A photographic print is any picture object that has been generated through the printing process. It converts a digital (or film) photograph into a tangible print for the exhibition. Paper print is the most common type of print widely known. However, in recent days, there has been a wide range of inventions of photography prints mediums that may leave you confused on what medium to choose. Therefore, this article will discuss the different types of print mediums. The substance on which a print is made is referred to as the printing medium. Paper is a typical printing medium used to print a photo, then frame and hang it as desired. However, other contemporary styles will give a chic style.
Listed below are some of the different print mediums and their pros and cons
- Paper prints
Paper prints are a photographic industry staple due to their versatility, elegant appearance, and simplicity of production. Because a paper print simply inks on paper, it is lightweight and inexpensive. They come in different sizes, from tiny sizes of 4 by 6 to vast sizes of 40 by 60. Moreover, they vary in quality; therefore, it’s difficult to predict how long a paper print will survive without first looking at the ingredients used in the printing process. Furthermore, paper prints are pretty delicate, which is why you should always frame them to avoid scratches, fingerprints, and other wear from damaging the picture. However, these frames may be quite expensive, thus adding to the costs. On the other hand, paper prints provide excellent true-to-life colors, so your photos will appear great with no color or tone distortion.
- Metal prints
These are more common in the contemporary world. They’re produced by printing ink on metal and provide exquisite quality with a modern style–so, while you definitely wouldn’t hang a metal print in an old historic home, it’d look fabulous in a new, stylish home. They are quite expensive but durable. They are waterproof and will intensify colors and make your image stand out from the background. Furthermore, you do not need to frame metal prints; instead, you can mount them straight to the wall, which may save you a lot of money and time. Therefore, metal is a high-quality print that will give your viewers a phenomenal view.
- Canvas prints
Canvas prints have been increasingly popular in the photographic industry in recent years. Canvas prints are stunning, elegant, and look excellent in almost any setting. They are created by printing on canvas and then stretching it across a frame (usually made of wood). Canvas prints provide texture to your pictures, making them a good alternative if you want to make your images appear more three-dimensional. While canvas prints are not inexpensive, they do not require framing, which may save you money. Moreover, the lack of glare on canvas prints makes them suitable for exhibition in various settings. While canvas prints may not have the same longevity as metal prints, they are a good compromise because they can withstand more than a paper print–or an unframed one, at least.
In conclusion, there are different types of mediums that will ensure you get high-quality photographic prints. There are other creative mediums such as; acrylics, wood, and posters.