Direct to Media Printing
Direct to media examples
Glass & PerspexPrinting directly to clear materials such as glass or Perspex, allows artwork to take on a transparent quality, and can even be used to create special effects.
TilesOur Direct to Media printer can also be used for innovative interior design pieces, from floor tiles to wall tiles - mosaics to any size can be created in our lab.
CopperWorking and testing with a variety of materials gives us an opportunity to come up with one-off beautiful pieces like this copper landscape print from Carl Bigmore's series 'Between Two Mysteries.'
Vinyl & TextilesWe've worked with interior designers to create truly unique, one-off pieces of art and decor. We'll happily test ideas with you in our lab, so pop us an email or come and see us and we'll talk through your ideas.
WoodPrinting directly to wood is a popular choice, by selecting the right imagery the wood grain naturally enhances the existing artwork.
AluminiumPrinting directly to Aluminium creates a whole new dimension to the traditional print and mount, images take on a metallic look and provide a modern alternative look.
SlateAs our printer can print to almost any flat surface, we encourage our clients to think outside the box - you can blend materials together to make a sculptural piece of artwork.
Brushed DibondThis material has proven an ideal medium for architectural photography and portraits with muted tones, just pop into our front of house and see for yourself!
Art SignageAs well as creating artworks, our Direct to Media printer can also create signs for any location - whether it be part of an exhibition or for outside use.
Direct to Media vs Photographic PrintsDirect to Media printing cuts out the need for a photographic print that is then mounted to a substrate. By printing directly to a surface, such as Perspex or glass, we can create special effects on transparent materials. Artwork becomes more robust and can even be used for outdoor exhibitions, opening artists up to a whole new way of showing their work.
What is Direct to Media Printing?Direct to Media Printing is a large format, inkjet printing process which allows images to be printed directly on to almost any flat surface, using fine full-colour inks. The ink is sprayed directly on to the printing surface, which is then dried by UV light that dries almost instantly.
Why Use Direct to Media?Unlike traditional printing, Direct to Media inks are bonded to the surface of the substrate, resulting in a resistant and long-lasting image, that can even be displayed outside.
Turnaround timesSelf-Service: 10 working days for Foamex and Vinyl prints. Bespoke: contact us to arrange an appointment.
Other types of fine art and photographic printing
C-type Photo PrintingDigital C Type photographic prints produced on our Lambda or Lightjet photographic printers have the archival and tonal benefits of traditional photographic papers, with the advantages of digital photo printing.
Fine Art Giclée PrintingOur Giclée print studio brings together more than 30 years experience in traditional photographic printing, with the technological advancements of inkjet technologies.
Black & White Photo PrintingMetro worked in close collaboration with Harman Technology to achieve a solution to the problem of printing vintage archives digitally, rather than by hand.
Duratrans PrintingOne of the great features of our new Superwide Lightjet XL500 is the ability to produce mural size photographic Duratrans at a level of quality unmatched by anything else out there.
Direct to Media PrintingDirect to media printing is exactly that; we print your image directly to a substrate of your choice. Be it paper, card, aluminium, Perspex, canvas, wood, slate...
Vinyl PrintingVinyl Phototex is chosen for it’s high quality Giclée finish as well as its ease of application to wall or mounting material due to it’s self-adhesive properties.
Complement your pictures with expert hand made picture framing
Similar to tray frames but a more slimline offering. Works are often reverse Perspex float mounted with only a minimal gap between the work and the moulding.
The tray frame is perfect for photographic prints that have been dry mounted and don’t necessarily require glazing. The print is set back slightly below the face of the frame to prevent damage. Tray frames are a good way to display large prints without the cost of specialist glazing. Your print is mounted to Dibond […]
This is a stylish take on the box frame, with your print mounted inside the box, rather than fitted edge to edge. Your print is mounted to 2mm Aluminium to create a sleek borderless surround for your print. There is a gap between the work and the moulding creating a ‘floating’ effect.
Box frames create a space between the print and the glazing, so there is no contact with the glass. Using Waterwhite float glass, your print is mounted first to Foamboard or a similar substrate before being set into a box moulding with a fillet spacer. The fillet keeps the glass and print separate, so the […]
The black option has a deep, black satin finish, which is perfect for showing off strong photographic prints.Available in: narrow: (15mm) and wide: (20mm) Turn around time: By negotiation
Sizes up to 40 x 30 inches Natural oak wood is perfect for setting off warm tones and compliments most photographic prints. Available in: narrow: (15mm) and wide: (20mm) Turn around time: By negotiation For larger sizes and a wider range of framing options, please visit our bespoke framing service at Metro Imaging.
We have thousands of frame mouldings available to complement your chosen frame style
We have an extensive range of Framing Glass available. The most exciting advances have been in the Specialist Glass area. As well as protection from UV damage there are a number of ranges of glass that have been treated to become almost invisible. As standard we use Water White Float glass in 2mm and 3mm […]