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Issue: Technology Guides for Wide Format


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Technology Guides for Wild Format 2017
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26 How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?
Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul
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25 Feel it!
Humans are very tactile-focused beings. So, would it not be great to have more touchy- feely surfaces? The good news is: Thanks to wide format printing, you can... By Sonja Angerer
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24 Calibration & Device Profiling - Intro
While a surprising number of prepress operators and designers still spend a huge amount of time and materials ‘trying to get the colours right’, this should really be a quite straight forward process today… By Paul Lindström
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23 How Printing Companies Can Improve Output Quality
Most wide format printing engines have the potential to produce excellent output quality, both in terms of resolution and colour gamut… By Paul Lindström
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22 Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects
One of the main objectives for colour management is to get the most out of the printing device used to print the job. For a designer or project manager this can be a challenge… By Paul Lindström
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21 Hitting The 3rd Dimension
Printing is no longer limited to flat surfaces. With the help of 3D printers, impressive objects can be manufactured right from a digital file, unveiling a whole new world of opportunities… By Sonja Angerer…
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20 Inks and their variations
Normally the key to the success of every print job, whether analogue or digital, depends on the correct mix of media and ink. By Sophie Matthews-Paul
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19 Installation Basics for Wide Format Projects
Have you ever heard that print is dead? Well, if you have, I’m sure you disagree, especially when we look at the development of digitally printed options. By Paul Lindström
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18 Machine Head
Investing in the right wide format equipment is paramount for any digital print provider. With options more diversified than ever, just how do you find out which machine will really rock your shop? By Sonja Angerer…
Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016
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17 Want A Sustainable Campaign? Look No Further Than Wide Format
Even today, some brand owners like to think that printed campaigns are less environmentally friendly than digital alternatives… By Sonja Angerer…
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16 What are the options for printed interiors?
The arena for wide-format print has become ever more competitive with increasing numbers of businesses adding large-scale inkjet technology to their service models… By Sophie Matthews-Paul
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15 Variable Data for Custom projects
All digital printing technologies share the unique feature of being able to print very short runs, down to one copy. By Paul Lindström
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14 Introduction to finishing
It is perhaps understandable that when it comes to printing, many people's first thought is for the actual printing. But in reality, it's the finishing stage where any given job actually comes together… By Nessan Cleary
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13 Colours & Control for Designers
Soon after the introduction of the Apple Macintosh, PCs and desktop publishing software, efforts began to help users to manage and control how colours were reproduced. By Paul Lindström
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12 Workflow Technology Introduction
They say that nine tenths of anything is preparation. When it comes to graphics production projects, this maxim absolutely applies. By Laurel Brunner
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11 It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time
If you have been letting your imagination run wild recently, wide format digital printing is just the technology to turn your creative ideas into splendid reality. By Sonja Angerer
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10 The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops
Inkjet is unique amongst printing technologies, there is no other option to print on such a wide varieties of substrates with such efficiency and ease. By Sonja Angerer
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9 The basics of printheads
In many respects the printhead is the heart of an inkjet printer, directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate… By Nessan Cleary
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8 Workflow Basics for Wide Format Projects
While the creative part of a printing project involving wide, or very, very wide-format production should be unrestrained and ‘wild’ (allowing yourself to think out-of-the-box)… By Paul Lindström
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7 To Judge A Book By Its Cover
Despite the old proverb, humans are prone to judge their fellow man by first impressions, so appearances are important. By Sonja Angerer
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6 Wide format inkjet basics
Wide format printing has grown at an astronomical rate over the past decade, mainly because it can cope with a growing range of applications… By Nessan Cleary
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5 Where Do You Start Your Wild Format Project?
The range of what’s possible with digital inkjet technology just keeps on growing. There are so many production options to choose from… By Laurel Brunner
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4 Why ink matters for Wide-Format Digital Printing
Choosing the ink and pigments to use in printing has always been a crucial decision, one that is very much related… By Paul Lindström
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3 Industrial Revolution
Printing has always been an industrial process. Done right, productivity continues to rise and costs to fall. But… By Nessan Cleary
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2 Into the Great Wide Open
Harvesting the powers of modern wide-format digital printing, it is possible to elicit a nod and a smile from even the most… By Sonja Angerer
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1 Wild Format Technology Is All About You
This is the first in a new series of articles explaining how you can use wide-format digital printing technology to produce… By Laurel Brunner
Technology Guides Wide Format 2015
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Digital Dots Wild Format
The Digital Dots Wild Format Digital Printing Technology Guides are about providing you with all you need to know about investing in wide-format digital printing technology…
01 Making Sense of Wild Format Digital
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The basics of digital print - Sophie Matthews-Paul
Primarily aimed at screen printers and buyers, this Guide is an introduction to wide-format digital. It has a heavy emphasis on the technologies available, how they work and how to implement them according to customer expectations.
