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?