New Gear For 2007: PMA Report; Photo Accessories: Storage, Display, Backgrounds, Props, And More Page 2

"Photopop" is an 111/2x121/2" black imitation leather album that holds 24 4x6" prints in six pages. When opened, the pages pop up in three dimensions similar to children's pop-up storybooks. Many of the frames hold multiple photos on several dimensions, creating depth. The "annex" is a desktop model made of metal that accepts one 4x6, one 21/2x21/2, and one 31/2x31/2" print all at different heights and planes.

Umbra Photopop album

Umbra Fotofalls photo tree

Woven Art Images
BlanketWorx accepts any photo (5x7" or larger) or digital file, then transforms these images into woven art of various styles and types. Text can be included and dozens of borders are available on these 100 percent cotton weavings. New this year are two-sided, fully-lined photo tote bags measuring 17x17" that have a touch-fastener closure and run $90. Pillow shams measuring 19x27" have an envelope back and fit most standard pillows. They sell for $80.

BlanketWorx tote bag

Digital Dye Designs takes images from files that are at least 300dpi for best quality. Among their offerings are blankets, banners, stadium seats and companion towels, and mouse pads. New this year are fleece blankets, two-sided banners, and rugs.

BlanketWorx pillow

My-PhotoArt (Digital Art Production) takes digital art of at least 1MB, 300dpi or images made from a digital camera with a minimum of 3 megapixels or prints of at least 3x5" then transforms them into woven throw blankets, wall hangings, or painted canvas art. They can gallery wrap or frame the art in sizes from 8x10 up to 21x25". A 16x20" painted canvas art photo print runs $120. New is a gift box that you can give so the recipient can send in their own photo to make an 11x14" or 16x20" wrapped painted canvas art or a 50x60" woven throw blanket.

Snaptotes offers a range of 13 styles of photo tote bags in varied sizes having leather or microfiber trim, a range of closure types, interior designs, and handles. You select the bag you want, then send them a digital image or print, or select from their stock art gallery to print on the exterior. They can convert your color photo to black and white or sepia or they can make a collage of photos, at extra charge. New products include the diaper bag, backpack, messenger bag, computer sleeve, and shaving kit.

Mounting And Display Products
Pres-On introduced two new mounting/presentation products. First is a frameless framing system that offers good rigidity and stands away from the background. Lengths of clear plastic strips with a beveled sloped edge can be nailed, screwed, glued, applied with a hook or adhesive tape to the background, then one or more of these cleats are mounted to the back of the mounting board. They are easily lifted up and off to change. By adding a spacer the print can be positioned so one can overlap another for added depth. New folding display boards fold down to 2x4 ft for carrying or shipping but fold open to 4x8 ft for display. They are black on one side and white on the other. They make excellent location reflectors, too.

Superior Specialties now offers Superior Transfer paper in 81/2x11" and larger sizes that can be run through any inkjet printer to capture an image or text, then ironed onto a T-shirt or other cloth for a permanent washable image. The cost is $0.88 per sheet in boxes of 100 81/2x11 sheets.

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