The image is first printed on paper transfer media on a printer with specialised sublimation inks ( UV fine art inks) made for the metal print process. The print will look like a flat coloured mirrored copy of the original image.
This sheet is then taped on to blank aluminium metal photo panel which is then placed in a heat press. The heat ( 180℃ for 16 x 24 inch plate) and pressure causes the sublimation inks to transform into a gas which is then absorbed through the pores of the polymer coating of the metal and into the base coating. As the metal cools, the pores close and the metal surface stabilises.
Other than the obvious image quality, metal prints offer additional benefits.
Metal prints offer great value. Since metal photo prints don’t need to be framed, you can save big on framing costs which are often much more than the price of the print itself. When ordered with a wall mount for a nominal fee ($5 to $10), you can have wall decor ready to hang at a fraction of the cost of a custom framed traditional photo print.
Durability and archivability of metal prints are excellent. The surface coating is very tough and scratch resistant. It doesn’t require any glass to cover it. Also, they are incredibly fade resistant.