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DIGITAL IMAGING

October 26 2014 - If you'd like to suggest an article or write one for this category, please e-mail us here and let us know.

FEATURE ARTICLES

Exploring New Windows of Opportunity in Wide-Format Printing
Once upon a time, before the advent of wide format printing and fade resistant inks, window treatment manufacturers were confined to offering single colors and replicated patterns, but today the sky can be the limit.

Determining ROI and Profit Opportunities in Wide-Format Printing
With sustained year-over-year growth in the sign and display graphics business, wide-format digital inkjet printing remains a strong and attractive profit opportunity for printing companies.

How to Survey your Print Customers For Mutual Benefit and Continued Successes
Surveying customers shows an interest in what they think, thus sowing inherent goodwill into the relationship.

Utilizing Today's Media for Trade Show Success
While choosing among new and improved media, inks, hardware and software can become overwhelming, it is an essential component that separates the good sign industry professionals from the best.

How to Select Your Next Wide-Format Printer, Part II
Know your business, and why and for what reason you are looking to purchase a printer, and base that on what you need to produce with it to make sure you make the right choice.

Diversifying Into Wide-Format for Increased Market Share and Revenue
Calling on new wide format digital graphics prospects almost demands that the printer is able to prove the ability to produce a wide range of applications. The challenge is to approach finding new customers in new and adjacent markets at a strategic level.

Moving into New Markets: Apparel to Soft Signage
Businesses from manufacturing to retail are constantly trying to broaden the spectrum of products and services they offer to their clients, a common sense business practice at its best.

Digital Ceramic Printing Continues to Cast a New Business Model for Output Providers
Inkjet technology has made a huge impact on what manufacturers can create, and the mass acceptance of these designs from the world markets has promoted the swift transformation from screen and roller printing to utilizing inkjet technology.

How to Select Your Next Wide-Format Printer
This is an interesting topic, to be sure, and one that could invite plenty of argument from interested parties (e.g. - sellers shouting, 'Buy mine, buy mine!'). Follow the steps in this article to help you to make an informed decision.

The Variables of Calculating Ink Consumption
Tracking ink use is a slippery topic compared to tracking square feet or meters printed, and the amount of material waste generated. How much ink does your business use for each job? How about consumption per week for all printers combined? What about ink used on a monthly basis?

Digital Textile Printing Has Come of Age
One only needs to look at what is happening in other parts of the world to see that now is the time for companies in North America to invest resources to participate in the projected growth of digital textile printing.

Profitable Print Relationships, and How to Achieve Them
Ultimately, printers with the right sales messages will create more powerful, profitable businesses. Will you choose to be one or not?

Smaller Might Be Smarter: On-Demand/Short-Run Solutions for Your Business
One key production process that is ideal for on-demand/short-run production that you may want to consider is sublimation. In addition to the production advantages and versatility of the sublimation process, the startup costs are relatively low.

The Evolution and Opportunity of Alternative Inks
Have you been considering alternative inks lately? As the inkjet market matures and users become savvier, the trend of alternative inks is growing.

Frame It: The Uncovering of the Framing Segment of the Sign Industry
Businesses who are getting involved in wide-format banner framing are discovering a niche with a demand that needs to be filled. This segment of the industry provides an opportunity for sign professionals to diversify their businesses while offering customers a unique choice in sign products.

Getting Up to Speed with Job Management Software for Large-Format Graphics Production
Companies that specialize in large-format graphics have long used job-management software to stay profitable. But developing a job-management system that can support a 'full-service' printing business is not always that easy.

Unleashing the Market Opportunities of Window Graphics in the Retail Industry
Retail displays and graphics have and will continue to represent a major opportunity for sign makers looking to increase revenue.

Digital Ink Technology Innovations
New developments over the past decade in digital ink technology have helped change the landscape of the entire wide-format marketplace and thus have enabled print providers with new tools to dramatically expand their output applications and produce vibrant, eye-catching signage for their clients.

Making Color Management a Top Priority
Color management is no longer a value-add for businesses; it is necessary to stay competitive in today's market. Follow a real-world example of successful color management solutions to consider for your sign shop.

OSHA Hazard Communication Standard - What it Means for the Imaging Community
The new regulations provide specific information that must be included on each label. The major change includes the use of pictograms. Employers must train their employees to recognize the new warning labels and SDS formats by December 1, 2013.

