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5 Differences Between Digital Printing And Press Printing

By Article Contributor, Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Press Printing Not Digital 389x259 5 Differences Between Digital Printing And Press PrintingMost people will say that digital printing is the future of printing. There are many differences between the new digital printing technology and the old press printing technology. This article will explain those differences, and how they can affect your business. Here are 5 differences between digital printing and press printing:

1. The Cost

With digital printing, you’ll print directly from file to paper, without the need to use plates or films like you do when you use press printing. Thus, the printing cost will be less expensive. Of course, it will be great for your business to be able to save money on the production of printed materials related to your business, such as promotional materials and other work-related documents. Digital printing will do just that. If you can save money on the production of promotional materials for your business, then you’ll be able to maximize your profit.

2. The Print Quality

The printquality in digital printing technology is good for your business. Since it is printed directly from file to paper, you will generally have the print result exactly as what you see on your document. The print quality is excellent enough for your every-day business needs. However, if you need to print large poster, it might be good for you to use press printing instead of digital printing, because the color quality will be better. But, overall, digital printing technology can satisfy almost all your business needs, which is good for you to keep your business running smoothly.

3. The Printing Process

When you use the digital printing technology, the printing process is easy and simple. You just open the file that you want to print and print it. However, in press printing, the setup process is more complex. You need to prepare printing films and plates, as well as aligning and washing the press. This will make the printing process much longer. Thus, you will be charged additional costs. Since the printing process in digital printing technology is so easy and simple to do, you don’t need to waste much money and time just to print regular materials that you need for your business.

4. The Printing Materials

With digital printing, you have a limited option of the printing materials that you can use. For instance, if you want to print large poster to promote your business, you might not be able to use it with digital printing technology. But, you can easily print large-sized poster using press printing technology without trouble. However, tough, you can print brochures, flyers, and other regular promotional materials using digital printing technology quite easily. In this way, you can allocate your printing budget effectively, choosing the right time to use either digital printing or press printing for your business needs.

5. The Simplicity

Digital printing is much more simpler than press printing. You don’t have to do complicated setup just to print what you need. The printer itself can also be placed in any place within your office or even in your desk. With press printing, you need to contact the specialized company that offers this service if you want to print something with it. Of course, in terms of simplicity, you can always rely on digital printing for your business.

Those are the differences between digital printing and press printing. Those kinds of printing technology is still being used nowadays, but it’s always best for you to choose one of the two choices for each of your particular needs in order to save cost, time, and effort on your part.

Author Bio

Maegan Pulman is a freelance IT consultant and technology enthusiast. She is active in local and international IT events and is always on the lookout for the latest industry trends.

Elements Of A Good Dental Logo

By Article Contributor, Sunday, September 1, 2013

Teeth Cartoon Logo Shirt 389x389 Elements Of A Good Dental LogoYour logo will be one of the most important parts of your dental practice as an entity and your entire marketing plan. Without a solid, effective logo, it’s hard to appeal to anyone; it’s the first impression your patients will have of you, and you don’t want it to be a sloppy one. So what are the elements that make up a quality dental logo?

Legibility

Your logo needs to be easily recognizable from any distance, whether it’s from the street or from a sheet of paper. The viewer needs to be able to tell what it says and what it represents at a quick glance; it shouldn’t require close studying in order to decipher what it means.

Uniqueness

Stand out from the rest of the crowd, especially in your specific field and locality. This is always a careful balance, though. Your logo still needs to fit in to the point that it is clearly identifiable as a dental logo, but you don’t want it to look just like all the other logos. Keep in mind that your logo doesn’t have to literally represent what you do; don’t feel obligated to incorporate teeth or toothbrushes or smiles into it.

Forever

You want to create a logo that is both present and future oriented. Once you establish your brand, you don’t want to have to break away from it at any time in the future. Choose a logo that not only looks sleek now but is unlikely to ever go out of style. That way, in the future, you can make small changes to it and touch it up now and then but will never need to completely redesign your brand.

