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Does anyone know of a pen that writes well on glossy metal prints without smudges or blotching? I am a photographer who prints on metal and have been wanting to get into putting my signature on my prints. I agree with a post I saw earlier how having it digitally printed doesnt have the same effect as hand signing it and I have already tried the DecoColor liquid silver and was not impressed, it scratched did not keep sharp edges at all.

With gratitude,

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Comment by Larry Sohn on November 13, 2017 at 10:17am
Copic markers
Comment by Richard Seiling on November 13, 2017 at 12:29pm

The Sakura Pen Touch Silver worked best for me when I tested this on the Chromaluxe panels. After about 24 hours it won't smudge, and remains that way. (I kept trying to smudge it for over a year!) I tried several other paint pens from other companies that would smudge even after months of dry time. The sakura pens are available at most art supply/Hobby Lobby/Michael's/Joanne's/Amazon. You should note that paint pen signatures can be removed by repeated rubbing because it is just sitting on the surface.  "Digital Signatures" on metal don't look as good because of the low resolution of the metal product. Even if you print at high resolution, the dye sublimation process diffuses the image and creates lines that are not perfectly sharp. You lab should have a ton of scrap metal, have them send you some pieces to test signatures on. 

Comment by Bill Posner on November 13, 2017 at 12:41pm

I use a custom font to place within the photo and they come out beautifully from the lab (Bay Photo) I have a number of them in various colors and use the Watermark feature in LR

With my limited edition ones, I attach to back a card, with numbered print and signature by hand.

Comment by Mary Crone on November 13, 2017 at 1:01pm
Comment by Kirk Bergman on November 17, 2017 at 3:10pm

what model decocolor are you using?  I use this one and it works awesome

You can also use a magic eraser to remove the signature if you mess it up.  It doesnt harm the print


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