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2011 Signage and Graphics Summit Update

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Attendees can save $200 on registration fees for January event.

The Signage and Graphics Summit has announced that print providers can sign up to become an SGS Insider and save $200 on the registration fees for the upcoming Summit event in Tampa, Florida, January 26-28.

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Wall of Fame

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Marshall University undergoes a transformation of its athletic facilities.

The Client: Marshall University

The Player: OAI, Inc. (oai-beyondordinary.com)

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Artgrafix Debuts Polar Pouch Boards

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Designed to combine the benefits of conventional pouch boards with the advantages of cold pressure-sensitive adhesives.

Arlon has launched Series 3220L (Luster) and Series 3220S (Satin) overlaminates, which will be added to the company’s current Series 3220 cast overlaminate line. These multipurpose, 2-mil cast-vinyl laminates are recommended for vehicle wraps and for any type of outdoor digitally printed signage. Arlon reports a 7-year outdoor durability.

Available in 30-, 36-, 48-, 54-, and 60-in. roll widths.

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Sihl Introduces 3183 Satin Photo Paper

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7-mil satin photo paper designed for printing with most inkjet technologies.

Sihl has announced the addition of Sihl 3183, a 7-mil satin photo paper designed for printing with most inkjet technologies.

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Finding the Right Ink

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A sourcelist of 80 ink resources.

When evaluating a wide-format printer, too many users neglect to factor ink into the output equation. Yet, inks can play a significant role when it comes to quality of the final image as well as the production costs.

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Dynamic Displays

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Myriad options are available to help better show off your client's graphics.

A lot of thought goes into the concept and design of your client’s graphics, and then even more effort is expended in ensuring that the idea is executed with “visual oomph” onto the media of their choice. But the project doesn’t end when the ink is dry, of course. In order to maximize its impact with the intended audience, consideration has to be given as to where and how the graphic will be displayed. After all, you wouldn’t hang a Monet with masking tape. So why display a high-quality digital image in a similarly careless manner?

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Creating Soft Spaces

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Fabric Images Inc. helps awaken the world to dye-sub's possibilities.

There was a time when all tradeshow booths and exhibits were built of metal and wood, painted wall panels hung with vinyl banners.

That’s changing, thanks in part to some pioneering work in digital dye-sublimation printing undertaken by Fabric Images Inc. (fabricimages.com) of Elgin, Illinois.

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Managing Change: Battling Complacency

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An excerpt from the book Lean Printing: Cultural Imperatives for Success.

Managing a conscious change process is difficult and not natural for people and organizations. It’s much easier to continue doing things the way they have always been done and not expend any effort on trying to act differently. Change can cause confusion, create stress, disrupt established patterns of communication, and generally be perceived as a pain by those who have to enact it.

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Print Version of ‘2010-2011 Printer Sourcebook’ Available

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Annual reference features specs on nearly 200 printers plus RIPs.

A print-on-demand version of the 2010-2011 Printer Sourcebook is now available.

The 36-page annual reference from the editors of The Big Picture magazine provides information on an array of wide-format printers and RIPs, including comprehensive specifications on:
• More than 130 rollfed printers;
• 60 flatbed/hybrid printers; and
• 40 third-party RIPs for wide format.

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Getting the Upper Hand on Challenging Images

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An exploration of the intricacies of different image types and output options.

Before we can begin applying graphics to vehicles, we have to successfully get the image on the vinyl (or other media of choice). Of course, many technologies are out there that can get this accomplished – from roll-to-roll solvent printers to UV flatbeds and hybrids and much more, all with a dizzying array of specifications. No matter which of these print technologies you choose for your operation or a particular job, one factor remains constant: Some images are easier to print than others.

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