Color

Blue is a common color in the dental industry because it is peaceful and represents health and healing. This fact doesn’t mean you have to conform and use blue, but it also doesn’t mean that you can’t use blue and still be unique. Whatever color combination you choose, make sure that they harmonize well, and don’t use too many colors. Additionally, your logo needs to look good without any color at all for black and white prints and other similar situations.

Simplicity

In general, a good rule of thumb is just to keep things simple. While flourishes and intricacy definitely have their place in art and design, dental logos typically aren’t the place for that. Simple logos are easy to reproduce, incorporate, and remember.

Versatility

When it comes to branding, you’ll be wanting to put your logo anywhere and everywhere that is appropriate so that you can build your brand as a visible and respected entity. Therefore, you will regret having a logo with low versatility. Your logo needs to be able to adapt to multiple circumstances, platforms, and situations.

Memorable

Finally, you want a logo that is memorable. Without this, all your other efforts will be in vain. If people can’t remember your logo, that means they don’t remember you. With a logo that stands out, looks clean, has pleasing colors, and is simple but sleek, you’re sure to be quite memorable. Sloppy and complicated logos are hard to take in, much less remember—and even if you are remembered, it might not be for the right things.

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Dr. Amalia Myers is a cosmetic dentist in Lakeway, Texas. Amalia is designing a new website for her practice and is learning all about dental logo design.

How to Design Your Own Product Packaging

By WriterEvan, Saturday, September 8, 2012

packaging How to Design Your Own Product PackagingMost people would posit that the packaging is less important than the product, and in general this is true. It doesn’t matter how great your package looks if the product within is useless. On the other hand, the packaging you choose could serve to protect the contents as well as provide visual appeal that entices consumers into buying. So it’s not as though you can throw your wares into a plain box and hope for the best. Instead of putting all your effort and budget behind the product, you need to come up with a plan that allows for packaging to be part of the deal. And here are just a few things to consider when you implement a strategy for the packaging that will house your products. Continue reading

The Art of Fairies and Fairy Tales

By tyhulse, Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fairies in art is about more than creating something magical or beautiful, though these are high goals to be certain. The art of fairies and fairy tales should be about connecting to something ancient, about gaining a better understanding of our roots.

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This is because fairy tales themselves are ancient, as is humanities belief in fairies. These are perhaps are the most interesting cultural artifacts we have because they were artifacts created by and intended for peasants. They are the tales of peoples dreams and hopes, as well as of their fears. So although the morals of fairy tales aren’t always relevant for today the stories themselves are more than that, they are about understanding humanity about connecting with where we came from or with another culture entirely.

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When looking at art for fairy tales one must bare this in mind, that these illustrations are connected to some of the most important cultural artifacts and as such they can serve one of the greatest purposes art can serve.

Unfortunately many of the greatest classic books we have are not confined to the children’s section as are fairy tales. It seems strange that the works of some of the Greatest British and American authors as well as folktales about the darkness of history should be regulated to the children’s section. Though its not surprising, the same thing happened to fairies which at one time also represented human hopes and fears. It is rare of course to think of fairies as being present in fairy tales as most people only read the Grimm brothers tales and forget about Hungarian, Celtic or other fairy tales.

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When Reading the tales collected by the Grimm Brothers one needs to keep in collected many of their tales from people who had lived in urban environments for so long that they had in many cases forgotten their roots in folk culture. So the fairies in many of these stories are a little harder to see, still they are there, Rumpelstiltskin when read in German is clearly related to a fairy being, one which usually helps princesses find happiness in these tales.

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Even when they have been altered by modern literature fairies can still make for meaningful stories. Peter Pan himself is in essence a fairy as many fairies were humans who lived in fairyland and could never grow up. As with the fairies of old Peter represents a longing, a desire for something else, but he also represents a fear a fear of loosing everything by remaining childish.

It is the duel nature of fairies to represent both good and bad, both hopes and fears. This is why they and fairy tales make such wonderful cultural artifacts because their meaning is never clear as it always conflicts with itself, just as society and people do.

