Mpix Review: Metallic Prints

Mpix Product Review: Metallic PaperWelcome to the second installment of our series reviewing some of the excellent product offerings from Mpix.

This week we’re talking about metallic prints. Specifically, a 20×30 print made on Endura Metallic Paper of a very angular shot taken while in Boston last summer while attending a conference.

Before we get to the review, I want to make sure you take note that until midnight (CST) on April 10, my readers will receive an exclusive special 25% off metallic prints ordered with the code JMOOREMET entered at checkout. To give you an idea, just the 20×30 print alone costs roughly $32, which means the discount could save you about $8, making a print on this cool paper within reach of anyone.

Now, on with the review!

Once again, as with the canvas gallery wrap, the metallic print was packaged impeccably ensuring safe and secure delivery which, next to the appearance of the print itself, is key to quality presentation.

The first thing you notice when ordering with metallic paper is the way the light plays off of the surface. The paper’s pearlescent ┬ánature “uses a patented combination of film and laminate layers that result in striking, three-dimensional, lasting images on an ultra-bright background.”

I had seen some samples of these prints on Photoshop User TV awhile back and I didn’t really “get it”. Maybe it was a matter of the photo they used, maybe it was the difference between studio lighting and more natural or everyday lighting. Whatever it was, I got the idea, I just didn’t see it. So, when I had the opportunity to order one, I thought I would give it a try to see what it’s all about.

After seeing the results, I’m a believer! Truly the interplay between sharp details, saturated color, and the nature of the paper itself not only added depth to the image, but also created a hyper-realistic feel that I found to really add to the overall impact of the photo in a way on-screen display just can’t.

I think one of the keys to making a good metallic print is selecting the right image. As the description on the site says, I’m sure it’s true that this paper “offers natural looking flesh tones” and would be great for all types of applications. Without sounding too full of myself, I think the metallic paper was created for shots like the one above. The strong lines, the sharp edges, the subtle yet full colors, everything is given new depth and dimension than a standard paper print would.

In addition to the print itself, I had it mounted on double weight matboard and I also had the Lustre Coating applied. The “water-based lustre coating is an eco-friendly formula that provides a sheen that visibly enhances your prints and provides superior protection. The coating protects against fingerprints, UV rays, and typical over-spraying found in home/office environments. Lustre coating provides for a richer, enhanced sheen on prints of every size.” I chose to have this print mounted and coated this way, because I knew I would not be framing it, rather, I would be using some mirror wall mounts. The double weight matboard would provide stability and the added lustre coat would provide both protection and finish to make the print really stand out.

Having seen it in person, which you really have to do to know what I’m talking about, I would definitely consider ordering another metallic print of one of my shots. Like many of their other offerings, the metallic prints from Mpix are unique products that will add interest and impact to virtually any image at a cost that won’t break the bank.

A 20×30 metallic print mounted on double weight matboard with the lustre coating will run you around $50. But, until the 10th, you can save 25% off with the code JMOOREMET when you checkout. So there really is no reason not to head over to Mpix and pick up a print to see for yourself just what makes these prints stand out.

*Disclaimer: While all of my reviews are honest and represent my personal opinions, the products in this series were provided by the vendor free of charge.

  • Denise Beverly

    I use metallic prints almost exclusively. I get so many compliments. I have used them for landscape, architecture, and certain portraits. I am sold on the quality and look of this paper and rarely consider any other for my images.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:10 am
  • Zachary

    I have a question about Metallic Printing. Will the photos need to be lit with certain lighting? I’m trying to get my University to use my prints in their office, and they are very excited for it, but I don’t want to suggest them investing in metallic printing if they also have to light it a certain way.

    Another concern I have is regarding the angle of viewing. If someone is coming around a corner, and they are looking at the photo from a severely diagonal angle, will they see the photo clearly, or will they see the light bouncing off the photo?

    Thank you so much!

    October 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

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