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Screen Printing versus Digital Printing – Nessan Cleary
This is the second article in this part of the Wild Format Series. November 2014…
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Technology Options – Nessan Cleary
This is the third article in this part of the Wild Format Series. December 2014…
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Where to Start – Sophie Matthews-Paul
This is the fourth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. January 2015…
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Adding value to print services – Sophie Matthews-Paul
This is the fifth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. February 2015…
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Transcending to the Digital World – Laurel Brunner
This is the sixth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. April 2015…
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Mercury Arc vs LED Curing – Laurel Brunner
This is the seventh article in this part of the Wild Format Series. May/June 2015…
02 Colour, Margins & Wild Format Digital
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Colour Basics for Wide Format Digital Printing – Laurel Brunner
This title covers colour management, its role in workflow efficiency and the technologies available. Its content is particularly focused on printers with multiple output paths and print buyers using multiple channels for their communications.
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Calibration and colour profiles - Paul Lindström
This is the second article in this part of the Wild Format Series. November 2014…
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Collaborative Colour Production in Wide Format Printing - Paul Lindström
This is the third article in this part of the Wild Format Series. December 2014…
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Device Management (in Wide Format Production) - Paul Lindström
This is the fourth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. January 2015…
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Cross media & colour – Laurel Brunner
This is the fifth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. February 2015…
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Quality Control (in Wide Format Production) – Paul Lindström
This is the sixth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. April 2015…
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Standards for Managing Colour – Paul Lindström
This is the seventh article in this part of the Wild Format Series. May/June 2015…
03 Automation & Wild Format Digital Workflows
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The Basics of File Submission – Sophie Matthews-Paul
Process automation depends on a solid understanding of the technologies available, so this title looks at how to analyse workflows to identify where they can be automated. It also considers incorporating the web as part of a workflow strategy, including e- and m-commerce.
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Data Formats – Paul Lindström
This is the second article in this part of the Wild Format Series. November 2014…
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Sign design software – Nessan Cleary
This is the third article in this part of the Wild Format Series. December 2014…
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Raster Image Processors, Data & Workflow Automation – Sophie Matthews-Paul
This is the fourth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. January 2015…
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Customisation and variable data printing – Sophie Matthews-Paul
This is the fifth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. February 2015…
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Standards – Paul Lindström
This is the sixth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. May/June 2015…
04 Inks, Heads & Materials for Wild Format
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All about inks – Nessan Cleary
A practical explanation of the core consumables for wide-format digital printing. This Guide considers the various head technologies available, the inks for which they are best suited, plus an overview of the materials and devices on which they perform best.
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Printhead Technologies – Nessan Cleary
This is the second article in this part of the Wild Format Series. November 2014…
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Substrates – Nessan Cleary
This is the third article in this part of the Wild Format Series. December 2014…
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Speciality Media – Nessan Cleary
This is the fourth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. January 2015…
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The Role of Standards in Wide Format Production – Paul Lindström
This is the fifth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. February 2015…
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Keeping Your Business Real – Laurel Brunner
This is the sixth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. April 2015…
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Any Colour as Long as it’s Green – Laurel Brunner
This is the seventh article in this part of the Wild Format Series. May/June 2015…
05 Finishing Options for Wild Format Digital
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Finishing options – Nessan Cleary
Wide format digital technologies can be used to produce amazing products, but it requires finishing technology to create the final product. This Guide looks at what additional investments printers can make to fully leverage their wide format digital printing kit.
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Rigid Materials Finishing – Nessan Cleary
This is the second article in this part of the Wild Format Series. November 2014…
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Flexible Materials Finishing – Nessan Cleary
This is the third article in this part of the Wild Format Series. December 2014…
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Finishing Choices at Glossop Cartons – Paul Lindström
This is the fourth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. January 2015…
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Installation tips – Paul Lindström
This is the fifth article in this part of the Wild Format Series. February 2015…