Print shops and installers all have the same goal in mind: create an eye-catching end product that will be durable, enhance its surrounding environment, and please the customer. Sometimes, however, the communication and working relationship between the shop and the installer breaks down – and the result is something less than ideal.
Cutting to size or shape is often a critical step in the finishing process. But what kind of machine is best for your particular operation and the types of jobs you typically take on?
Do you need equipment that can cut a wide range of substrates from standard rollfed media to rigid substrates like metal, foamboard, and wood – and perhaps fabrics as well? How important is contour cutting to you? What kind of speeds do you feel you must have in order to stay relevant with deadlines? And, of course, what substrate/media sizes are you typically dealing with?
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.”