RGB, CMYK, ICC profiles, linearization, ink limits, deltas, calibration, G7, neutral printing, gray balance, etc. Whatever happened to the good old days, when you could load in ink and paper, hit the print button, and everyone was happy? I might be exaggerating a bit here, but I do remember a time when it seemed less confusing when it came to thinking about color.
Alien Skin Software has announced Exposure 6, the latest version of its photography-effects software designed to provide the creative tools of a traditional photographic darkroom to the world of digital – such as the look of discontinued films, printing techniques, and borders and textures.
Perception Wide Format Media, a brand of Worthen Industries, has introduced PhotoFab Eco, a 100%-recycled repositionable and removable wall graphic fabric, made from recycled water bottles.
PhotoFab Eco wall graphic fabric is designed for walls, displays, and cabinets, and glass, metal, and plastic surfaces. Its proprietary coating technology eliminates edge fray during cutting, according to Perception, and is available in 30-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
Gandy Digital has launched its new, entry-level Sl8te Hybrid and Flatbed UV printer models. Both models feature Ricoh Gen 4, 6-pL printheads; 4 or 6 colors plus inline white and clear varnish; a new high-density UV ink; dual UV lamps; a Crash Sensor for printhead protection (as well as for printed substrates); edge-to-edge printing capabilities; and more. Top resolution is 1200 dpi on both models. SAi PhotoPrint RIP is standard.
Catalina Graphic Films has announced Enviro-Cling, a 7.5-mil recyclable and eco-friendly static cling vinyl in clear or white as part of its Hi-Stat Static Cling brand within the Mojave Digital Media family. Enviro-Cling is made using renewable resources and manufactured using a plant-based plasticizer, Catalina reports.
The media requires no adhesive, adheres to most smooth, polished surfaces, and is easily removable. It is compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex, UV-curable, and screen printing.
Inca Digital has announced the launch of its Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed. This latest addition to the Inca Onset series – positioned between the company’s Onset Q40i and Onset S40i – utilizes Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads, delivers a 14-pL drop size, and is based on the company’s Onset Scalable Architecture platform.
EFI has announced that its annual EFI Connect event will be held concurrently with the AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Executive Leadership Summit (formerly the AMSP Winter Conference and NAPL Top Management Conference) in 2015. The joint 2015 conferences will be held at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.
Icon Image Graphics is getting pretty comfortable wrapping instruments for high-profile musicians at high-profile televised events, from the Grammy Awards (see our May 2013 issue) to “American Idol.”
“Wallpaper is headed in a number of new directions, but remains rooted in the past with many of today’s trends being cyclical returns to yesteryear’s big hits,” says Jon Sherman with Flavor Paper.
The market for 3D printing, consisting of all products and services worldwide, grew to $3.07 billion last year, according to a new report from Wohlers Associates Inc.
The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.9 percent is the highest in 17 years, according to the report; the growth of worldwide revenues over the past 26 years has averaged 27 percent, and the CAGR for the past three years (2011–2013) was 32.3 percent.