a printed paper tag with a flag or identifying picture for each new state, country or territory you visit. It will stand out in a way that is unmistakable!

 

Image of international flag bag tags

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Print something like these (shown above) on paper. You can even laminate so that they last!

These are just some of the ways we came up with to really personalize your metal photos. What are some of your ideas?

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Wood wall photos have really been taking off. A wood wall photo is when a digital photograph or other image is taken and printed in beautiful high-resolution onto natural wood. So what can you use these works of art for? Here are four ideas:

1.  An elegant picture. Sometimes, you just want something that stands out on your wall. Everyone has framed paper photographs and that can look nice, but they really don’t stand out that much. On the other hand, when you take the time to have a wood wall photo created, you end up with a natural centerpiece that draws attention and looks like a true work of art. Any image printed on beautiful natural wood is going to be cherished by the family.

2.  Something that will last forever. Paper photos have a tendency to fade, wrinkle, or get creased, folded or torn. While wood wall photos are by no means invincible, they do last an incredibly long time. Solid, natural wood is a durable medium that is not as easy to damage as some other materials are. In addition, older wood that shows a small amount of wear can actually look even better than it did brand new and provide a rustic look to your décor. Wood wall photos are mementos that can last a lifetime—and then some.

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3.  Use in crafts. The fact is that wood wall photos are much more versatile and can be used in many ways that a paper photo cannot. This includes using them in crafts and woodworking projects. For instance, if you are building birdhouses for your kids or grandkids, you could have a wood photo print made for each and use it for the front panel of every birdhouse? This would allow you to use all kinds of decorative patterns and images on the birdhouse that would be difficult to do with paint. All you need to do is cover the whole finished project in a little weatherproofing finish and it will last for years. 

4.  Signage. Business owners, churches, and others will find that wood wall photos make a great low-cost alternative to expensive handmade signs. A wood wall photo with your logo or signage printed on it is basically a custom wooden sign ready to go. All you need to do is drill holes and add the hardware to mount it and you have an attractive, tasteful sign that costs a fraction of what professional sign makers charge.

Do you have any wood wall photos? What do you use them for?

 

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If you love photos, you have probably experimented with all kinds of different things. For instance, you might make large displays of several photos in a single frame, or you might make collages and bulletin boards with hundreds of photos. And for any photo lover, the ability to print out your digital photos has been a godsend. It has allowed many of us to use our photos in all kinds of artistic ways we never would have thought of before.

But is it even possible to print a photo on metal?

Think of the possibilities! If you had a photo on metal, you could use it in all kinds of craft projects that you cannot use a paper photo for. For people who are simply interested in furnishing their homes, metal photos are a sophisticated way to display any special photos. Metal last longer, it holds up to more wear and tear, and it has a texture and sheen that make it different from even the nicest printed photo. So how do you get a photo on metal of your own?

The first thing many people think of is simply taking a paper photo and sticking it onto metal. Unfortunately, this does not have the desired effect at all. If you go this route, you are essentially just improvising a poor man’s version of a paper photo in a metal frame. Obviously, it doesn’t look the same as a photo printed onto the metal itself. And it is flimsy and unlikely to last long.

What you really need is a photo on metal, as in printed onto the metal surface. But please don’t try putting sheet metal into your printer! Even if you can get a piece that’s thin enough to go through, it’s not going to work – you’ll just end up ruining the printer. And the ink wouldn’t stay, in any case.

The good news is that Metal Photos Direct has perfected the technique of placing photos on metal and can provide you with a beautiful finished product at a low price. They also have tons of options for the photos that can make them even more unique. For instance, if you would like to have a copy of your image in sepia or converted to look like a painting, you can get it. This will make it even easier to match your personal style and home décor with the finished product that you get.

Photos on metal, before and after

If you are looking for distinctive style in the images that populate your home, Metal Photos Direct can help. Contact us today to learn more!

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Many people don’t know just how far professional digital printing services have come these days. Wood wall photos are a great example of that. Taking high quality blocks of beautiful, solid wood, the photo image is then printed flawlessly onto it. The result is a permanent wall hanging that stands out from the rest. Some people may wonder if it’s worth it to opt for this more unique style.

So when is a wood wall photo the right choice? In many cases:

  • When framing would be expensive – The cost of framing a large photo print can be prohibitive. It involves custom sizing and cutting and even a pre-made frame can be pricey. Ironically, having the photo printed directly onto fine wood as a wood wall photo can be substantially cheaper. Modern printing technology allows a digital image to be printed in high resolution for a tiny cost. That means a high-quality display at a low price.

 

It's amazing how much this seemingly simple frame will cost when custom-made and sized.

It’s amazing how much this seemingly simple frame will cost when custom-made and sized.

