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Canvas Champ Canvas Review

Canvas Champ...Your Memories on Canvas

Today's photographer has many options for printing and displaying their photographs. They also have a wide selection of places online to order their prints from and a wide variety of sizes and material on which one can have a photograph printed.

One such website is www.canvaschamp.com. As you might expect from their name this company specializes in Fine Art Stretched Canvas prints. For those of you unfamiliar with printing on canvas, it is a very good looking, ready to hang way to display your favorite photos. Printing a photo on canvas can produce an almost "painted" look and is a very popular way to print landscape, floral and portraits of your favorite subjects.

Here are three Simple Steps to a getting a high quality, ready to hang, canvas print from Canvas Champs.

Step One: Choosing your photo.

While printing on canvas is suitable for a variety subject matter and types of photos you still need to take into consideration how the photo will look when printed on the texture and look of canvas. For my Canvas Champ print I chose a picture of a Sunflower I had taken a few years back. I thought it would look exceptionally well when printed on canvas.

Canvas Champ has several different size options but for my Canvas print I choose the 16x20 size. Once you decide on the size you want the print to be, it is easy to start your order and upload your photo to be printed.

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Keep in mind that the printed product will only be as good as the original photo so be sure to choose a high resolution image large enough for the print size you desire. I also prefer to crop my photo to the format and size that I am going to have it printed before uploading.

Step Two: Choose your Layout and Gallery Wrap Size

Once your photo is uploaded you can choose from different recommended sizes based on the image resolution. You also can choose to get a un-stretched and un-mounted rolled canvas print or choose from either a Thin ¾ inch gallery wrap or a thicker 1.5 inch wrap. If your photo has adequate resolution for the print size you have selected then a simple click of the button continues with the order process.

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Once you are satisfied with the options and size another click of the button will add the photo to your cart. There you will have the option to review your photo and your choices and then choose your preferred method of shipping.

Step Three: Hanging your Canvas Print

Depending on the mounting option you choose hanging your finished canvas print could not be easier. I ordered mine with the built in hangers and must say it looks great hanging on the wall. My Canvas Champ print arrived within a few days and was well packaged and looked every bit as good as I hoped it would.

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The Bottom Line…

I would highly recommend Canvas Champ for your fine art canvas prints. They have an easy to navigate website and a high quality product. I was very impressed with the quality and look of the finished product. Not only did does it look great but the overall quality of the product is outstanding. Canvas prints are not the only product that Canvas Champs offers. They also have Peel & Stick Wall Decals, Photo Boards, Metal Prints, Acrylic Prints and Canvas Banners. I am looking forward to trying some of their other products.

If you are looking for a high quality, reasonably priced canvas print, be sure to check out Canvas Champ. I could not be happier with the service and product quality I received from them. They also offer you a 100% Quality and Lowest Price Guarantee. All in all they offer a product that is deserving of my highest "Five Camera" rating.

5 Camera Rating

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Smartfish Ergonomic Mouse

Smartfish Ergonomic Mouse Review

Ergomotion pivoting MouseAs a photographer I spend quite a bit of time in front of a computer editing photos, etc. Therefore when I heard that someone had designed a better more ergonomic mouse I was anxious to try it out. After all isn't the world always looking for a "better mousetrap" or in this case a 'better computer mouse"?

Having read about the Smartfish Ergonomic Mouse and its ErgoMotion pivot system on their website it was clear that they had come up with a much different mouse than anything I had used before. The idea of their unique pivot system especially intrigued me as to whether it really would help reduce fatigue when using a mouse for long periods of time as many of us who use computers for many hours a day sometimes experience.

Using the Smartfish Ergonomic Mouse

Whirl Notebook Mouse Battery CompartmentUpon receiving my Smartfish Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse I was impressed by the unique design and how comfortable the mouse felt in my hand. The quality of the device is obvious in the way it is designed and made.

Turning the mouse upside down reveals the battery compartment door. Inside the battery compartment are the two AAA batteries that power the mouse as well as a place for the wireless USB dongle to be stored when the mouse is being transported.

Also on the very bottom of the mouse is an on-off switch allowing you to easily turn off the laser mouse for storage or transporting.

Along with their patented notebook mouse I also received Smartfish’s combination travel pouch and mouse pad. This great product provides a nice protective pouch to store the mouse in as well as serves as a mouse pad when using the mouse while traveling. While very simple in design it is a great addition to any wireless mouse providing not only a nice protective pouch but also an always ready portable mouse pad.

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Although the Whirl Mini Notebook Mouse is just slightly heavier at 3.4 ounces than my old notebook mouse (3.2 ounces) it feels remarkable lighter when being used. The unique design and nice pivot motion makes this mouse feel very light in use and really does result in a very “fluid, air like” motion that is very noticeable when switching from a traditional notebook mouse to this new and improved design.

Whirl Mini Notebook MouseWhen I first starting to use the Smartfish Ergonomic Mouse the benefits of the pivoting design very quickly become obvious. While it feels different to begin with, before long I really came to appreciate the mouse’s ability to pivot right and left as well as front and back.

Not only does the pivoting allow the mouse to feel surprisingly light in your hand it also seems to extend the range of the mouse’s ability to move in any direction.

