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Sony Memory Stick (MS/MS-PRO)
Memory stick is the name for Sony's proprietary flash memory format. It's been used by Sony since 1998 when it was first launched as a way to store images in Sony's digital cameras. The Memory Stick can also be used in just about any form of portable device that has need of storage. The term Memory Stick applies to the entire line of Sony Memory Sticks, which includes Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro and even Memory Stick Pro Duo. Sometimes it's mistakenly applied to any form of portable flash memory, but, because it's a proprietary format exclusive to Sony, it has little chance of ever being the standard in flash memory for any other company.

Memory Stick Pro expands the Sony Memory Stick line to greater capacity and speeds. Currently, the largest Memory Stick Pro made is 4 GM. Most devices that are compatible with original Memory Stick are also compatible with Memory Stick Pro. Some older units that aren't compatible with both out of the box can be upgraded with a flash ROM update. Memory Stick Pro cards that carry a capacity of over a Gigabyte are made to support High Speed Mode, which makes them marginally faster than a regular Memory Stick.

Memory Stick Duo brings the Memory Stick line to a new level of portability. Slightly smaller than an SD card, it was designed to fit devices where space was a premium. This is the memory stick of choice for Sony - Ericsson cell phones and Sony's PSP game system. The trouble with Memory Stick Duo is that it's limited to 128MB banks of storage, just like regular Memory Stick cards. Where Memory Stick Duo's compact size meets the capacity of Memory Stick Pro is in the Memory Stick Pro Duo. Memory Stick Pro Duo gives the large capacity of Pro in the slim sizes of Memory Stick Duo.

Memory Stick Pro Duo with High Speed mode support is Sony's most advanced portable storage yet. It's what you're going to use with the latest Sony equipment out there; however, very few non-Sony products will touch it. Part of the reason is it's a proprietary format controlled by Sony. There are advantages to using a memory storage format that is more open, like SD. One good reason why it's good for the average consumer that Memory Stick Pro Duo hasn't caught on is that they're very expensive. A Memory Stick Pro Duo will cost much more than a comparable SD or Compact Flash card.

°A simple adapter allows Memory Stick PRO Duo to be used in devices designed to accept the original Memory Stick form factor.

Canvas Printing

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.

Art Prints – How are they made?

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).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor 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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