All about ChromaLuxe
You've probably heard of a photo on Dibond more often. A photo on Dibond often means a photo on aluminium and vice versa. But did you know that Dibond also consists of plastic? Dibond consists of three layers, the intermediate layer of which is made of plastic. For a photo on Dibond, the photo is often printed directly on aluminium. A picture on ChromaLuxe cannot be compared to Dibond. The technique is very different and therefore a photo on aluminium at ChromaLuxe has a very different look and feel......
What does ChromaLuxe stand for?
The name ChromaLuxe will sound less well-known in your ears. This is not so strange because it is still a very new product in the Netherlands. ChromaLuxe is a brand name of a product made by Universal Woods. The brand stands for brightness and vividness of photos on printed materials. In the case of a ChromaLuxe product, the ink is applied in the coated surface by sublimation. This coating layer makes the difference. The coating layer provides sharpness, gloss and depth effect. ChromaLuxe has years of experience in developing coated surfaces. Currently, ChromaLuxe has three materials on which they apply the coating.
Aluminium, MDF en Hardboard van ChromaLuxe
ChromaLuxe has different types of products on the market on which a photograph can be printed.
Aluminum Photo Panel
ChromaLuxe aluminium is made of aluminium only. In popular language, a photograph on aluminium often refers to a photo on Dibond. However, Dibond consists of three layers, in which the intermediate layer is made of black plastic. The aluminium is treated against rust and has a coating layer on the front. The aluminium panels are 1.14mm thick and have rounded corners. They feel light but still strong. A photo on aluminum is available in matt and gloss.
A photo on an MDF panel has a very different look from aluminium. Instead of a modern and luxurious look, a photo on MDF looks more solid. This is mainly due to black sides of the MDF panel. The MDF is 1.6cm thick and the sides are black finished. When the panel is hung on the wall, it looks like it is placed in a photo frame. At the back there are keyholes on the rear side, from which the photo panel can be hung on the wall. So you need to be a technician to hang an MDF photo panel on the wall.
The hardboard panels are only available in small format and are intended to be installed somewhere. The photo panels have a stand on the back which can be folded out. The photo panel can thus be positioned horizontally and vertically. Very nice to print family photos or passport photos for example. For example, if you still have a nice school photo of the past, it's a nice alternative to sublimate it on a hardboard. A photo on hardboard is only available in gloss.
New from ChromaLuxe
ChromaLuxe is currently also working on a product in which the structure of the wood is still visible. The wood comes from the maple tree. The wood of an Esdoorn comes from Europe and North America. The wood is whitish to pale yellow and has a fine grain. It feels firm to one has a fresh look and feel.
ChromaLux vs Dibond
What is the difference between Dibond and ChromaLuxe? Dibond is now widely known in the Netherlands as a photograph on aluminium. In case of a photo on Dibond, the photo is often printed directly on the aluminium. A white top layer can then be chosen. If this is not chosen, the structure of the aluminium is still visible.
In addition to direct-printing, there is also the technique of printing on anodised aluminium. The ink is then transferred to the anodised aluminium. When the ink is inserted, the aluminium is sealed. Sealing is a chemical process in which the pores are sealed to make them water and scratch-resistant. With anodised aluminium, the colours often become less beautiful and intense and it is a relatively expensive process.
In the case of a photo on ChromaLuxe, the image is sublimated into the coating on the aluminium. The ink is then placed in the coating at a high temperature and under great pressure.
- Printing technique: ChromaLuxe uses sublimation. At Dibond often direct-printing
- ChromaLuxe has a coating layer for sublimation, this does not have a Dibond panel.
- ChromaLuxe consists of 1 layer of aluminium, Dibond made of three layers of plastic interlayer
- ChromaLuxe has standard rounded corners, Dibond standard right angles
- ChromaLuxe has intense colors and deep shine
- ChromaLuxe is 1.14mm thick and Dibond is often 3mm thick.
- ChromaLuxe focuses on professional and sharp high-quality prints of high quality.