What You Need to Know About Scanning – Color Depth

There are some key issues about scanners and printers that need to be understood by anyone expecting to become proficient with high-quality digital imaging and printing. These issues or factors are: color depth, dynamic range, and resolution. Color Depth Color depth is just another way to say bit depth for scanners, and the same principles…

There are some key issues about scanners and printers that need to be understood by anyone expecting to become proficient with high-quality digital imaging and printing. These issues or factors are: color depth, dynamic range, and resolution.

Color Depth

Color depth is just another way to say bit depth for scanners, and the same principles apply. A normal color original (print or film) will require a minimum 24-bit scan (8 bits of information per RGB channel; all scanners scan in RGB) to reproduce with adequate fidelity. This is the old “millions” scanner setting. Most modern scanners are 12-bit scanners. of colors simply overkill? Maybe, if you consider that until recently with the introduction of Adobe Photoshop CS, almost no one could edit or work with these high-bit files, and consequently, they were always down-sampled or converted by the scanner into 24-bit images. However, the advantages of adding more information up-front (more raw material or “headroom” to work with) in the scanning stage has become more obvious to people, especially those working with film versus those scanning prints where the density range is much lower .

Keep in mind that many high-bit scanners still output the files in 24-bit (some do true 48-bit output). Why only 24-bit output? Because humans can not really see 48 bits, and also because computer monitors operate in 24-bit mode (although most digital printers can accept 48-bit data, which is usually converted on the fly to 24-bit). However, you still want to be scanning in high-bit mode because a 36-bit scanner has more steps in the range of densities between deep shadows and light highlights than does a 24-bit scanner. (Literally, there are no more 24-bit scanners; they're either 36-, 42- or 48-bit.) A 24-bit scan means 8 bits per RGB channel, which equates to 256 possible brightness levels per channel 0-255, where 0 is pure black and 255 is pure white). A 36-bit color scan means 12 bits per channel or 4,096 possible values. That's a lot more tonal possibilities. And this is especially important in the dark shadows of positive or reversal film (which with negatives turn into highlights) where you want as many steps to differentiate unique detail as possible. Shadow detail is frequently what makes or breaks an image. The downside-and there's always a downside-to scanning and then editing high-bit image files is that increasing the bit depth increases the file size arithmetically. However, as scanning expert David Coons says, “Double the file size is a small price to pay for the 256-times increase in luminance accuracy you realize by moving to 16-bits per channel.”

Clipping Path Technique Resolves Imperfect Image Formats

Not all customers who approach graphic editors supply high-resolution pictures. Some images are not even shot on high quality digital cameras. Tourists usually come with such pictures from their vacations abroad. Happy memories can not be parted with and there is an additional challenge of making the pictures more pretty. Honeymooners return home to make…

Not all customers who approach graphic editors supply high-resolution pictures. Some images are not even shot on high quality digital cameras. Tourists usually come with such pictures from their vacations abroad. Happy memories can not be parted with and there is an additional challenge of making the pictures more pretty. Honeymooners return home to make impressive albums. And now they have less money to spend on editing the red eye, removing some objects from the background, erasing frames with high-speed shutters etc. Now, the ideal thing to do is to approach a graphic editor who knows how to handle imperfect photos. It is not an expensive job anymore. When done professionally, the images turn out fabulous. With additional graphic illustrations the album becomes a valuable keepsake.

Here is what the photo editor does to create the magic … sometimes in 24 hours flat on bulk pictures!

All images are separated and handled one by one. The image can be in any format-tiff, eps, bitmap, jpeg or psd. The secret now lies in how he will use a process like clipping path on the pictures. When pictures are shot on digi-cam they are in Jpeg format (Joint Photographic Experts Group). This gives a gloss to the compressed pictures. Handling images in this format is easy for most editors. Since all people who click photographs are not professional shutterbugs, Jpeg format usually comes to the editing table. Clipping path technique resolves the imperfect image formats. Depending on the format, a solution or a combination of tools are identified to remove the flaws. Photo retouching can be done simply to make it look much better. It can make the dull colors look brighter. And if background needs changing, the composition of the photo is marked with the basic clipping path technique. A shape is defined before isolating the main object. Unwanted portions are knocked out. Clipping path of this kind was referred to as 'knock-out' originally when Photoshop software was devised. Today it has advanced from basic to medium and more complex scales. It has redefined the way photo editing is done professionally. With sharper vector lines, the digital images are able to attract more eye balls. Several methods are used during editing and they are called 'work path'. The menu has several other tools to make clipping path more useful to a final composition. Once the editing is done, the image can be saved in eps, dcs or even pdf format. Most clients pick up eps format so that changes can be made if needed.

Clipping path techniques can also be used separately for web programs and other designs successfully. To do this the final file that will be saved will be changed from RGB to CMYK. Photoshop is the most used software program for clipping paths. But now others like In Design, Corel Draw, and Illustrator are also being used professionally. With demand of many customers requiring a slew of photo editing services, it has become necessary for all designers to be aware of the new formats, applications and software upgrades that enter the industry.

