Old movies are full of treasured memories, and in some cases, literal treasure. When 90-year old Evelyn Weiner sent in her 16-millimeter film canister to YesVideo for digital conversion, a staff member discovered $3,100 in cash in the canister. The company quickly alerted Ms. Weiner of the bounty, which her late husband had stored away and forgotten. While YesVideo cannot promise such a dramatic financial return on investments, over one million families, along with major retailers such as Costco, Target, and Walmart have trusted YesVideo technicians to unearth and modernize priceless memories through mail-in conversion services. Films receive a digitized update as the team transforms VHS tapes and film reels before they deteriorate. Personalized DVDs with convenient chapter divisions last longer than VHS tapes and make it OK to finally feed the VCR peanut butter. Online galleries of the content can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media sites.
The Adobe- and Microsoft-certified instructors at Photo Art Studio prepare pupils for careers in graphic design, web development, and photography during 14-hour certification programs. The digital photography course drills novices in handling and cleaning their cameras, regulating light, and convincing jumping beans to hold still for track-team portraits. During Adobe Photoshop classes, students survey the program's myriad manipulation and touch-up options by applying such flourishes as modified hues and formatted text over their own compositions. Other courses in software such as Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver focus on animation, image design, and web development respectively. The studio also hosts in-depth classes on Microsoft Office software to instill practical administrative skills.
ScanMyPhotos.com began in 1990 as a small retail photo center in Irvine, California, but thanks to innovations in Kodak photo-scanning technology soon blossomed into a national, online picture preserver. Lauded by Popular Photography as the "leader in digitizing prints" and mentioned in both Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, the company artfully converts printed memories into edit-ready, 300- or 600-dpi images conveniently stored on a data DVD. Technicians can also convert slides and negatives into digital files, restore timeworn photographs, and transfer VHS or 8mm to high-definition DVDs so that moms can preserve their child's first birthday party and dads can update the home videos where they reenacted episodes of Charlie's Angels.
Out of a small French apartment in the mid-1990s, Vistaprint began by supplying modest quantities of customizable business cards to small business owners. With proprietary technology and an online design experience, Vistaprint expanded and made personalized marketing materials affordable and accessible for everyone. Today, the company's arsenal of web-based design tools allows small business owners and consumers to create unique materials by adding personalized text, photos, and designs to thousands of templates for items ranging from calendars and mugs to T-shirts and holiday cards.
Custom collages from Pixtac bring unadorned walls to life with clean, borderless personal photos printed on acrylic glass. After uploading favorite wedding, baby, or other personal photos to the design site, customers choose a template to piece together collages, using simple editing software to resize, crop, and filter pictures for the perfect look. Once submitted, user creations are then digitally printed and mounted to acrylic glass panels that create a floating appearance when hung.