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Thursday, 7 May 2015

An Article Regarding UV Printing

Common publishing programs such as The Print Shop or Print Master let you print a simple 4-fold greeting card quickly and easily. By printing in a 4-fold layout, the software is designed to let you print your greeting card on a standard sheet of 8.5"x11" paper.
Printing greeting cards or invitations on plain white copy paper might seem OK at first, but you can achieve much better results using "2-up" high-quality coated card stock. "2-up" simply means that 2 cards come per sheet, so these are especially useful if you need to print more than one of the same card (which is often the case!).
In our tutorial, we use The Print Shop version 22 as our design software, but the method we describe here works with any layout software that can print simple 4-fold greeting cards.
The first step is to select your software's 4-fold layout and format the card. In The Print Shop, we do this through the following steps: - On the starter screen, click "Invitations." - Select the option to "Start From Scratch" and use the Quarter-Fold layout. Then click "Next." - Format the card according to your project. In our example, we select "Wide" for the Format and "Top Fold" for the fold style. Once the format is chosen in The Print Shop, click "Finish."
Next, insert your image into the card. In The Print Shop: - From the Insert menu on the top toolbar, select "From File..." - Select the file to open through the standard dialog.
After inserting any images you want on the card, you design the card as you normally would. For cards that feature just a single image on the front cover (as in our video example), we recommend using an image that is large enough to cover the entire card. This way, you can stretch the image so that it extends past the edges of the card, which will allow you to print right up to the border of the card for a very professional look (if your printer supports printing to the edge).
After designing your card, you are ready to print it from your software. Before printing on high-quality 2-up cards, we recommend setting your printer to its optimal print quality settings. If the option is available to tell the printer what paper is in the tray, select "glossy," "photographic," or "premium" stock. And if you are printing to the edge of the card, be sure to enable your printer's border less printer capability if the option is available.
Print a single card onto the 2-up sheet. Then you will want to place the just-printed sheet back into your printer such that it will print on the card across from the one you just printed. On our HP Photo smart D 7200, we turn the sheet over by its short side so that the first image is facing down, then place the sheet back in the printer. (You may have to turn the sheet differently, depending on your printer).Print the same card again, and it will print onto the other card on your sheet, giving you two cards. Fold this sheet down the middle and break the two cards apart. Then, fold each card along the score for a perfectly even-folded card.
In addition to the higher quality, don't forget the other advantages of using 2-up cards: - The cards are scored for guided folding. This means you only have to fold them once, and they will fold perfectly even. - You print 2 of the same card per sheet. The cards are perforated down the middle so they can be easily broken into 2 cards. - The stock not only looks nicer than plain paper but is thicker and has a more professional feel.

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Monday, 4 May 2015

An article Regarding Manufacturer of Crystal Trophy

The advent of 3D printing has opened up a world of possibilities for graphic artists and companies. The nearly limitless possibilities offered by this medium have allowed these professionals to extend their field of operations and diversify their portfolio, creating new trade opportunities and enabling them to explore new niches in the graphic arts market.


One of the many peripheral products 3D engraving techniques allowed these types of businesses to start producing were engraved crystal awards, or, alternatively, glass pieces. This is a type of product always in high demand, given the large number of amateur competitions usually going on in any given place at any given time, and the need for some form of cup with which to reward the winners. Many graphics companies were therefore quick to jump on the bandwagon and begin producing this type of item.


A shift in focus


This shift in focus, however, made many of these printers-come-engravers ask themselves some important questions. How, exactly, should they go about marketing and selling these engraved crystal awards? What type should they specifically focus on? Who should they market them to? Fortunately, these pertinent doubts have since been answered, and articles such as this one are able to give prospective 3D engravers an inkling on how to engage in such procedures.


The first useful bit of information to retain is that there are three different processes for manufacturing engraved crystal awards. This type of product can either be achieved via laser, traditional mechanical or rotary work, or sandblasting. The latter is still widely considered to be the best technique for working in glass, although the other two (and laser in particular) have rapidly been gaining in popularity as technology in the field becomes more widespread, affordable and easier to use than ever before.


A shift in perception


In terms of how and who to market these engraved crystal awards to, the range of customers willing to buy this type of article is quite comprehensive, so artists need not fear that this will be a niche market with minimal profit to be made. The times when these kind of trophies were towards the high end of the pricing scale are in the past; the spreading and simplification of techniques has allowed for prices to come down, allowing customers for whom these items were previously out of reach to finally be able to afford them. As such, printing companies can expect these trophies and awards to be sought out by a large segment of the population, from more well-off customers to those on a relatively lower budget.


With regards to specific looks and designs, specialists hint that optical or colored crystal and other faceted items are perennially popular sellers, while items that blend high-end materials are also in relatively high demand.


Armed with these tools and information, then, it should be easy for 3D engravers to market and sell their pieces! George Berdichevsky is the Founder of 3Design Center, which designs image files to be used in the production of engraved crystal awards. His team of talented artists can create bespoke images for 3D engraving from any idea or image. Visit the website for more information.


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