Usage of Stencils in Pop Art

Graffiti is a popular form of pop art, with many artists displaying their works or 'signatures' across public spaces and canvas portraits alike. With pop art promoting quick reproduction of images for easy distribution, stencils have grown in importance and usage. Blek le Rat is known as one of the early users of stencils. From…

Graffiti is a popular form of pop art, with many artists displaying their works or 'signatures' across public spaces and canvas portraits alike. With pop art promoting quick reproduction of images for easy distribution, stencils have grown in importance and usage. Blek le Rat is known as one of the early users of stencils. From using it for etching numbers and letters, stencils today can be used for creating impressions of people, animals and a range of other images also.

What makes a stencil
Stencils are made out thin materials like plastic, metal or even paper. The required image, numbers or letters are cut out on this material, either by hand or by using specific machines. These stencils vary in size, from being very small to extremely large life-like in size.

Stenciling technique
Also known as pochoir, the technique of stenciling occupying placing the cut out stencil on the surface where the image has to be reproduced. Spray paint from aerosol cans or other relevant painting methods are then used to paint over the stencil. Once the stencil is removed, the required image is obtained. Details can then be filled in, if required, by the artist.

Popular pop art artists and stenciled impressions
Stenciling is often implemented in pop art. In fact, its usage started with Blek Le Rat, a well-known pioneer in the stencil graffiti pop art form. Jef aerosol, Banksy, John Fekner of New York are other artists known for using this art form. A few restructured examples of stenciling can be seen in the London underground system and also often on billboards.

Legal or illegal
An important question that comes up before many people is whether stencil techniques are legal or illegal. Pop art artists often use this method at public places, to display contradictory views and make a quick getaway. Use of stenciling and graffiti becomes illegal, when it displays sensitive messages to the public without prior permissions from authorities. However, stenciling can also be used to beautify public places. It can also be used to create personalized images on home / office walls, canvas and other mediums. Then, its usage becomes legal.

Personalized stenciling
Today many online providers also offer personalized stenciling. Here you can avail of your stitched image with a message just for you. Such images can be created on canvas or on other materials. While few providers offer computerized tools for stenciling, it is always better to opt for pop art stencils created by real artists. This way you can be sure of a good quality image.

Stencils are created in many ways to suit different needs. They are usually made from reusable materials, so that they can be used multiple times over days and months. In some instances, artists may also create one-time use stencils that are used for that painting session only. Digital artists may also create virtual stencils to get the effect. Some software is also available. If opting for stenciled art, go for reputed artist studios who can get you a good portrait, rather than third-party sellers, who often do a shoddy job.

Tips to Submit Art to an Art Gallery and How to Prepare

HOW TO APPROACH AN ART GALLERY WITH YOUR ARTWORK: So, now that you have built up a collection of artwork, you may be dreaming about being showcased in an art gallery. This may seem a little daunting because artists are usually humble people and often lack the marketing skills or confidence to approach a gallery…

HOW TO APPROACH AN ART GALLERY WITH YOUR ARTWORK:

So, now that you have built up a collection of artwork, you may be dreaming about being showcased in an art gallery. This may seem a little daunting because artists are usually humble people and often lack the marketing skills or confidence to approach a gallery director to represent themselves as a serious artist.

I am an artist who has shown in galleries but I'm a rare breed because I have also worked in art sales and I've been an art gallery director. I decided to write this editorial to offer perspectives from both the artist and the gallery with a view to offer useful advice and information to help artists successfully approach a gallery with their work.

I HOPE THE FOLLOWING TIPS WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY:

First though, let's think about this scenario from the perspective of the gallery director.

The roles of the director are broad but essentially they are to show artists that fit into the gallery's 'theme' and to promote and sell their work while building relationships with customers and to generate sales.

A potential customer can walk through the gallery's doors at any time without notice. Therefore it is imperative that the director and sales staff are always available to give their attention to those potential customers. This is why it is a very bad idea to just walk in with armfuls of artwork without an appointment because firstly it would be very disrespectful and without it's a very quiet day, you will not get the time and attention that you seek.

BEFORE YOU APPROACH AN ART GALLERY ASK YOURSELF THIS:

Does my artistic style and subject matter fit within the style and direction of the gallery?

For example: If the gallery you are considering is showing only European figurative subjects by published artists and you paint local landscapes, your style and subject matter might not be easy to fit in with the 'style and direction' of the gallery. But do not be afraid to talk to the director because he / she will probably know of a gallery or outlet that will be better suited to showcase and hopefully sell your personal style.

Before we get to meeting with the Gallery director we should first:

GET PREPARED:

Write A Personal Biography And Print It On One Side Of Some High Quality Paper: Outline your history and anything relevant to your growth as an artist. Talk about why you paint. Try to describe your style. Refer to artists or other things that may have inspired or affected you. Mention if you're self-taught or basically trained. Include your best photo at the top. Mention any art contests or rewards you may have won. Make your bio easy to read, unique and honest because your bio is intended to make a 'personal connection' with the reader.

make a professional business card . Include a graphic of your art, your name, contact numbers, web site address and any social media link.

Print Quality Postcard Size Color Samples Of Your Finest Art.

