Karl Jaeger didn’t set out to be a specialist in giclée printing. But, as others have discovered, interest in digital print technology can add a new dimensions to an artist’s career.
Drawing on experience with sign printing and digital photography, Ken Holyfield launched Megapixel DI in rural Montrose, Colorado, in 2002 as a provider of large-format graphics. As soon as the oversized prints produced with his Roland CammJet CJ-500 began showing up around town, local artists inquired if he could reproduce their work, too.
“I produced a couple of giclée prints, and word about these capabilities began spreading in the local arts community,” he says. “Some artists started getting excited about the possibilities.”
David Saffir knows what his clients want: the same uncompromising print reproductions he demands for his fine-art and commercial photography. In fact, when he began offering print services to photographers and artists from his Santa Clarita, California studio, it was, in part, an attempt to recoup his investment in wide format.
Eastman Kodak has announced it is phasing out its dedicated capture devices business – including digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames – in the first half of 2012. The company’s Consumer Business segment will continue to comprise: consumer/desktop inkjet printers and supplies; retail-based photo kiosks and digital dry lab systems (including online and retail-based photo printing); Kodak Gallery (kodakgallery.com), camera accessories, and more.
Nik Software has announced Snapseed, designed exclusively for the Mac OS. A photo-enhancement and sharing software app, Snapseed features a suite of imaging filters and tools that allow users to transform and improve photographic images. Key features include:
• Tune Image: Quickly correct photos shot in difficult lighting situations, create depth and vibrancy.
• Auto Correct: Automatically analyzes photos and adjusts color and exposure.
ACD Systems International has released ACDSee Duplicate Finder as a standalone product for Mac users; it’s currently a feature integrated into ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 photo-editing and management software.
If your business is located in a rural area and your firm has an energy-related project you’ve been wanting to pursue, you might consider looking into funding from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
In January, the USDA announced that it is now seeking applications to provide assistance to rural small businesses to complete a variety of energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects. For 2012, USDA has more than $25 million available to fund REAP activities, which will support grants and guaranteed loan programs.
LexJet has introduced Infinium, a print media with a laminate and adhesive built into a single comformable material – in essence, says the company, “a fully transportable graphic.” Compatible with low-solvent, solvent, latex, and UV-curable printers, Infinium can be applied to virtually any surface, including irregular surfaces and curves.
FDC Graphic Films has expanded its digital print media line with the introduction of 7505 series 13-oz super smooth blockout banner and 7506 series 15-oz super smooth blockout banner. Both products are two-side printable PVC and feature a blockout layer that obstructs light and a matte finish. Their smooth face provides a print surface suitable for eco-solvent, solvent, and latex printing. Both media feature tear-, curl-, and fire-resistance, and both pass the NFPA 701 fire-resistant certification test, FDC reports. Available in 54-in. widths.
Today, UV could well stand for “ubiquitous – very.” Printing with UV technologies has become that prevalent in the wide-format marketplace. Consider: Overall, more than 45 percent of all wide-format printers currently on the market utilize UV inks, according to our findings – that’s a significant number, and one that has continued to grow each year. Of 70 flatbed/hybrid printers we reported on in our 2011-2012 Printer Sourcebook, only two do not utilize UV inks. And of the 130 rollfed printers reported on in the Sourcebook, nearly 20 percent utilize UV inks.