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Creative Results Printing on Inkjet Metallic Papers

Chrome Pearlescent and Mitsubishi Grace Metallic papers are both new to IT Supplies. The entire family of metallic papers is relatively new to the market and pulls its heritage from Kodak's Endura Metallic C-Prints. We've spent the last several weeks playing with these new products in our print research lab and loved the overall results. The portrait prints were some of our favorite prints with metallic paper's ability to make skin tone and highlights of the print 'pop,' with a slightly metallic tint. For both Chrome and Mitsubishi Grace we found using the highest quality print settings and ICC Profiles for Premium Glossy Photo Paper or Luster for best results. We've also seen really great results in both cityscape and landscape photo print applications using both Chrome and Mitsubishi metallic papers. This style of paper shows promise in a variety of other genres as well including still life, and advertising.

Metallic Inkjet Print on Mitsubishi Grace Metallic

Prints on Chrome Pearlescent seemed to have a smoother, subtle metallic hint and high gloss. Our prints on Mitsubishi Grace were similar to Chrome, however, we've noticed the Mitsubishi has more visible metallic qualities (prints almost seem to have light 'glittery' look).

The great part about both Chrome Pearlescent and Mitsubishi Grace Metallic Paper is that anyone with a simple desktop inkjet printer can create some really unique prints that previously required the use of a lab. If you haven't had the chance to print on metallic paper yet, do so!

Have you printed on metallic papers yet? We'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience with this great new media type.

Mitsubishi Grace Metallic Portrait Test Print using Epson 7900

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi folks and Happy Holidays,

I'm in a bad place between a rock and a hard place, you might say. I'm hoping that someone here can answer some questions and help me solve a dilemma.

We were able to take a photo on our honeymoon and wanted it on our living room wall. We ordered it from a reputable dealing and the rock/hard place comes into play after this point. The dealer did a very good job printing it to the Chrome Pearlescent Metallic and I believe it came from your company which is why I'm seeking information/advice here.

The print is large- 44 x 65.7 and made on Chrome Pearlescent Metallic. Our intent was to have it mounted on a acid-free foam core/mounting board to give a float appearance hanging on the wall. So as not to need to place it under glass we had a 3 coating of UV added to it for protection. We prefer NOT to have it framed.

The print dealer suggested to have it cold press mounted at a local craft dealer since the printer doesn't ship mounted pictures.

That is where the dilemma starts. We have a local, reputable craft dealer that has been in the area 30+ years and has done all types of framing.
But, they have never worked with Chrome Pearlescent Metallic paper and immediately declined to cold press mount the picture. They said it wouldn't be archival quality in that fashion so they strongly suggested against that method.
And after speaking with them about hot press mounted they wanted to speak to their expert in attendance before committing.
In the meantime I had called the printer and even had them speak to him about the mounting process. Problem there was the printer didn't have any experience in hot press mounting this paper so he couldn't really sway them one way or the other.

After speaking with their resident expert-
That turned out the same way, without further knowledge about the paper and how it might interact with the ink/UV protection et.al. under heat they are refusing to do it.

So as it stands now, I have a large print that I can NOT get mounted without having a frame put around it. Not my ideal choice!!

Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about the Chrome Pearlescent Metallic paper and how I may go about having it mounted without framing to give it the floating look on my living room wall?

Failing that ability I will have it framed in as thin a frame as I can get. Would someone have suggestions along those lines in my approach.

I guess the lesson learned would be to have an idea as to how one would want a picture to look on the wall and how to go about having that done BEFORE placing an order or having something made. Sort of what I've done,.. but I can't find someone to do it for me. Frustrating!

December 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterjames lyons
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