Build A Web Site Or Link To An Online Portfolio .

Here Are Two Good Ways To Present Your Work To An Art Gallery:

1. Show your actual painted canvases or printed portfolio.

2. Offer your business card and marketing materials with a link to your web site.

FIRST OPTION: If you plan to show your actual canvases or printed portfolio, I recommend that you first call the gallery to introduce yourself and set up an appointment. You will benefit as much as the gallery because they will allot a convenient time to spend with you. Be yourself, be honest and always leave a quality print or prints of your best work, your bio and business card so that you may be contacted. I do not recommend asking for a critique unless you enjoy and can handle criticism. (Personally, I refused to give critiques)

SECOND OPTION : Is to briefly introduce yourself while you are already visiting the gallery without an appointment. Be brief in your introduction and show the gallery full respect by not distracting the staff from any potential customers and sales. Leave them your biography, business card with link to your web site and any postcard prints of your work. They can look at your web site at their convenience when the gallery is less busy and if they are impressed with your work and think there is a market for it they will be contacting you.

FINALLY :

As an artist I never enjoyed rejection from a gallery but doing the rejecting was equally unpleasant. Do not be pushy and hard sell your work. They know what sells and what they like so if they like you and your art they will tell you!

BELIEVE IN YOUR ART:

Even if you are not accepted it does not mean that you were not good enough. I hear artists telling them that they're just not good enough. I still do it myself sometimes but remember, there will always be people who will not get your art or they will dislike it for some very personal reason no matter how technically brilliant you become! Accept that your art is a constant evolving journey, so embrace every flaw and every brush stroke of genius because 'feeling' is what most of us want to convey and that does not always require perfection.

Good luck with your journey in paint.

Michael Rock.

How to Submit Your Work for Art Shows and Get Your Work Seen

I have shown work in a few shows (not many) and hope to show in more as time goes on. Up until now I had no idea how to get even get in a show and once I did, how to prepare for one. As a quick reference guide I want to share some ideas…

I have shown work in a few shows (not many) and hope to show in more as time goes on. Up until now I had no idea how to get even get in a show and once I did, how to prepare for one. As a quick reference guide I want to share some ideas with you about how to get your work seen and once you do, how to follow up.

The first step is to think about what kind of work you want to show. Typically the art that you want to show should match the theme of the show. (this is pretty basic logical stuff). For example, you do not want to submit a landscape piece into a show that has to do with abstract art. Chances are that it will be rejected. Try to make sure that the art that you want to show fits the theme. The best thing to do is to do your research, go to different shows that have art similar to yours. Then when there find out who the curator is and get their contact information (also make sure that you bring business cards or other samples of your work).

After that make sure to follow up with an e-mail or contact note. You can ask to be added to any mailing lists or announcements for upcoming submissions. After a while you will find out about any show submissions that you might be interested in showing in.

Next, prepare your work for submission. The best way to do that is to get as much information about the show as you can. Try and find out about any necessary guidelines for submissions. Do you submit online? Do you need to bring a book to show your work? Find out what the best way to submit work is, and make sure you follow the guidelines. (Note: That most people now a days ask for links to your portfolio and.jpgs to be e-mailed).

Also, try to find a lot of local shows, network with other artists at smaller galleries, and then work your way up from there.

Once you are accepted into a show (which will happen a lot faster than you realize). Then you can next turn to preparing your work for the show. If you can, take a look at the space where you will be showing your work. See if there is enough room to hang work and how much wall space you have to play with. You do not want to print and frame up a piece that is too big that you can not use. If this is not possible then contact the curator and ask for details about the space if you can not do a walk through.

Most places have deadlines for when the art work needs to be hung up. Try and make sure that you find out that that date is and stick to it.

Then on the night of the event, hang your work and enjoy. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards to display and also make sure to get other people's contact information as well. That way you can be kept in the loop for when the next show is going to happen.

How to Market and Sell More Art Than You Ever Have Before, Guaranteed!

What The AMA Is The Art Marketing Association is an international organization dedicated to assisting artists, artisans, craftspeople, photographers and galleries to improve their marketing skills and to hone their efforts to become more profitable, thus helping to share their message with the world. That's the mission and that's our goal. I get kinda tired…

What The AMA Is

The Art Marketing Association is an international organization dedicated to assisting artists, artisans, craftspeople, photographers and galleries to improve their marketing skills and to hone their efforts to become more profitable, thus helping to share their message with the world.

That's the mission and that's our goal. I get kinda tired of hearing artists whine about not making enough money, not being able to sell their work, etc. I can see that it was way more difficult 10 years ago but today times are different. You literally have EVERYTHING you need at your disposal to be successful. You are the one in control nowdays. It's YOU who will determine your artistic success (however you define that)

What The AMA Will Do For You

It's a place to go that is bursting with new, relevant and USEABLE information including informative videos, monthly expert audio cd, power-packed screencasts, step-by-step courses, articles, ebooks and other amazing content from world famous artists and marketing experts who know how to market and sell art. It's all right there for you to watch, read, listen and interact with. It's an inspiring, one-stop place that covers a broad marketing spectrum.

