Step-By-Step Guide For Creating Collages and Other Unique Picture FramesWritten by Antigone Arthur
Step-By-Step Guide For Creating Collages and Other Unique Picture Frames
So you want to make a collage or perhaps you are interested in creating a unique shadow box to hold your valuable photographs and memorabilia. No problem! Whether you want to create lasting memories using cheap picture frames, discount picture frames or even wholesale picture frames, here are some pointers for creating lasting memories right first time every time.
Collage Picture Frames
Collage picture frames are useful for creating lasting memories of a moment in time. Whether you want to create a lasting imprint of your wedding day, vacation or graduation, collages are best way to go. Here are some steps to follow to make sure you create a collage you are pleased with:
- Decide where you want your collage. Make sure you measure space you have available for your frame. You don't want to buy a frame that is too small or large for space.
- Select photographs you want to use for your collage. Remember they should vary in size and shape.
- Review types of collage picture frames available. Look for one that allows one or two large photographs and several small ones. Alternatively you may select a collage with three or four cutouts of equal size and shape.
- Lay out your pictures according to size. Measure them against frame you have available. Crop any pictures you need to so they fit correctly in frame.
- Now measure wall space to decide where exactly you want your collage. Measure corners of frame from ends of wall so you can line up your frame evenly.
- If using a lighter frame, nail wall hooks into wall based on your measurements. If hanging a heavy frame, use nails to hang your frame.
- Hang your picture!
Remember when making a collage texture, color and feel of background paint are just as important as picture itself. You might consider painting wall you plan to hang your collage on. Alternatively you may select a frame color and style that matches current wall surface.
Digital Cameras: How Many Pixels Do I Need?Written by Marty Rubenski
With bewildering number of digital cameras on market, it's increasing difficult to know where to start for your first purchase. One of major determining factors of price of a digital camera is number of pixels. Nowadays, even 5.0 megapixel cameras are affordable, even for casual snapshots.
But is bigger always better?
Higher megapixel cameras do have some drawback. The first, and most obvious, is price. A basic 5.0 megapixel camera currently runs between $200 and $300. A 1.2 megapixel camera can be had for less than $50. Storage for those large pictures will also cost you more. A 32 MByte memory card will hold around a hundred 1.2 megapixel pictures. This drops right down to around 60 pictures for 2.0 megapixels and to around 40 pictures for a 3.0 megapixel model. One other consideration, not often mentioned, is that a higher megapixel camera has to do more work to compress and store images, leading to longer waits between picture shots and viewing.
Before you rush off and spend $300 for a camera, consider what you will be doing with pictures. Are you viewing them just on your computer? Sending them as email attachments? Printing them on an existing inkjet printer? Having them professionally printed?
The larger number of pixels, larger file size. An important consideration if you are emailing them as attachments. The following chart shows sample file sizes, typical resolution and maximum print size for different pixel counts stored as high-quality JPEG files: