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Setting the Stage

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Digital printing adds realism to film and TV productions.

The next time you’re watching a film or television show, focus on the posters on the wall, the books, magazines, and products around the room. They may look like everyday items, but odds are some are impostors, produced on a digital printer.

“Our job is often not about making ‘pretty things’ but about mimicking reality,” says Agnieshka Jane, graphics director for Los Angeles-based HPR Graphics (www.hprgraphics.net), a division of The Hand Prop Room, which specializes in props for the entertainment industry.

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End of the World As We Know It

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A bold redesign is in The Big Picture's future.

Well, this is it. The last issue of The Big Picture as we know it. Nah, we’re not going out of print. In fact, it’s just the opposite. This issue will be our last for our old look before we unveil a bold redesign for the magazine in October.

You know how they say facelifts are unbelievably painful? They’re not lying. And while this move is more than purely cosmetic, it has given us a new appreciation for those of you who are undergoing the same surgery.

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EskoWorld 2014 Shares Future of Esko’s Products and Technologies

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More than 700 attendees experienced a mix of presentations, demonstrations, hands-on training, and more.

Esko held its annual EskoWorld 2014 conference this past June at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. During the four-day meeting, more than 700 users, industry partners, product specialists, and support staff were offered a mix of presentations, demonstrations, hands-on training, and labs revolving around the future of Esko technologies, as well as myriad networking and team-building opportunities.

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The Exhibitors’ Handbook Rental from Orbus

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Catalog includes 100-plus display products.

Orbus Exhibit and Display Group has introduced a new rental exhibit program with more than 100 rental display solutions in its new catalog, The Exhibitors’ Handbook Rental.

More than 100 off-the-shelf exhibits and structures of all types and sizes are available. Out-of-the-box inline and island rental exhibits are pre-built, and after an exhibit is chosen for rental, the only time investment is in the design and printing of display graphics, Orbus reports.

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New Kodak Premium Rapid-Dry Film from Brand Management Group

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Features block-out back coating; designed for display graphics.

Brand Management Group (BMG) has added Kodak Premium Rapid-Dry, a 5-mil white film designed for display graphics and featuring a block-out back coating to prevent light from shining through the graphics.

The film is a lay-flat water-resistant polyester with a bright-white printable surface. Compatible with dye and pigmented inks, it won't smudge or show fingerprints, and is also scratch- and abrasion-resistant, according to BMG. It can also be laminated using thermal and pressure-sensitive films, but does not require lamination for short-term applications.

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Xpedx to Exclusively Distribute Adder Products

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Agreement includes retail displays and print media.

Adder America has announced an agreement with xpedx, a Veritiv company, to exclusively distribute Adder’s line of retail displays and supplementary print media – AdderMedia – in the US.

“AdderMedia products are an excellent addition to our wide format portfolio,” says Chris Olson, director of category management, Veritiv, in a press release. “This agreement reflects Veritiv’s commitment to providing our customers with the most comprehensive offering of wide format media and equipment available.”

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It’s Right to Be Rigid

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A range of rigid substrates designed for direct digital printing with wide-format technologies from 40-plus companies.

You’re firm with your staff on the details of an important project. You aren’t flexible with client-demanded deadlines. Why not have rigid media? This year’s choices include applications for fine art, interior décor, outdoor signage, and indoor displays, custom color options, and even heat-activated adhesives.

Above, these products were put to work with projects using materials from 3A Composites, to Hexacomb, and Encore.

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Red Carpet Rollout

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O23 creates graphics for 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

France’s annual Cannes Film Festival ushered in more than just new movies and red carpet celebrities this year. Wide-format printing made a splash at hotels and meeting rooms near the venue, as well as the famed Palais des Festivals in Cannes, where the 15-day festival is held each year. To welcome guests to the festival, print-service provider O23 created a 25 x 32.5-meter version of the 2014 festival poster using its HP Scitex XL1500 latex printer with UV inks.

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Canon Adds to imageProGraf Line

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New printers and scanners for technical drawings, signs.

Canon has added six new models to its imageProGraf line: the 36-in. iPF785 and iPF780 models; the 24-in. iPF685 and iPF680 models; and two large-format imaging systems, the iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40. Designed for faster printing and lower operational expense, the machines are intended for GIS Graphics, technical drawings, renderings, signs, and posters. These devices offer faster printing speeds and lower operation costs as compared to their predecessors, the company reports.

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Inx Digital Commercially Launches Triangle Brand ESC Ink

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An alternative to eco-solvents for Epson’s Stylus GS6000.

ESC inkjet ink from Inx Digital, released earlier this year, is now commercially available. The alternative eco-solvent ink for wide-format applications is the latest to join the Triangle brand roster of products and is designed to run on the Epson Stylus GS6000.

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