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CompactFlash (CF)

ImageCompact Flash or CF Card comes in two different flavors: CF I, the standard Compact Flash card that has been around for over a decade; and CF II, its slightly wider cousin. Originally, this card was only a standard of flash memory, but today the basic format is used for various devices which can plug into the CF slot. As a flash memory standard, it's one of the oldest and today it's much larger than most of its competitors. It first came to prominence as memory for digital cameras and competed with all the early standards of flash memory from its generation.

Even though CF is more bulky than most modern formats of flash memory, it's still sometimes used for its original purpose. CF can be found in professional-grade digital cameras and any device that requires extremely large amounts of storage.

Since CF isn't just a method of flash memory anymore, it's able to push the storage limits for such a relatively small card. The CF format is really the definition of an interface that is similar to PCMCIA-ATA used in notebook computers. So, CF is actually a kind of computer slot for any device and flash memory storage is just one purpose for which the CF slot is actually a bit too big by today's standards. However, as a storage device, CF offers a lot of headroom in non-volatile memory. Non-volatile means that the data stored on the device is retained even when the power is shut off on the device. This is the common feature that defines all flash storage, including flash memory card formats and USB flash drives. Flash memory refers to solid-state mechanics of the electronically erasable programmable read only memory (EEPROM). An EEPROM is a kind of chip that works much like a hard drive except that it uses a solid state design, meaning it has no moving parts.
 

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Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

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Photography Art Prints – How are they made?

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Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

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Learning to Paint with Watercolors

By Cindy Tabacchi

ImageWatercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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