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Sourcing Specialty Media

(September 2010) posted on Thu Oct 07, 2010

Sources for fabric, fine-art, dye-sub transfer papers, magnetic, and more

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To help differentiate themselves and their products, many
clients want their graphics output onto a different sort of
media for an upscale, out-of-the-ordinary, or even radical
look. This means that print providers need to stay on top of
the latest media options available. And it also means that
you might need to locate a supplier for this specialty media,
perhaps one you’ve not worked with in the past.
So, in this month’s sourcelist, you’ll find companies
that offer printable fabrics, fine-art canvas and media,
direct-print magnetic media, dye-sub transfer papers, and
other specialty media such as wallcoverings—all designed
for output on a wide-format printer. Companies are listed
alphabetically, and we’ve provided a product sampling
from each company (for a complete product roster visit the
company website

For purposes of this list, we’ve only listed primary producers,
manufacturers, and converters of specialty media
for wide-format graphics, as well as companies that have
their own branded media. We have not listed distributors/
dealers who are selling other companies’ branded media.
Nor have we included the more traditional media (see our
report next month on rolled vinyls, films, and self-adhesives),
rigid media (see August), or laminates (see February).

Adams Magnetic
PrintMag inkjet-receptive magnetic media, plus MagSteel magnetic-receptive paper and MagBond rubber-based ferrous sheet.

ProJet Elite fine-art media.

Advantage Sign Supply
Optima Opti-Jet photo papers.

Orasign fabric.

Sherpaproof proofing media.

Air Waves Inc.
Transfer papers.

American Permalight
PermaLight Photoluminescent media.

A division of Diatec, Arkwright offers large-format photo papers and proofing media.

Mesh banner.

Aslan Schwarz
Silver-effect film.

Aurora Specialty Textiles
VC and AC canvas and direct-print fabrics; also dye-sublimation fabrics, DecoPrint fabrics, and Weaves of Green eco-friendly printable textiles.

AW Specialty Papers
AW Subli-Trans dye-sub transfer papers.

Bainbridge International
Baintex, Bainflate, and other fab¬rics including sailcloth, mesh, and inflatable for UV-curable and solvent printing; also PFP sublimation print fabrics.

Bergger Photographic
Bergger’s High Definition, New Gen¬eration, and Digital Darkroom fine-art papers.

BF Inkjet Media
TruPalette, TruPalette Grande, TruPalette Legacy, CapStone, and Mu¬ralMaster photo and fine-art papers and canvas.

Big Systems
WetJet and BigSol photo papers, fab¬ric, canvas, and fine-art media.

BookSmart Studio
Fine-art metals.