ChromaLuxe® Dye-sub Metal Prints vs. Dibond: Shiny Metal Prints Compared to Brushed Aluminum
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Vibrant. Durable. Impactful. ChromaLuxe® dye-sub metal prints turn any photograph or digital art design into a show-stopping masterpiece.

Preserving your artwork starts with the perfect foundation. White ChromaLuxe® aluminum photo panels are finished with custom formulated polymer, making the panels both scratch and fade resistant. Color dyes are then infused directly into the metal finish (dye sublimation). Not only does this bring out brilliant color and  high-definition depth, but infusing the dye into the finish also helps protect the piece from scratching. This is one of many reasons photographers may choose ChromaLuxe® over other metal print options.


ChromaLuxe® Dye-sub Metal vs. Dibond® Brushed Aluminum
One of those other options is Dibond®. Dibond® is a similar process to ChromaLuxe®, which also results in long-lasting metal prints. With Dibond®, the image is printed directly onto the metal surface and UV cured for extreme durability. With ChromaLuxe®  the image is “fused” via heat and pressure, right onto the coated metal surface.

ChromaLuxe Metal Split Cluster Prints

However, what separates Dibond from ChromaLuxe® is the metal texture and how the ink is applied to the metal surface. With Dibond, the UV-cured ink is sprayed directly to the metal and any white that is in the image falls away to reveal the brushed aluminum surface. This creates a cool metallic, almost three dimensional effect. With ChromaLuxe®, the dye is applied to the white polymer finish onto the aluminum via heat and pressure. Any white still appears white and colors are extremely vivid.

When choosing between ChromaLuxe® dye-sub and Dibond®, photographers should consider the style they hope to achieve. ChromaLuxe®’s matte or glossy finishes can give a sleek, sophisticated look to vibrant photographs. Dibond® produces a metallic look with visible brushed aluminum. Deciding on a style will help decide on a print process.

“ChromaLuxe® metal prints… give my images an unbeatable depth and dimension that can’t be achieved on other mediums.”
-Walter Arnold

How to Select the Right Metal Print for You Masterpiece
Because the brushed aluminum surface of Dibond® prints shows through the ink, the surface actually becomes an element of the print. Dibond® is therefore fantastic for:

Black and White
Very bold images
Whereas ChromaLuxe® is more ideal for images with:

Lots of color 
High contrast
With ChromaLuxe® dye-sub metal, you also get your choice of finish: matte or glossy. 

ChromaLuxe® dye sub metal Desert Rocks brilliant colors and shadows


“I decided to order a Dibond metallic print. When the package arrived and was opened, I was stunned! What vibrant color. The metallic compliments the print perfectly, making the sunset seemingly shimmer, and the lights glow.”
-Bill K.

Custom ChromaLuxe®
If you decide to go with ChromaLuxe® dye-sub metal prints, you will find even more options for creativity in your photography.

As with most products, the customization options for ChromaLuxe®  are virtually endless. You can select any size up to four feet by eight feet and opt for a custom size/shape, cut out by our high-speed router. Finishes can be glossy with a sleek, striking shine, or glare-free matte. If one is not enough, choose clusters or splits to create your very own art gallery wall.

No matter the subject or design of your photography or digital artwork, ChromaLuxe® dye-sub metal prints will showcase the image like no other print product available. To get started showing off your photography with metal prints, simply upload your files and customize.