Since its earliest days, digital printing has always seemed a logical solution for producing one-off packaging mock-ups and prototypes. The instant set-up, easy revision, and quick turnaround has equipped designers and marketers with an affordable way to review and refine packaging concepts before committing to a full production run.
Though a big part of our business here at bluemedia involves vehicle graphics and customer-facing advertising, our clients have increasingly asked us to provide interior décor for offices and non-public spaces. For these types of jobs, we wanted to find a way to introduce the graphics with a nice, finished appearance without being a standard framed print on the wall. Plus make it an easy install anywhere the client desired, without being invasive to the building, as well as simple to update should the theme in the room change.
International packaging and paper group Mondi has further developed its high-speed inkjet portfolio. Benefits include a larger color gamut in red, allowing for improved accuracy when printing logos and images.
Xara has introduced Photo and Graphic Designer v10, the latest version of its software for graphic design and photo editing.
Brand Management Group has added Kodak Universal Backlit Film, Glossy.
The new 8-mil backlit film is a gloss-coated polyester designed to produce light box graphics for different backlit and non-backlit display applications, from trade show to retail graphics, according to BMG.
Compatible with dye and pigmented inks, the film is also water-resistant. Available in 24-, 36-, 42-, 50-, and 60-in.widths.
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When preparing for a project, a shop can have everything lined up – the design, the printing equipment, the ink, the installer – but it’s impossible to complete a project without a substrate on which to print the graphics.
So, how do you go about deciding what works for this specific project, or for your shop in general? There are a lot of variables: composition, surface treatment/texture, color, whiteness/brightness, ink compatibility, post-printing compatibility, width, and much more.
Agfa Graphics has introduced Apogee 9, the PDF-based workflow solution that serves as the production hub for graphic reproduction, including wide-format print-service providers.
HP has updated its matte canvases: HP Professional Matte Canvas and HP Artist Matte Canvas.
Both canvases have an improved coating, providing higher-quality image reproduction. Compatible with aqueous printers, the canvases are designed for print-service providers, fine-art reproduction companies, and photographers. Both canvases are flexible and designed to enable stretching, folding, and mounting without cracking the image.
HP Professional Matte Canvas features a bright-white, smooth matte finish on a 2-over-1 weave with a larger color gamut.
Epson America has announced a new series of wide-format color printers designed for scalable applications from CAD drawings and GIS maps to corporate graphics and retail posters. The SureColor T-Series, which comprises the Epson Sure Color T3270, T5270, T7270, T5270D, and T7270D, is available in single- and dual-roll models and offers a max. resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi.
The printers feature variable-size ink droplet technology, as well as the company’s PrecisionCore TFP print head and UltraChrome XD pigment ink in five hues – CMYK with both Photo and Matte Black.
Graph Expo 14, branded as a one-stop shop for all things print, is set to take place September 28-October 1 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The event will showcase more than 500 exhibitors, 14 pavilions and specialty show floor sections, 70-plus education sessions, 50-plus co-located industry events, four show floor theaters, three “Ask the Expert” stations, and more.