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The Best Metal Print Companies in 2020

Metal prints have been growing in popularity as a way to display art, photography, as well as amp up your home decor.  Similar to the more popular canvas prints or poster prints, metal prints are a different take on the same idea, but with a few distinct differences.  It’s these unique elements that has people searching for metal prints instead of the alternatives.

What’s Unique About Metal Prints?

Well, to state the obvious, metal prints are printed on metal.  Usually “brushed aluminum”, but some companies (such as Displated) opt for a stainless steel medium.

Brushed aluminum gives a special texture that can contribute (or detract from) the image/photo/painting on the metal.  As alternative options there are also “matte” finish which is a white/plain background.

Furthermore, there is a relatively new option called “HD Dye Sublimation”, which does more than just paint the surface of the metal.  Dye sublimation is how things like T-Shirts and other merchandise are printed, and it works with a special type of magic using heat treated metal combined with special dyes to actually absorb the dye into the metal.

This HD metal printing leads to both richer and deeper colors, but also insures a long lasting, museum quality print.

Where Can I Find the Best Metal Prints?

There are many metal print companies out there, but like most consumer goods, it can be hard to tell the quality providers from the mediocre ones.

Thankfully we’ve done the hard work, see below for our picks for the best metal prints company on the market today!

#1 – Pictorem

Pictorem is a panacea for all your printing needs, whether you are a homeowner looking to spruce up your new addition, or a professional photographer or artist who wants to print their work for display in a gallery or for sale online.

HINT: If you are indeed a professional artist looking to print their work, you should know that Pictorem offers an online marketplace where you can sell your work and get a cut.  Take advantage of it!

They also offer the HD Metal Printing that we discussed above.  They partner with a company called Chromaluxe, which doesn’t deal directly with consumers (but we are in luck that Pictorem deals when the directly).

Take a look at an example of the HD Print below:

A remarkable HD Metal Print from Pictorem. Photo Courtesy Pictorem.

It’s really quite amazing, the depth and quality of color.

Advantages of Pictorem

  • A wide range of printing options, they are really a one-stop shop for your art print needs.  Voted as one of the finest canvas print companies by many publications, their metal prints are actually better!
  • Pricing is extremely competitive, offering upwards of 40%+ off during their regular sales.  If you are waiting to strike on a deal, you probably won’t have to wait long.
  • All types of options, from basic metal prints on brushed aluminum, to epoxy coated prints (for an extra closs), even acrylic prints.  You will not have a shortage of options when going with Pictorem.

Disadvantages of Pictorem

  • We haven’t really found any.

Blue Collar Employment – Quality Plumber Apprenticeship Opportunities In NYC

After studying to be a plumber it is critical that you find a quality plumber apprenticeship. This is where you are going to get the hands on knowledge and experience that you need in order to be qualified to work on your own. Of course one would like to believe that any program offering this service would give the right level of experience, but sadly that isn’t always the case. In order to be sure that you will be getting the hands on education that you need to succeed you will want to invest some time in searching for the best apprenticeship program that you can find.

NYC vs. Other Areas

Looking for a program in New York City already gives you a leg up compared to other areas in the country. You will have far more options available to you. Additionally, plumbers in NYC are kept relatively busy just due to the sheer number of customers that they have in concentrated areas. This can help to provide you with a wide variety of plumbing issues that you will help to tackle and learn from.

It can also make it harder to choose the best option, just because there are so many. This is why doing your research is important. A great place to start is by asking those that you know that have already done an apprenticeship what they thought of their experience. If you don’t know anyone personally, your school should be able to put you in contact with those that are happy to help those facing the decision they once had to make. By talking with people directly you can get some very clear insight to their experience and whether or not they would recommend the route they took to others. This can help you to find the best options and also help you to avoid those that may not be ideal for you.

Online Communities

You can also search online communities and blogs in order to get information about the various apprenticeship programs that are available for plumbers in the New York City area. You may be able to find a community that is close to where you live, to ensure that the program you select is as convenient as possible. Take the time to read through information that has been shared by others. This will give you insight that you can’t really find anywhere else. You should also become comfortable with asking questions so that you can be sure that any option you are considering will be a good fit for you personally. The more you invest in the process the more likely it is that you will find the best program for your personal needs and interests.

This is a very important decision to make as it will affect your future success. Putting in a good deal of time and energy is well worth the results that you will experience. Understand that it will take time and you will likely be somewhat apprehensive no matter your choice, but the more time you invest the more likely it is that you will be happy with the results.

 

Investing in Power Tools: Good or Bad Deal?

A lot of people nowadays are looking to have a weekend hobby to make their weekends productive. And one thing that you will need is a power tool. Over the years, a lot of people turn to power tools to be able to do a lot of things at home. Should you or should you not buy power tools? First, you will need to consider your space. If you have enough space, then you can buy power tools. You also need to invest on shelves where you can keep the tools organized.

Next, you also need to consider your activities and your skills. If you are the type who does woodworking activities during the weekends, then you might as well invest in power tools. However, if you rarely do these types of activities, then you might as well just rent than buy expensive equipment.

You will also have to consider your health. If you are someone who is already around 70 years old, some power tools can be considered dangerous for you. It can cause injuries and could even cause premature death. If you are going to get someone to do the work, then you should let them carry their tools.

Perks of DIY Crafts At Home

A lot of people today don’t have the skill to perform crafts that they can use for everyday activities. Often, they rely on ready-made products. Unfortunately, there are things that you can do on your own. As for the level of difficulty, it depends on the project that you are trying to do. For instance, if it’s a cabinet that requires some woodworking, then you can expect it to last for weeks especially if you are the only one doing the project. However, some easy-to-do projects can be completed within minutes.

One of the perks is that you can have something to do during the weekend. If you are going to do the activity with your kids, you can teach them something new. In addition to this, it can even develop their intuitiveness when it comes to different tools.

In some instances, it can also be a means to recycle things that would normally go to the trash. It is a sustainable hobby that can lessen your expenses and trash at the same time. On top of it all, you can also have fun in the process.

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