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What we found when researching

Kathy Vasic - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Strange, the things you find when you are doing some research online. Recently one of our directors was completing some research for a new project we have coming up, when he came across a number of our photographs (of work we completed) on another company's  website. These images were taken straight from our website and this company was passing off our work as something they manufactured. Needless to say this type of thing happens regularly and often goes undetected, but when you do find it and other company's are trying to pass your work off as their own, it becomes a legal issue.  
One of the first things we did was to have a good look at this website and try to determine if they had stolen any other images and yes there were more, but while looking at this site, a company in the same industry as us, we came across 4 spelling mistakes on the home page. Now I don't know about you, but if I was getting any type of labels, nameplates or signage made I would want to ensure that the company had a good grasp of the English language and could actually spell. 
I know we harp on about signed proofs and the importance of checking every word of the document we send to you, but I can't begin stress enough about how important this step really is. Once the manufacturing process is started there is very little we can do if mistakes are found after this point.

Regardless of where you get your nameplates, labels or signage from make sure you get a proof for approval.

So the moral to this little story is

1. Make sure you check your proof carefully when  it is sent to you.
2. If we have made a mistake, tell us immediately.
3. Don't steal my photos, I will find you :)

Have a great day.

Colour the Past: B-W to Colour Photos

Peter Vasic - Monday, June 25, 2018
Don't let anyone tell you that B & W photos are a snapshot of a bygone era that were intended by the artist or photographer, in essence this is far from the truth as nearly every person taking photographs in the bygone era wanted their loved ones and subjects captured in true natural colour. Unfortunately the era between the 1840's and the mid 1950's locked generations of our families, friends, places and lives into a colourless, morbid time warp.

The eccentricity, laughter and happiness of generations, enslaved to a gray scale morbidity that left the world believing there was a Dark Ages again for over a century.

      

Life is all about colour, imagine a Rosella with no reds and greens or blues and yellows, or a relative proudly showing their vivid coloured national dress that was captured in drab grays. The opening night of a Block buster Musical near New Yorks' Time Square Neon wonderland all in drab gray.

Colorizing black and white comes with responsibilities and these include a number of understandings coupled with an extensive knowledge base. Being true to era, location and life, means that one must have resources and knowledge that allow the colorization to take on the effect of a natural reproduction and to bring the subjects to life. Not simply a random colour pallete to cover gray tones, but an understanding of the tones of an era.

  

It is important to be able to have a qualified understanding and resources one can draw on of colours from various eras, fashions, architectural and paint finishing techniques, sign trends,brand colours and popular lighting methods for various eras. Gas gives off a particular glow, neon and it's various shades were popular with different colours, prominent in different decades, car and truck colours, colours and highlight colours for pinstriping on Horse drawn vehicles.
Understanding the glow of light in various hemispheres, as well as seasons, can bring an image to life in a way that simple universal coloring cannot do. 

 

Colorising photos often brings out details lost in the background haze of grey and can help identify parts of a subject only colour can properly do.

  

I can faithfully bring an old photo to life and restore the the subject to  a contemporary perception, rather than chaining them to a dark and macabre illusion of a past that in reality never existed within their daily lives.

  

Our capabilities allow us to deliver your restored and colourized photos in a number of  ways.

  • Coloured Tiles in various sizes : for display
  • Printed Canvas from small to large prints
  • Giclee art paper or photographic prints (archival quality)
  • Meta printed onto High gloss Aluminium substrates for HD quality reproductions
  • Mural size  images- for large areas or impact.
Ideal for :

  • Corporate applications
  • Clubs and associations
  • Personal photographs
  • Man-cave wall images of sporting themes.
Contact us and ask for Peter Vasic on 1300 327 898 or (08) 8269 1364 for further details

Asset Labels and Asset tags

Kathy Vasic - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
It’s that time of year again, when you are either purchasing assets at the end EOFY sales or arranging your purchasing budget for next financial year. Now is the best time to think about how you are going to label each new asset giving you the ability to keep track of it at all times.



Physical assets are integral part of any company and keeping track of them is vitally important to your financial and taxation records. It is not uncommon for a company to have hundreds or even thousands of assets and keeping track of where they are, and their overall condition can be a full time job in itself. From your industrial tools and machinery in the factory to computer monitors in your office, tracking, identifying and controlling these items with asset labels is vital to your company’s bottom line. 

On site use, updating, repairs, sold or stolen, your assets would be unaccounted for without asset labeling. Systems these days give you the ability track your asset from purchase through to disposal and each step in between these two points, including all maintenance done on the item. The history of your asset is easily tracked and reviewed when an asset management system is in place.  For companies that have smaller quantities of assets and do not require tracking a simple engraved or printed asset label is often sufficient for the job. Many items these days can be directly engraved enhancing the security of each item.
 


