Many wide-format jobs aren’t finished when the ink is on the substrate. Applications from point-of-purchase displays to signage to window stickers often call for cutting out custom shapes. To meet those demands, many print providers now include routers or cutters among their finishing tools.
The old Chinese proverb relates, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. But teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
We spend a lot of money on printers and ink, so why can’t the color just magically come out correct every time? It sure would be nice if it did. I know we all have experienced this magical accurate color at some point, usually the first day you install a new printer. So what changes? Why can’t the red I got yesterday just come out as the same red today? Why does it all have to be so difficult?
If you’re not staying up to date on environmental and safety issues in your area/region, you’re missing out on an opportunity to help your company. Establishing and maintaining a working knowledge base of environmental compliance and health-and-safety-related rules and regulatory updates can aid you in establishing a best-practices scenario for your operation while avoiding potential costly penalties. Plus, you’ll put your company in better position to market itself as a green or sustainable operation to incoming clients.
Looking to track down the latest trends in stock imagery? Or simply hobknob with some of the top companies providing stock art?
You might want to check out the 15th Annual International Conference of PACA (the Picture Archive Council of America), which will take place in New York City in mid-October. The weekend event will offer informative sessions, international networking opportunities, and solutions to the issues that affect stock-photography industry.
When the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego received a grant to create an exhibit showcasing its 75-year history, designer Llance Bower jumped at the chance, creating a visual timeline featuring iconic theatrical illustrations hand drawn by costume designer Anna Oliver.
Every January, when Hilti North America, the maker of industrial power tools headquartered in Tulsa, hosts its annual sales meeting in that city, one of the first calls it makes is to local print provider, The Meeks Group. This year, Hilti wanted to ratchet it up a notch when it came to graphics for the event, asking Meeks to create a large, 3D floor graphic that would simulate a virtual hole in the center of the Double Tree Hotel, across the street from the show’s venue.
Epson America has expanded its line of proofing media for the packaging and prototyping market with the introduction of MetallicProof Film paper.
Designed specifically for use with the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 with UltraChrome HDR White Ink, the new MetallicProof Film is designed to give packaging designers and prepress houses a print solution to produce contract proofs, mock-ups, and prototypes.
Roland DGA has introduced two products to the company’s media line: a new eco-solvent Static Cling media and ESM-LBV2 Light-Weight Banner vinyl. Both products are compatible with Roland’s Eco-Sol Max inks, including White and Metallic Silver.
The new SteamJet Fabric Finisher from Jacquard InkJet Fabric System is a low-pressure, short-run production steamer for fixing disperse dyes. The finisher uses highly efficient steam cycles to yield good color “bloom,” penetration, and superior lightfastness, reports the manufacturer.