Photo Imaging

The Metalphoto imaging process is a photographic process used to image anodized aluminum. A silver compound embedded in aluminum substrate is exposed to light through a film negative. The photographic image is then developed, fixed and sealed to produce a black or grayscale image embedded within the hard anodized layer.

Facts about Photo-Imaging

  • Metalphoto photo-imaged identification plates have an impervious, clear anodic surface
  • Provides maximum sunlight and heat resistance, plus superior abrasion and chemical resistance
  • Process offers the highest graphic resolution capable of any metallic substrate
  • Metalphoto is recognized as the most durable of aluminum identification plate material by GPI, the National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers, Inc.
  • Metalphoto meets or exceeds a variety of industry and DoD specifications.
  • Cost effective for low to mid volume - also good solution for high volume applications where durability is important
  • Good option when the application calls for imaging variable information.

MPC Capabilities for Metalphoto Photo-Imaging


Metalphoto imaged anodized aluminum, an 1100 series aluminum.


From .003 inches to .125 inches.


Parts can be up to 24 x 40 inches.


Matte, satin, #4, and gloss.


For optimum durability, it is recommended to use black or grayscale. Additional colors can be coated or screen printed on before the anodic surface layer is applied. These additional colors are not as UV resistant as the photographically applied black. Colors are not recommended for prolonged outdoor use. Due to the natural variation found in aluminum, the transparent dyes used for Metalphoto colors tend to vary slightly.

No minimum quantity. Get a quote for any size job.

Get a quote for any size job - we have no minimum piece requirement. Our minimum production run is $400 per part number, excluding set-up fees/tooling. Contact us regarding your project.

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