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HP Announces Print Excellence Awards

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Categories include wide-format graphics, commercial print, and label and packaging applications.

HP has issued a call for entries for its HP Print Excellence Awards, a new worldwide competition honoring graphic-arts printing that has been produced on HP Designjet, Scitex, Indigo, and Inkjet Web Press systems.

An international panel of print experts will select winners in16 categories of wide-format graphics, commercial print, and label and packaging applications. In addition to evaluating print quality, the HP Print Excellence Awards also will recognize innovative examples of environmentally responsible printing. The awards are free to enter.

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IDEAS 2012 Awards from Inca Digital

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Awards add new Interactive Display category.

Inca Digital has launched its second Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAS 2012), which recognizes the power of digital print and showcases the creativity and ingenuity of Inca customers around the world.

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Artful Silos

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Great Big Color's output graces these Omaha grain silos.

Last spring, Emerging Terrain solicited submissions from artists all over the world for artwork themed “the inter-relatedness between land use, food, and agriculture” to hang on the exterior of 13 silos that comprise a vacant grain elevator near downtown Omaha, Nebraska.

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Creating a Time Machine

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Coloredge New York ● Los Angeles creates dino-themed graphics for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Until about 65 million years ago, they were the biggest and baddest things on the planet. Dinosaurs ruled the Earth up to the time that an asteroid collision – or pick your natural catastrophe – caused their demise. But as anyone who has kids knows, dinosaurs live on in movies, picture books, TV shows, and more. In short, dinosaurs are cool.

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Staffing During the Recession

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"Interestingly, it has never been easier to staff our company with star employees than during this recession period."

During the great recession of 2008, our company reduced its staff from a high of 50 to 25, a painful experience for everyone involved. Fast forward to late 2011, however: We’ve expanded our markets and products, and company sales are now extremely strong, ensuring full production into the second quarter of 2012. It’s a significant milestone for us to report that we’re again in hiring mode.

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Alien Skin Software Ships Blow Up 3

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Featuring Lightroom integration that supports batch processing and does not require Photoshop.

Alien Skin Software has made available Blow Up 3, the new version of its photo-enlargement plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. New features include:
• Improved image-quality, designed to make edges sharper without introducing artifacts;
• Lightroom integration that supports batch processing and does not require Photoshop;
• A simpler interface that allows the user to set paper/media size and crop region (presets for standard paper sizes are included); and

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HP Expands Latex Printing Portfolio: Designjet L26500 and L28500

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Also introduces HP Latex University and HP Ecosolutions Trained Printing Company Program.

At the HP Latex Leadership Summit held in Barcelona, Spain, this fall, HP introduced two Designjet printers capable of handling a broad range of indoor and outdoor signage applications: the 61-in. HP Designjet L26500 printer and the 104-in. HP Designjet L28500 printer.

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Designtex Acquires Portland Color

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"This puts us in a leadership position for this business segment and gives us immediate entry to the retail, museum and exhibit industry segments…”

The Designtex Group Inc., a Steelcase company, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Portland, Maine-based Slide Works, Inc., which conducts business as Portland Color. The purchase includes Portland Color's lease of its 26,000 square-foot printing facility based in Portland.

Portland Color will become Designtex's Surface Imaging division and Portland Color employees will become Designtex employees, including Andrew Graham, founder of Portland Color. Graham will serve as Designtex's digital surfacing imaging innovation officer.

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New York's MoMA Announces its Website Covering the Technology of Image Making

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Museums' Printed Picture site addresses digital processes as well as traditional image-creation technologies.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has announced The Printed Picture, a website focusing on the history of the printing of pictures, from prehistoric cave markings to digital printing technologies.

The website was created utilizing the content from Richard Benson’s book by the same name, as well as videos drawn from Benson’s private lectures conducted in the exhibition galleries at MoMA. Benson is a renowned printer, accomplished photographer, and former dean of the Yale University School of Art.

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A Trio of Scitex Printers from HP

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Scitex FB7600, Scitex XP5500, and Scitex XP2500 introduced.

HP has unveiled additions to its Scitex portfolio, adding three new printers: the Scitex FB7600, the Scitex XP5500, and the Scitex XP2500.

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