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PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPARISON OF IMAGE TREATMENTS ON BRONZE PLAQUES

Including an image or images on bronze plaques requires the skill and experience of a highly qualified designer.  The preparation of the artwork or sculpting of these images is the most unforgiving of the entire design process.  Thanks to current technology, the only limit for an image on a plaque is your imagination and budget.  The prices for including images range from about $35 to $2000 in addition to the price of the plaque, but possibly, more significantly, it may make the plaque larger and therefore more expensive.

There are 9 different types of image treatments you can use on bronze plaques.  In the following sections we will describe each image treatment separately but our designers can use multiple types of these treatments on the same plaque.

These images treatments, in increasing order of expense(*) are;

(*) We have listed different image treatments in increasing order of expense.  Except for the sculpted emblems from stock, all of these image treatments are custom made from a photograph you provide.  Except for the most perfect of professional photographs, some degree of involvement of our artists is required to have the optimum results.  Therefore, the above order of costs may change depending upon the quality of the photographic materials from which we are given to work.


Example of a Sculpted EmblemSculpted Emblems are the most cost effective manner in which to incorporate an image is by using a standard emblem that may be available as a flat relief or sculpted bas-relief.

We have over 9,000 standard emblems including many civic and fraternal organizations, religious groups, government agencies, and armed services. These emblems are often available in different sizes to fit different size bronze plaques.

Adding a standard emblem to a bronze plaque may add an estimated $35 additional.

 

Example of a Flat relief emblem or logo Custom logos can be represented in multiple manners depending upon the logo details, the desired effect and your budget.

Flat relief logos (as shown on the left) are made of lines and surfaces raised the same height as the raised text.  Therefore, it is recommended only for artwork that can be represented in pure black and white (no shades of color).

Adding a custom logo can add an estimated $200+ to the price of a plaque, depending upon the complexity of the logo and the format in which the artwork is provided to us.

 

Example of a Metal PhotoA metal photo is produced on a aluminum sheet that is then affixed to the plaque with an epoxy adhesive.  The image is produced as a permanent black image on the plate.

This technique is recommended when the artwork is very detailed or the image itself does not have a lot of contrast - such as in old photos - as in our sample on the left. It can also be used with any image that can be represented in shades of black and white such as people, buildings, places and logos that can not be represented in pure black and white.

This method can be used in interior and exterior applications on bronze plaques (as opposed to the etched halftone that can only be used indoors).

Adding a metal photo may add an estimated $150 to the price of a plaque.

 

Example of a Etched halftone imageAn etched halftone utilizes a dot pattern acid-etched on .100" thick bronze plate. The etched, recessed dots are filled with black to contrast with the satin-finished background.

The best photographs for etched portraits have high contrast tones with bright white areas, dense black areas, and minimal gray tones. Photos that are monotone or have muted colors will produce poor halftone etchings. Etched portraits are recommended for interior use only.

Adding a etched halftone may add an estimated $150 to the price of a plaque.

 

Example of a Flat Relief PortraitA flat relief portrait is created by our artists from a provided photograph. The raised surface is raised to the same flat height as that of the raised letters.

Since this method utilizes the talents of an artist, there is a degree of artistic interpretation that is not present in any of the photographic processes.

Adding a flat relief portrait may add an estimated $150 to $500+ to the price of a plaque depending upon the size and complexity of the subject.

Example of a Grayscale Ceramic TileA grayscale ceramic portrait uses a ceramic blank as its base material. A photograph is scanned at high resolution and a digital transfer is produced and applied to the ceramic. A clear glaze is applied over this transfer, and the ceramic piece is cured in a kiln. The resulting product is an exact permanent photographic reproduction on a ceramic base. This product is suitable for interior or exterior applications on bronze plaques.

 

Example of a Color Ceramic TileColor Ceramic Tile A color ceramic portrait uses a ceramic blank as its base material. A photograph is scanned at high resolution and a digital transfer is produced and applied to the ceramic. A clear glaze is applied over this transfer, and the ceramic piece is cured in a kiln. The resulting product is an exact permanent photographic reproduction on a ceramic base. This product is suitable for interior or exterior applications on bronze plaques.

 

Example of ColorPlaxx© ColorPlaxx© is the ideal method to represent artwork that requires color.  This method uses CMYK color representation so unlike many other color techniques, true while color can be realized.

As shown in the example on the left, military insignias as well as corporate logos that require color for proper presentation are ideal candidates for this technique.

 

Example of ImagePlaxx©

ImagePlaxx© combine a photographic process with the art of casting.  Multiple images can be combined (as shown on the image to the left) to create an artistic presentation.

The image on this plaque is slightly raised in a 3 dimensional manner (as opposed to the letters that are raised to a uniform FLAT height above the background).

The advantage of ImagePlaxx© is in the accuracy of the recreation of the photographic subject as well as lower cost as opposed to the 'artistic interpretation' and expense of a sculpted bas relief (see below).

Adding a ImagePlaxx© to bronze plaques may add an estimated $1200 to the price of a plaque.

 

Example of a Sculpted Bas ReliefThe sculpted bas relief (pronounced bah - like the sound a sheep makes) is considered the top of the line method for representing the image of an individual.  Depending upon the subject, the bas relief can be raised as much as 1" above the surface.

Our sculptors create a clay model from a photograph you provide.  Once the clay model is complete, we email you an image of the clay for comment or approval.  Once approved, the clay is converted into a resin pattern which is then used in the casting process.

Although we have done guaranteed 10 day rush production of plaques containing a bas relief, we recommend allowing 10+ weeks giving you time to review the sculpting and request changes, if needed.

Adding a bas relief to bronze plaques adds an estimated $2000 to the price of a plaque.

 

(*) NOTE: The prices for including images on cast bronze plaques range from about $35 to $2000 in addition to the price of the plaque, but it may make the plaque larger and therefore more expensive.