Does Your Vinyl Printing Flow Where You Want It To Go?
Digital print shops that print onto vinyl could find a competitive advantage with software that streamlines the printing processes and sidesteps common challenges.

Lenticular and 3D Commercial Sign Applications
Studies have shown that 3D increases the stopping power of advertisements by as much as five times and increases the staying power by four times in relation to 2D ads.

The Venerable Vector Graphic - Supreme Sublimation
With the power of vectors behind you, you can make everything from coasters to billboards. Using the powerful vector format in your arsenal will scale up your workflow to any size you want.

Going Beyond the Printed Piece - Post-Print Fulfillment Services Offer More Opportunities for Output Providers
Print providers need to rethink their business models, and be able to supply their customers with the broader scope of services that go beyond providing output options.

Reasons Behind Single vs. Multi-Technology Printing
Screen printed glass is everywhere. It's at home, in the streets, in stores, in the workplace, in learning centers, on public transportation and in restaurants. In fact, it appears more than most people often recognize.

Photo Imaging & Specialty Graphics Find Common Ground
Photo imaging is not limited to any particular market segment. The market for consumer-personalized photoproducts has been rapidly growing in recent years.

Current Considerations For Digital Printing Equipment Purchases
As the variety of print jobs increases, and the competitive nature of our business intensifies, it is even more important to consider all variables before implementing a digital printer.

Suppliers Take Automated Wide-Format Printing to the Next Level
The evolution in automation and workflow integration of wide-format printing can lower labor and production costs, as well as the ability to produce more short-run jobs with a quicker turn-around time and in a more cost effective manner.

Media & Finishing Drive Product & Market Differentiation
Evolving technologies such as textured finishes and printed fabrics are strong trends towards providing 'step-above' products which yield higher margins and help you to differentiate your company from the average shop.

Wide-Format Digital Graphics Industry: New Directions & Growing Possibilities
Today's graphics industry, digital technology, is driven by inkjet as the technology of choice. Now considered mainstream, there are still changes in technology, materials and markets continue to expand its range. Hear from industry experts Scott Crosby, Holland and Crosby Ltd; Jeff Edwards, Ocť Display Graphics Systems; Kim Magraw, Supergraphics; and Rick Scrimger, Roland DGA Corporation to learn more.

The UV-LED Inkjet Curing Revolution Gains Momentum
The use of UV-LED systems for the curing of UV inkjet inks continues to expand as equipment manufacturers bring this technology to a wide range of new equipment. Is inkjet ready for prime time, and what are the challenges faced in the adoption of the technology?

Stop Your Printer: How Well Are You Matching Print Quality to Your Client's Application or Needs?
If you don't match the print resolution and quality to the needs and expectations of your client, you may just be rushing yourself out of business. So stop and review how you're approaching this problem in the digital printing industry.

Repair or Replace: Weighing the Options for Your Wide-Format Printer
Learn key indicators to help you determine when to repair your wide-format printer and when it is time to send it on down the road.

Eliminate Printing Defects Caused by Static Electricity
For the digital and screen printing industry, the most common problems associated with static are dust attraction, printing defects and shocks to operators. Learn how to identify and mitigate these real-world challenges.

Sales Compensation: Starting With the Basics
I think there's a lot of opportunity to improve sales performance by improving sales compensation strategy. Let's start with the basics.

Maximizing Profitability in Sign & Graphics Shops
Controlling costs, pricing strategies, up-selling & more

QR Codes: A Creaky Bridge Between Physical & Digital Worlds
QR (quick response) codes are popping up all over the place. From wine labels and movie trailers, to printed magazines and direct mail, you're now likely to come across a QR code wherever you see a printed advertisement or message.

Mural Media: A Complete Guide to Digital Wallcovering Applications
Why Digital Wallcovering; Why Now? According to a January 2011 report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), the global wallcovering market is expected to reach $26 billion dollars by 2015. GIA attributes this growth to the increased demand for the remodeling/refurbishing of homes within the residential construction industry.

The 21st Century Color Matcher
If you're in the business of selling color images, you want to take advantage of everything you can to make those images the best they can be with the tools you have available. This is why today's graphic imaging company needs a digital color manager.

A Guide for Sign Shops: Taking the Plunge into Digital Fine Art and Photo
This article will focus on the wide range of digital art media in assorted weights, textures and finishes that can affect how the final image looks and feels. And also provide sign shops with useful tips and advice for successfully jumping into this lucrative market.

