The hard work is done..
You have carefully considered and weighed which design you want on your wall to find out afterwards that you still have to make a decision; on which material are you going to print the poster? In order to increase the choice stress, most designs have six different materials to choose from, each with its own characteristics and advantages. That does not make it any easier, fine guy that PosterJunkie … Sorry.
I myself am running for a while to dub how the latest addition in my studio will look exactly like. In order to help myself and you on the road, I will explain briefly and briefly what kind of materials you should choose or not use for each material.
Brushed aluminum and dibond
Why are these materials together? Brushed aluminum and dibond consist of the same components, a hard core of plastic with a thin top layer of aluminum. The difference is that this top layer is brushed aluminum with a brush and not with dibond. The top layer in our dibond is smooth in structure and is covered with white. Nice and nice, you will think, but what is the real noticeable difference?
This is mainly in the printing of the white color (shades). With brushed aluminum, white is not printed, here you see the light metal color of the aluminum coming forward. This gives a unique effect when the light falls with the imprint of the poster. Especially in the dark black (Classy Lion) and black and white designs (Dark Elephant) creates a wow-effect.
At this moment you probably think that dibond is the ugly brother of the two, nothing is less true. Due to the white top layer on dibond it is possible for example to design a white background (woman with a flower mask poster) printed on it, something that has no desirable effect on brushed aluminum. Furthermore, the white top layer on dibond reflects less light than the top layer of brushed aluminum, so a poster on dibond has a matt appearance with slightly less shine.
Most people are familiar with Plexiglas, yet you also have this material in many different types and sizes. I will now limit myself only to PosterJunkie’s plexiglass product. The designs are printed on clear glass plexiglass of 5mm thick. The full-color print of the design comes on the back of the plate and is finished with a layer of white, so that the poster on plexiglass is nowhere transparent. On plexiglass the colors and contrasts (for example at the Red Autumn) of designs great to their right. It is, like ordinary glass, a shiny material. So if you dare to shine, this is the choice for you.
Canvas is a material that needs little explanation. It consists of a canvas cloth that is stretched over a wooden frame of two inches thick. The whole gives a nice spatial effect on the wall. The print on the canvas will have a matt appearance due to the material.
HD metal is called the 4K TV of the printed matter. Yes, certainly no shortage of marketing terms. But what exactly does it mean? The metal from HD metal is aluminum. Already aluminum? Yes, but in this case it is a sheet of 5mm solid aluminum, not just a top layer like dibond and brushed aluminum. The special feature of this material, however, is the printing technique that is used when applying the ink to the plate, called sublimation. This technique not only ensures a sharp result, the result is also a design that is completely scratch resistant and weather resistant. Ideal for every situation, both inside and outside. So if you want a design with the power of the Hulk but also the slick appearance of Superman, then you are good with a poster on HD metal.
Last but not least, good old paper. The choice of the right paper for posters is very close. Having studied extensively different proofs, PosterJunkie decided to use 270 grams matte photo paper, finished with a single-sided lamination. The paper is very thick so that it can absorb the ink well without warping. The laminate layer is an extra protection against UV light (due to discolouration) and moisture. Because a poster on paper is cheaper than the other materials, you can alternate with your designs in the list.
I hope that I have been able to give you some clarity in the deep dark jungle of materials to make an informed decision. If you have any questions about this epic exposition, do not hesitate to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will continue to help you with pleasure.