 

How to Identify A Genuine Limoges Box

By 1001shops, Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Authentic Limoges Box How to Identify A Genuine Limoges BoxLimoges boxes are high quality collector’s items that many people enjoy collecting.  People are often willing to pay very high prices for genuine Limoges boxes.  The superior porcelain and crafting of these boxes make them a precious commodity. Unfortunately, their popularity has also brought about imitators.  If you are a collector of genuine Limoges boxes and want to ensure that you are always purchasing true Limoges products, the information below will be helpful for you. Use these tips to identify a genuine Limoges box.

  • Expertly painted decorations.  A true Limoges box will be flawless. If the box has sloppy painting on the applied decorations, you should know right off that it is not a true Limoges box.
  • Shockingly light in weight. One may think that a Limoges box is heavy to the touch but in fact, it is the opposite. If the product seems heavy for its size, know right off that it is more than likely a fake.
  • Well balanced and in proportion.  If you are buying a set, each and every piece of the set should be uniform in design.  You will not see pieces that are off balance or out of scale.
  • Check the spelling of the “Limoges” mark.  When purchasing a Limoges box, it is crucial to carry a magnifying glass along with you to distinguish those tiny imperfections that may not be noticeable to the naked eye.  A genuine Limoges box will have a mark that is spelled correctly on the bottom of the box. It may also have the artist’s signature on the box. Be sure that you are familiar with the artist.
  • Look for the shine.  One of the most beautiful details of a genuine Limoges box is its beautiful shine. If the box appears dulls or faded, you without a doubt have a fake on your hands.
  • Properly working hinges.  The hinges should be flawlessly applied to the Limoges box.  If you have trouble opening or closing the box, then you more than the box may not be native to Limoges.
  • No mass production.  You aren’t likely to see two Limoges boxes that are alike.  Because of the intricacy of the detail, there may be small variations in different representations of the boxes.  Genuine Limoges boxes will not be mass produced. Avoiding buying boxes off of shelves that may have more than a few of the same design.
  • Shopping in the right place.  If you are an avid collector of Limoges boxes, then it can be beneficial visiting Limoges to ensure that you get the quality product that you are searching for.
  • The price can tell you a lot. Genuine boxes are not going to be cheap.  If you think you are paying too little of a price for the box, then it is probably a fake.
  • Know respected companies.  If you are online shopper of Limoges boxes, then you want to shop from respected companies. Respected companies will often guarantee that their products are 100% original so that you don’t have to worry about whether or not you are investing in a fake.
  • It takes talent. Creating the perfect Limoges box takes talent.  Look at the piece and determine how much work actually went into the box. Boxes that have intricate details that seem like they are impossible to create signify a real Limoges box.
  • Know your facts.  The best way to identify whether or not you are purchasing a true Limoges box is to know your facts and let potential dealer be aware that you do. This decreases your chances of investing in a phony box that will not be worth anything in the long run.

Use the tips above to help you identify a genuine Limoges box.  This high quality works or art are second to none. While the details may not be immediately noticeable, there are quite a few things that you can look for to determine whether or not you have a true Limoges box on your hands. Allow these tips to help you make the best investments possible when buying Limoges boxes for your collection.

5 World Famous Art Collectors

By Scholarly Writer, Wednesday, April 4, 2012

There are all kinds of people that collect art and it doesn’t have to be a provision for the rich. Saying that, to begin collecting the work of well-known and reputable artists, this can be expensive. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that many art collectors tend to fall into the higher income bracket, and along with the rich come the famous.

Here are five famous art people who have been bitten by the art collecting bug.

Dennis Hopper

dennis hopper 5 World Famous Art CollectorsDennis Hopper really fell for the American West Coast’s art scene, inspired by the incredible work from artists such as George Herms and Wallace Berman. He also collected many pieces by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Both of these artists actually became good friends with the actor, who became a familiar face within the scene. In fact, after shooting two bullet holes in Warhol’s painting of Mao Zedong, the artist wasn’t upset, but annotated the bullet holes and named Hopper as a collaborator.

Steve Martin

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Martin’s contemporary art collection is known to have some incredible pieces by artists Lichtenstein, Eric Fischl and also works by Picasso. Unfortunately, this led to the actor being targeted by scammers. Believing that he was acquiring a 1915 painting by Heinrich Campendonk, ‘Landscape with Horses’, Martin paid over half a million pounds for the work after an expert confirmed authenticity. Only when the painting was up for auction at Christie’s was the painting found to be fake. The upside is that the members of the forgery ring were arrested and imprisoned.