  • In place of custom woodwork – You might be considering having something designed with custom woodwork to hang on your wall, but when you get a quote from an artisan you may think again. Wood wall photos are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes that will provide the appearance of custom cut woodwork at a fraction of the price.
  • To make hanging easier – Larger and older frames may have complicated hanging systems and seem impossible to get straight. Wood wall photos have a simple slot routed on the back that fits standard hardware to make hanging a breeze. You won’t have to spend time with a drill measuring the brackets on the back of a frame ever again.
  • For official displays – Wood wall photos might be good for family portraits, but they are great for official displays of any kind. If you are issuing an award, giving a certificate of recognition to an employee, recognizing dedicated members of an organization or creating any kind of plaque, having the certificate printed directly onto wood is a great way to go. It is elegant, decorative and cost-effective. Similarly, wood wall photos can be used for great in-store displays that draw attention.
  • When you want something unique – Lots of people have framed photos, but how many have wood wall photos? Having your photo printed on wood can make it stand out as special.
  • When you want something that will last – Wood is a solid, beautiful, long-lasting substance, so choosing the material for your image means that you are creating a memory that will last a lifetime.

What would you use a wood wall photo for?

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Contrary to popular belief, printing photographs on a sheet of metal is actually inexpensive and easy. Any digital image can be taken and printed in a high quality, high resolution format so quality is never compromised. Metal printed photographs are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, offering even further customization. From photo preservation to home décor, below are five uses for photographs on metal.

  1. Unique artwork – Lots of people have framed photographs in their homes, but not many have metal ones. Printing photographs on metal means that you have a unique piece that stands out. When people walk into your home, they will notice it and be sure to comment. It also provides a different feel from regular photos, with a texture all its own.
  2. Making it last – Some memories are important and you want them to last. Printed photographs curl, fade, bend and are subject to fire, water damage, and tearing. Metal is a much more durable substance. Printing photographs on metal is a way to preserve them for many years to come.
This is what happens to old photos. Your great grandmother's portrait could be on something more lasting.

This is what happens to old photos. Your great grandmother’s portrait could be on something more lasting.

  1. Coasters – This printing doesn’t have to just be a way to display family photos. You can print any image on metal—including designs that you like. That means that you can make your own set of unique coasters very inexpensively. You can use the printed metal images as coasters as-is or attach cork to the bottom to make them even more attractive. There are many creative ways to use printed metal photographs.
  2. Decorative plaques – An award can mean a lot, but when it’s printed on brilliant, polished, durable metal, it can mean even more. Imagine hanging a certificate, award or plaque in your office that is printed on real metal. It will catch the light, last almost forever, and will just look and feel like a more valuable, important award.
  3. Art you can work with – After printing photographs on metal, many people go on to use the images artistically. If you are an artist or craftsman, you know that there are many ways to work with and transform metal sheets. You could bend the printed photograph into a three dimensional shape, use it as a panel in some larger object, perforate it for a candle or lamp shade, or otherwise put it to creative use.

Are you considering printing photographs on metal for your own use? What image are you thinking of and what do you plan to do with it?

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Did you know that your photos can be printed in high resolution onto smooth, craftsman-quality wood? Wood prints are a hit, both as gifts and for business uses. They offer a lot of advantages over a paper or framed image. Here’s why:

More tangible than a photoIn this age of digital photos instantly shared across the web, having something tangible in your hand still has value—perhaps more value than ever before. And while a printed paper photo may satisfy that need for some, for many people there is nothing as tangible as holding an artistic, one-of-a-kind, permanent photo wood print in their hands.

The look and feel of real wood – Wood has enchanted people for centuries. It is at once hard and soft; living, yet inanimate; brilliant, yet strong. The wood grain that subtly shows through the image on your print will only add those special qualities to the photo and make it even more unique and special. That’s why a wood print of a photo is the perfect gift for someone—because it takes an already special photo and makes it even more meaningful.

Imagine this on wood!

Imagine this on wood!

DurabilityA three quarter inch thick block of high quality wood (like birch or bamboo) not only looks great, it lasts. Light enough to hang on the wall, these blocks are still thick and strong enough to have some weight to them. They will stand up to much more abuse than a paper photo print or even a framed image. There is no glass to break. And if properly cared for, they will last a lifetime.

Variety of sizes and types – It can be hard to get a photo image blown up to a size suitable for framing and display. However, with wood prints, any high resolution photo can be resized to a huge variety of sizes and shapes, whether you want a simple hanging for the wall, a certificate size for an office, a triptych dividing the image into panels, or something shaped more like a trophy. The possibilities are almost endless.

Cost effective, high quality displays – Wood prints aren’t only good for sentimental purposes. You can have awards or certificates printed onto wood for an added sense of permanence, or you can have logos and marketing materials printed on wood for an elegant display that your competitors can’t match.

Have you had any photo prints made for your family, friends, office or business?

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Chances are good that you have heard of metal photos, or photographs being digitally printed onto pieces of metal. More and more people are choosing metal photos as a medium for preserving and displaying their cherished memories. But if you’ve never ordered one before, you may not be sure what to expect. Here are some of the most common questions about metal photos and their answers.

