Mpix Metallic Paper

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by colorspace, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. colorspace macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2005
    Anyone used MPix's metallic paper option?

    I have a few images I would like to print fairly large and am looking for some feedback before diving in.

    Most of the images I would like to print are pretty contrasty and saturated -- you can see them Here

    A few examples of types of prints that I would want to try are the three below:




    If anyone has tried this paper, I would love to know if you think these are good images for that media.

  2. colorspace thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2005
    oops, sorry about the broken link to the images (a little "image" box is not much to look at :) Hopefully now fixed.
  3. jlcharles macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    Wenonah, NJ
    My suggestion is to get them printed at 4x6 and then pick and choose which look good on metallic.
  4. MacCurry macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    I've used the metallic paper from Adorama for 8x10 prints, but not from MPix. I would assume they would be the same thing as MPix and Adorama use Kodak Endura Metallic paper.

    In my opinion, it gives the picture a pearlescent type of appearance where the metallic material shines in the white or light areas. In natural bright sunlight, that is if you mount your picture near a window, the metallic paper is excellent. If you're displaying it under artificial light, YMMV depending on what type of lighting you have and how intense it is. In low light the whites are more gray due to the metallic material.

    Its great for pictures of cars, motorcycles, airplanes & shinny inanimate objects, but for nature scenery or portraits it doesn't work as well. From the shots in the original post - picture 2 would benefit, picture 1 maybe, but I don't think picture 3 would work well and could detract from it.

    Your best bet would be to use Kodak Endura Supra Luster.
  5. Buschmaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2006
    I would print the bottom one on the metallic paper for sure. The second one is a toss up. Maybe try, as suggested, getting the second picture in both formats in a smaller size before deciding.

    FWIW, I've used their black and white paper, and it is the best of all of them, I think. But I'm not sure I would trade color on any of your pictures. (maybe your first?)
  6. colorspace thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2005
    I now have the results in hand and they are not quite exactly what I expect, although all three looked good. Overall I would say that (especially in the big prints) #2 benefited the most and #1 the least -- it was bordering on being slightly over the top in terms of the saturation of the gold colors.

    Then again I thought all three were slightly to much better than when printed on MPix's normal paper.

    All the best for the new year!
  7. arogge macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2002
    The Kodak Metallic paper option from MPix is excellent. I use it for many types of compositions. I suggest that only your third example shot would look better on the metallic paper, but it really depends on which lighting is used to view it.

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