Glass Photo Prints
What are the advantages of a photo print on glass?
Photography as such, is instant art to be able to capture a stage in an image or stop time in it forever.
Many times, we sacrifice some aspects in the photo to get others. Everything depends on the type of photography, nuances, colors, without leaving aside something very important in its duration and image quality. There are certain factors that directly influence the durability of these images when they are printed and displayed in exhibitions or as decoration for homes or offices.
How many times have we wanted to preserve that photo that means something very special to us; we see it wither slowly and gradually without being able to do anything in return.
Moisture, light, and oxidation pollution are the most radical factors that affect the durability of a good impression, no matter if made on paper, vinyl, or canvas.
The good news is that technological advances have allowed us to overcome this erosion barrier by time and multiply the durability of an impression indefinitely.
There is an innovative and insurmountable method known as lamination in glass or in acrylic, which consists of laminating an image printed on glass or an acrylic; protecting it from any contamination or external influence, guaranteeing incalculable durability.
As we can make a large-scale comparison of the operation of this lamination system or glass Prints, example, imagine that you go to the beach with your swimsuit without any sun protection.
The humidity, salt, and sun have full access to your skin. This is how the traditional method of printing works, using sunscreen, or a dress that covers 100% of your body and is enclosed in a glass urn that offers protection from any external contamination; this is how lamination works if we compare it with our current life.
Leaving comparisons aside and speaking technically, lamination or glass picture is the best method to preserve a printed image or photo by three factors:
The first and most important is the (UV) protection. The (UV) is responsible for giving that protection against the light rays that cause discoloration and loss of color pigmentation, which not found once but three times repeated simultaneously in the different materials to guarantee the greatest protection in said system. The Crystal that is used, the laminate and the ink have their property of UV protector.
The second aspect is that the laminate guarantees you the most perfect and exact transparency, if your image for example has a 4k resolution; that is the resolution you will have in the finished image. The laminate is the product used to adhere the image or photo to glass or acrylic.
In addition, the third aspect, though it is a third is still important, is that said print or photograph is totally isolated from external factors, completely empty, guaranteeing zero external contamination.
There are similar methods such as direct printing to glass or acrylic that are more conventional leaving much to be desired when we refer to image quality and durability. Why?
It is very easy: Direct printing to the glass does not use laminate. Its system applies an epoxy layer so that the ink can adhere to the glass subtracting more than 45% resolution of the image. The other point is that the image is printed directly to the glass or acrylic without allowing said impression to flex in the face of tiny movements due to changes in temperatures that an acrylic or crystallized surface undergoes, causing future small cracks in the ink and therefore the printing is damaged in the not so distant future. And the most important of all is that it lacks pure white, letting the colors be more worn and dead.
This aspect of pure white is extremely important since the range of colors depends on White such as, to cause a variety of shades in the same color directly influencing the definition of shadows and layers.
When you laminate, you print on a white surface absorbing the color gradually and calculatedly, while when you make them directly to an acrylic or glass surface, the white is then applied on top of the printed color, to cover the space, not allowing the colors to be Auto calibrate and give you an exact image to the desired one.
So direct printing is still good, but compared to lamination, leaves much to be desired when we talk about quality and finished image.
There is another method that we should not rule out, known as sublimation in glass. This method despite being so novel and rich in colors has an inconsistency that is the exact definition of the details, and why this happens.
This happens because the sublimation in glass develops in an almost magical way, since a thin layer of a white polyester, or polyester paint is applied on the surface of the glass to transfer the image.
The first step of sublimation is to print an image or photo on a special sublimation paper. Afterwards place it on top of the glass on the side where the face is in the glass with the thin layer of polyester. Later put it on a heat plate set to more than 380 degrees, these results in the polyester dilating by opening its pores and the ink passes through them and being trapped.
The richness of the color that this technique offers us is undeniable, but at the same time, it has a great flaw. Its definition is not so optimal when we talk about a great definition.
Lamination to the Crystal or Acrylic known as Acrylic Prints or Glass Picture does not offer an insurmountable guarantee with respect to durability, longevity, and image definition; I clarify this since there is nothing more innovative that guarantees us what lamination as such offers.