Wide Format Ink Jet Graphics Forecast Analysis 2011 by I.T. Strategies
Since 1994, the forecast is based on systems sales units input of 90%+ of vendors representing at least 90% of sales for the prior calendar year (this year, 2010ís sales). Further data regarding pricing, consumption, utilization rates and substrate usage is gathered through secondary research and is regularly refreshed through user research among users of wide format technology each year. Various methods of cross-analysis are employed as sanity checks on individual data points. Read on to learn more.

Maximizing Digital: Print-and-Cut Heat Transfers
Digital means many things to different decorators. As a term in our industry, it is commonly associated with the boom in either wide-format digital print imaging or with direct-on-garment printing. Either way, digital is leading-edge and contains many technologies. One key technology with multiple uses is the digital print-and-cut process for fabric embellishment.

BC Ferries Ship Wrap Promotes 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Three brand new 160-meter Super-C class ships were wrapped with the mega-sized photographic images and branding colors representing the 2010 Winter Games and the beauty of British Columbia.

A Signmaker's Guide to Choosing the Right Media for Backlit Displays
Retailers, trade show exhibitors and sign shops alike are constantly searching for the newest, most exciting ways to attract potential buyers and customers. But they often find themselves overlooking the potential of the equipment, supplies and media that are right in front of them. Why not digitally printed backlit graphics?

New Realties in the Wide-Format Graphics Market
Companies that stay tuned to the latest available technologies will be best positioned to meet the increasingly demanding market requirements.

New Realties in the Wide-Format Graphics Market
Companies that stay tuned to the latest available technologies will be best positioned to meet the increasingly demanding market requirements.

A Fresh Look at PSA Media: Tips to Streamline Your Signshop
As advances in inkjet technologies continue to move forward, so does the availability of new printers, media and inks. Stay on ahead of the curve by keeping in touch with the new products.

Positioning Graphics for Successful Installation
Excerpt from PDAA Vinyl Installation Proficiency Guide

Going Lean With Your Sign Company
Now more than ever, the sign industry needs to make the most of their resources and refine processes to utilize the utmost in efficiency throughout their company. Read how one company has done just that.

Stop Your Printer: How Well Are You Matching Print Quality to Your Client's Application or Needs?
If you don't match the print resolution and quality to the needs and expectations of your client, you may just be rushing yourself out of business. So stop and review how you're approaching this problem in the digital printing industry.

Common Techniques and Tips for Producing POP
By learning about the changes in the industry, signmakers can capitalize on new media and applications for it to create eye-catching indoor POP displays and graphics.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Going Digital
There's a lot of misinformation out there and I will be taking you through the most common issues that I have encountered, and the products that I feel you should have in order to make the best graphics in the most efficient way possible.

Factors Impacting Vinyl Removal, Part I
Learning what vinyl film is, the impact that the environment and the surface finish has on vinyl are all factors that will help you deal with the ultimate need to remove vinyl graphics.

Show Review: The 2009 ISA International Sign Expo - See what you missed!
What was the best booth location at the ISA Sign Expo 2009? What was worth talking about at this show? SignIndustry.com was there and has the scoop!

Know Your Tools: Finishing with Efficiency
From year to year, many companies change the products they make, or begin producing new product lines in niche areas that require new and different finishing methods. In some shops, the steps taken to finish products are done with inappropriate tools.

Making the Most of Application Fluids
Using application fluids isnít rocket science, but itís not childís play, either. Discover what you need to know to make the most of application fluids.

Light Boxes for Retail Display - Saving Dollars with New Technology
Are all retail light boxes created equal? New developments in retail light box technology and demands for more sophisticated and energy efficient merchandising and display products may be signaling the demise of standard light box technology.

Getting Back to Basics: A Guide to Color Management
Signmakers can take a proactive stance in ensuring business success by going back to basics, including re-assessing their processes and making the most of their existing printing equipment.

And Now for Something Completely Different
Reflecting on the past to determine new ways to be successful in a challenging economy.

Variable-Dot Printing: Why Dots-Per-Inch is No Longer the Only Measure of Inkjet Print Quality
The correlation of higher quality to higher dpi is certainly defensible, assuming one thing: The dots are all the same size. Recent developments in inkjet technology have turned this standard on its side.

Variable-Dot Printing: Why Dots-Per-Inch is No Longer the Only Measure of Inkjet Print Quality
The correlation of higher quality to higher dpi is certainly defensible, assuming one thing: The dots are all the same size. Recent developments in inkjet technology have turned this standard on its side.

