Posted by Frank Murch | Nov 18, 2013 4:31:00 AM
Digital Wallpaper – An example
Example. Every wonder how difficult it is to install digital wallpaper. Well lets take a look. The video in the below will show you. First lets go through the details.
Files Digital wallpaper is much different than normal wallpaper. Digital wallpaper is a custom product. In this case, we are using a rather large digital file showing the Oceanside pier. The file size is about 10 Megabytes. That is a pretty normal size for a good quality camera. It is larger than the output from your phone or a cheaper camera. So the file is better than the commonly seen photos. One common mistake is to screen capture an interesting image from the internet or a web site. These photos are size reduced to load quickly on small screens. They are also completely unusable for digital wallpaper. So the first challenge is to find a file of suitable size.
Sources of files. Photos of the correct size and quality are available from a good quality camera. They are also available for sale from a number of web sites such as iStockphoto. These sites have large numbers of photos on every topic. One should buy the largest photo density available. We are going to blow these up dramatically. There are 2 types of files, the first is digital, and the second type are vector files. Vector files are lines and shapes that can be scaled. These are normally from a designed. So the sources of files are 1) Cameras, 2) photos for sale and 3) Vector files.
Wallpaper The blanks for digital wallpaper or custom wallpaper comes in rolls and, in this case, is 54 inches wide and up to 75 yards long. It comes with no adhesive or paste. It can be printed on a wide digital printer. The most common brand in HP. It is a new technology and likely many more vendors will appear soon.
Lamination After digital printing the wallpaper, it can be used directly. It may be laminated as well. Lamination would be helpful in places where the wear is an issue. A school mural or a wall on a busy hallway might require laminate. A bedroom or a normal wall may not. Lamination adds cost. In most cases it is not required
Applying the digital wallpaper. No adhesive exists on the digital wallpaper or the wall. In this case a prepared wallpaper past was applied to the wall with a roller. It could have been applied to the digital wallpaper as well or both the custom wallpaper and the wall. If the wall is textured applying on both the digital wallpaper and the wall will help with the voids. Failing to do this may result in air pockets.
Start at the top. Starting on one edge helps, the other 3 edges should be cut larger than the wall. The one edge, in this case the top edge, is used to align the digital wallpaper. Starting from the top, a brush is used to push the adhesive and digital wallpaper together and force the air to the edges. It is important to move from one edge out to the others in small brush strokes.
Trimming the Digital wallpaper. Trimming away the excess digital wallpaper is required. Using a straight edge and a knife the excess is trimmed away from the custom wallpaper. The sad fact is most walls are not exactly square. By using a straight edge and the wall itself this can be overcome with and exact fit.
Example. Now that you know the details – want to watch how it is done? Click on the video link below and see it for your self.