The AMA is designed to give you the information and the tools to succeed. I do not actually know of any sites that actually help artists in the way the AMA is. When I went to school at Pratt a number of years ago I do not remember them having 1 class – ok, I take that back, I think they had one class about art and business. I mean once your out of school you had no idea what to do. They never factored commerce into the equation at all!

Another thing makes the Art Marketing Association unique (and exciting) is it's world-class faculty of experts. These are artists and other experts who are leaders in their field and have agreed to share their knowledge and expertise with AMA members. And make no mistake that they are not some theorists or academies living in ivory towers. They are “in the trenches” daily and know what to do and what works. That is, how to sell, market and make money.

Faculty members include the # 1 expert in Art Licensing, Tara Reed. One of the savviest online video marketers working today, Perry Lawrence. The king of celebrity marketing, Jordan McAuley. World-renown Fine artist, marketing (and social media marketing) diva, Lori McNee. We are also extremely lucky to have “The Mindset Maven,” author, speaker and coach PJ McClure.

Also the amazing Sian Lindemann who will bring her amazing track record of success to the AMA via artist career development and gallery relations. Marcia Yudkin is one of the most highly regarded after marketing experts in the world. She will be bringing her expertise to the AMA via marketing via publicity. Ben Settle is also with us. Ben is a direct response copywriter, web entrepreneur and email marketing specialist.

Doug Farrick, president of the AMA, will offer his expertise in the area of ​​entrepreneurship, marketing and business systems. We also welcome Bert Grimm. Bert is a master eBay seller, marketer extraordinaire and also a WordPress expert.

New areas of expertise are being considered so expect to see new AMA faculty members in the coming months. Remember, these faculty members know their stuff. That's why they were selected. You'll get access to their knowledge and wisdom via becoming an AMA member. It's like having your own exclusive mentoring group at your disposal!

What You Need To Do Next

Here's the deal: Be one of the 1st 77 to sign up and you'll get the 1st 30 days for just $ 1 to check out everything we have. You be the judge. That's right – 1 measly dollar. Listen to the interviews, watch the screenscasts, read the articles, download the ebooks, etc. etc.

Feel free to ransack and pillage the AMA. We believe that much in the value of the content. If you choose to continue, do nothing and your card will be charged the nominal amount of $ 19 per month (after the $ 1.00 30 day test-drive!). If you feel the content is not for you, no hard feelings, just shoot us an email and we'll cancel your membership immediately.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out and contact us. We want YOU to benefit and be part of this elite group!

Professional Canvas Prints

Canvas prints to spice up your home Professional canvas prints are a fantastic way of creating a stunning visual impact to instantly liven up your home. With a wide variety of styles and effects to add to your canvas prints, there are so many opportunities to design your very inspirational wall art. And although they…

Canvas prints to spice up your home

Professional canvas prints are a fantastic way of creating a stunning visual impact to instantly liven up your home. With a wide variety of styles and effects to add to your canvas prints, there are so many opportunities to design your very inspirational wall art. And although they are of a professional quality they are also remarkably affordable considering their timeless and sentimental value. Just imagine the great feeling of knowing that your photos, that you can probably remember taking all those years ago, can be transformed into beautiful masterpieces of art to delight any observer.

Photos on canvas with verve

Canvas prints gives the same endless pleasure as an oil painting of your family and you can choose your most amazing picture for optimum results. You will never be disappointed because you choose the specific photo or photos to be printed onto canvas. Canvas companies will even send you a proof of your image before the first-rate dye sublimation printing process commences. Colorful, vivacious, dynamic and creative, canvas are the best way to put your best photos on the wall to be displayed in all their glory. Brilliant and awe-inspiring canvas prints are just a few clicks away!

Create your very own wall art

Too frequently in life 'professional' means 'extortionately priced', but putting your photos on canvas does not needlessly need to break the bank. Unleash the potential locked away in your photos for cheap photos on canvas with a difference. You know you want to! Professional canvases would look absolutely awesome in your home or even as a unique gift idea for someone special. Having your photos transformed onto canvas creates fabulous wall art for an inspirational and high quality home decor idea.

Photos on canvas ideas

Just imagine walking into your home after a long, hard day at work and seeing your fabulous canvas prints dramatically enhancing the atmosphere of your hallway, kitchen or sitting room! Have confidence in the artistic quality of your photos and liberate them from the computer hard drive. Photos are taken to be observed and informed, and what better way to do this than to make your own spectacular canvas art? Before you commit to the purchase, you will have unlimited opportunities to consult expert canvas prints designers who will advise you on any improvements or effects you could use for the most breathtaking photos on canvas – the perfect addition to your home decor!

Pop Art in America

While pop art began in Britain, it is said to have thrived and prospered in America. There were various reasons that fueled the growth of pop art here. For one, people were more accepting to this form of art. Secondly, artists here were looking for new means of expression that related to popular culture. And…

While pop art began in Britain, it is said to have thrived and prospered in America. There were various reasons that fueled the growth of pop art here. For one, people were more accepting to this form of art. Secondly, artists here were looking for new means of expression that related to popular culture. And thirdly, pop art came to America at the right time.