Stay Ahead with Accurate Sign Estimating Using Advanced Technologies
Submitting the winning bid for sign projects is more challenging today than ever before. Click for some insider perspectives on optimizing your company efficiency with estimating.

Snapshot of the Sign Industry 3rd Quarter 2008
For SignIndustry.comís annual Ďpulse takingí of the state of the sign industry, we peeked and probed into various facets of the industry to get an idea of the state of our trade before going into 2009.

What Todayís Print Buyers Really Want ≠ and How You Can Deliver
To print buyers (especially new ones), printers are all alike.

Full Product Branding with Self-Adhesive Films: What Does It Really Mean?
An in-depth analysis of the concept and ways to incorporate it into your business

Looking Behind the Accounting Curtain: The Accounting Team and Print MIS in the Big Picture
The goal of a print management information system in this global picture is to provide accurate, timely information that can be quickly and easily consolidated and organized.

Full Product Branding with Self-Adhesive Films: What Does It Really Mean?
An in-depth analysis of the concept and ways to incorporate it into your business

Getting Inkjet Ink and Print Heads to Work Together
Inkjet print systems fail primarily because of the fluids used in them. Read on to find out if it's all a hoax or if putting high-test in is all it's cracked up to be.

Getting Inkjet Ink and Print Heads to Work Together
Inkjet print systems fail primarily because of the fluids used in them. Read on to find out if it's all a hoax or if putting high-test in is all it's cracked up to be.

Preparing Floors for Floor Graphics
Learn how to how to laminate the graphic, how to place it, how to prep the surface, and how to install the graphic so it will stay put and do its job.

Floor Graphics: Walking into Opportunity
The floor graphics concept was ahead of its time a few years ago, but if you havenít gotten into this side of the business yet, there is no time like the present.

Does Your Vinyl Printing Flow Where You Want It To Go?
Digital print shops that print onto vinyl could find a competitive advantage with software that streamlines the printing processes and sidesteps common challenges.

Project Management Made Easy Through Estimating & Business Management Software
The programs continue to evolve and mature, and with this improvement cycle the results are increased productivity, greater control of costs and an improved bottom line. All achieved with greater ease and accuracy than ever before. So how can you afford to not be on this bandwagon?

It Costs How Much? Determining What It Costs to Sell Your Signs the Right Way.
Pricing your products or services sold is determined first by costing. Do you have any idea of what it costs to sell a sign or banner? For that matter, what does it cost to open the doors to your sign business each day? Pertinent questions that will influence your pricing.

Surviving and Profiting from the Economy, Intentionally
Regardless of whether an inevitable slow period results from the economy, from competition or from other sources outside the control of the business owner or manager, it is never too late to employ slow period survival strategies in your sign business.

Solvent Printers and Air Quality Control
For years, it has been accepted the smelly operating conditions are par for the course and normal in shops with solvent printers, but we have come to a turning point where these fumes and odors are more than just a nuisance. They pose real health concerns.

Choosing the Best Ink to Print on Vinyl
Some digital print shops stick to the ink their printer manufacturer offers. But that might not always be the best choice for your vinyl print job. Your overarching goal is to match your ink to your media. Find out what you need to know.

Smaller World ó The Implications of GHS and REACH
Both were developed in the international arena and both have already influenced chemical policy well beyond their original borders.

Today and Tomorrow: Considering Digital Imaging an SGIA Interview
In recognition of the SGIA Journal's 10th anniversary in 2007, we take a look forward and backward, evaluating how our industry has changed and how we expect it will change by the time the Journal celebrates its twentieth anniversary.

The History and Future of the U.S. Sign Industry
Hereís a quick perspective on the size of the U.S. sign industry and the impact of wide format inkjet printing in the sign industry today.

Should You Buy Ink in Bulk?
Discover the pros and cons of buying ink in large quantities.

Should You Buy Ink in Bulk?
Discover the pros and cons of buying ink in large quantities.

Third-Party Ink Could Leave You Crying
Itís your printer and you can use third-party ink if you want to, but like the old song, it may leave you crying over your banner.

Itís All About the Digital File at SGIA í07- From Wrapping Gators to Mermaids
Whether youíre cutting rubylith, fluted-plastic or vinyl; printing on rigid sheet, t-shirts, tile or fabric; or getting a message across through embroidery, it all comes down to the digital file.