Why choose metal photos?

Many people like to use metal photos as keepsakes because they are more durable and they’re also more special than just a regular photo. A metal photo has a different feel – it’s more solid and thus it is perfect as a gift. Also, because of the versatility of the material and the wide variety of shapes and sizes available, a metal photo is able to be used in many ornamental situations, from hanging without a frame to use in Christmas ornaments or other purposes. It gives you more options than a regular photo.

The memories and the photo can now last forever.

The memories and the photo can now last forever.

 

Will they rust?

No! Metal photos are printed on high quality aluminum plates. Aluminum is flexible, strong, and resistant to water and heat changes. Aluminum never rusts.

What sizes are available?

Metal photos are available in as many sizes as regular photos, including large prints. The things that really make metal photos stand apart, however, are not just the sizes, but the shapes. Metal photos can be put on ornamentally-shaped pieces to look more like medals or decorative images, rather than rectangular prints. Because of the flexibility of aluminum, this wide selection of shapes and sizes also makes metal photos great for use in artistic projects.

Will my photo look metallic?

No, although printed on metal, the photo will not look metallic. The effect of the finished, printed image is of a perfect photograph that just happens to be permanently fixed on a piece of high-quality metal. The aluminum is highly polished prior to your photo being printed on it, so that the photo goes on smoothly.

How high quality is the image?

Metal photos can be of the absolute highest quality. The only limiting factor in image clarity is the resolution of the source image itself. That means that if you provide a high resolution photo, the finished metal print will have exactly the same level of sharpness, clarity, and detail. There is no difference in resolution between the image you submit and the printed metal image.

Have you ordered a metal photo? Was it a gift and how did you use it?

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After a long winter frost, the warmth and comfort of spring is finally just around the corner. As the temperature begins to climb above freezing, many peoples’ thoughts have started to turn toward seasonal celebrations. Weddings, graduations, and various holidays are commonly observed between the months of March and June, each teeming with the bustling energy that winter had so long repressed. If you have a lengthy list of events to attend this season, but aren’t exactly sure what style of gift to bring to the party, why not offer your loved ones a brilliant print on wood?

Perfect for Weddings
What better gift is there to give a couple for a wedding or shower gift than a record of the memory? Have their favorite photo blown up and printed on wood for a beautiful piece they can hang anywhere in their new home together. You can also have smaller prints made of related images, hanging them alongside of the larger portrait for a visual collage of their most important day.

Immortalize the Academic Moment
Graduating from college is an accomplishment, ought to be commemorated in a special way. Why not be the first to provide the graduate with a collection of prints on wood depicting their graduation day? Whether for the student, the parents, or any other loved one, the receiver is sure to appreciate the meticulous detail that goes into bringing a memory alive.
Highlighting the Family this Holiday

If you celebrate Easter, Passover, both, or any of the other spring holidays, it’s a prime time for family gatherings. Preserve those egg hunt photos of the kids, or take a family picture with multiple generations on hang. Then turn it into a work of art with a portrait on wood and give them as gifts to your family members. They’re sure to treasure the gift for years to come.

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Do you love photography? Does someone in your family love photography? Do you have photos you wouldn’t part with for any price? If you answered yes to any of these questions, maybe you should consider having your very favorite picture printed onto a material that will last – a photo to metal print.

Printing photographs onto metal may sound strange at first. When most people think of photos, they think of either digital photos or pictures printed onto paper. Professional photographers will sometimes have a photo printed onto canvas, so the end result will be reminiscent of a painting. It’s also possible to have photos printed onto wood.

Photos printed on materials other than paper require no matting, no framing, and no glass for preservation. The finished prints can be cut into any shape or size. Non-paper mediums can be printed with either gloss or matte finishes, just like paper photos. The material a photo is printed on can contribute to the depth, sharpness, or softness of the image.

Non-paper photo materials have become popular in the world of corporate interior decorating. Many businesses use photos printed onto metal, wood, or canvas to decorate their lobbies, offices, conference rooms, and cafeterias, since it’s easiest if artwork in these locations is durable and easily cleaned. The potential for glass being broken is a concern when using traditional, framed photographs.

Photos printed on metal or wood are also used with increasing frequency to decorate private homes. Everyone has a photo they want to keep in their lives forever, and printed photos have a major disadvantage: they fade over time. That color photo of your daughter will lose its brilliance over time, because ink printed onto paper eventually fades. There is no way to completely prevent this from happening. Ink printed onto non-paper materials may still fade, but not as quickly, and not to the degree that a paper photo will. A traditional photo is printed onto the top of the paper, but in the process of printing a photograph onto a non-paper material, ink is infused deep into the material itself, not just onto the surface. So if you want the picture you treasure most to last for many years, consider a photo to metal print.  If cared for properly, a photograph printed onto a stronger material than paper could remain in your family for generations to come.

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