Counter attack against abstract expressionism
Many believe that the art form emerged as a direct attack on abstract expressionism. It was the time when the latter was gaining popularity, and many artists believed that it lacked necessary art elements. Also abstract art was elitist in nature appealing to only a certain class of people. Pop was popular, relevant and used more figurative elements as compared to abstract art leading to its popularity.

The right time
The art form emerged in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Many believe this to be a critical phase in the world's culture shifts. Mass media of entertainment like television, advertisements, commercials were coming up quickly. Globalization of pop music and youth culture was taking place. People were referring to these instruments of the media, and an art form related to it was timed right.

The scope
Unlike abstract art that was limited to canvas or traditional art forms that could not easily be replicated or purchased, the scope of pop art in America was large. It could easily be mass-produced, replicated and reused. It could have been displayed on canvas, but was not limited to it. Street walls, billboard signs, usual and unusual objects could all be worked on independently or brought together to create art. With this infinite scope of what one could do with it, came its popularity.

Important artists
While many artists joined to work for pop art, there were a few important painters to wave direction to this form of art. This included names of Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg and others. Each of these artists came up with their unique styles of depicting the modern world, and many of these ideas worked. Roy Lichtenstein, for example, used styles inspired by comic strips. Andy Warhol used bright contrasting colors. The work of Jasper Johns and Robert was known to be influenced by Dadaism, a promising art culture that poked fun at high brow art.

Pop art in America flourished during the early years and continues to thrive. Various new arts came up with time. Street art, graffiti style of art and stenciling slowly became popular. Many artists waved from abstract art to the world of pop, which was satisfying, entertaining and most importantly down-to-earth. Even today, exhibitions of pop art are commonly held. Various galleries in New York, Washington DC and other areas continue to display important artwork of pop icons. People continue to be inspired by these works. And new forms of art continue to develop from what the expert hands left us with.

Pop Art of Delftware

Delft is a little village in Netherlands famous for its unique prints on pottery. Made in unique shades of blue, this form of pottery art is famous the world over, for its unmatched finish, glaze and beauty. Today the art of pottery has affected the world of pop art as well, resulting in a new…

Delft is a little village in Netherlands famous for its unique prints on pottery. Made in unique shades of blue, this form of pottery art is famous the world over, for its unmatched finish, glaze and beauty. Today the art of pottery has affected the world of pop art as well, resulting in a new style called Delftware pop art. Here is more information about this form of pottery and how it translates into art on various mediums.

The unique style
Delftware speaks of a very unique and unusual style. Usually done on a white glaze of pottery, this form of art makes use of floral or animal motifs in cobalt to ultramarine blues. Other popular motifs also include pictures of windmills, pleasant scenery or abstract designs. A more traditional approach to designs is the unique factor of Delft pottery, making it a timeless collection for many.

Delft as pop art
Just like metal oxides are used on pottery to create this style, art too inspires from these intricate motifs. These motifs can be created on canvas and other mediums too, making for a novel form of art. However Delftware as pop tries to bring it to more modern style. Usage of faces as portraits within motifs that are circular or rectangular is shape is commonly implemented here. This combination of traditional with the modern gives a unique style that looks good on any surface. On canvas too, the blues and white are used to give the characteristic Delft appearance, and only outlines of the images are drawn, rather than shading.

Specialty
The most striking feature about Delftware designs is the usage of just two colors and its shades. White and blue complement one another well and make for a beautiful portrait. The usage of traditional motifs is another special feature of this form of art. The combination with modern portraits, gives the style a whole new look and appeal. The timeless combination of blue and white adds to the freshness and appeal of the portrait that looks breathtakingly wonderful.

Mediums
Today Delftware can be printed on a range of medium. While ceramic mugs are a great option for printing Delftware, canvas prints, wall clocks, watches, t-shirts and even key chains look good with these prints. You can also consider Delft print cushions, home décor or even office décor in this style. Combining three to four elements of a room with Delft, can give them interiors with the same picture or different portraits. When considering Delftware prints for outdoors, you may also think about tiles which look great on areas moreiable to water splashes.

To avail of delftware styles pop art, you can check your nearest pop art studio. However, not many providers can give you good-looking delftware. You can instead check out online providers of Delftware pop art. Different styles and designs reflecting the kind of portrait, full length or bust, can then be specified. You may also consider getting the portrait of your neighborhood, a scenic region or a loved pet taken in this style.

Great Ways to Cartoon Yourself

With many creative options available online, most of us are constantly looking for ways to create portraits. Converting your photograph into a cartoon is one creative idea that is fast catching on. With Internet new technologies traveling at lighting pace, it is much easier to create a cartoon caricature of your photo right from the…

With many creative options available online, most of us are constantly looking for ways to create portraits. Converting your photograph into a cartoon is one creative idea that is fast catching on. With Internet new technologies traveling at lighting pace, it is much easier to create a cartoon caricature of your photo right from the comfort of your home without going anywhere. In this article we examine the top ways of creating a cartoon image of yourself and the pros and cons of each of these methods.

