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Video Minute: Sign Durability

Video Minute: Sign Durability

Sign & Digital Graphics executive editor Ken Mergentime discusses the issue of durability and the importance of matching materials to a sign's environment and expected lifespan.
Monday, February 1, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (841)/Comments (0)/
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How to Guide - Mesh preparation for PLUS emulsions

How to Guide - Mesh preparation for PLUS emulsions

Mesh preparation is the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to improve screen life. This useful How to Guide will show you the best way to maximise stencil adhesion to a mesh which will save you time and money by not having to remake screens that have broken down on the press.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (860)/Comments (0)/
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Wrapping in the Elements

Wrapping in the Elements

In an ideal world, every wrap installation job would be done in a clean, climate-controlled environment. But in many cases this is simply not realistic, whether it be the physical limitations of your shop or landing a job that will require onsite installation.

Each wrap vinyl manufacturer has their own installation parameters. Paying attention to these parameters and becoming familiar with the material(s) you are planning on installing is very important.

But no matter the type of film there are certain precautions that you should always take to avoid ending up with a faulty installation. Aside from knowing the characteristics of the film you’re working with, you should always take heed of the elements.

Monday, January 25, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (853)/Comments (0)/
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Ink Safety and HAPs

Ink Safety and HAPs

HAPs is an acronym that stands for Hazardous Air Pollutants. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a list of chemicals and classes of chemicals that fall under HAPs. If a solvent ink contains one or more of these listed chemicals, it contains HAPs. Ink manufacturers know that removing HAPs is important for both the environment and for the graphics industry.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (910)/Comments (0)/
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Help Customers Maintain Their Wrap

Help Customers Maintain Their Wrap

Customers spend a lot of money to have their vehicles wrapped. Helping them maintain the appearance and increase the longevity of the job can be done with a simple care and maintenance instruction sheet.
Monday, January 18, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1018)/Comments (0)/
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Top 15 Wraps of '15

Top 15 Wraps of '15

Mentor, Ohio-based graphic films manufacturer Avery Dennison has unveiled what it calls the top 15 wrap jobs of 2015. 
Friday, January 15, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (987)/Comments (0)/
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What if Screen Didn't Exist?

What if Screen Didn't Exist?

Those who believe that screen printing is on the wane are mistaken – mostly because they’ve forgotten the fundamental things that make the process unique.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1068)/Comments (0)/
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Wrapping with Textured Film

Wrapping with Textured Film

Textured films are not new to the wraps world, but manufacturers continue to improve upon the technology. Today many film manufacturers have developed their own textured film product lines specifically targeting the wraps market.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1075)/Comments (0)/
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The Basics of Graphic File Formats

The Basics of Graphic File Formats

What are graphic formats? What’s the difference between them, and how do you know which one to choose when saving an image? JPG, TIFF, EPS, PDF, GIF and PNG, are some common extensions at the end of a file name that represent how a digital image is encoded. Compression schemes found in each format offer key features that affect the efficiency of a file and sometimes even how an image appears.

There are essentially two types of compression schemes: lossless and lossy. Lossless compression algorithms preserve all of the binary information. When the image is saved and then reopened, there is no loss of image quality. Lossy compression algorithms, while efficiently reducing file size, may compromise image quality.

Here are descriptions of the most common graphic formats that are likely to be encountered in a normal graphics environment and when you might consider choosing them.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1325)/Comments (0)/
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Wrap Tips to Set Your Shop Apart

Wrap Tips to Set Your Shop Apart

Sign industry veterans will attest to just how competitive a business it is. And perhaps nowhere within the sign world is competition more fierce than in vehicle wraps.

One expert recommends three areas where you can set yourself apart from the competition: by offering the best materials, better designs and top-notch workmanship.

Notice that price wasn’t mentioned? When it comes to vehicle wraps, there’s a saying: “Quality, Speed, Price—Pick Two.” Being known as the shop that does things cheaply may win you some jobs in the short run but it can hurt you down the road.

So let’s spend some time briefly on the three main differentiators:

Monday, December 28, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1302)/Comments (0)/
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