Digital photo-realist artist Bert Monroy took four years to complete his “work in progress,” Times Square. Monroy drew the original artwork by hand, utilizing Photoshop and Illustrator, and required more than 3000 individual digital files and 750,000 Photoshop layers to create the likenesses of his family, friends, luminaries from the imaging industry, as well as intensely detailed scenes and landmarks in and around New York’s Times Square. The flattened digital file weighed in at 6.52 gigabytes.
Lawson Screen & Digital Products has introduced its Express-Jet line of inkjet printers.
The Express-Jet Graphic is a 5-color (CMYK+W) wide-format flatbed inkjet printer that features a moving table and scanning head and supports a maximum print size of 58 x 72 in. Top speed is 410 sq ft/hr and maximum resolution is 1200 dpi. It utilizes pigmented aqueous inks.
Konica Minolta Sensing Americas has introduced two new color-management tools: Colibri color-matching software and a new series of spectrodensitometers.
Visual Magnetics, developer of the Visual Magnetics Graphic System, has introduced its new PolyPeel magnetic-receptive film.
3M has introduced an array of new media updates, including:
• 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 is available in four matte colors – black, white, silver, and military green. These pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast films are designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. The films feature non-visible air-release channels and 60-in. widths.
Sihl has premiered various new media , including:
• Sihl 3166 ClearStick clear film with adhesive for aqueous inkjet printers; a 2-mil polyester film with an optically clear inkjet coating on the image side and an optically clear, repositionable adhesive with a thin opaque, white polyester release liner on the reverse side. Applications include P-O-S, event signage, and digital packaging prototypes. In 24- to 50-in. widths.
If Pantone has anything to say about it, you’ll be seeing lots of Pantone 18-2120, aka Honeysuckle, in many of the graphics you’re printing in forthcoming months. The provider of professional standards for the design industries has named Honeysuckle its Color of the Year for 2011.
For print providers operating in the wide-format digital sector, joining a professional organization – either as an individual or as a corporate member – can be valuable on many levels. Membership, as they say, has its privileges and, depending on what group you join, can run the gamut, from educational and certification programs and admission to niche-specific tradeshows, to technical and business support from industry leaders. Some organizations even offer members the ability to help shape legislative and standards decisions made for the industry.
When walking into a retail establishment, consumers have come to expect the instant bombardment of visual displays pleading for their attention. The result? They’re now often immune to the many shock-and-awe attempts at point-of-purchase marketing.
In a vigorous effort to catch the over-stimulated eye of the consumer, marketers and print providers are more and more turning their attention to an entirely different space in an effort to get their message across: the floor. And, for many, it’s paying off.
"Going green" is the mantra of many businesses these days. But few print providers have embraced the concept as thoroughly as Portland Color of Portland, Maine. This year, the shop was able to leverage that commitment into producing materials for special environmentally themed “Little Green Boutiques” in every Bloomingdale's location across the country.