Sylvester Stallone

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While making his name as an action man in the movies, with such iconic roles as Rocky and Rambo under his belt, Sylvester Stallone is perhaps a surprising art collector. While he has been quoted that he is not a fan of contemporary pieces, he is a fan of the work of Todd White. Todd White has become something of a chronicler of the Hollywood scene, which would resonate with anyone who has experienced theses larger than life characters. Stallone himself has dabbled with painting himself, selling pieces that have fetched thousands of pounds.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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An avid art enthusiast from childhood, Andrew Lloyd Webber began by collecting Victorian pieces. Over the years, however, his interests have grown to a variety of other eras and movements. Webber’s private collection includes work by the Romanticists Waterhouse, Millais and Rosetti, and has been shown at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

Bill Gates

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As you would expect from a man of the Microsoft magnate’s fortune, he will have quite remarkable collection of art. This is very true of Bill Gates. While being a fan of American contemporary pieces, including the final piece by Homer, Lost on the Grand Banks. Buying the piece for $36m in 1998 made Lost on the Grand Banks the most expensive work by an American artist. Perhaps one of the most impressive pieces in Gates’ collection is the Codex Leicester, one of Leornardo da Vinci’s scientific notebooks.

The Enid Hutt Gallery attracts a few famous clientelle, interested in growing their art collection.  Painters include the likes of Jack Vettriano, a widely sought after artist.

Welcome To The World’s Craziest Living Spaces

By Carla Brenner, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

If you are tired of looking at your old white picket fence or shingle rooftop that looks exactly like your next door neighbor’s, then take a look at these homeowners, who dared to do the unexpected and create a home that is uniquely their own.

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It would probably take you a few minutes to get over the shock of seeing a house that is warped and bent out of normal proportions.

The crooked house of Poland has become a national tourist spot amongst the busy shopping district of Rezident in the town of Sopot. While it’s structural construction is no different from its neighboring buildings, its unique design gives it an almost melting look.

This famed creation from the ingenuous mind of Szotynscy Zaleski was actually drawn from Jan Marcin Szancer’s colorful and unreal book illustrations.

2. New York’s Ping Pong Houseping pong house snarkitecture 5 537x357 Welcome To The World’s Craziest Living Spaces

The brainchild of respected design firm Snarkitecture, this 90 square meter pad is also known as the “Box Box project”, because every inch or box in this apartment is decorated by 25,000 ping pong balls.

Owner Daniel Arsham prides himself on having one of the most distinctive and creative homes anywhere in the Big Apple. At first glance, its walls seem to look like pixilated panels that change from gray to white. A closer look, however, reveals that what appears as digital designs are actually intricately placed ping pong balls. To make it stand out, the loft is minimally designed with a few bare essentials.

Apart from saving on roughly 50 bucks per square feet, the ping pong balls also give the space a boost in aesthetic appeal.

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Noah’s ark is perhaps one of the most iconic man made creations, and for the Russian homeowner Nikolay Orkehov, this biblical work of art has become his ultimate home fantasy come true.

Measuring roughly 9 meters in width and 14 meters in length, the Ark of Nikolayev is composed of three floors that house a bathroom with a sauna, functional kitchen, two bedrooms, a nursery, and a greenhouse on its topmost floor. Working on his ark-inspired home, Nikolay Orekhov spent a year’s worth of hard work and patience in molding his home to resemble that of the ancient wooden ship, hoping that one day it would save him from life threatening floods brought about by climate change.

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Perhaps one of the wackiest looking homes made in recent history, the Voglereiter auto residence resembles an old Volkswagen Beetle, yet provides a comfortable living space for his growing family.

Designed by Markus Voglereiter, this car-inspired home boasts of two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and a heating and insulation system to keep his entire family warm and comfortable.

Owed to its one of a kind design, this auto/home has become a local tourist attraction in this suburban neighborhood.

