Xara has announced the availability of its new version 8 Designer products: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX v8 and Xara Designer Pro X v8. Both products provide tools for a range of graphic-design tasks: illustration, photo editing, advanced page layout, Web graphics, and animations – and in the case of Designer Pro building complete websites and online presentations.
New features include:
• Powerful Color Erase/Selection to enhance (change color, adjust brightness, blur, etc) or make parts of photos transparent based on the selected color.
Neschen has released Seal Print Shield Base Textured Matte, a 3-mil vinyl pressure-sensitive overlaminate to protect graphics from dirt, moisture, and abrasion. Featuring a fine sand texture, its semi-matte finish reduces glare from direct lighting and is geared for applications including tradeshow graphics and roll-up banner stands. Available in 38-, 51-, and 54-in. rolls.
Brand Management Group (BMG), which signed a trademark licensing agreement with Kodak in Q4 2011, has introduced four new wide-format inkjet products for aqueous printers:
Kodak Rapid-Dry Glossy Poly Poster: Features an instant-dry coating and a tear-resistant polypropylene base for applications like photographic-quality posters, long-term indoor and short-term outdoor banners, and photographic enlargements and reproductions.
The Job To stock-car-racing fans, nothing says America quite like a NASCAR race on Memorial Day weekend – well except for maybe an American flag rivaling the size of a football field. To offer a thanks to war veterans while sprucing up its venue’s aesthetic,] the Charlotte Motor Speedway set out to adorn its 1.5-mile quad-oval track with one of the largest American flags in the world. The Speedway didn’t have to look far for a print provider to take on the massive undertaking: Michigan’s Britten Inc.
With the continued growth of flatbed- and hybrid-printer usage, it’s no surprise that there’s an increase in the demand for rigid substrates. And media companies have been diligent in keeping up with that demand – providing print shops with an ever-expanding range of rigid options.
While city buildings can be massively beautiful thanks to inspiring architecture, these structures aren’t typically referred to as “colorful.” Looking to saturate building facades, sidewalks, and crosswalks in bold colors, Chicago artist Jessica Stockholder set out to transform the intersection of the city’s State and Adams Streets into a “three-dimensional painting” – one in which people could walk into and through.
The advent of colored cast adhesive-backed vinyls that utilize air-release-type technology has led to an explosion of new possibilities when it comes to vehicle wraps. Many of the major media manufacturers and suppliers now feature full lines of this type of product, comprising scores of vibrant colors and textures.
One particular wrap type that’s resulted from this technology – and one I’ll admit I did not see coming: paint wraps, or wraps sans graphics.
This summer, BT (British Telecommunications) launched its “BT ArtBox” public-art exhibition in support of ChildLine, the UK-based helpline for children and young people. The exhibition allowed some of the world’s most creative talent to transform more than 80 of Britain’s iconic K6 red phone boxes into graphic works of art.
Among the artist participants: experimental artist Denis Masi, who collaborated with signage and display specialists Creative FX.
Kapco Graphic Products has introduced two new water-based inkjet media as well as two new PSA laminates.
The 8-mil Microporous Gloss Polypropylene Film is a bright white, water-resistant, recyclable water-based inkjet print media with a microporous coating for instant drying. It’s also available in an adhesive-backed version. In 36-, 42-, 50-, and 60-in. widths.
Drytac has added MHL High Gloss Silver, a thermal, metallic-base film that can mimic the look of metallic inks or foil stamping when white inks are partially or totally knocked out. MHL High Gloss Silver is a 1.5-mil film with a silver metallic finish that can be applied using a heated roller laminator. Once applied, it can be printed with a UV flatbed printer to achieve a metallic ink effect depending on how much white ink is used or the look of foil stamping or foiled papers when the ink is completely knocked out, exposing the silver finish.