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 Printing
Digital 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.
Ctypes are essentially a conventional photographic print from a digital file, and as such are the most suitable option when printing a colour photograph, to display either mounted or framed.
Fine Art Giclée Printing
Our Giclée print studio brings together more than 30 years experience in traditional photographic printing, with the technological advancements of inkjet technologies.
Giclee's are a gallery quality inkjet print onto fine art watercolour paper. They are most suitable for printing art illustrations, but can also be used for printing colour and black and white photographs.
Black & White Photo Printing
Metro worked in close collaboration with Harman Technology to develop silver gelatin bromide fibre based and resin coated prints from digital files. This allows museum quality real black and white prints from new or archive digital files.
Resin coated is the cheaper of the two process's, and is suitable for most types of black and white printing, without the danger of a colour cast. Fibre paper takes your images to another level and is great for gallery or museum use.
One of the great features of our new Superwide Lightjet XL500 is the ability to produce mural size photographic Duratrans (up to 3m x 1.8m) at a level of quality unmatched by anything else out there.
Duratrans have to be lit from behind, so need to be mounted in a pre existing rear lit display, or we produce led lightboxes inhouse, essentially a conventional photo frame containing the duratran and an led panel, suitable for exhibitions, museums, homes and galleries.
Direct to Media Printing
Direct 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...
Our Jetrix UV inkjet flatbed printer can print on any flat surface up to 3m x 2m, less than 10cm thick. To ensure your material is suitable, we can print test prints around A4 in size.
Vinyl 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.
We can print on self adhesive vinyl, using our direct to media printer, in strips of 1.5m x 3m and these can be applied to the wall in the fashion of wallpaper to cover a complete wall or interior.