Snapshot of the Sign Industry 3rd Quarter 2007
As we did last year, SignIndustry.com took a quick pulse of the sign industry to try to get an idea of the state of the industry in this third quarter of 2007.

Want to Become a Lenticular Printer? ≠ Just do it!
For both sign makers and wide format printers, lenticular can be a valuable differentiator, an additional value-added service and best of all, a profit generator.

The Rundown on Calendered Vinyl Films
Calendered vinyl films were once thought of as an inferior economical choice, but some calendered vinyl film manufacturers have come a long way in terms of product quality and breadth, by offering conformability, durability and that image pop that is required for the application.

Screen or Digital Which Method to Choose...An Imaging Technology Decision
The choices of using digital printing vs. screen printing, learn how to find the sweet-spot for your company to determine the most profitable choice on a job.

2007 Business Growth Plans Survey for Flatbed Inkjet, Wide Format Injet & Grand-Format Inkjet
The results of SGIAís recent 2007 Business Growth Plans Survey demonstrate an interesting reality in our industry, and show a healthy difference between what imaging companies want (equipment-wise), and what they ultimately buy. Through the magic of trending data, letís take a look.

2007 Business Growth Plans Survey for Flatbed Inkjet, Wide Format Injet & Grand-Format Inkjet
The results of SGIAís recent 2007 Business Growth Plans Survey demonstrate an interesting reality in our industry, and show a healthy difference between what imaging companies want (equipment-wise), and what they ultimately buy. Through the magic of trending data, letís take a look.

When Ink Is Not the Problem with Digital Printing, Part II
Beyond dust and dirt, several factors impact the inkís ability to stick to the substrate. The carrier ≠ aqueous-based or solvent-based ≠ is another key factor in the final outcome. Then thereís calibration.

Reporting on RIPs- Raster Image Processors...What They Are and How Theyíre Doing
Every sign shop that depends on excellence from its printer is probably using a RIP. If you ever wanted to know the rap on RIPs, but were afraid to ask, read on to learn from the experience of your peers in the industry.

When Ink Is Not the Problem with Digital Printing, Part I
Variables like surface tension, media expansion and ink absorption take on new dimensions on larger substrates. If the paper doesnít advance, it could cause blobs of ink or other ugly outcomes. If the media stretches even a little, you could get blurs. Tiling can become a challenge on larger prints. Read on to discover what to do when ink is not the problem.

Rendering Intents: The How and Why
Rendering intents, another key component of a Color Management System, are ways of dealing with colors that are out-of-gamut ≠ colors present in the source space that our destination space or output device is incapable of producing. We'll aim to help you wrap you thoughts around this theory.

Printersí Challenges in Meeting Fire Codes
All printed banners, wall coverings, display booth fabrics, table skirts, tents, awnings, carpeting, window treatments, interior furnishing and vinyl-coated fabrics are required to meet flame-retardant standards for homes, offices or other assembly places (Flammable Fabrics Act, 1953). The challenges of meeting these fire standards and codes have increased with the development of new synthetic fibers and the ink applications to these fibers, which create a liability risk for the specialty printer.

Complex Wraps Demand Advanced Techniques, Part I
Not all vehicle wraps are created equal ≠ some are far more complex than others. Discover what you need to know to tackle even the most complex wraps with confidence.

Navigating To Complete Color Workflow Management
The explosion of digital imaging and printing in the sign industry has left many in the business in something of a conundrum. Here's this wonderful new machine on the floor that did such incredible things at the tradeshow, but how do you make it do them, do them consistently, and do them profitably?

Choosing the Right Sublimation Transfer Paper
This article will provide objectivity for choosing the right sublimation transfer paper, based upon the insight of dye sublimation experts professional collective experience.

Spot On - The State of Spot Colors in Inkjet Technology
The sign industry has been discussing spot colors for inkjet printers for over a decade. Are we getting any closer to quick-and-easy action?

Upcoming Developments in Industrial Inkjet for Display Graphics
The wide-format graphics industry has been transformed through the emergence over the past dozen years of digital inkjet printing technology.

Extreme Makeover: Business Signage Edition
Fastsigns International, Inc. chose 4 different businesses to receive a signage makeover. The four businesses chosen for the makeovers pondered many of the same things when they learned that they were selected for this free signage makeover. Would it draw in new customers? Would it boost sales? Would anyone even notice? The results speak for themselves.

What is Lenticular Imaging and Why Should You Know About It?
Lenticular imaging technology of today has morphed an old print technology into new stratospheres and consequently breathing new life and profit potential for printers and marketers alike.

