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Tangerine Tango is Color of the Year

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For 2012, it's Pantone 17-1463 -- "an orange with a lot of depth."

Pantone has announced Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango as the color of the year for 2012.

Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike, says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

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Blue-Collar Fleets

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"They do require that you take a few additional steps here and there, but overall they have a high probability for success and will certainly add to your company’s bottom line."

While we all love to land those high-profile clients that make us feel like the “celebs” of the wrap world, the truth is, they only make up a small slice of our business pie. At bluemedia, our bread and butter are those wraps that aren’t set for primetime, but rather are destined to be workhorses, sent out into the world to get a job done.

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Shift

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Blink Digital Media executes output of Natasha Rosling's digital collage.

For Art Along the Schinkel – an outdoor exhibition adjacent to the Schinkel Canal in Amsterdam, Holland – artist Natasha Rosling, known for her large, brightly colored artwork, created a digital collage titled Shift using images she had sliced, layered, and manipulated in Photoshop.

London-based Blink Digital Media executed the output via its HP Scitex XP5300 UV printer, onto Seemee Frontlit Standard FR B7641 banner material. Rosling then cut the panels and sewed the seams to allow Blink to run the cables through to install.

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AC Canvas Glossy Media from Aurora

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Designed for gicleé art reproduction, store signage, or home/office décor.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has added AC Canvas Glossy to its Northern Lights product line. A traditional, acrylic, gesso-coated canvas built upon a 65%-polyester, 35%-cotton base fabric with a high-gloss shine, AC Canvas Glossy is compatible with latex, solvent, and UV-cure print technologies. It can be stretched and framed with no cracking, making it a good choice for gicleé art reproduction, store signage, or home/office décor, the company reports. Available in 54-,
60-, and 76-in. widths.

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LexJet’s Large Format Graphics Sales & Application Guides

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The guide includes printed and non-printed samples.

LexJet has announced its new Large Format Graphics Sales & Application Guides, hardbound, three-ring binder media product books. The Aqueous guide details more than 50 aqueous inkjet media compatible with the latest printers from Canon, Epson, and HP. The SUV guide includes more than 50 inkjet media compatible with solvent, low-solvent, UV-curable, and latex printers. Both guides also discuss media-laminate combinations.

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The On-Demand Option

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High-speed presses for direct-marketing output.

As a consumer, you might hate to see it, but as anyone running a business knows, direct marketing can have a positive influence on sales.

And, direct and personalized printed mail continues to be a large part of the pie when it comes to direct marketing. According to the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), although most forms of traditional direct marketing remain stagnant or below peak levels, direct-mail expenditures grew nearly five percent in 2011 versus 2010 – reaching just over $50 billion overall.

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Making the Leap into Electronic Digital Signage

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Is this dynamic medium the next horizon for print service providers? Here are four print shops that have experienced varying degrees of success with electronic digital signage and display work.

They’re cropping up everywhere, it seems: attention-grabbing LCD displays, panels, and systems that are shouting for attention wherever consumers meet products and services.

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Scanner Options Aplenty: Large Format and More

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A sampling of products from manufacturers offering professional-grade scanners.

To help you in your scanner quest, here’s a sampling of products from manufacturers offering professional-grade scanners. We’ve included four types of scanners here: large-format sheetfed units capable of handling originals 24 inches and wider; flatbed and desktop models (up to tabloid-sized) that can handle prints/positives as well as slides/transparencies; high-end film scanners specifically geared to handle slides and transparencies; and specialty scanners including overhead scanners, drum scanners, vertical flatbeds, and hybrid units.

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Scanning for a New Life in Print

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How large-format scanners are driving new demand for print services.

Scanners, you could argue, are the Rodney Dangerfield of the modern digital print shop. When compared to the shop’s other technologies and tools, they “don’t get no respect.”

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KDM P-O-P Solutions Group Acquires American Digital Communications

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American Digital Communications will retain its current location, company name, and structure.

KDM P-O-P Solutions Group has announced the acquisition of Georgia-based American Digital Communications (ADC). ADC specializes in providing digital printing, finishing, kit-packing, and delivering customized P-O-P materials to several retail industry segments including quick-serve restaurants, convenience stores, and home improvement retailers.

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