Free websites

Today many websites offer the service of converting your photograph into a similar looking cartoon character for free. There are a host of these sites that allow you to quickly upload your digital photograph and quickly convert it into a caricature in a matter of minutes, often seconds.

Advantages: These sites are quick to use and allow you to see results in a matter of minutes. Also they are free of charge, so often there is no harm in trying.

Disadvantages: Results obtained at such sites are often not professional with the cartooned photo looking much like your digital picture. Also, while the photo may be useful as an online avatar, printing the same can be tedious, with limited printing options. Also, the method of printing and quality of the output is totally left on to you.

Hiring Artists

Many freelance artists can be spotted at places and other places, and are ready to draw a cartoon out of the real you. To avail of this, you need to visit a good artist, wait for your turn and get a real cartooned portrait done. This often takes time and you will need to take out at least an hour of your precious time to avail of this.

Advantages: The benefit of such a portrait is that you get an original looking cartoon caricature of you, something that free sites can not offer you.

Disadvantages: The quality of your portrait is not in your hands and can not often be altered. Also the process is time taking with you having to wait for your turn. Again, the mediums on which you can print too are limited.

Software tools

Photoshop, Illustrator and many other software tools also allow you to convert photos to cartoon images. To make use of this, either you need to be well-versed with the platforms or need to learn them. While these software can be useful as a starting point, often the quality of image produced is not so great.

Advantages: Easy to use with the end results being totally in your hands. If you know the software, then the end product comes free of charge.

Disadvantages: The process is time taking, mediums on which you print are limited and the quality of finish may not be good if you are not a pro.

Professional Studios

Few art studios also offer the service of creating a cartoon image for you. These studios have a team of artists who use their creative talent coupled with relevant technologies to create cartoon replicas for you. These studios will charge you a little more, but give a high quality picture. You can check for these places in your neighborhood or look for global art providers online also.

Advantages: You get a professionally done image, you have a choice of mediums, you can select the end results and also save time and effort.

Disadvantages: As compared to other forms of cartooning, these works out to be slightly expensive. Also you may need to ensure the quality of artwork.

Cartooning oneself whether it be for online social media avatars or for home / office décor displays is fast catching popularity. If you want a profession done job, opt for studios that give great results and try to match your preferences. If it is just for fun, do check out the free websites, and watch yourself transform!

Different Mediums for Printing Pop Art

Pop art was once restricted just to the medium of canvas. But thanks to advanced printing techniques that can give great finish and quality, today it is popular on a wide range of other media too. Also, with options to personalize the experience, you can create for yourself a personalized piece printed on a medium…

Pop art was once restricted just to the medium of canvas. But thanks to advanced printing techniques that can give great finish and quality, today it is popular on a wide range of other media too. Also, with options to personalize the experience, you can create for yourself a personalized piece printed on a medium of your choice. Here are the top eight printing and gifting options,

Mugs: With a range of practical uses, mugs are creative objects that can easily be personalized today. Get a picture of yourself or your loved one in this art form and get it printed on mugs. You can also add your name or a personal message.

Natural slate: While plastic, wood and ceramic are popular, natural slate is a new unconventional medium that not many artists have tried. The natural coarseness of the medium makes it an ideal surface for printing. It looks great both indoors and outdoors.

Tiles: If you find canvas to be boring, tiles are also a great home décor. Today, you can print a range of images on to tiles and pop art is one popular option. Try adding a message on tiles too and you have a great gift suitable for both indoors and outdoors.

Cushions: You can personalize an entire room with the use of such cushions. Print the art on this medium and display it at home or in the seating area of ​​your organization. These make for great birthday and anniversary gifts also.

Canvas bags: Art on canvas need not always be confined inside the house. You can now get personalized images printed on to canvas bags also. This personalization of bags using pop art, make them a great unique fashion accessory.

Watches: Another fashion accessory that looks wonderful when personalized is watches. The art form adds individuality, a unique look and gives you a great fashion accessory.

Clocks: Finally, you can combine fashion with practicality with this gift too. Add a personalized image of yourself on to a clock and you have a great item for room décor. You can also add the picture of an occasion or family and convert this into a group gift.

Key chains: The simplest and most economic way to create a personalized piece of pop art is through key chains. You can get your photograph designed in one of the popular styles of art and then get it printed on to key chains. You can also opt for this gift, along with other gift items to make a themed concept.

T-shirts: People are constantly on the lookout for novel and creative designs in t-shirts. One of the most commonly used attire, these shirts can further be personalized with photographs in pop art. Messages can also be added to make the shirts look more contemporary and stylish.

Personalized gifts are great, as they make the receiver feel special. Pop art adds a stylish edge to personalization and gives you unique gifts that will last a lifetime.

Sgraffito – Strange Name, Beautiful Technique

The word Sgraffito is the past participle of the Italian word Sgraffire, a word that means to scratch. The word goes back to describe the work done by pre15th century Italian potters, the technique itself goes much farther back. The word describes, in its pure form, redware pottery with decorations etched into a top layer…

The word Sgraffito is the past participle of the Italian word Sgraffire, a word that means to scratch. The word goes back to describe the work done by pre15th century Italian potters, the technique itself goes much farther back. The word describes, in its pure form, redware pottery with decorations etched into a top layer of white clay slip so that the color of the clay comes through. The practice has progressed with a variety of mediums, clays, and slips but still retains the basic technique of scratching off a surface to reveal the colors of what lie beneath.

