Are Metal Prints Better Than Canvas?

By CanvasChamp TeamDecember, 23 2019

Choosing the correct medium to showcase your photography can be daunting when you’re faced with a market that is flooded with options. From paper to canvas to acrylic to metal, the photo printing options available today are seemingly endless. Fortunately, you don’t have to make this decision alone! After all, we know the ins and outs of photo printing, and we’re happy to share what we know.

If you’re trying to decide between canvas and metal, for example, how do you decide which one is better?

The truth is that canvas and metal are wildly different from each other, so it wouldn’t be fair to say one is “better” than the other. Instead, let’s compare the two, and you can decide which is best for your needs!

Metal Prints

Metal prints are generally printed on sheets of aluminum that have been treated with a special coating that enables them to absorb an image from transfer paper.

Metal prints are fairly durable and scratch-resistant. They’re also easy to wipe clean in the event you inadvertently get dirt on them. On the other hand, metal prints are usually more expensive than their canvas counterparts.

Aesthetically speaking, metal prints do tend to look best in modern spaces due to their sleek look and vibrant color.

Canvas Prints

Canvas prints are printed on archival-quality poly-cotton blend and stretched over a wooden frame. Unlike metal prints, canvas prints are not waterproof, nor are they scratch-resistant, and they tend to be harder to clean. As far as pricing, canvas does tend to be the more affordable option when compared to metal prints.

Visually, canvas prints have a more classic vibe that suits homes and businesses alike. The contrast level on printed custom canvas prints may not be as punchy, but ultimately this gives the canvas a softer, more painterly feel that blends well with most décor styles.

In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether metal or canvas will serve your photo printing needs. A vibrant fall landscape may look best on a punchy metal print in a contemporary space whereas a portrait may benefit from the inherent softness of a canvas print. Your photos and décor style are personal choices! Take your time to decide on a medium, and you’ll be happy with the results for years to come.

Now that you have a better understanding of the differences between metal prints and canvas prints, which do you think you’ll choose for your next print project? Let us know in the comments below!