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Signage and decorative solutions for indoor and long-term outdoor applications.

Beautiful. Durable. Sustainable.

Since 1958, architects and designers have specified Metalphoto® for high-value outdoor and indoor signage projects such as wayfinding, facades, blueprint reproductions, building certification plaques and donor recognition plates.

The unique appearance and feel of Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum allows you to capture rich, photographic quality images inside of metal – providing unmatched longevity and the modern look of sub-surface printed anodized aluminum.

Because Metalphoto is a photographic process, its image resolution, clarity and durability are superior to printed or etched signs. The Metalphoto image is cleanable, graffiti-proof and impervious to sunlight and abrasion. Further, Metalphoto is designed for permanency – it will not fade or need to be replaced. If replacement is desired, Metalphoto is 100% recyclable.

Customized Metalphoto components can be made to your specifications. Sub-surface color can be added for indoor or short-term outdoor installations. Metalphoto is available in five finishes, and thicknesses of .003” to .125”.


Find The Ideal Identification Products For Your Application

Explore our wide range of durable signage and recognition products, custom designed for your project, application or organization. Our product development team is on standby to design and build your perfect identification solution.

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Create Your Own Nameplate, Data Plate, Label, Sign, or Front Panel Design Online

The MPC Nameplate Designer is an online tool that you can use to easily create a design for any piece of identification, including nameplates, data plates, warning labels, asset tracking labels, control panel faceplates, overlays and signs.  Load a starting template and edit the elements to your specifications, or start from scratch and build your design.  Using this designer, you can set the dimensions, material, and add adhesive backing to your identification piece, and then add holes, cutouts, text, serial numbers, bar codes or QR codes, shapes, and even images and photos to your design.  Once the design is complete, you can save a PDF print of the design to download and share.

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Specialized Material Options for Your Application

Metalphoto of Cincinnati offers nameplates in a variety of standard material options, including our proprietary Metalphoto®  substrate. Metalphoto is photosensitive anodized aluminum, which features a silver and black photographic image that is embedded within the sapphire-hard anodic layer of the aluminum. This combination gives a Metalphoto part an outdoor life of over 20 years, and makes it extremely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure. The National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers (GPI) Industry Standards and Practices Manual identifies Metalphoto as the most durable printed aluminum substrate available, and it has been trusted by industry, government and military organizations like Caterpillar, The US Navy, NASA, and Boeing for over 50 years.  Metalphoto offers many unique features including:

  • Lasts over 20 years outdoors without fading or degradation.
  • Uniquely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure.
  • Exceptional image resolution that allows for photo image, security and microprint options.
  •  Ability to support unique information, including a unique barcode or QR code and letter/number combination on every piece.
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Request a free evaluation kit today and we will send you a sample kit to test our durable signage products in your own operating environment.

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Lasting Donor Recognition

Read why the Mariemont School Foundation trusted MPC to help create an outdoor structure that would recognize the district’s generous supporters, display the faces of local students and faculty, and inspire others in the community to give.

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Absolutely Beautiful

As a member of the historical committee of the Homosassa Civic Club I was the first to contact you regarding our historical markers. Every one I spoke with was very nice and gave me all the information I needed. The markers we have received, in my estimation, are absolutely beautiful. Thank you very much.

Great Job

MPC took my rough material and did a great job laying it out. They waited until I reviewed the draft and approved it before quickly developing my signs. Thanks MPC.


Create The Ideal Solution For Your Product Identification Needs

If you’re having trouble finding the ideal identification solution for your project or application, build it with Metalphoto of Cincinnati. Talk with our experienced sales engineers today.

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