By simply tilting your hand any direction you can move the mouse cursor quite a bit with the mouse’s base moving very much at all. This is most noticeable when moving the cursor vertically on the screen but is also experienced to a lesser degree when moving right to left.

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Designed so that either right or left handed people can benefit from its great design the Smartfish Ergonomic Mouse really is a “better mouse” in my opinion. Having used it considerably for an extended period of time I can say that is a product that lives up the manufacturers claims.

When using it I find myself experiencing less wrist and hand fatigue even after long hours on my computer. Their patented “ErgoMotion” pivot system really does adapt to your hand motion resulting in a mouse that seems lighter and requiring less effort to use. Allowing the mouse to pivot with use does keep your hand and wrist from remaining in a fixed position and did result in more comfortable operation for me.

The SmartFish Ergonomic Mouse is available in both desktop and laptop versions and can be purchased from a number of online retailers. In my extended test of the Smartfish Ergonomic Mouse I would give it a 5 Star rating. It is a well designed product that in my opinion lives up to the manufacturers claims.

Deigned by a group led by Dr. Jack Atzmon, a practicing chiropractor, the Smartfish company is dedicated to making computer peripherals such as mice and keypads designed to help reduce repetitive stress injuries such as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. In my opinion they have truly designed a “better mouse”.

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Easy Canvas Prints

Easy Canvas Prints...The Simple Way to Turn Your Photo Into a Work of Art.

Printing photos on canvas is a great way of display your favorite photos.

Photographers today have many choices when it comes to turning your favorite photo into a beautiful ready to hang, gallery wrapped canvas print.

With the right printer and supplies you can print your own photos on canvas at home. However there is also a much easier solution and that is to order a already stretched canvas print from one of the many photo labs that offer that type of product.

As with any printing project choosing the right company to print your photo can make a big difference. In this review we will look at EasyCanvasPrints.com, a company that specializes in turning your photos into a ready to hang work of art.

Easy Canvas Prints...in three simple steps.

With a name like "Easy Canvas Prints" you would think that having your photo printed on canvas would be a simple, straightforward process and that is exactly what I found ordering my canvas print from them to be.

Step One: Choosing your photo.

The first step in creating your custom canvas print it so to choose a suitable photo. Many different types of photos work well on canvas however the texture and look of a canvas print should be taken into consideration when choosing what photo to have printed. Landscapes, portraits of people and many other subject matters work very well when printed on canvas.

For my canvas print I chose a landscape picture of Sprague Lake located in Rocky Mountain National Park. I had taken the picture a few years before on a trip to Colorado and thought that it would look good printed on canvas.

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There are two important things to keep in mind when choosing and preparing to print your photo on canvas.

The first is to make sure that the image resolution meets the minimum requirement for the size of canvas print you plan on printing.

Secondly I recommend that you crop your photo to the same ratio as the size of the canvas print you want to make.

After you chosen the photo you are going to have printed on canvas go to the Easy Canvas Prints website and start the simple process of having your photo printed on a gallery wrapped canvas.

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Step Two: Choosing your canvas size and uploading your photo.

Easy Canvas Prints offers canvas prints in a variety of sizes and image ratios. I chose to have mine printed as a 12x18 canvas print since that ratio matched my photo and eliminated the need for me to crop the photo. Also the 12x18 size was a perfect fit for the space I planned on displaying my canvas print.

When selecting the size of canvas you want printed you also have the option to select the thickness of the canvas wrap. I selected the standard 3/4" wrap but you also have the option of selecting a thicker 1-1/2" wrap as well.

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Once you have uploaded your image Easy Canvas Prints shows you if the image quality is high enough for the size of canvas you have selected.

It also gives you a quick preview of your photo and allows you to easily crop the photo or select the Auto Fit option to fill the canvas if needed. Since I had selected a photo with the same image ratio as the canvas I was printing no cropping was needed in my example.

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Step 3: Choosing your edge type and ordering the photo.

The final step of turning your photo into a work of art with Easy Canvas Prints is to choose your choice of edge finish and preview the final product.

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You have three different types of edges to choose from for your canvas print.

First is the "Mirror Image" edge where a mirror image is created giving your photo a very seamless look. this is the edge type I chose on my canvas print. It has the advantage of keeping all of your original photo viewable from the front.

Your second choice is the "Image Wrap" edge where part of the image itself is wrapped to become the side of the gallery wrap.

The third edge choice is to use a solid color edge. Their website allows you to choose a custom color to use as the edge of the canvas print.

The final part of turning your favorite photo into a canvas work of art is to choose between several color and retouching options and preview what the finished product will look like.

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Once satisfied click on the "Add to Cart" button and complete your order.

The Bottom Line....

Easy Canvas Prints is a product that lives up to its name. Their website makes it very easy to take your photo and turn it into a work of art printed on canvas and ready to hang on your wall.

Finished Easy Canvas Print

From start to finish I found that ordering a canvas print from Easy Canvas Prints to be an outstanding experience. My canvas print arrived at my home well packaged in a reasonable time frame and the finished product is a high quality, gallery wrapped canvas print.

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I would give the Easy Canvas Print my highest Five "Camera" rating!

5 Camera Rating

It is a product that I would highly recommend.

Click here to turn your own photos into a work of art with Easy Canvas Prints simple photos to canvas printing service.

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