Spoiled For Choice: Canvas, Dibond Or Acrylic Glass?

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Spoiled For Choice: Canvas, Dibond Or Acrylic Glass?

We work with high-quality materials, fine paper and canvas. The photographs can be stretched, mounted, laminated or framed. Processing behind acrylic glass is just as possible as on aluminium. Matt or high gloss, with a border or in a panoramic format? You determine the size and the material, we manufacture exclusively for you within a few days. But which processing is the right one for me?

The advantages of the canvas

Some customers don’t particularly like canvas and there’s usually a pretty simple reason for that: Anyone who has ever ordered a canvas online or seen it in a large furniture store often only knows the processing in the simplest and unfortunately also the cheapest quality. In complete contrast, we print on a 350gsm matte white artist canvas. The material is made from the highest quality raw materials and is elaborately coated. High color and print quality and the use of multiple black tones ensure perfect results. In terms of sharpness and color reproduction, canvas can definitely compete with other finishes, such as Dibond.  According to the paint manufacturer, the images remain lightfast for at least 75 years without fading. Incidentally, this also applies to all other processing that we offer.

But what are the advantages of canvas? 

Due to the structure of the canvas, the images appear a bit softer and, with certain motifs, more like they have been painted. Nevertheless, even the smallest details are reproduced very well.  Printerpix’s canvas has a matte surface so that even lateral incidence of light does not lead to unwanted reflections. The wooden stretcher frames are very stable and available in two thicknesses. The picture continues over the side frame and ends with the wall. The effect is stronger with the 4.5 cm deep frame, while the 2 cm deep frame appears slimmer. Incidentally, which of the two frames you choose is purely a matter of taste. Both variants are very stable, regardless of size.

Which processing you choose is always a question of the setup and what you might already have in other pictures. For example, I find that canvas looks somehow more comfortable and it goes better with wood and fabric.

Dibond with protective film matt or glossy

Let’s start with the different types of processing: Basically, a distinction is made between a real photo print, which is mounted on Dibond and finished with a protective film, and so-called direct plate printing. The “direct print” processing does not appear to be of such high quality and is generally of poorer quality, especially in terms of color reproduction and resolution. That’s why we decided to only offer the first variant. The question of the right protective film remains: the matt protective film ensures very good color reproduction and prevents reflections. In addition, it is less sensitive. With a glossy protective film you get more brilliance and a higher color intensity. The effect is almost like a picture behind acrylic glass, but it is a bit more sensitive, in terms of scratches or small imperfections. The film has a minimal structure, which can also be seen if you look very closely. If you want a completely smooth and shiny surface, you should probably opt for acrylic glass.

Images on Dibond are a more modern and simple processing. It goes very well with minimalist/modern furnished rooms or newer architecture. The photos look sharper, which is an advantage, especially for detailed shots. The Dibond carrier plate is very stable and only 3 mm thick. The rails attached and indented on the back ensure an even distance to the wall and make the picture almost float in front of the wall. The protective film makes the images less sensitive and they can be wiped off with a soft cloth, for example. Dibond images can take a little moisture and are therefore also suitable for rooms such as bathrooms or kitchens.

  • Choice of matt or glossy surface
  • high-quality photo print with excellent color reproduction
  • Lightfast thanks to pigmented colors
  • Stable Dibond plate with a depth of only 3 mm
  • Thanks to the protective film, it can also be wiped off and is waterproof
  • modern and simple look

Let’s move on to the next processing, which is quite similar in terms of its basic structure. However, the picture is laminated here under 3 mm thick acrylic glass. As before, the carrier is a Dibond plate.

Dibond with acrylic glass

The lamination behind acrylic glass is the highest quality processing. It gives your picture a very special depth and brilliance. A Dibond plate serves as the back wall and a frame for hanging is indented on the back. It should be noted that a glossy surface always reflects. Depending on how the picture is hanging, or how bright your room is and where there are large windows, strong reflections can occur.

  • Noble and discreet optics
  • high gloss finish
  • perfect sharpness and color reproduction