It is believed that the sgraffito technique was first used during the Sung dynasty (960-1279) in China or by Islamic potters from Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Excavated work of both groups is almost indistinguishable and the question arises as to who influenced who. The Northern Italian potters copied the technique which was initially simply incised patterns. Over the next century the technique evolved into the use of stylized shapes to which was added additional coloring. At this point, this style of Sgraffito work became the standard in Italy.

Western Europe was also introduced to the Sgraffito technique from Persia and the Byzantium World. Trade from Italy during the Renaissance had a big impact in its spread. Potteries in the Netherlands produced sgraffito earthenware for use in the home. Much of the notable sgraffito work done in Europe, especially Germany was created in plaster rather that pottery ware.

Of collectable American pottery, redware pottery embellished with Sgraffito work is some of the rarest. The iron rich clay used is plentiful along the Atlantic Seaboard however early pottery was created for utility. The majority of the Sgraffito redware was produced in the Pennsylvania Dutch region of southeast Pennsylvania and in North Carolina. Decorative sgraffito for the home was popular in the period between 1810 and 1840 but was replaced by fashionable society for new trends around 1870.

An internet search of contemporary Sgraffito pottery turned up reference to the use of the technique in Southwest Traditional Pottery Production. Rosa Gonzales (1900-1989) of the San Ildefonso Pueblo is given credit for using the technique and bringing it into the repertoire of pottery styles used in her pueblo. It can also be seen incorporated into the work by individuals from several Southwest Pueblos.

As with all art forms, contemporary potters have fused practices of the past with the variety and wide availability of new products. Individuals use their knowledge, talent, and creativity to put their own stamp on their work wherever they stay true to tradition or fuse old technique with new. In contemporary pottery, Sgraffito work can be found as the singular means of decoration or part of a fusion of multiple decorative processes.

Blek Le Rat, an Iconic Graffiti Artist

Born as Xavier Prou, in the beautiful land of Paris, Blek Le Rat was a famous artist, known for pioneering the graffiti art movement in this place. After studying etching, lithography and painting for six years, he went on to study architecture. He began graffiti art in the early 1980s by painting pictures of rats…

Born as Xavier Prou, in the beautiful land of Paris, Blek Le Rat was a famous artist, known for pioneering the graffiti art movement in this place. After studying etching, lithography and painting for six years, he went on to study architecture. He began graffiti art in the early 1980s by painting pictures of rats on the street walls of his city. The rat was one of his favorite elements, and he often described it as being the only free animal and the one that spreads plague everywhere. During the early years, he was heavily influenced by graffiti artists of New York City. After visiting it, he bought the style to Paris, adapting it to suit the culture of the region.

His Style of Work

He is also known to be an elusive painter. While many have seen his works, the man has shown himself to very few. Although spraying since a decade, he is a phantom, seldom seen in person, but always visible through the stenciling he does. His style of work is innovative, refreshing, eye-catching, creating a larger than life image on the large canvases (of walls) that he uses.

His Contributions

He has many credits to his name. He is known to have introduced the usage of stencils to graffiti art. He is also known for creating the first life size stencil and for transforming the use of stencils from lettering to pictorial art. He is known to have brought social consciousness to art, with many of his images depicting solitary individuals and also representing the state of the homeless across different parts of the world.

Blek Le Rat vs. Banksy

The work of Blek Le Rat also shares much similarity with that of Banksy, a popular British graffiti artist. In fact, the British artist also stated that every time he thinks he has painted something original, he finds that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, and approximately 20 years earlier. While their styles tend to overlap, each has an individuality of his own, visible to the keen observer who has seen the works of both.

Exhibitions

His style is timeless. He has left us with many great works in stencil art. Exhibitions of his work have been held across many art galleries, including Leonard Street Gallery in London and Cans Festival in 2008. In the same year, he also participated in the Subliminal Projects Gallery in Los Angeles in 2008. In 2009, he participated in Melbourne , Australia, at the Metro Gallery.

Blek Le Rat inspired graffiti is today a popular part of interior decoration. While accessing its original works will be both expensive and time consuming, today high quality reproductions are also easily available. With other artists inspiring themselves from this style, you will also be able to have a personalized portrait done up in the popular stencil graffiti style. All you need to do, is search online and compare providers to select the best graffiti artists. You can also get these artwork printed on to different mediums, as you like.

Low E (Energy Efficient)

Walsh's Synergy glass complements our range of Windows and Doors and helps to keep your home cooler in summer, and shades the inside of your home. Used extensively in commercial buildings it improves your privacy and improvements the value of your home. Low E (Energy Efficient) – the glass for the future. Low-e glass, how…

Walsh's Synergy glass complements our range of Windows and Doors and helps to keep your home cooler in summer, and shades the inside of your home. Used extensively in commercial buildings it improves your privacy and improvements the value of your home.

