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Non-photo blue (or non-repro blue) is a common tool used in the graphic design and print industry. It is a particular shade of blue that can not be detected by Graphic Arts Cameras or copiers. This allows artists to lay down sketch lines without the need to erase after inking.
Staedtler's wood-cased pencil produces non-photo blue lines at a great economical price.
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Good non-waxy non-photo blue pencil
By Scott Sackett
from Olklahoma City
Comments about Staedtler Non-Photo Pencil:
Staedtler Mars are my favorite brand of drawing pencils and my love of them extends to their non-photo blue pencils. Back when I was in art school the 'non-photo' or (as we called it) the 'non-repo' blue pencil was a standard tool. It was used because the line camera could not pick up the blue so it was perfect for guidelines or roughs on your art because you could photograph it and it would not show up in the shot.A lot of this sort thing has disappeared because computers changed the way a lot of graphic arts is done, however the blue pencil is still a great tool to have because it's easily dropped out in photoshop using channels.The Staedtler blue pencil is great option because it is not waxy like a standard colored pencil and so it's easy to draw on top of and it's fairly easy to erase.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Art Dealer
from Bronx, NY
I got this for my Best Friends birthday who is studying at a art college and runs out of these pencils on the daily but you become on of her best suppliers.
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from San Diego, California
Best price to find these pencils!
Top notch blue pencils
By illustration student
from Columbus, OH
I need these for a lot of my illustration classes, and these are the best ones I've used so far. They work great for the underlying sketch when I need to do an ink drawing and scan it in to color in Photoshop.
I'm trying this item for the first time.
from Key West, FL
Used for sketches.
I always shop Blick!
You guys haven't failed me yet, always have what I am looking for!
Nice but no perfect.
from Marion, KY
These are the first non-photo pencils I've tried, so I can't compare them to other brands, but they work rather well. Easily erasable compared to normal colored pencils, but not as erasable as normal leads. Using copic sketch markers over the blue lines does tend to create a nasty and uneven color, looks almost as if water or something had drip on the paper lightly.
Came in good condition, timely shipping, no complaints
from Sydney Australia
Fantastic must-have product. Thank you for shipping to Australia so quickly and at a reasonable rate.
I use this for sketching, and for anytime I want a light mark. It's always handy to have a non-photo blue pencil in your supply mix.
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