What is an Acrylic Print?
Need to know what is an acrylic print and what are its benefits? An acrylic print is a professional grade transparent thermoplastic that is used to mount photos onto walls in a stunning and modern way. Lightweight, durable, and impervious to moisture, acrylic photo prints are an excellent investment for long term graphic displays. We recommend acrylic prints for a wide array of interiors. If you’re looking for a modern, durable, and low maintenance way to display your best work, look no further.
Benefits of Acrylic Prints
Spillproof: One huge benefit of acrylic prints vs canvas photo prints or paper prints is that they are completely waterproof. Spill whatever you want on these – coffee, water, maple syrup – and the only thing you’ll lose is your drink. While you shouldn’t intentionally try to destroy your priceless photos and artwork, these prints are among the most durable. Acrylic prints are an excellent option for humid climates.
UV protection: If you’re looking for a high level of UV protection for your images, our professional grade acrylic will last much longer than other materials. Our archival printing method ensures that these will be resistant to UV rays for much longer. This means you can display them in bright rooms that don’t have any UV filtering, or even outdoors.
Lightweight: Acrylic prints are lightweight enough that they can be hung even from typical drywall without risk of collapsing the wall. Their light weight also makes them easily transportable in the event that you ever need to move your print. This combination of light weight and durability makes acrylic prints a true winner!
Highly Attractive: Acrylic prints make a statement on the wall. They show off your best photos or artwork and are proud to be displayed. They add a modern element to a room and can easily be added or removed. The polished look of the acrylic adds extra depth and radiance to every image. Couple these in an interior with custom wall murals or wall decals and you’ll bring to life your whole room.
For another high-quality display that’s designed more for signage purposes check out our sintra board PVC signs. Looking for more sophisticated ways to display images that are dear to you? See our canvas photo print options.
Acrylic Printing Options
We offer our acrylic prints in a variety of sizes and thickness options. Most common is ¼” thick prints which are a good balance of weight and strength.
We include everything you need to mount these prints to the walls, and we include polished metal standoffs to frame and mount.
Printing on Acrylic
We print directly onto our acrylic sheets. This method allows better colors, durability, and keeps things simple. We print onto acrylic all day long and know exactly how to work with the material.
Glass Photo Prints vs Acrylic Prints
Acrylic prints are similar to glass photo prints, and the medium is very similar. Acrylic is often a better alternative to glass photo prints since it is shatterproof and lighter in weight, while still offering the same type of texture and impression. If you’re deciding between the two give us a call and we’ll help you decide for your space.
Life Span of Acrylic Prints
Unlike other printers, we print directly onto the acrylic material. This means that your image won’t peel from its canvas overtime, and you’ll get a longer lifespan out of your acrylic prints. Properly cleaned and cared-for, an acrylic print can last well over a decade. They are a truly great investment for long term displays!
Other quality long lasting display is our sintra board PVC signs which are designed more for signage purposes.
Acrylic Prints vs Canvas Prints
We often get questions about the differences between acrylic prints vs canvas prints. Both are great printing options, and which you choose should depend on your project.
Acrylic prints are more durable and longer lasting. They also allow for the option of leaving blank space that can be transparent, if that is a look you are going for. If you are looking for a more modern-looking printing option, an acrylic photo print is the way to go.
Canvas prints are not quite as durable or longlasting, so if you anticipate that your display will be subject to the elements, you should pick an acrylic print instead. However canvas prints have a very charming, classic look. If you are looking to reproduce the appearance of a painting, then a canvas print will absolutely do that. Canvas prints also tend to be slightly lighter, if this is a concern for you.
Who Uses Acrylic Prints?
Some of the most common purchasers of acrylic prints are professional photographers, interior designers, office interior designers, as well as everyday customers.
Professional photographers are able to transform their photos from something of medium quality on paper to something super high quality on an acrylic panel. Photographers are able to offer a higher end product to clients, and charge higher prices.
Interior designers love recommending acrylic prints to their clients when adding a modern look and feel to an interior. Rather than standard printed photos or canvas prints, an acrylic print makes a beautiful permanent fixture.
For more temporary displays for trade shows or for presentations foam boards are a good option.
Acrylic is actually the generic name for Plexiglass. According to Wikipedia, “Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), also known as acrylic or acrylic glass as well as by the trade names Plexiglas, Acrylite, Lucite, and Perspex among several others (see below), is a transparent thermoplastic often used in sheet form as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass.”
So if you’re looking for Plexiglass printing, our acrylic prints are exactly what you are looking for. Feel free to reach out to discuss generic acrylic prints vs plexiglass prints anytime. We are happy to further clarify the relationship between acrylic and plexiglass.
Local Delivery and Nationwide Shipping
Once we have finished printing your acrylic photo prints in our San Diego warehouse, we will ship your acrylic print to you anywhere in the USA. We always pay careful attention to appropriate packaging to ensure that your print arrives in perfect condition. Depending on the size and timeline of your order, we may offer free or expedited shipping.
If you live in the San Diego or Orange County area, we are happy to personally deliver and install your custom acrylic prints. You are also always welcome to stop by our San Diego warehouse to pick up the prints yourself. We would be glad to see you!
Acrylic Prints Questions and Answers
Your top questions about custom acrylic prints
Do acrylic prints have UV protection?
If you’re looking for a high level of UV protection for your images, our professional grade acrylic will last much longer than other materials. Our archival printing method ensures that these will be resistant to UV rays for much longer. This means you can display them in bright rooms that don’t have any UV filtering, or even outdoors.