ChromaLuxe HD Dye Sublimation Metal Prints
High Definition, high gloss Metal prints produced with industry leading ChromaLuxe HD products are one of two recommended methods of displaying the vast majority of my work, with the first being Lumachrome HD Acrylic Face Mounted prints. ChromaLuxe HD Metal prints are a new and exciting way to produce high quality photographic prints with a combination of incredible beauty, depth, detail and durability. Metal prints produced using ChromaLuxe HD panels are scratch resistant, water resistant and will not fade or yellow over time. This medium is lightweight and incredibly durable making it the perfect choice for public display or in damp environments such as restrooms or outdoor displays. ChromaLuxe HD Prints appears bright and full of life in the majority of lighting conditions.
The UV resistant coating is bonded to .045 inch aluminum sheeting that in turn is used to create a fine art piece using an amazing process called sublimation. During this process, a digital image is printed in reverse onto a special transfer paper and then with the use of a heat press, the transfer paper is pressed onto the surface of the aluminum sheet at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature heated press causes the inks to transfer directly into the poly-based coating of the aluminum in the form of a gas. The image is not simply printed on top of the surface of the aluminum, but instead is FUSED INTO the surface of the piece.
The resulting vibrancy and three-dimensional quality of one of my Limited Edition pieces using ChromaLuxe HD technology offers deep contrasts, rich color and beautiful detail without sacrificing durability. When first time viewers witness the quality of this product they often remark that it appears to be "printed on glass" or that it looks wet due to the striking detail, rich contrast and outstanding glossiness of the piece.
While most pieces look amazing produced with ChromaLuxe or Lumachrome HD technologies, there are drawbacks to ChromaLuxe prints that should be considered. The most important of these is that the color green does not translate well and in some cases I will not produced a certain piece using this medium for this reason. Other considerations you should make include the possibility of chipping and in some cases slight imperfections in the surface of the substrate.