Digital Printing – Solvent Vs Aqueous

Over the last 15 years Inkjet printing technology has seen an explosion in innovation. It seem now that almost anything is possible with inkjet printing but the choice of technologies can be overwhelming for print service providers, never mind your every day customer. In the following article I am going to lay out some basic rules of thumb to help you pick the right process for you application.Is your print going to be displayed in a protected interior environment or in an exposed exterior environment? As you may expect the standard rule that things that might get wet need to be waterproof also applies to printing. This mean that both the media and the ink need to stand up to weathering, which requires an aggressive ink chemistry known as solvent or eco solvent printing. These inks allow printing on a wide range of cheap PVC and paper based medias, and are use to produce anything from banners to vehicle wraps. The life of these prints is usually up to 3 years unlaminated, and equipment rages up to 5 meters wide, allowing for the creation of prints on a huge scale.If the print is for interior display, then you can use a water based (Aqueous) printer. These prints use an ink chemistry that is water based and can be used create incredibly detailed images for applications from poster through to fine art photography prints. Modern pigment inks can often be described as archival meaning that under correct conditions the quality of the print can be expected to last up to 200 years. This longevity can now surpass that of tradition photographic prints developed in a dark room, allowing professional photographer and artist to really consider digital printing as a viable option for the future of their workflow. The scale of water-based prints is usually limited to 60 inches width by a theoretical limitless length. These prints can be laminated to improve there resistance to moisture and scratching.The Eco stamp may also be important in your choice of technologies, and is currently a battleground for competing manufacturers. The word Eco Solvent implies to may it has better credentials then its competitors, however although these inks create a healthy working environment for the print shop, they still print on to PVC material which are notoriously difficult to dispose of in a Eco conscience manner. I would recommend that you keep an eye on a new technology known as Latex inks for their innovation in creating a genuinely Eco workflow. Although in its early stages this ink promises to combine the good elements of both water based and solvent based printing.

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Things To Cover Before An Art Appraisal

If you have a personal collection of art, or a collection of heirlooms handed down from generation to generation in your family that you’re thinking of selling or insuring, then you’ll need to have an art appraisal first. If this is your first time to get an art appraisal, there are a number of things you need to take note of.An Art Appraisal is a service that involves examining art pieces and determining their value. The process is carried out by a professional art appraiser, who assesses the art and gives the owner an idea of its value, rarity and other relevant details. Art appraisers can appraise a number of valuables, from paintings, vases, jewellery, and even furniture.Here are some things you’ll need to take care of before having your artwork appraised.Take PhotosIt’s important to keep an inventory of your art collection. To do that, you’ll need to take photos of each piece. Make sure photos are clear and in color and each piece is at the center of every photo. Also be sure to capture any unique aspects of the artwork as well. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to have 3 to 4 shots for each object in your collection. Digital photography allows you to print and digitally store your photos, so make sure you take advantage of both options.Keep a Physical InventoryAside from documenting your collection through photos, it’s important to have a physical master list of all the items up for appraisal. Be sure to include a detailed description of all the pieces in your list. An inventory is crucial for a smooth insurance process, so make sure to have a few backups both in paper and in digital spreadsheet form.Keep Track of ReceiptsThe appraisal process can be made faster if you can present original sales receipts for all items in your collection. This is of course, only applicable if you bought the items in your collection. If you inherited them as heirlooms or received them as gifts, it’s a good idea to present information from any previous appraisals done in the past.These are just some of the things to consider when having your art collection or individual pieces appraised. So next time, take the time and effort to make the necessary preparations to have as smooth a process as possible and you will receive greater results.

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The Cold Hard Facts About Video Game Testers

Want to know the facts about video game testers? Tired of all the ads saying game testers can make up to $150 per hour? Want to know the truth? Then you’ve come to the right place, as you’re about to learn the cold hard facts about video games testers, including what they get paid, what it takes to be a tester, and what work they are in charge of doing.Video Game Tester SalaryIf the average game tester were to work from day 1 (Monday) to day 5 (Friday), each day totaling 8-10 hours, he could pull in roughly $600-$1000 each and every week. To bankers, stock brokers, and Hollywood movie stars, that isn’t a whole lot of money. But, to someone who spends most of his/her time playing video games at home, that is a very “cushiony” salary.It’s important to note that starting game testers will not be making a whole lot of money. In fact, some testers may actually have to test the first few games for free in order to get their career off the ground.Facts About Video Game Testers WorkloadGenerally speaking, the work of a video game tester isn’t back-breaking, nor is it mind numbing. The best way to describe the work is “mildly boring”. This is because most testers will be required to play the same area of a video game over and over. In addition to that, the beta game tester will also have to take notes about any problems he/she comes across. Depending on the programmers and software engineers that put the game together, this could mean a measly hour or two of work or it could mean DAYS or even WEEKS of work.What It Takes to be a Paid Beta Game TesterThe great thing about video game testers is that you don’t need a college eduction to be one. In fact, some game testers don’t even have a high school diploma, yet right now, they are testing games for cash. If you meet these 3 requirements, you can be a paid game tester right now: be 18 years of age, have numerous years of gaming experience, have a good attention to detail. Do you meet those basic requirements? Congratulations, you can be a game tester!

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