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Archive for May, 2012

Custom Printing: Drupa Highlights Future of Printing

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Wikipedia defines “bellwether” as “any entity in a given arena that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future happenings.” In the arena of offset and digital printing, this word fits drupa perfectly. (more…)

Custom Printing: Sappi Addresses Color Management

Monday, May 28th, 2012

After reviewing The Sappi Standard #5, I checked out the Sappi website and found another booklet entitled The Sappi Standard #2, Managing Color. I thought this would contain useful information, so I ordered the print book, and I wanted to share it with you. (more…)

Commercial Printing: Sappi Paper Book Revisited

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I continued perusing the Sappi Standard #5, and I saw some other custom printing and finishing options I wanted to share with you. This print book is just too good to summarize in one PIE Blog posting. (more…)

Commercial Printing: Sappi Paper Book Highlights Tactile Options

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

I received a book in the mail today from Sappi Paper, and I wanted to share some of it with you. Sappi makes paper. It is a paper manufacturer, in contrast to a paper merchant, which sells paper for a number of mills. A paper merchant is somewhat like a broker. (more…)

Large Format Printing: Faux Beer Cans on a Standee

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

My fiancee and I installed a standee this week for the movie That’s My Boy. It came with three or four beer cans.

A few years ago, while installing another standee, I thought I had seen everything when I opened the heavy standee box only to see a bag marked “bricks.” (They had been ballast for a Lazy-Susan type of rotating display stand.) But the beer cans really took the cake. (more…)

Printing Services: Can a Digital Press Print Quality Wedding Materials?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

A reader recently commented on my blog post about problems with the color register of a client’s wedding materials on an HP Indigo digital press. She made an interesting point. She said she would not have printed a suite of wedding materials (invitation, thank-you notes, RSVP, envelopes, etc., on a digital press). (more…)

Printing Services Case Study: Digital Type Out of Register

Monday, May 7th, 2012

A custom printing client of mine is producing a number of elements of a wedding invitation package. She received her hard-copy proofs of the invitation, RSVP card, thank-you note and envelopes and noticed that the type appeared fuzzy on some of the proofs. (more…)

Commercial Printing: What You Can Now Do with Digital Inks and Toners

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Not that long ago, if you wanted special ink treatments for your custom printing work, you had to opt for offset lithography. Digital printing just wasn’t there yet. But this has been changing, affording new options for short-run and variable-data work on digital printing presses. (more…)

Custom Printing: Nanography, a Breakthrough Printing Process

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

I recently have been reading about a breakthrough custom printing process that will be unveiled in a few days at Drupa 2012, known as the “worlds largest trade fair for the printing and media industry.” (more…)


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