Submarine Surfaces in Underground Exhibit Hall - Signage Tells the Tale
It was a sailor's nightmare during WW II. Leaning against the ship's rail, binoculars scanning the cold, Atlantic waters, a foaming white wake streaks through the waves and heads broadside for a direct strike against the Liberty ship.

The State of UV Inkjet InksÖthe momentum is building
The advantage of 'curing' is simple: It allows ink to adhere to a broader range of substrates as compared to other digital printing technologies. On the other hand, there is a bit of a misconception that UV cured ink will stick to just about everything. Get a balanced view of UV curable pros and cons.

The Fine Art of Inks
Large format printers with special inks are producing top quality prints that sell in museums for tens of thousands of dollars. Find out what you need to know to take your cut by producing these fine art prints.

More Than Art for Artís Sake
There is a fine line between signage and art and sometimes there is no line at all. Art becomes the sign and the sign becomes art. To some, even a traffic sign is seen as art.

SGIA '06: Show Recap 'Exhibiting the Future Now'
When SignIndustry.com visits friends at the SGIA Expo, we are never surprised at the level of professionalism, expertise, and creativity that is displayed down the isles, in the booths, and at the seminars. SGIA '06 was no exception producing a special excitement in the air with abundant energy and a sense of exhilaration.

About White Ink In Black and White
Could white ink allow you to expand into new markets? Imagine the possibilities of expanding your services to include printing on leather, cardboard, wood, stone or some other non-traditional material.

Expanding Your Ink Horizons
Printers today can accommodate up to 16-color inksets. But would that really benefit your shop? Find out the advantages and disadvantages of expanding your ink horizons.

The Ever-Changing World of Ink for Digital Printing
Ink development will continue to parallel the evolution of large format printing technology and end-user application requirements. Will UV ink become the industry standard?

The Ever-Changing World of Ink for Digital Printing
Ink development will continue to parallel the evolution of large format printing technology and end-user application requirements. Will UV ink become the industry standard?

Ink, Glorious Ink
You have two choices: buy cheap ink and yield cheap signs, or buy quality ink and yield quality signs. Find out why ink makes such a dramatic difference in large-format printing.

RIPs: The Meaning Behind the Puzzle of Digital Graphic Output
Raster Image Processors are used by most large format graphic shops, but this article will help you to understand what they do and why you need this vital piece to complete your puzzle.

Converting Raster Images to Vector Images Can Be A Challenge, But It Doesn't Have To Be.
Finding the Right Tracing Software to Get the Job Done

How Did The Graphics Market Get Where It Is Today?
Understanding the Graphics Market's Development: Part Two in a Series of Three

Wrapping Vegas
The basic elements are the same with wraps of all sizes, but large mass transit wraps offer some additional challenges that offer valuable lessons from graphics installers of all shapes and sizes.

100 Years and Counting: N. Glantz & Son Still Going Strong
Most people don't like to celebrate the annual aging ritual of birthdays beyond the late teens. But it's truly a sign that you're doing something right when your business is having its 100th year celebration.

Wrap It Up: Vehicle Wraps See New Developments Through Digital
Almost anything can be wrapped, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, boats, trailers, railroad cars and even buildings. Learn the critical steps to planning, creating and installing a successful wrap. Or else you'll wish you did.

UV Ink in the Wide-Format Market: Should Wide-Format Printers Take the Cure?
A whole new world of applications is opening in the rigid-substrate sector by printers that are willing to invest in and push the technology and their businesses forward.

Incoming SGIA Chairman David Van Veldhuizen Speaks on Changes and Challenges
The industry is changing, lines between niche markets are becoming transparent, technology is pushing delivery systems to a new level and anybody in the world is only 1.7 seconds away.

Critical Questions to Consider When Looking at a Flatbed Purchase
The purpose of this article is to provide the imaging professional with a list of critical questions to ask when shopping for a flatbed inkjet printer. By understanding these questions, then seeking answers to them, those printers looking to install flatbed inkjet units in their facilities will be able to make better purchasing decisions.

Critical Questions to Consider When Looking at a Flatbed Purchase
The purpose of this article is to provide the imaging professional with a list of critical questions to ask when shopping for a flatbed inkjet printer. By understanding these questions, then seeking answers to them, those printers looking to install flatbed inkjet units in their facilities will be able to make better purchasing decisions.

