Seal has added two new films: UltraClear PET and CityLight Superior.
UltraClear PET is an optically clear polyester film with a removable adhesive (also optically clear) for window graphics. Designed for use in architectural design, retail/P-O-P signage, and custom décor, the 4.9-mil film features a silicone adhesive that allows graphics to be easily removed or repositioned without leaving a residue, reports Seal. Compatible with latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks. Available in 50-in. widths.
Alien Skin Software has introduced Snap Art 4, the latest version of its software that transforms photographs into images that appear to be handcrafted, artistic works of art. Capable of rendering hundreds of styles and media – from oil paint and pencil sketch to watercolor and crayon – Snap Art 4 can mimic the techniques of human artists, such as layered brushstrokes and enhancement of important edges.
Epson America has introduced its latest dye-sublimation printer designed for the roll-to-roll digital textile market: the SureColor F7170. The new 64-in. printer joins the Epson F-Series line – which also includes the F6070 and F7070 models – and integrates true roll-to-roll support.
The F7170 offers a range of features, including:
• A new highly accurate take-up reel and substrate system designed to deliver winding accuracy between 0 and 0.19-inches on transfer-paper rolls; it’s standard on the F7170.
Martine Padilla has been named the new executive director of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities’ sustainability best practices.
At our shop, we outsource about 10 percent of our vehicle-wrap installs. Yes, for the most part we rely upon our in-house install crew of about 30 installers around the country – after all, they’ve all but spoiled us with their record-setting speed and quality work. But there are some instances when it just makes more sense to outsource and use a subcontractor.
Exopack Advanced Coatings has added Magic Sleek, a 9.6-mil pre-pasted wallcovering. The wallcovering is reinforced with polymer and designed for murals, P-O-P displays, and decals using UV and latex inks. The wallcovering has a bright white, ultra-smooth, matte printable surface and is fiber-based. Available in 24- and 54-in. widths.
Exopack has also added water-based cartridges to the Magic Ink line for Canon iPF 8400 printers. Available in black, gray, matte black, photo gray, blue, cyan, green, magenta, photo cyan, photo magenta, red, and yellow.
Hahnemühle Fine Art has introduced Canvas Metallic 350 gsm to its Canvas Fine Art line. The bright white, poly-cotton, fine-art inkjet canvas features a silver and pearlescent gloss, high density for dark colors, and large color gamut, the company reports.
Canvas Metallic 350 gsm is designed for the Hahnemühle Gallerie Wrap System. Available in 25 sheets and in 17-, 24-, 44-, and 60-in. rolls.
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3M Commercial Graphics has introduced 3M Scotchcal Perforated Window Film IJ67, a removable film designed for short-term promotional first-surface window applications. The 5.9 mil vinyl film has a pressure-sensitive adhesive and a 40% die-perforated pattern that allows a full image to be seen on the outside of a window, while allowing viewing through retail and non-regulated vehicle windows from the inside, according to 3M.
The old maxim about brick-and-mortar retail stores is, “location, location, location.” That same saying holds true when it comes to digital electronic signage – where and how you place dynamic signage can make or break its effectiveness.
What’s the most watched musical event of the year? The Grammys? Nope. The Country Music Awards? Wrong. The MTV Video Music Awards? Sorry. The answer: the halftime show at the Super Bowl. Last year, more than 100.5 million people in the US viewed the performance.