Ceramic Pictures Information
Please click on the link below for our rich Information Center about Ceramic Pictures; there are many names for those pictures from headstone photographs to cemetery pictures but they all mean the same; a picture of a person on a grave marker. We have cemetery tips and many other guiding tools for you on how to order, handle and install them.
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Ceramic Grave Marker Picture Information & Guidance
Ceramic pictures are a surprisingly affordable way to keep your precious family memories alive for the ages. Just think of ceramic portraits as bringing to life the same kind of family photographs that you would consider saving from a burning home. Only these photographs are on permanent display for all to see on a grave marker.
Ceramic pictures can be made from just about any digital photograph that is at least 300 pixels per inch in resolution (in other words, the picture, when transformed onto a computer screen requires 300 tiny dots of computer screen light per inch. Lower resolutions are not insufficient because they lack the appropriate light density to create a good print on the special equipment used in the production process.) Hard copy photographs can also be made into ceramic pictures, of course, but this delays production time because technicians must scan the picture into a computer and create a digital version before proceeding to the other steps. It is only because digital photography has become so prevalent and affordable in the last decade that ceramic pictures have become a legitimate, popular phenomena in the memorial industry.
In general, the technology that produces ceramic pictures works like this: a customer presents a special family photo, and technicians edit the image so that it will look best on the ceramic file. Once the digital picture is properly edited (and editing, by the way, can include simple modifications such as cropping and removing backgrounds and touching up minor blemishes), production experts “print” the picture onto a piece of wet ceramic using a machine that works much the same way a laser printer does. Artisans then remove the ceramic from the printer machine and place it in a pottery kiln, where it bakes for some time, permanently setting the picture into the ceramic.
When technicians remove the ceramic piece from the oven they inspect the picture’s quality and clarity and, occasionally, a remake will be necessary. Photograph technicians will edit the digital to make necessary adjustments, and begin the process over again. It’s important to note that many factors determine the ultimate look of a ceramic piece once it has finished baking, so anticipating problems with the picture is not always an exact science. Remaking ceramic pictures is part of the trial and error process of manufacturing, and it can often not be avoided even by the most talented of production workers.
Once a picture has been baked into the ceramic, it will simply never fade. This is not the case, however, in cases in which pictures are laser etched into the ceramic. Customers wanting to assure their pictures have the longest life possible (baked ceramic memorial photographs will last centuries) should make certain that the picture manufacturer will be baking the picture after the print as been made. Other style of production will yield clear, long-lasting results, but they will not be as permanent as those done by this process we have just described.
Once a ceramic picture has been produced according to the technician’s, and customers, standards, it will be delivered to the customer via a standard delivery service. Installation is usually a very simple matter involving simply a steady hand. Ceramic pictures can have a very strong adhesive backing that will create a permanent, weather proof seal upon contact. Simply removing the adhesive backing and very steadily pressing the ceramic picture into place is all that is required to install the ceramic picture. Another option is to have metal prongs on the backside which can be concreted into the grave stones.
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