Low E (Energy Efficient) – the glass for the future.

Low-e glass, how does it work?

The radiation coming from your heating system and your furniture and furnishings is long wave radiation. This type of radiation should be contained in your room as best as possible, while the radiation from the sun should be shielded and reflected back outside.

Winter Time

The sun's energy is “SHORT WAVE RADIATION” which passes through the window and is absorbed by carpet, furniture, etc. The energy is then transformed into long wave radiation. The long wave radiation desires to flow from warm to cool. Naturally, it will try to escape from the glass. At night the heat produced from radiators, wood stoves, etc., will also want to escape out through the glazing. The Low-E coating prevents this when the radiant room-side heat is reflected back into the building. This results in a lower winter U-value. For winter comfort, the higher the indoor glass temperature, the better the product is for comfort.

Summer Time

The Low-E coating manages the sun's heat in the summer by reducing the amount of heat transferred through the window in the summer. The Low-E coating filters the sun's short-wave radiation, which cuts down on the amount of solar heat gain into your building. For summer comfort, the lower the indoor glass temperature, the better the product is for comfort.

More on the two types of Low-e glass

Hard Coat Low E

Hard coat Low E, or Pyrolytic coating, is a coating applied at high temperatures and is sprayed onto the glass surface during the float glass process. (HARD COAT)

Advantages

  • The advantage is that the coating is relatively durable, which allows for ease of handling and tempering.
  • Can be tempered after coating application.
  • Can be used in single glazing applications.
  • Utilizes passive solar heat gain.

Disadvantages

  • Higher U-values ​​compared to soft coat Low-E products
  • Slightly higher haze levels
  • Higher solar heat gain coefficient compared to soft coat Low-E products.
  • Hard coat glass also has the potential of a slight haze, which can be visible under certain angles.

Soft Coat Low E

Soft coat Low E, or sputter coating, is applied in multiple layers of optically transparent silver sandwiched between layers of metal oxide in a vacuum chamber. This process provides the highest level of performance and a near invisible coating.

Advantages

  • High visible light transmission
  • Ultra-low emissivity of giving optimum winter U-values
  • Up to 70% less UV transmission compared with standard clear glazing
  • Optical clarity – minimal color haze

Disadvantages

  • Soft coat Low-e glass must be used in a double glazed unit; the soft coating is sensitive to handling.
  • Most soft coat Low-E products require tempering the glass prior to the coating application.
  • Edge deletion of the coating is required to insure a proper seal in an insulated unit
  • There can be slight color variations of coating.
  • Generally speaking, a more expensive alternative than Hard Coat Low e glass.

Editing Digital Photos Professionally With Clipping Path Techniques

Growing skills and adapting to new applications mark the difference between the amateur and professionals in the competitive graphic industry. The advertising agencies, fashion photographers and print media involve manipulation of many images for maximum effect on consumers. They are constantly challenging the graphic editors to be more creative in making pictures more salable. Many…

Growing skills and adapting to new applications mark the difference between the amateur and professionals in the competitive graphic industry. The advertising agencies, fashion photographers and print media involve manipulation of many images for maximum effect on consumers. They are constantly challenging the graphic editors to be more creative in making pictures more salable. Many kinds of applications regularly are introduced to help professionals to take up the challenge. Of all the tools clipping path techniques are the most versatile and handy. All image editing solutions for agencies, photographers and news can be outsourced to online graphic editing suites. It ensures quick and quality delivery, and is quite affordable.

The clipping path process is complex but for a professional it is an everyday job. The pen tool, which is in Photoshop software is handy in first removing the main object of the image. This means an alternative backdrop is introduced. When the isolated object is added to this new setting, it adds a new layer to the composition. The eraser or the pen tool is then used again to adjust the object to its new background. If need be color correction is also done. If that does not work, then a quick mask can be used. The entire process is a trail, till the client OK the final image. The beauty of most clipping path techniques is that the original image is not distorted in any way. No pixel is removed and a brand new image emerges from the creative process.

The new line digital cameras have made it more flexible for image editors to work with speed. It brings alive an image with other image effects like drop shadow if the lighting has not been adequate in the actual photography. Several life-like posters, catalogs, brochures and double spreads are made for customers associated with media. This technology has made the entire work of photography more perfect. When clients see each other's websites, which are technically perfect, then they also are inspired to approach professionals to edit their digital images. A customer need not despair if the images are not uniform in format. A professional editor can work wonderfully in any format. He can skillfully mask the bad elements of an old worn photo also. For him the knowledge of clipping path techniques is the most important to be in business. His entire graphic designing career depends on how well he can pilot the senses with the final results. Having skills in the use of image manipulation, use of text-graphics, isolating objects, hair masking, and background removal are critical to do a specialized job. A certified editor knows the basic, medium, advanced clipping path tools. He knows when to use which tool for enhancing the image.

Editing digital photos professionally with multiple clipping path techniques for better results is the main aim for both the designer and the customer. Both are dependent on each other for survival. In the cutthroat competition, those who are able to attract buyers with sharper images win.