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Wide-Format Specialty Media

(March 2007) posted on Wed Mar 21, 2007

Inkjet-compatible specialty media: fabric, fine-art, dye-sub transfer paper, magnetic, and more.

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By Peggy Middendorf

Print jobs don’t always need vinyl, film, coated paper, or typical rigid media. If the job-or the customer-calls for a specialty media, you’ll find it here. In this source list, you can reference companies that offer printable fabrics, fine-art canvas and media, direct-print magnetic media, dye-sub transfer papers, and other specialty media such as wall coverings, all designed for wide-format inkjet output.

Companies are listed alphabetically, and for quick reference, we’ve added the following graphic icons adjacent to each company name to indicate the type of media it supplies:

* = Dye-sub transfer papers
◊ = Fabrics
♣ = Fine-art media (includes photo papers and canvas)
♥ = Magnetic media
♦ = Other specialty media

We have only listed primary producers, manufacturers, and converters of media for the wide-format graphics market, as well as companies that have their own branded media. Note that we have not listed distributors/dealers who are simply selling another company’s branded media.

Adams Magnetic ♥
JetSteel and PaperSteel inkjet-receptive magnetic media.

Adorama ♣
ProJet and ProJet Elite fine-art velvet, rag, satin, photo, and fine-art media.

Advantage Distribution ♣
Advantage Inkjet photo papers and canvas.

Advantage Sign Supply ♣
Optima Opti-Jet canvas and photo papers.

Agfa ♣
AgfaJet photograde paper and canvas.

American Imaging ♣
Symphonic watercolor paper and canvas.

American Permalight ♦
PermaLight Photoluminescent media.

Arches Infinity ♣
Arches Infinity textured and smooth fine-art and photo paper.

Arkwright ♣
Offers large-format photo papers.

Arnold Magnetic Technologies ♥
Ultra-mag is inkjet compatible.

ArTainium *
A division of Sawgrass Technologies, it features True Pix dye-sub transfer papers.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group ◊ ♣
VC and LAC canvas and digitally printable fabrics; also dye-sublimation fabrics.

Avery Graphics ◊
Features Digital Fabric Media (DFM) line.

AW Specialty Papers * ◊
Subli-Trans and Ink Jet transfer papers; also printable fabrics.

Bainbridge International ◊
Baintex fabrics for direct-print and PFP sublimation print fabrics.

BBA Fiberweb ◊
Resolution nonwoven fabric has a texture similar to canvas.