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Thinkstock is New Royalty-Free Site from Getty

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Image-subscription service offers complementary legal protection.

Getty Images has launched Thinkstock, a new image-subscription service developed for “value-conscious creative professionals.”

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Nik Software Plans Educational Event for Photographers

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Hands-on sessions designed to improve image capture and output

Nik Software, Inc., a digital imaging and photography software developer, has announced plans for its first-ever “Nik Summit,” a two day educational event aimed at helping photographers improve their image capture skills and use photo enhancement technology to improve output quality.

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SGIA Dedicates ASPT Student Printing & Imaging Awards to Tom Frecska

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Annual awards honor student work in specialty imaging; deadline is July 16.

The Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASPT), part of SGIA, has dedicated its Student Printing and Digital Imaging Awards Competition to Tom Frecska, the late editor of Screen Printing magazine.

“Tom recognized the importance of the education of students in the screen printing process,” says Marci Kinter, SGIA’s vice president of government and business information. “He was a supporter of screen printing technology, and also understood, accepted and embraced the newer technologies used by our industry sector.”

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Mutoh Sets 2010 School of Wrap Schedule

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Basic, intermediate, and advanced hands-on classes offered across the US.

Mutoh America is partnering with media company Avery Dennison and graphics-installer Justin Pate to take the Mutoh “Hands-On” School of Wrap class across the US in 2010. The classes, reports Mutoh, are designed to provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of graphic-installation mechanics so that they can gain a competitive advantage in the vehicle wrap indus-try.
Dates and locales for 2010 include:

• March 11-13: Mentor, Ohio
• June 7-9: Elkridge, Maryland
• August 16-18: Burbank, California

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The Other Shop Software

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Tools for business and print management

It tends to get far too little attention at shows like ISA and SGIA, and its slice of the pie chart is equally small when it comes to receiving publicity in print. You could easily make the argument that it is the Rodney Dangerfield of the print shop.

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Popping from Both Directions: Gardner Signs

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White ink on tww-sided vinyl window makes window covering that really "pops"

“When we began in 1985, we were primarily a manufacturing and installation company for electric signs,” says Butch Gardner, owner of Gardner Signs in Salisbury, Maryland.

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The Art of War: Digital Color Imaging

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White printing on Plexiglass creates a 30-foot wall of football-playing "ghosts."

Founded in 1993, Digital Color Imaging in Akron, Ohio, started out as an electronic prepress company, CEO Dave Welner says. It has branched out into new areas over the years, and DCI now comprises three business units: commercial offset, short-run and variable-data digital printing, and wide-format printing. The company has about 50 employees.

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Carving Up History: On-Site Systems

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Glass-etching meets digital printing to create unique timeline wall

Richard and Michael Lindeborg began the Suwanee, Georgia-based On-Site Systems (on-sitesystems.com) in 1985, doing decorative glass etching for designers, corporate offices, retail stores, and restaurants. The name derives from a technique the two men developed for doing etching and sandblasting on site without creating the mess of dust that the process usually entails. The company still uses its etching process, but recently it also acquired a digital printer to expand the shop’s capabilities.

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