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Artsy and Hip

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The Geisha House lets in the light in this P-O-P series installation

Sometimes, P-O-P graphics are capable of more than purely selling products. In the case of The Geisha House restaurant, graphics produced by Zing Graphics of Santa Fe Springs, California, express the restaurant's artsy, hip Japanese-inspired atmosphere without a single printed word.

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GMG Releases ColorProof o5

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Features intuitive user interface

GMG has announced ColorProof o5, the latest in the company's color-accuracy and proofing technology offerings. Main features include a more intuitive user interface and new tools for quality assurance. Specific additions include:

• Workflow Overview, which provides a graphic representation of the complete system, including every job, for quick management and troubleshooting.

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Onyx Launches PrepEdge Pro Software

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This job-prep tool is designed for large-format workflows

Onyx Graphics has announced the availability of its PrepEdge Pro software, a professional job-preparation tool designed specifically for large-format workflows.
PrepEdge Pro addresses all job-preparation issues prior to print processing and includes features specific to large-format prep such as: one-click grommet placement; size, crop and positioning tools; bleed and fold tools; complex tiling and template tools; fast contour cut path generation; and a raster image-to-vector tool.

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Ribbon Wrap

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Audi's Q5 enters on a red carpet...of sorts.

To announce the debut of Audi's Q5 compact SUV in the Japanese market, Ogilvy Japan and the Media Concierge agency partnered with TSB Company to produce this building wrap around Tokyo's Matsuay Ginza department store. TSB output the wrap -- featuring large-scale images of the vehicle on handheld red ribbons -- using Roland SolJet Pro III XJ-640 and Mimaki JV3 printers, onto 3M Scotchcal IJ40-10R film with a 3M IJ 4119 matte laminate.

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LaCie Releases Blue Eye Pro Proof Edition

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Calibrates monitors for accurate color

LaCie has launched the blue eye pro Proof Edition, a monitor-calibration and profiling solution created to ensure accurate monitor colors.

Once a target colorimetric setting is chosen, the software automatically calibrates the monitor and creates an ICC profile to ensure color consistency. If a reference color profile is specified, the monitor is adjusted accordingly, although manual calibration is possible.

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Sealing the Deal

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More than 40 companies offering large-format laminators.

So you’ve given the project your all—the colors are correct, the graphics are sharp, and the print is flawless. But it needs a little something else. Perhaps the client mentioned that the finished piece would be installed in a high-traffic area and you want to provide the print with additional protection. Or maybe you suddenly see that it looks fine, but “fine” isn't good enough—and you and the client decide to add a texture to the final piece or enhance its gloss.

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Whimsical Whatnot Workshop

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Check out this Muppet Workshop at FAO Schwarz, part of our series on P-O-P.

When it comes to point-of-purchase advertising, print buyers as well as print providers have much to gain. For the buyer, research shows that P-O-P advertising drives sales 70 percent of the time, according to a study done by POPAI, the Point of Purchase Advertising Institute. And for the print shop, there's the inevitable turnover due to the ever-changing nature of retail.

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Gerber Holds Open House

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April 24-25 in South Windsor, Connecticut.

Gerber Scientific Products will hold an Open House April 24-25 at its headquarters in South Windsor, Connecticut.

The event will allow print providers to see Gerber's latest products and discuss feature with company engineers, participate in Q&A sessions and software seminars, investigate equipment financing, and take advantage of various special promotions and offers. In addition, attendees can enter for a chance to have a job printed on site.

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Mutoh and CarWraps Offer Vehicle Graphic Design Training Webinars

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First classes begin May 5 and May 7.

Mutoh has partnered with CarWraps Inc. to offer a series of Vehicle Graphic Design Training webinars.

Todd LaBrie, vehicle-wrap veteran and professional graphic designer, will provide lessons in four different classes. These are set up on a weekly basis; classes are held at two different times each week to accommodate various time zones and schedules. Each class is one hour in duration and covers new subjects and topics taking students from beginning to advanced Vehicle Wrap Design techniques using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

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EskoArtwork Stages First Worldwide Customer Conference

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Event takes place May 17-20 in Orlando.

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