Q: What is an aluminyzed photo?
A: An aluminyzed photo is a hard sheet of aluminum with a photograph embedded in it. We use a special technology that infuses the image into the aluminum, for exceptional image vibrancy, incomparable durability and maximum versatility.
Q: Why aluminyze my photo?
A: With a traditional paper photo the image sits “on” the paper; It’s a two-dimensional picture. With aluminyzed photos, we take your photograph and embed it in the fabric of the aluminum, with the surface coating of the aluminum functioning as a translucent layer through which the image is viewed. This results in a three-dimensional touch to the image. The subject in the photo pops out from the background and comes alive for all to see!
Q: What other advantages are there to aluminyzed photos?
A: Durability. A traditional photo is printed on paper, not a very durable medium. Other surfaces such as canvas, photobooks, greeting cards etc… don’t fare much better. With an aluminyzed photo, your photo can take a tremendous amount of beating and not be affected at all. You can even load your aluminyzed photo into your dishwasher and it’ll come out as spic and span as when it first came out of the oven (just don’t put in the oven yourself!)!
Q: Where would I display aluminyzed photos?
A: Aluminyzed photos are extremely versatile. You probably wouldn’t want to hang up your canvas wrap in the bathroom; nor would you plaster a naked paper photo on your living room wall. Aluminyzed photos, on the other hand, are perfect in both environments as well as many others.
Q: Does the aluminyzed photo fade in reaction to lighting? Does it have or require UV coating?
A: An aluminyzed photo is infused in the body of the aluminum plate. The image cannot be removed or degraded unless excessive heat is applied. Mere light will NOT cause degradation to your aluminyzed photo.
Q: Do you offer options for the surface and finish of an aluminyzed photos.
A: We sure do. The surface can be either white or sheer. A white surface is defined by a white coating applied to the aluminum before processing. This yields a standard photo with maximum dynamic range (i.e. color spectrum) and vivid colors. A sheer surface is silver (the organic color of aluminum) and gives your photos a metallic sheen and increases the contrast. The finish can be either matte or glossy.
Q: What’s the difference between matte and glossy and when should I prefer one over the other?
A: In general, glossy photos are preferred since the shiny surface enriches the colors. Photographs on glossy will have a warmer hue and look more vibrant. The downside is that if light is reflected on a glossy surface, glare will result. Matte surfaces do not bounce back light, eliminating the glare problem. If your photo is destined to be displayed directly in the line of strong lighting, then you should consider ordering a matte finish.
Q: What kind of stand, frame or display case is suitable for my aluminyzed photos?
A: Aluminyzed photos are so durable and elegant that no frame is needed. In fact, it’s part of what makes it such an attractive medium. An aluminyzed photo can withstand much greater abuse —let alone regular wear and tear— than a traditional paper photo can. Best of all, there’s no need to encase the photo in glass, which may result in glare and pose a hazard if the glass breaks.
Q: Is a table stand or wall mounting device included with my aluminyzed photo?
A: An easel is included by default with all orders, for no additional charge. The easel is made of the same material and has the same look and feel as the aluminyzed photo. An optional wall float can be purchased. The wall float allows you to hang the photo at a ½” distance from the wall. Another option for tabletop display is the acrylic pedestal. It’s a neat aluminum-surfaced slab with a slit down the center in which the aluminyzed photo may be inserted and secured.
Q: Is “aluminyze” an English word?
A: Sure! It doesn’t appear in the dictionary? Well, it’s probably not up-to-date. After all moxie, aspirin and zipper were once upon a time merely trademark names. Aluminyze is currently our trademark, but —honestly— we’d be delighted to do such a great job in endearing our product to consumers that they ultimately “genericize” us.