What Is Direct to Media Printing?

Direct to Media (DTM) printing is a large-format inkjet printing process using cured UV ink. The process allows images to be printed directly on to almost any surface, using fine full-colour CMYK inks. The ink is sprayed directly on to the printing surface, and then cured by UV light, drying it almost instantly.

As the name suggests, we can print your image directly to almost any flat material of your choice, within any size up to 3x2m and up to 90mm thick. Direct to Media can be highly durable in comparison to traditional substrate-mounted prints, with the added bonus of being water-resistant.

Direct to Media vs Photographic Prints

The Direct to Media method combines printing and mounting into a single process, rather than the traditional print mounted to your chosen substrate. 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 in outdoor exhibitions. The process can open up a whole new way of showing work, introducing alternative printing materials and allowing for more immersive installations.

Due to Direct to Media being alternative printing process, we would always suggest a test print before running a final piece. Every image and material prints differently, allowing for a unique finish for your artwork.

Examples of materials supplied by Metro Imaging:

  • – Perspex
  • – Vinyl
  • – Aluminium
  • – MDF
  • – Dibond (Brushed, White, Mirrored etc.)

Examples of client supplied materials:

  • – Glass
  • – Tile
  • – Mirror
  • – Copper
  • – Textiles
  • – Wood
  • – Slate


Have a material in mind? Get in touch for a quote!


1. DTM on Perspex, installation image from You Will Enter An Oasis © Felicity Hammond
2. DTM on Wood, section of Portrait Salon 2017 installation © Portrait Salon
3. DTM on Leather, installation image from Paul Smith Japan © David Bailey

We offer the following types of printing

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