Metal Photo Prints

article by Sandra Trentino
June 26, 2019
Photo paper is not the only medium to print memories on anymore. Choosing a less conventional platform for your images can help them stand out, and add an enormous amount of pop to whatever room you display them in. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about printing photos on metal.

Why Choose Metallic Photo Prints?

Metal photo prints are made from lightweight aluminum, adding a sleek, modern touch to a room. A photo’s vibrancy is reduced when printed on metal, so high contrast, clear photos tend to make the best metallic photo prints. Due to their contrast, black and white shots can look absolutely stunning on a metal print. You can also use a very bright photo so the fading is barely noticeable and won’t distract from the beauty of the image. Not all photo printing services offer metal prints, but those that do typically offer a wide range of sizes and prices.

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Metal Photo Prints at Shutterfly

Shutterfly’s prices range from $54.99 to $719.91, corresponding to the nine sizes they offer between 8×10-24×36 cm. Finish options include true color matte or glossy and brushed metal matte or glossy.  Aside from its wide range of prices, Shutterfly also offers seemingly endless ways to order custom metal photo prints. You can use your own photos to create wall art, or pick an image from Shutterfly’s gallery, though it is not incredibly expansive. Display options include two or three panoramics or a panoramic spiral, spreads that are either stacked or horizontal, and symmetrical spreads that break one photo up into very evenly placed puzzle pieces on your wall. Custom designs can be created as well. Read our full Shutterfly review for more information.


Metal Photo Prints at Snapfish

Snapfish offers metal photo prints in either landscape or portrait orientations. Prices range from $79.99 to $110.99, and sizes between 11×14-20×24 cm. Snapfish includes an attached wall-mount piece to create a floating image effect. Read our full Snapfish review for more information.


Metal Photo Prints at Walgreens

Printing photos on metal at Walgreens costs anywhere from $14.99-$99.99. Sizes range from 5×7 to 20×30, with four choices in between. 5×7 and 8×10 prints are available as easels and photos are printed edge to edge. Walgreens provides an extra UV and scratch-resistant coating. Read our full Walgreens review for more information.


Décor Considerations and Inspiration

When printing photos on a new medium, always consider its properties so you can choose the best way to display the wall art. Hang it in a room with enough wall space to do it justice. Since metal prints won’t fade, you can hang it in direct sunlight. As for the content of the photo, choose any memory that means something to you, but remember, the higher quality the better!