When it comes to making a decision regarding the repair or replacement an item, having an asset inventory and control system in place will give you the ability to make more informed decisions when you have the history of each item readily available to you. Keeping track of who, what and where your assets are also helps prevent theft.

 
Asset management systems with asset tags also have other benefits and these include:
  • Theft prevention and security of items
  • Planning better to reduce downtime for maintenance
  • OHS Compliance
  • Maximise employee and equipment efficiency

Keeping track of the history of your assets by using an asset tag is proven to be a faster, more accurate and less expensive system of collecting data. Asset tags and labels are available in a variety of materials including, aluminium, stainless steel, traffolyte, foil or vinyl. You can choose to have your logo, icons and design elements incorporated into your tags and labels.

Letter Style

Peter Vasic - Thursday, June 07, 2018



letter style:
Term of the Week: Letter Style


The letters in an alphabet have a primary construction pattern that allows 
for easy recognition. That pattern, though, can be rendered in an infinite 
variety of ways or styles. When that style is applied to all of the letters
in the alphabet, it becomes a letter style.

Peter Vasic:

Thank you to my friends at A&E Magazine for their articles and input

Bokeh Effect with Adobe Photoshop

Peter Vasic - Thursday, June 07, 2018


Create a Bokeh Light Effect.

Use a bokeh light effect (large circles, as exemplified above) on an image with a dark background. 
If the background isn’t black, then darken it using Levels.


I dragged the image of the lights onto another layer in my file. Then, set the layer blend mode to screen. 
You may want to make the circles larger or smaller. Experiment to see where the circles fall on the image
and move them around as needed. You may even need to do a horizontal or vertical flip of the bokeh 
for the circles to hit in the right spots.


You may also need to adjust the hue (colour) or saturation of the bokeh layer. Changing the colouring 
of the lights may accent the image better. Once you have everything in your file, you can further experiment. 


At Engraving Services Co we can apply these or any image to a ChromaLuxe photo print
or Tiles in a variety of sizes for a wall feature or Canvas. These type of printed materials can be placed on 
other beautiful products such as a keepsake box with a Happy Mother’s Day or birthday note in the
empty space next to the little girl.


Become inspired by your creative thoughts and see how we can pair your photos with
sublimated products. You’ll find yourself showing off your beautiful photos and keepsakes so beautifully
presented, to family and friends. We utilize Adobe Photoshop  and other software to create beautiful
and heirloom quality memories.


Peter Vasic:  Engraving Services Co


Many Thanks to Jennifer Foy who has over 12 years of experience using Adobe Photoshop.

Screen printed Metals:

Peter Vasic - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Solvent and UV- Curing inks are durable screen printing inks utilized effectively in decorating metal substrates. Both these type of screen inks have a reputation for delivering prints with vibrant colours that resist handling, abrasion, fading, and a range of environmental factors. When you combine these attributes with highly durable substrates the results are printed substrates that handle their environments for years. High performance screen printing is usually found on substrates such as steel and aluminium.

As a result, Screen printing is used extensively to decorate Metal signs, nameplates, appliance fascias and trim and other metal products.

However, finding products that show premature failure is not difficult especially when dealing with screen shops that find metal screen printing challenging and are generally inexperienced with the variations and idiosyncrasies of the variants in inks and metal substrates.


Knowing your substrate and in many cases understanding that printing onto metals may actually mean printing onto coated metals can make the difference between printing failure and longevity in the long run. Metals often are coated in various coatings. Thermoplastic coatings react entirely different than direct to metal printing.

Utilizing solvent based inks that cure by air drying rather than Cross linking and dry by chemical means by heating can result in a soft, easily scratched product, that shows little durability. heat cured products provide exceptional durability and can deliver highly scratch resistant finishes. Although epoxy based inks that are heat cured can fail rapidly in exterior applications. Utilizing inks with a urethane base will deliver solvent and scratch resistance with a satisfactory UV life cycle. The offset with this type of ink however is it's general lack of overall flexibility, but this is not a major concern when matched to the correct substrate.

Thanks to improvements in raw materials, the range of UV-curable inks for metal printing has expanded considerably, bringing benefits such as resolution, durability, and fast processing to the metal-decorating process. Regardless of whether you use UV formulations or solvent-based inks. Matching the correct ink to the correct substrate is of primary importance and ensuring that the correct curing method is utilized will provide a product that will give years of satisfactory life.

Printing onto coated coated metals; Powder coated, Painted etc. requires the use of inks suitable for the respective substrates and the importance must be placed on whether the substrate is Thermoset or Thermoplastic. Thermoplastic substrates will accept a variety of inks, whereas Thermoset substrates require inks that must be heat cured to adhere properly and give durability.

