hOW is YOUR custom METAL patent art mADE?
Our metal prints are produced through a process called dye sublimation completed by a very experienced national printer. We prefer the "luminescent" finish. We describe this unique finish as a reveal of the aluminum background.
What is the timing from the day I pay for my metal print order?
Count on receiving your metal print within 12 working days from the date you pay your invoice. The metal print is sent to us by the printer. I attach the mount and I mail it to you or to your gift recipient. We can save time if I mail the mount to you with instructions and have the printer mail directly to you or your gift recipient.
Why must I pick the color from the rgb c0lor code?
All three parties must be in sync. You pick the color. Using the color code you pick both my file submitted to the printer and the final product produced by our printer will match your color selection.
Are larger sizes available?
Yes, however we must quote the price.
What is dye sublimation?
Dye sublimation is a method of printing on aluminum and other items. Instead of using a printer to create the image directly on the substrate, the image is printed with special inks onto transfer paper. The paper is then laid face down onto the substrate and a large amount of pressure and high level of heat is applied. The colored dyes in the paper sublimate - turn into gas - and are infused into the fibers of the substrate, which expanded with the heat. Once the substrate has cooled and the fibers retracted, the image is trapped permanently within the surface.
How long wiLL my dye sublimation product last?
Because the inks have been absorbed directly into the aluminum, dye sublimation prints can last many years without any fading caused by exposure to UV light. If they are displayed out of direct sunlight, they can retain their original appearance for decades. They hold up very well against ozone gas and air pollutants they may come in contact with. It is not recommended to display your sublimation print outdoors.
What is the difference between dye sublimation and direct inkjet prints?
The biggest difference between prints made using dye sublimation and those using a direct-to-substrate printing method is their durability. Because a direct-to-substrate print is placed on the surface of the aluminum, it can ship or peel over time. A sublimated print, however, is infused directly into the fibers of the material, so it cannot be chipped off.
Is the aluminum surface visible in my dye sublimation print?
Yes it is! When your image is printed onto the transfer paper, no white ink is used. This means any white areas, the patent's text and illustration, will be a reveal of the aluminum surface. The result is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind print with a real artistic flare.