Apparel Decorating Trends & Techniques for Digital and Sublimation Transfers
Recent trends of a flat decorated garment market have created a small group of nimble companies that have strategically positioned themselves to introduce the world to the short and micro runs of customized apparel.

Unlocking the Psychology of Signage
Successful sign making depends on effective visual communication. Understanding how consumers relate to signage, then, is key to helping your customers unlock the door to greater revenues.

Imaged Fabric Adds a Touch of Class to Hum Drum Displays
Fabric is findings its place in the trade show arena and beyond. Discover how this flexible, portable material fits into your business plan.

Learning the Language of Light for Trade Show Signage
Get some tips and tricks for communicating with the language of light so you can offer value-added advice to your customers.

Outdoor Eco or Low-Solvent Printing Market 2005
Manufacturers are beginning to introduce entry-level outdoor eco-solvent printers. Are you ready to take the plunge?

Rent, Lease or Finance Your Sign Equipment
Find the right answer to the question of whether your sign business should rent, lease or own the equipment used in your operations. Few sign professionals are able to accept the fact that there is no one right answer that fits everyone or every situtation.

Wide Format Graphics Market -Hardware, Media & Ink Revenues Growing 7% CAGR
The wide format graphics market generated total manufacturer revenues (at the retail level) of $7.3 billion in 2004 and is expected to generate manufacturer revenues of $10.1 billion in 2009, a CAGR of 7%.

Training Your Signshop To Use New Equipment & Software
To produce eye-catching, quality prints and signs, printing machines and software require skilled operators. One way operators acquire their skill is through training. Delve inside to catch the scoop on the different options available to take advantage of all the features of your equipment and software.

Digital Fabric Printing Offers Something No Sign Shop Can Afford To Ignore: Profitability
Have you explored the world of digital fabric printing? If not, then you could be missing out on one of the hottest trends in the sign industry today.

SGIA í04 Recap: The Microcosm Meets the Macrocosm
The digital revolution. UV. The marriage of digital and screen. Multiple technologies. The buzz of energized attendees joined the hum of equipment at SGIA í04 (Minneapolis, October 6≠9), where more than 11,000 people represented 73 countries and every US state.

The Successful Integration of Digital Imaging Technology, Part II
In Part I of this two-part series, we discussed equipment options, inks and media choices. In this second part, we will address how to make digital imaging work for you including supplies, color management, marketing and strategies.

The Successful Integration of Digital Imaging Technology, Part I
Integrating digital imaging technology into your existing facility may represent a step into the unknown. Like a classical music enthusiast first discovering jazz, the company adopting digital is introduced to a fascinating new world that is puzzlingly different, yet strangely familiar. The equipment looks different, the buzzwords are different, but the final goal is the same: to produce and sell high-quality printed materials to paying customers.

Winning and Keeping Customers for Life through CRM- Part I: Marketing
Long-term success for your company depends on efficient and effective customer relationship management.

Color Management for Proofing
Looking into profiling for proofing, meaning you want your large-format inkjet printer to look like another printer or printing process, such as an offset press or a production printer.

Take It Outside...Current Trends in Out-of-Home Signage, Part 2
One area of importance that is often overlooked by the sign professional is the area of street furniture.

Printer Profiling- Matching What You See To What You Get
In this part of the series we look at how to profile your printer, so that output you print will match what you saw on the screen.

Standard Color Working Spaces
A standard working space is a place to store color data until you know what you want to do with it. For example, you might want to display, print, or proof a file.

Standard Color Working Spaces
A standard working space is a place to store color data until you know what you want to do with it. For example, you might want to display, print, or proof a file.

Color Management for a Monitor-to-Print Match
Advancements in color measurement instruments and color management software have made it possible for nearly everyone to afford at least a monitor calibration system, so monitor-to-print match today is the rule rather than the exception.

Eco Solvent Printers Poised to Shake Up PFP Market

PDF Workflow 101: Convert Your Digital Workflow to PDF
Smooth out the headaches involved in getting files from your clients by using the versatile PDF (Portable Document Format) in your businesses workflow.

Sign Pricing Series - Digital Print Pricing
In the last article, I touched on the elements of pricing. Chiefly, pricing will vary based on competition, industry practice, and the skill vs. cost of accuracy in pricing. With digital printing, these basic concepts hold true.

So You Want To Be a Vinyl Pro
Before you can claim professional installer status, you have to learn the basics to avoid common mistakes. Discover some fundamentals tips that will serve you well for many years.

