Metal is a very interesting method and is fun to show off to your friends. If you have enough knowledge in the field, you can even print the images on your own. But if you don't, it's really not recommended to do so, as it will take lots of time and you might end up with disappointing results, which doesn't reflect the opportunities provided by metal. Use a metal print service to transfer the images and you'll see the quality of this types of print.
If you're really new to the whole concept of metal prints, you should know a thing or two about the process before getting started. A photo is transferred into a metal surface by infusing special dyes straight into it. There are aluminum sheets with a specific coating that allow the image to be preserved into this medium. Metal prints represent a new and unconventional way to make your memories last forever due to a highly durable surface.
There are several finishes, shapes, as well as hanging and corner options. A good print service will show you a sample kit for you to see which type of finish you like best before spending money on it. The main finishes are satin, sheer gloss, sheer matte and high gloss. The finished metal print have fascinating luminescent properties and accurately render color.
The colors are emphasized best in the glossy surfaces. High gloss and satin reveal more details and look similar to regular prints. The satin finish lacks gloss so it's free from any highlights or sleek. The high gloss one is the most glamorous one as it is glass-like. The sheer matte and sheer gloss finishes reveal the details and texture of the metal, especially if you focus on the lighter parts of the photo. The sheer gloss surface is reflective and lustrous, while the sheer matte one emphasizes better the metallic shine.
Metal prints are definitely a great alternative to paper ones as they are extremely durable, waterproof and you can clean them without damaging them in any way. It's really recommended to transfer your dearest photos to metal. You'll have the guarantee that they'll be best preserved on a highly resistant material against wear and tear, humidity and any other damaging factors. Sure, you can transfer them on your computer too, but they usually get forgotten there. Nothing compares to a nice photo that you can see throughout the day. See also ideas for metal prints and metal photo art prints.