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Perception Announces Recycled Fabric

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Wide-format media made from water bottles.

Perception has launched PhotoFab Eco-HD with Repreve, a printable fabric manufactured from recycled water bottles. The woven material is coated on both sides and is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications such as promotional signs, flags, display graphics, and banner stands. The company reports a wide color gamut that will not yellow. It is available in widths ranging from 24 to 60 in.; custom sizes also offered.

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Opaque Blockout Film from GPA

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Designed with high ink adhesion and minimal glare.

GPA has revealed Opaque Polypropylene Blockout Film, an 8-mil banner material engineered to minimize glare and transparency. Possible applications include double-sided banners, pennants, retail graphics, tradeshow signage, and short-term outdoor signage. It offers adhesive grommet tabs and can also be digitally or screen printed, sewn, die cut, and taped. Available in 54-in. widths.

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GMG Updates OpenColor Software

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Version 2.0.4 creates separation profiles for export.

The newest version of GMG’s OpenColor color management software offers the ability to create separation profiles that can be exported to other applications, including GMG ColorProof, packaging editors, and Adobe Photoshop.

The 2.0.4 update also features GMG ColorPlugin, which allows these profiles to be imported directly into Photoshop via the user’s desktop rather than in a server-based environment. The plug-in is offered in Standard and Pro options; ColorPlugin Pro enables custom profiling.
 

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Fisher Textiles Releases Superwide Fabric for Dye Sub

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Designed for backlit print applications.

Fisher Textiles has added GF 6088 MoJo to its line of dye-sublimation fabrics. The material is engineered for improved light dispersion for backlit applications. It is wrinkle resistant, slightly stretchable, and flame retardant. Offered in 125-in. widths.

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Kala Adds Heat-Ready Laminators

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Reaching temperatures up to 104 F.

Kala has announced the Starter HR line of heat-ready laminators, featuring a heat-assisted top roller. Positioned as an entry-level option for small sign and print shops, the Starter HR models offer three pressure levels. The series handles simultaneous mounting and laminating of a single side; colored backgrounds; and mounting on boards up to 2 in. thick. Available in 43-, 55-, and 63-in. widths.

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Ceiling Graphic Masterpiece Takes over Train Station

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Netherlands print shop churns out 4000-piece stunner.

It took a village to deliver the unforgettable experience that architects in Delft, The Netherlands, dreamed of as they designed a 230 x 360-foot vaulted ceiling for the town’s new train station. Print provider MakeCover worked with Geerdes Design, Mecanoo architects, and virtual reality and game designer Candy Games to visualize and produce a series of graphics based on historical maps of the area from the 1870s.

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Tiny Mammoth Graphics Finds Success on the Walls

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Iowa print shop proves mistakes only make you better.

Health and wellness center Cratos in West Des Moines, Iowa, commissioned the design, production, and installation of 1000 square feet of wall graphics from nearby Tiny Mammoth Graphics. After printing the work on their Epson SureColor S70670 on DreamScape vinyl and a full day of installation, the Tiny Mammoth team was sure the job was perfect. But even the best of us occasionally make mistakes, and it was the shop’s CFO who noticed an ironic mishap: Graphics that spelled “Sucess.”

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Magic Engineers Recyclable Banner Material

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Made from repurposed plastic bottles.

Coveris Advanced Coatings has added Renew to its Magic line of inkjet media. Renew is a non-woven PET banner made from recycled plastic bottles. It features a textured, matte surface. Applications include signage hung from ceilings, fences, and scaffolding. Available in 54- and 60-in. widths.

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Fresh Perspective: The Women in Print Awards

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Big Picture seeks to recognize innovative women in the field.

I was fortunate, early in my career, to work for an editor who was an exceptionally strong mentor – a recognized expert in printing who not only taught me a lot about publishing, but also instilled a passion for an industry I scarcely knew existed. It didn’t strike me as the least bit unusual that my role model happened to be female.

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Local Kids Bring Community to Wall Graphics

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Magna IV Communications refreshes an Arkansas rec center.

“I want the people of the community to realize that The Jones Center is not just for me, but for everybody,” Bernice Jones said in 1995 when she opened the facility in Springdale, Arkansas. Today, the 220,000-square-foot center houses an ice arena, basketball court, indoor track, two swimming pools, and more. When the recreational pool was rebranded last September, all parties involved wanted to not only make the community feel welcome at the center, but also make them part and parcel of its character.

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