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Pantone Chooses Multicolor Blend for Color of the Year

Pantone Chooses Multicolor Blend for Color of the Year

Pantone has announced its annual Color of the Year, choosing a blend of two shades for the first time. Serenity (Pantone 15-3919) is a pale blue evoking a calm sky, and its complement, Rose Quartz, is a warm, “composed” tone.
Friday, December 11, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1375)/Comments (0)/
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Printer Financing Tips

Printer Financing Tips

One of the most important thing to consider when buying a large-format printer is how you are going to pay for it. Printing equipment and the equipment to support it can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Let's review some of the many options available for paying for your new equipment.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1271)/Comments (0)/
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DPF 6000XRP - Digital Cast Wrap Film

DPF 6000XRP - Digital Cast Wrap Film

When you want to install a fleet or a full vehicle wrap, look for Arlon’s DPF 6000XRP - Cast Digital Wrap film. This No Primer, No Problem vinyl film will give installers speedy installation while maintaining a high enough tack for long-term bond. See why this multi-purpose cast wrap film is your best solution at an affordable price.
Monday, December 7, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1262)/Comments (0)/
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Selecting the Proper Printer Platform

Selecting the Proper Printer Platform

When deciding to buy a UV-cure printing system, one of the most important considerations is what type of platform is best suited for your current and future printing needs. Productivity, advanced features, automation and ink yield all factor in, but there are distinct advantages and drawbacks to  flatbed, roll-to-roll and hybrid systems. Core to the decision is to consider the frequency and volumes you print using rigid and rolled substrates. Let’s look at some advantages and disadvantages for each type of system .
Wednesday, December 2, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1178)/Comments (0)/
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Simplifying Color Separations

Simplifying Color Separations

These tried-and-true approaches to prepping artwork for print can make your process more manageable and repeatable.

Pulling colors from artwork so that they can be reproduced on screen-printed apparel doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, the whole process of breaking a design down into printable sections of color shouldn’t require years of experience, custom software, or intense mathematical formulas. The best way to separate a design for screen printing is often the simplest, keeping as much of the feel of the original design as possible in the final print.
Monday, November 30, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1029)/Comments (0)/
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Building Impressions: Window Graphics

Building Impressions: Window Graphics

Some building exteriors are designed and constructed with a goal of making an authentic, artistic and architectural impression. For example, Longaberger, in Newark, Ohio, built its corporate headquarters to look like its product—a giant hand-woven basket. I'm not into baskets, but I know a building impression when I see one. This company, along with its team of designers and builders, capitalized on the power of building strong visual impressions to make its business more interesting. The extreme uniqueness of Longaberger's exterior provides a better experience of its name and brand. 
Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1109)/Comments (0)/
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How to Sell Sustainable Printing – Without Being Annoying

How to Sell Sustainable Printing – Without Being Annoying

SGP brings sustainability to SGIA Expo 2015 with a one-day seminar on marketing techniques, procurement practices, and tips for sharing your successes.

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership hosted its 2015 Community Gathering just before the start of this year’s SGIA Expo in Atlanta in early November. Designed to help SGP-certified printers, manufacturing allies, and print service clients better market, understand, and leverage both sustainable techniques and the benefits of SGP certification, the one-day event also marketed a rebranding for SGP, with their new tagline “leading sustainability for the print industry.”
Friday, November 20, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (2046)/Comments (0)/
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Lamination Film Review

Lamination Film Review

When one first considers adding lamination to the list of shop offerings, the concept seems appealing and simple enough. Shops can make more money from their prints if they laminate and finish them in-house. Taking a closer look, one quickly realizes that there’s a lot to know about laminating — and about lamination films. Let’s review some lamination film basics.
Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1231)/Comments (0)/
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Let's Talk Shop: Getting the Most From Vehicle Templates

Let's Talk Shop: Getting the Most From Vehicle Templates

We've used vehicle templates in our shop for over fifteen years. There are so many handy reasons to utilize these templates that they've become another necessary tool.

From my experience I see two really good benefits to incorporating vehicle templates into your sales and design services. Efficiency would be the first benefit, accuracy the second.

Custom templates—ones you create yourself—are part of this. In our shop we use ArtStation Vehicle Templates in addition to our own custom templates. We'll discuss the benefits of both.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1120)/Comments (0)/
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Mesh Movement and Its Impact on Screen Tension, Part Two

Mesh Movement and Its Impact on Screen Tension, Part Two

Continuing his exploration of mesh tension loss, Dr. Anderson focuses on optimizing stretching procedures to consistently produce stable, high-tension screens. Learn how to minimize thread deflection and achieve predictable mesh-tension levels, whether you use a pneumatic or mechanical stretching system with rigid frames or rely on retensionable frames for both stretching and printing.
Monday, November 16, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1067)/Comments (0)/
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