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Seiko Previews Neon Inks

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The inks are bright under normal light and glow under black lights.

Seiko Instruments has previewed its new Neon inks – solvent-based fluorescent inks that are available in Hot Pink and Lemon Yellow for Seiko’s ColorPainter W series. The inks can be printed as spot or composite colors with CMYK. The results are bright under normal lighting, and glow under black lights. Expected launch is later this year.

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X Factor Marks the Spot

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“While the original plan called for the installation to take about a day, weather extremes caused the process to take about five.”

The Job With $5 million on the line, it shouldn’t take much to get people to audition for the latest television music competition, X Factor. Plus, the chance to meet and perform in front of celebrity judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, and L.A. Reid makes the process even more intriguing.

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Protecting Aesthetics

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More than 30 sources of laminators to add the perfect finishing touch.

Reasons for needing a laminator in-house run the gamut from aesthetics to necessity – from wanting to add shine to a chic New York hotel graphic to needing to protect a rugged vehicle wrap from the Arizona sun. A laminator can help seal the deal on any job – adding both pizzazz and protection. Because the types of laminators on the market can be equally extensive, choosing a machine suited for your shop can be quite a challenge.

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A Virtual Walk-Through

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Transforming a San Francisco subway tunnel into Utah’s iconic Delicate Arch.

Visitors to San Francisco’s busy Montgomery Street Station this spring suddenly found themselves transported to Utah’s Arches National Park, in a stunning display of digital printing’s power to transform any space into something much more.

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When to Walk Away from a Job

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"No matter how much we want or need jobs, sometimes we have no choice but to walk away from certain work. All jobs are not created equal."

All of us share a goal: We want to land jobs, lots of jobs. Most of us have expensive printers and we need jobs to feed them. Without ample projects, our staffs can’t earn their keep. Also, without enough jobs, there’s no profit to stuff in our jeans. We dedicate a lot of time and energy to get work in the door and, let’s face it, we all want as many jobs as we can manage.

But, no matter how much we want or need jobs, sometimes we have no choice but to walk away from certain work. All jobs are not created equal.

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Rescuing the Rhino

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“Extinct” features an installation of 15 life-sized faux rhinos in South Africa.

To raise the public awareness of rhinoceros poaching, a group called the Space Cowboys worked with the Frank Joubert Art Centre to create “Extinct” – an installation of 15 life-sized faux rhinos that took place during the Afrikaburn event this spring in South Africa. The beasts are made out of recyclable X-Core Board donated by Xanita, and were assembled by the Cowboys using Alcolin Range Woodglue.

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Get Your Jubilee On

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UK's Service Graphics outputs a banner fit for the Queen.

If you watched any coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in Great Britain last month, you couldn’t help but spot the massive banner mounted on a building overlooking London’s River Thames. The banner image depicts the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, featuring Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, and Lord Mountbatten, along with the Queen, Prince Phillip, Captain Mark Phillips, and Princess Anne standing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

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Integrating Print: Graph Expo 2012

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Event will take place October 7-10 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, featuring 450 exhibitors.

Graph Expo 2012 (graphexpo.com), branded as a one-stop shop for all things print, is set to blow into the Windy City October 7-10 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The event will showcase more than 450 exhibitors throughout the show’s specialty pavilions – including innovations in wide-format and package printing demonstrated across the show floor.

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Xara Designer Product Upgrades

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Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX v8 and Xara Designer Pro X v8.

Xara has announced the availability of its new version 8 Designer products: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX v8 and Xara Designer Pro X v8. Both products provide tools for a range of graphic-design tasks: illustration, photo editing, advanced page layout, Web graphics, and animations – and in the case of Designer Pro building complete websites and online presentations.

New features include:
• Powerful Color Erase/Selection to enhance (change color, adjust brightness, blur, etc) or make parts of photos transparent based on the selected color.

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Wasatch SoftRIP 7.0 Debuts

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New features address converting.

Wasatch has debuted SoftRIP Version 7.0, which is the company’s first release to specifically address converting. It offers support for rotary-cutting equipment as well as enhanced die-cutting features for bleeds and round corners on digital cutters. Version 7.0 also features a new XML-based interface that makes it possible for users to control SoftRIP via HTML and JavaScript running entirely in a Web browser, or via customized network software or XML hot folders.

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