Issues can crop up as heat cured inks require considerable heat and time sequence to curing process. The higher the temperature and the longer the duration of the curing process, the harder the surface becomes. And the harder the surface, the more difficult it becomes for any ink to adhere as required. A high level of surface hardness is the root of the problem that screen printers encounter in trying to get UV inks to adhere to coated metals.The shrinkage characteristics of UV inks, particularly free-radical varieties, are the main reason these inks have a difficult time adhering to hard, thermoset coatings. Depending on the formulation, a free-radical UV ink film may shrink substantially (up to 50% in some cases) as the ink rapidly cross-links during the curing process.

 The ink film will cure and shrink in only seconds, while the metal substrate and its coating remain basically unchanged. Since the UV ink shrinks very rapidly, stress is placed on the adhesion point between ink and substrate. If the stress is great enough, the ink film can simply pop off the coated metal. In contrast, after a coated metal is printed with a conventional heat-cured solvent ink, the product must be baked at high temperatures for long periods of time in order to soften the surface of the metal coating to some degree and allow the ink to wet the surface better to achieve good adhesion.

As the metal and coating cool, so does the ink film. Any shrinking that takes place occurs in slow stages allowing for good adhesion to be maintained.



Article by Peter Vasic with sincere thanks to Frank Blaco Jnr. and Laura Maybaum of Nazdar Inks for their Major reference materials used for this blog.



House Name Plaques

Peter Vasic - Monday, May 21, 2018
House Name Plates come in a range of styles and finishes. When you are looking to finish off your home whether it be in a contemporary style or a refined heritage finish, ensure you look for the House sign that will deliver the finest reflection of your investment.

Your home is your castle whether it be  a $ 400,000 + Investment or a harbour-side $12,000,000 Mansion. Selecting a house name plate comes down to the type of materials you choose and the way they are going to deliver your stately message or name. 

Options Include:

  • Brass - Brushed or Polished
  • Acrylic and Timber
  • Cast Bronze
  • Cast Aluminium
  • Faux Cast Brass (Cast Bronze Look alike)
  • Faux Cast Aluminium (Cast aluminium look alike)
  • Timber / Wood
A range of various finishes and substrates can deliver the lasting finishing touch to your home or property. ( Shacks, Businesses )

Ensure you receive a proof or layout to ensure your house sign is correct and also determine that colours, finishes and fittings are as specified.







Basics of Shopfront or Business Entrance Design

Peter Vasic - Wednesday, May 02, 2018

From Enquiry to Reality - A Shopfront requirement for Signage

We get this almost every day:  “How much for a sign?”

"How big?" We ask.

“Standard Size, come on just a ball park figure, I wont hold you to it “

This is our daily lot, potential clients simply wanting to hear a dollar amount for a nondescript concept and the cheapest “Sound” the customer hears is the one THEY will investigate further, because they have COMPLETE TRUST that they will receive the best value, service, advice and product from that provider.

It’s only when we begin to ask questions do we find what the customer really wants and often it comes down to a range of requirements. I need someone who will design, produce layouts and conceptual drawings, meet my need for a “Look” and “Identity”, and ensure my shopfront or business entrance concept is ideal for my needs.

All that from “ How much is a sign?”

Our core thrust as a business is to provide a holistic approach to every inquiry and as a result a simple request for a sign is taken in a much more serious fashion, so as to determine the customers exact needs. The end result are the considerations that must be taken into account when determining; How will the required signage be required to deliver the message it must deliver on site/location, how will it stand up to the rigors of its environment and how dimensional does it need to be to meet the customers minds’ eye picture.  After all the customer has stepped into our sign design studio and the very least we can do is deliver an experience that reflects our profession and also gives the very best value and image the customer is really looking for.

Our perception as a company is based on the premise that we provide the best shopfront designer experience to our clients. At the forefront of our interactions is the understanding that our clients want to see how a 2 Dimensional image on paper or in their minds can be transformed into a 3 Dimensional reality, with a locational physical presence.  This is the basic underpinning of our service and as a result our expertise and developmental judgement is utilized to its full potential to ensure that our client is walked through the fundamentals that they in turn deliver to them the very best potential for the best design and identity they require.







Marine Safety Signage by Pirate Pete

Peter Vasic - Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Pirate Pete Talks about IMO ( International Maritime Organization ) Standards Quality Safety Signage, Name plates, Labels, Photo luminescent labels ( Glow in the Dark) for Ship building, Marine and off shore applications.

Click on the Link below to see what Pirate Pete has to say about Marine identification products
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BswskEcZcJw


"R" Rated Desk Name plates with Fat Tony

Peter Vasic - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Adults only Desk name plate -r rated -"fucker in charge of you fucking fucks"

The r rated adults only series  of desk name plates are designed for the boss in your life that you love to hate introduced by fat tony

follow the link below to see fat tony's take on the unique gift idea for your beloved boss.....the "fucker in charge of you fucking fucks"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoY-Y-3h9aU

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