5 Common Media Types For Printed Art

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Fine art photography has the power to transport us to breathtaking natural landscapes and capture the essence of wildlife in its purest form.  When you purchase a print, you are going to want to showcase your captivating images. Therefore, the choice of medium for printing can significantly impact the overall aesthetic appeal of the artwork, along with framing it.  At www.nickigeigert.com, we offer a diverse range of mediums for our natural landscape, wildlife, and nature photography prints. Each medium brings a unique touch to the images, allowing you to create a captivating ambiance in your home or office. In this article, we will delve into the distinct characteristics, benefits, and disadvantages of printing on fine art paper, non-glare acrylic, mid-glass metal, wood, and canvas.  If in doubt, or if you are feeling overwhelmed, please feel free to call me at 760-533-5154 or email me. I am happy to help.


Fine Art Paper:

Fine art paper offers a classic and timeless appeal, that beautifully showcases the intricate details and vibrant colors of wildlife and nature photography prints. It provides a wide range of options in terms of textures, finishes, and archival quality. Paper labeled as archival quality ensures long-lasting beauty that can be cherished for generations to come.

Fine art paper is an excellent choice for those seeking a traditional and elegant look for their wall art.


  • Renders rich and vibrant colors, capturing the essence of the original photograph.
  • Provides a traditional and sophisticated look, perfect for elegant spaces.
  • Offers a wide range of textures and finishes, allowing you to choose the one that best complements the artwork.
  • Can be easily framed to match your personal style and preferences.


  • Requires proper handling and framing to protect the print from damage.
  • Susceptible to fading and discoloration when exposed to direct sunlight or high humidity.


Non-Glare Acrylic:

Non-glare acrylic is a modern and sleek option that offers both protection and visual enhancement for the presentation of fine art photography prints. The acrylic's matte finish reduces reflections, enhancing the clarity and depth of the images. Its anti-reflective properties reduce glare, allowing viewers to fully immerse themselves in the photograph's details.

Acrylic offers UV protection and is usually offered as a frameless presentation with the option of a metal back with a cleat for mounting on a wall or a paper back with a cleat for mounting.

The clarity and depth provided by non-glare acrylic elevate the overall viewing experience and gives the art a contemporary feel.


  • Provides a frameless, floating effect, adding a contemporary touch to any space.
  • Offers exceptional color vibrancy and sharpness, ensuring a visually stunning representation of the artwork.
  • UV-resistant properties protect the prints from fading due to sunlight exposure.
  • Lightweight and shatterproof, making them easy to handle and ship.


  • Requires careful handling and cleaning to avoid scratches or damage to the acrylic surface.
  • More susceptible to fingerprints and smudges compared to other mediums.


Mid-Gloss Metal:

Mid-gloss metal prints are a captivating medium that infuses fine art photography with an unparalleled brilliance and contemporary look and adds a metallic sheen to fine art photography. The prints are directly infused into specially coated aluminum sheets, which adds a unique luminosity to the images, creating a vibrant and high-definition eye-catching display.

The long-lasting durability and scratch-resistant nature of mid-gloss metal make it an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor settings.


  • Produces vibrant and high-definition prints with exceptional color accuracy.
  • Reflective surface adds depth and dimension, creating a captivating visual impact.
  • Resistant to fading, moisture, and scratches, ensuring long-lasting durability.
  • Lightweight and easy to hang, offering versatility in displaying the artwork.


  • Metal prints may not suit every aesthetic or interior style.
  • Reflective surface can create glare in certain lighting conditions.



Wood prints add a warm and rustic charm to fine art photography The natural grain of the wood subtly blends with the images, lending them a distinctive character.

Printing on wood adds a rustic and organic touch to fine art photography, creating a unique fusion of nature and art with a very tactile experience. The natural grain patterns of the wood blend harmoniously with rustic nature-inspired images, creating a warm and inviting ambiance.

Because the grain pattern shows in the print, very rustic art looks best with this medium. A white coating, which is applied to the wood before the image is printed, keeps the color of the wood from showing through and interfering with the colors of the printed image.

Wood prints are highly durable and can be an excellent choice for those seeking a distinctive and nature-infused aesthetic. (Short Tail Keyword: Fine Art Wood Prints)


  • Provides a warm and organic feel, enhancing the natural elements in the photographs.
  • Offers a tactile and textural experience, with the wood grain peeking through the image.
  • Durable and long-lasting, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor display.
  • Each print is one-of-a-kind, as the wood grain pattern varies.


  • The wood grain texture may not be suitable for very many types of photograph images.
  • Colors may appear slightly muted due to the absorbent nature of the wood.



Canvas prints are a timeless and versatile medium that allows you to showcase fine art photography in a gallery-style format. The textured surface adds depth and character to the images, creating a captivating visual experience.

Canvas prints offer a classic and timeless presentation, reminiscent of traditional paintings that allows you to showcase fine art photography in a gallery-style format. The texture and depth provided by canvas lend a tactile and painterly quality to fine art photography.

Although other options are available, canvas prints are usually offered as a "gallery wrap" where an extra "border" is printed along all four outside edges of the print allowing the print to be wrapped around the frame. This extra border can be printed as solid black or white, or most commonly, as an extra "mirrored image" strip printed and then wrapped around the frame.

Canvas prints are a versatile medium that is lightweight, easy to hang, and can add a touch of artistic elegance and captivating visual experience to any space.


  • Offers a classic and elegant presentation, reminiscent of traditional paintings.
  • Texture adds a three-dimensional quality, enhancing the overall depth of the photographs.
  • Can be displayed without a frame for a contemporary look or framed for a more formal setting.
  • Lightweight and easy to handle, making them suitable for various spaces.


  • Canvas prints may require additional protective measures to prevent damage from moisture or dust.
  • The texture of the canvas can affect the sharpness and fine details of the images.

Selecting the right medium for your fine art photography prints is crucial in bringing out the true essence and impact of the images. Consider the aesthetic style, desired ambiance, and longevity when choosing between fine art paper, non-glare acrylic, mid-gloss metal, wood, or canvas. Explore the stunning collection of wildlife and nature photography prints at www.nickigeigert.com and find the perfect medium to transform your space into a captivating gallery of art and a sanctuary of natural beauty and inspiration.

Remember, each medium brings its own unique charm, so don't be afraid to experiment with small prints on each medium. Or, give Nicki a call for advice regarding a particular image in a particular room. I have helped several clients determine the best medium for offices, bathrooms, living rooms, family rooms and bedrooms. Be the first to add an image to your kitchen.