We all know that we wouldn’t be here without the masterful craftsmanship of our installers – they are a shop’s unsung heroes. But because their work comes at the tail-end of the job, they’re frequently forced to right all of the wrongs that have occurred along the way.
FedEx Office reports that it is deploying new grand-format inkjet printing devices to its centralized productions centers across the country for producing rigid signs, banners, posters, point-of-purchase materials, oversized prints, and more. And, the company reports, it’s expanding its workforce by hiring more team members.
Most people arrive at digital fine-art printing as an opportunity to reproduce their own work, or develop new revenue streams for their large-format capabilities. Al Marco brings a unique perspective and requirements. As the owner of Marco Fine Arts, he’s been meshing his print craft with the fine-art market and museums for nearly 30 years. Before digital printing was even on the horizon, he mastered fine-art silkscreening to reproduce exacting copies and limited run series.
In the four years since David Hay and Brandon Stapper began knocking on doors around San Diego to drum up business for 858 Graphics, their start-up has blossomed into a successful business, despite the economy.
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.