Left Behind, photography by Kyle Wilson | Mad For Metal !

Mad For Metal !

September 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


Metal Prints are always a conversation piece and not to be confused with prints on metallic paper. Metal prints are on aluminum, more accurately IN the aluminum. The process uses high-heat technology to fuse your image into the eco-friendly, 100% post-consumer recycled ChromaLuxe aluminum surface for incredible visual depth and luminosity. This process is called DYE-SUBLIMATION (more on that later). This technique will turn my images into vibrant works of art with ultra-high definition colors, intense blacks, and a unique, luminescent finish and ensures sharp, crisp contours, and seamless gradations.

 Telling you about a metal print is a lot like trying to advertise a new 4K UltraHD oled t.v. using an old standard definition T.V. You simply have to see it to believe it. Most of the people who see my aluminum prints say “I have never seen anything like this before”. This is truer than they know because the technology is still fairly new and there are not that many photographers printing on aluminum yet. The details and the clarity are unmatched and are perfectly suited to my HDR style of photography. My photos already have a lot of color, clarity, and definition because they are all High Dynamic Range photos; putting them on metal adds another layer.

I include a float-mount hanger on the back of all my metal prints, making them super-simple to hang. You will just need 1-3 nails or screws in the wall and then hang the metal from there. It will sit off the wall about ½ an inch, adding a drop shadow to the wall for added depth. These pieces of art come ready to hang, no need to pay or wait for a frame shop to prepare your art for display.

People who visit me at my shows often ask how this is done. I sometimes reply: “Magic” because that is often easier to say than dye-sublimation (which is like magic to me).

How it is REALLY done:

 Dye-sublimation printing is a digital printing technology using full color artwork that works with polyester and polymer-coated substrates. The process uses the science of sublimation, in which heat and pressure are applied to a solid, turning it into a gas through an endothermic reaction without passing through the liquid phase. In order to transfer the image from the paper to the substrate, it requires a heat-press process that is a combination of time, temperature and pressure. The heat press applies this special combination, which can change depending on the substrate, to “transfer” the sublimation dyes at the molecular level into the substrate. The most common dyes used for sublimation activate at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a range of 380 to 420 degrees Fahrenheit is normally recommended for optimal color.

 The end result of the sublimation process is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full color print. Because the dyes are infused into the substrate at the molecular level, rather than applied at a topical level (such as with screen printing and direct to garment printing), the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions.
These metal prints truly need to be seen in person. Check out my show schedule (on this website) to see when I will be coming to your area. 



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