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How to ensure accuracy at every step of your color management process.

Like politics and religion, color management is interpretive, changing, controversial, and sometimes difficult. Recently, we asked Chris Morrison, co-owner and operator of The Image Specialists, to give us a few of his thoughts on color.

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Are 4K Displays for You?

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Stay competitive with ultra-high definition screens.

In the world of dynamic signage, stagnation is never going to be a problem. Neither screen manufacturers, content creators, nor other industry providers simply rest on what’s in the marketplace now. Screens get larger. Bezels get smaller. Content becomes sharper. In an attempt for brands to stand out, we use dynamic signage to set them apart. But what happens when everybody has 50-inch screens with crisp imagery? The stakes get higher, and this competition for your attention breeds the next big thing.

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Ricoh and Mimaki USA Sign Reseller Agreement

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Flatbed printers will be brought to market via the Ricoh channel.

Ricoh Americas Corporation (www.ricoh-usa.com) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) to distribute its JFX200-2513 and JFX500-2131 flatbed inkjet printers through Ricoh sales channels. Ricoh, with this agreement, will continue to expand its hardware and software offerings for graphic communications providers interested in growing or creating a wide-format printing business, according to the company.

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All About the Wall

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Wallcoverings Association’s Annual Meeting.

If walls could talk, they’d be talking digital. At least that was the topic buzzing around the 155 members of the Wallcoverings Association who attended the organization’s 46th Annual Meeting, held in Clearwater Beach, Florida, last February.

Rana Raychoudhury, worldwide principal technical consultant at HP, said more and more digital print manufacturers are moving to interior décor applications.

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Return of the Jeti

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Agfa adds the Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira.

Agfa Graphics has introduced two new printers, the 98-in. Jeti Tauro (shown) and the Jeti Mira.

The Jeti Tauro is a hybrid printer that is compatible with the Acorta Automatic Cutting Plotter. It features gloss and satin modes; vacuum belt drive system with motion control; welded steel constructed beam; advanced GUI design with improved visualization of the job layout and positioning; and more.

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Winner of 3M Wrap to Win Contest Announced

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All-star judging panel chooses Daren Merkle, Shadow Graphix.

3M Graphics has announced the winner of its Wrap to Win Contest. Daren Merkle of Shadow Graphix (www.shadowgraphix.com) in Indianapolis has won an all-expense-paid trip for two to Bora Bora for his wrap job using 3M Envision Wrap Films.

The 3M Wrap to Win contest, held between November and March, asked graphic manufacturing companies to showcase their skills with 3M Envision Print Wrap Films and 3M Envision Wrap Overlaminates.

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SpeedPro Imaging Partners with EFI

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EFI provides new Wide Format LED H1625 hybrid printer.

EFI and SpeedPro Imaging (www.speedpro.com) have signed a partnership agreement to bring EFI’s LED H1625 hybrid printer to several SpeedPro locations this year. SpeedPro is a nationally franchised network of 120 large-format printing studios, which provide digital graphics for a range of applications.

The 65-inch Wide Format LED H1625 hybrid roll/flatbed printer features eight-level, variable-drop grayscale imaging and is designed for printing on a broad range of substrates.

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New Dry Erase Overlaminate from Mactac

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Permacolor PermaGard PGD6000 transforms images into whiteboards.

Mactac Distributor Products has added an enhanced version of its dry erase overlaminate, Permacolor PermaGard PGD6000. Its clear topcoat is compatible with water-based dry-erase markers that wipe clean without ghosting or staining.

PermaGard PGD6000 has a clear permanent adhesive that can be used over images printed on solvent, latex, and most UV inkjet printers. The overlaminate replaces Permacolor PermaGard PG7034 and Permacolor PermaGard PG6000, and offers a durability of 1 year outdoors and 5 years indoors.

MACTAC
www.mactac.com
 

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Ritrama Adds RI-JET 75 Optima

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Film can be applied even with temperatures close to 32 degrees F.

Ritrama Spa has introduced RI-JET 75 Optima, a PVC film with high resistance to climate changes. The polymeric film is designed for medium- to long-term advertising, shop windows decorations, and partial vehicles wrapsping. Available in transparent and pigmented grey,; as well as and a 150mm thickness.

Ritrama recommends to laminatinge the film with RI-JET 75 Clear, a protective polymeric film available in gloss and matte finishes.

Compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex, and UV inkjet printers.

RITRAMA
www.ritrama.com
 

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Healing Power

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Ocean Outdoor creates a billboard campaign to bring attention to domestic violence.

To bring attention to domestic violence during the weekend surrounding International Women’s Day, ad agency WCRS, non-profit Women’s Aid, and media company Ocean Outdoor created a billboard campaign for three London locales.The digital billboards featured a battered woman whose bruised face healed as people stopped to look. Views from passersby were measured with Lookout, a facial recognition technology.

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