Onyx Graphics has introduced Onyx 11.1 software, an upgrade from Onyx 11.0 that adds six new features:
• An expanded color gamut and new multi-channel ink restriction swatches;
• Automation enhancements including unit sizing and disproportionate scaling in Job Properties, as well as mirror and print reflection control;
• A new cut path previewing feature in Job Editor, RIP-Queue, and Job Properties modules combined with a cut-only workflow. This new workflow is designed for users primarily handling cut vinyl;
LexJet has added Sunset Photo Canvas Paper 230g, a combination of the company’s Premium Archival Matte Paper embossed with a canvas texture. The new photo paper has an instant-dry coating for smudge-free printing and handling; a large color gamut for high-contrast, high-resolution printing; and an acid-free, pH-neutral thick and heavy base for printing, mounting, and framing, according to LexJet.
Sunset Photo Canvas Paper 230g is not an alternative for canvas gallery and museum wraps, but an alternative for mounted and framed canvas prints.
Coveris Advanced Coatings has added EcoSatin PSA, a satin paper with a pressure-sensitive adhesive. EcoSatin PSA is one-side printable, and compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV printing.
Designed for indoor and outdoor applications such as posters, P-O-P, displays, banners, signage, backlit, adhesive-backed, and more. Available in 50-in. widths.
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There’s no such thing as too flashy on the racetrack. In order to compete in the Formula SAE Series, impressive design has to exist in the mechanics and in the aesthetic. Organized by SAE International, Formula SAE is a student design competition in which teams of college students design, build, and test a small Formula-style race car.
Since its earliest days, digital printing has always seemed a logical solution for producing one-off packaging mock-ups and prototypes. The instant set-up, easy revision, and quick turnaround has equipped designers and marketers with an affordable way to review and refine packaging concepts before committing to a full production run.
Though a big part of our business here at bluemedia involves vehicle graphics and customer-facing advertising, our clients have increasingly asked us to provide interior décor for offices and non-public spaces. For these types of jobs, we wanted to find a way to introduce the graphics with a nice, finished appearance without being a standard framed print on the wall. Plus make it an easy install anywhere the client desired, without being invasive to the building, as well as simple to update should the theme in the room change.
International packaging and paper group Mondi has further developed its high-speed inkjet portfolio. Benefits include a larger color gamut in red, allowing for improved accuracy when printing logos and images.
Xara has introduced Photo and Graphic Designer v10, the latest version of its software for graphic design and photo editing.
Brand Management Group has added Kodak Universal Backlit Film, Glossy.
The new 8-mil backlit film is a gloss-coated polyester designed to produce light box graphics for different backlit and non-backlit display applications, from trade show to retail graphics, according to BMG.
Compatible with dye and pigmented inks, the film is also water-resistant. Available in 24-, 36-, 42-, 50-, and 60-in.widths.
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When preparing for a project, a shop can have everything lined up – the design, the printing equipment, the ink, the installer – but it’s impossible to complete a project without a substrate on which to print the graphics.
So, how do you go about deciding what works for this specific project, or for your shop in general? There are a lot of variables: composition, surface treatment/texture, color, whiteness/brightness, ink compatibility, post-printing compatibility, width, and much more.