Scan 101 ≠ Appropriate Scan Resolutions and Color Settings for Your Inkjet Printer
Resolution can be a confusing concept in the scanning & output world, but here are some facts to help you better understand and not get caught up in the myths.

Sign Pricing Series - Pricing Approaches and Accuracy
This series on pricing and estimating will address the most common pricing approaches for different segments of the sign and graphics industry.

Creating Magnet-Receptive Graphics
In this day and age, a little diversification of your business can go a long way.

Creating Magnet-Receptive Graphics
In this day and age, a little diversification of your business can go a long way.

Digital Signage: Retail Electronic Signage is the New Poster Boy of Advertising
The domain of electronic signage has been part of sign design for several years and is just beginning to emerge as its own market niche for retail advertising.

UV-Curable Technology, Part III: Exploring the World of UV Printers
UV printer technology is the latest trend in the industry. Find out what the major players have to offer.

UV-Curable Technology, Part II: Benefits of Ultraviolet Curable Inks
Ultraviolet curable inks are promising to change the face of digital printing. Are you ready for the revolution?

UV-Curable Technology, Part I: The Ultraviolet Media Debate
Is dedicated UV media necessary? Or will any old vinyl do the trick? Avery and 3M have differing opinions.

Benefits of Vehicle Wrapping
Need some help selling vehicle wraps? Trade groups, sign shops and market researchers have ammunition to help you seal the deal.

Installing Vehicle Wraps Like the Pros (Final part of a three-part series)
Installing vehicle wraps takes knowledge and experience. Experts share some insights on getting the job done right.

8-Color Printing: Whatís Hype and Whatís Real?
As wide format digital production printing evolves, new technologies and paradigms are constantly being added to the continuous flow of new products.

Vehicle Wrapping, Part II: Design and Preparation
A haphazard approach to designing for wraps and preparing the vehicle for application will result in disaster. Find out how the pros work.

Venturing into Vehicle Wrapping
If youíve been considering adding vehicle wrapping to your repartee, then you wonít want to miss part one in this three part series on vehicle wrapping.

The Art of Laminating: Tips to cold laminating ≠ Part II
We have discussed loading the laminates in part one. Now comes the nerve-racking part where you have to laminate a print in hopes that everything will go smoothly. In other words, no air bubbles and no wrinkles or else itís back to the printing stage.

The Art of Laminating- Tips to cold laminating - Part I
Laminating is a learn-as-you-go process, where a few pointers can help ease the pain of the learning curve.

The Art of Laminating Part 3 - Making the investment
Before you make the investment, you have to consider both your present needs and your future needs. The purchase of a laminator is similar to that of purchasing a car. A lot of decisions need to be made as to what bells and whistles come with the various models.

The Art of Laminating Part 2 - Understanding your materials
This is part two of a three-part series on Laminating.

The Art of Laminating
Part 1 - The Basics of Lamination

Scratching The Surface Part 3
Digital printing and the advantages of using a network with RIPs and your digital printers

Keys to Long Lasting Banners
Producing banners that will stand up against the Florida heat and the Chicago winds

International SignExpo 2002 Show Recap
Technology sailed onto the show floor from all four corners of the earth.

Choosing The Right Digital Printer For Your Shop
Know the right questions to ask to determine which printer is right for your business.

Pantone Color Matching Basics
It is the sign makerís responsibility to provide color consistency across various media.

Understanding Bit Depth
Unscrambling the concept of bit depth

Are You Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck?
Multiple message displays increase your ad space and captivate

Should I Have an Ink Jet System in My Shop?
A few things to consider before you decide to purchase an Inkjet System.

The Dollars and Sense of Digital Cameras
Using a digital camera to save time and money

Spilling the Beans on Ink
What's it made of...

Selling Logo Design: A Psychology for Profit
Understanding advertising, branding and marketing

Scan, Edit, Save, and Create: Innovative Sign Design
'What you see is what you will get.'

Photography and Signs: An Efficient Tradition
Take a good picture to begin with will save you time in the long run

Dealing with the Less-than-Perfect Customers
Surrendering to whatever customers want can be bad business

Building a Team
Essential elements in building a team for your business

ONYX Delivers a RIP in Many Sizes to Fit Your Shops Needs
With the maylay of printers pouring into the marketplace there is always the need to have the right RIP for the right workflow for a shop. We've overviewed the product offerings from ONYX to help you see the benefits available for your shop.


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