From the hustle and bustle of New York to the historical country of Russia, a number of designers and builders have gone to the extremes when it comes to making their homes truly one of a kind.

10 Basic Light Painting Tools

By Scholarly Writer, Sunday, February 12, 2012

Light Painting or Light Doodling or Light Graffiti is a technique in photography wherein the results are created by moving lights. There are tons of light painting tools that you can use; practically anything can be used as a tool in order to create a photo. Here are some of the most common tools that are being used by both beginners and expert photographers:

1. Cable Release – Also known as shutter release, this can be added to your light painting tools. There are cable releases that are controlled by the computer while others are controlled through a simple button. This gives you a more price control on the images that you project while you do your Light Graffiti.

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2. Camera – Camera is the first thing you need in your light painting tools. You should find one that has manual controls or at least have one that allows you to adjust the shutter speed. Digital cameras are more used than film cameras because photographers can instantly check the result.

3. Fireworks – For a dramatic effect, fireworks should be added to your light painting tools. There are different types of fireworks that you can work with including fountains, sparklers and many others.

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4. Electroluminescent Wire – This is similar to neon but is more versatile and flexible because of its wire-like features. You can use this as one of your light painting tools to achieve a smoky or foggy look on your photos.

5. Strobes and Flashes – Try freezing motion with flashes and strobes or you can use them to introduce color into your photo. There are different sizes and strengths for them but the first thing that you should look for when shopping for them is the recycle time.

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6. Glow sticks – These are either LED or chemical. The latter is disposable and is made for one usage and with an even light. LED glow sticks on the other hand are brighter at the ends and they give off more light.

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7. Gels – These are flexible sheets of polyester or polycarbonate and are used as light painting tools to create specific colors when light is shined through them.

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8. Light sabers – These re great light painting tools that can color scenes, create shapes and designs for your photographic technique.

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9. Lasers – These can be expensive but they have effective results to create drama into your picture. Be careful though in using them as they should never be pointed directly towards a person’s eyes.

10. Poi Balls – These have been used as light painting tools for many years now. You can set them on fire to give your photo more life and intricate designs and patterns.

With these light painting tools, you will definitely obtain high quality, fun and attractive photos.

Pot Painting And Why Is It Becoming Popular

By Scholarly Writer,

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Pot painting is now a great hobby for all those who like designing and painting. As the name suggests, one will paint pots and vases to make them even more beautiful and attractive. Right now, a lot of individuals are drawn into this activity for a wide variety of reasons:

Pot Painting is Simple

Pot painting is a simple kind of art. As you progress, you will learn more designs and even get to create masterpieces within ten minutes. Though there are classes where you can learn how to paint modern designs and even classic art, you can discover all the ways through practicing and just painting what you like best.

Pot Painting is Fun

Pot painting is absolutely fun as there is no pressure to make your pots look good. Through simple paintings and drawings, the vase can turn into a colorful and striking piece of art. Starting with blending with colors and using special ceramic techniques for your pots, you can produce a wonderful pot painting design.

Pot Painting Enhances Creativity

It does not matter if you have been painting all your life or you are just starting to venture into this activity. The advantage here is that your imagination becomes more vivid as you mix colors, paint on vases, pots and cups and you get to show your work to your friends. They can provide you with feedback as to how you can improve on your pot painting. Aside from that, there are tons of resources where you can take a look at how experts create their stunning pot painting methods.

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Pot Painting is Suitable for Any Age

Pot painting is becoming a sensation because it is perfect even for children. S a matter of fact, during birthdays, pot painting is included in many activities at parties. Children usually draw and paint their pots and this is a great activity which can hone their imagination and vision. Skill level is not important as well; beginners are always welcome to try pot painting.

Pot Painting is an Inexpensive Hobby

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Unlike other types of painting, you do not need fancy materials to perform pot painting. Brushes, vases, pots, glitters, paints and stencils are the basic ones that you need. In fact, you can only use three of these: your pot, paint and brush. You can start immediately; the image options are endless.

Pot painting is not only a hobby. As you become better, you can even sell your work and make income through this enjoyable activity.