"This is a tiny 100+ year old partially-hand-colored family photo (oddly sized, probably about 3X7) that I scanned at 600 dpi, digitally restored and color-corrected using a great program called Recolored (time-consuming and tricky until you get the hang of it, but the results are phenomenal), and my efforts yielded a true work of art. Through Shutterfly I've had it printed on metal, paper, plastic (the padded cover of a family photo book), and woven into a blanket (the original photo is taped to the blanket in the picture below to give an idea of how much it was blown up).
I had to saturate the color on the blanket so it wouldn't turn out too dark; the paper prints (on various stock) all look oversaturated although they're not; and the plastic book cover looks good... but there's absolutely no question that the metal print turned out the best. The details are clearly defined, the colors are properly saturated and really pop, and the glossy finish adds a nice sheen to the photograph (though it's SO glassy that I wonder if the matte finish would've looked better).
My only complaint is the hanging apparatus - I bought this as a birthday present for my mom to hang over her mantle. The larger aluminum prints require two nails/screws, which is totally unnecessary given the light weight. Shutterfly provides a cardboard plate to drive the nails through so they're properly placed, but it was still a difficult feat going into brick and mortar - it would've been nice if I could have used the single nail that was already there for the heavier wooden-frame photo that I replaced. Annoyingly, I wound up chipping the paint on the bottom setting it on the fireplace while trying to get the nails even, which never would have happened if it required a single nail (and/or had I not scraped it on brick).
The hefty price tag on the metal prints is certainly off-putting but from what I've seen this is the best that Shutterfly has to offer. Aluminum is easy to clean and doesn't rust, so "
April 29, 2014Metal Wall Art
"I am an artist that paints large scale canvases. I take digital images of each one and have found a way to provide my friends, family and clients with a 24" by 36" painting on a light weigh metal picture frame of very high quality and at a reasonable price.
I don't write many online reviews but this Shutterfly and this outstanding product deserves credit.....exceptional reproduction of oil paintings on metal that gets delivered to your door or the person you would like to receive it well wrapped and even with wall mounting template.
Metal wall panels come in many different sizes as well.
Check it out!"
July 17, 2014better then I expected
"I did a true color/matte metal print of photo of my son. Didn't know what to expect, but it came out very well. And as it says, it is true to color of the photo. The photo is very nice and clear."
July 6, 2014Love it too much
"This HDR photo shines even more when printed on aluminium. It looks as though it is electrified and has so much debth to the image. I bought it as a gift for someone else and love it so much, I can't part with it."
June 20, 2014Metal wall art
"Received my 8"x 10" matte true color yesterday was very happy with the product. I will certainly be ordering again."