ImagePrint R.E.D. Software Speeds Tasks on Canon imagePROGRAF Printers

Screen grab of ImagePrint R.E.D.

ImagePrint is powerful print-management software that makes it faster to layout, preview, and print a mix of high-quality color and black-and-white prints on wide-format inkjet printers. Developed by ColorByte Software more than 10 years ago, the newest version of ImagePrint is now available in two editions: ImagePrint Black and ImagePrint R.E.D. software.

ImagePrint R.E.D. and Black Logo

“ImagePrint R.E.D. is an exciting new product. It’s the first time ColorByte has offered a product to the broader inkjet printing market, including the signage and AEC markets,” said John Pannozzo, president of ColorByte Software.”Our goal was to provide a superior way to print at a very affordable price for the multiple markets that use inkjet technology.”

ImagePrint Black is the latest version of the original ImagePrint software for high-end inkjet photo printers. It is for professional photographers and fine-art print studios who use selected professional quality Canon and Epson inkjet photo printers to make color-consistent, exhibition-quality prints and photo packages.

ImagePrint Black includes access to more than 25,000 custom-built media profiles for fine-art and photographic inkjet papers and art canvases from more than 90 different manufacturers. It relieves photographers and artists from the time and expense of building their own custom profiles when they decide to use different papers or media to output their work. Some profiles are so detailed they adjust the color of the print based on the type of gallery lighting used to view the displayed print. The MSRP of ImagePrint Black is $1495 for printers 24 inches and larger and $895 printers that are 17 inches and smaller.

ImagePrint R.E.D. is designed for the thousands of offices, AEC firms, design studios, and schools that want to print a mix of photographs and image-rich drawings and documents on different models of aqueous wide-format inkjet printers.

ImagePrint R.E.D. is also a great option for photographers, printmakers, and graphics shops that routinely use the same brands of art papers, photo papers, canvases, or display materials. The MSRP for ImagePrint R.E.D. is $599 for printers 24 inches and larger and $399 for printers 17 inches and smaller.

 

Use ImagePrint R.E.D. to quickly lay out, preview, and print multi-page PDFs that combine drawings, detailed maps, renderings, and full-color images. Photo: ColorByte Software

Compatible with Canon imagePROGRAF printers

Canon U.S.A. recently announced that Canon’s entire line of imagePROGRAF large-format inkjet printers is compatible with ImagePrint R.E.D.

For example, you can use ImagePrint with the imagePROGRAF TX pigment-ink printers to print and collate a combination of black-and-white technical drawings, detailed GIS maps, and full-color site-survey photos. You can also print short-term signs with accurate logo, brand, and Pantone® colors.

Photographers, designers, and artists who use Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO series of inkjet photo printers can choose ImagePrint Black software if they want to efficiently produce exceptional color and detail on many different types and brands of art papers, photo papers, and canvas.

Features in Both R.E.D. and Black

Whereas Photoshop, is an image-editing program with printing capabilities, ImagePrint software excels at fast, high-quality printing. It gives users of wide-format aqueous inkjet printers a quick and efficient way to produce many different sizes of high quality color and black-and-white prints.

Both the ImagePrint Black software and ImagePrint R.E.D. software included the following features:

The ability to print directly from a variety of file types. Print from TIFF, JPEG, PSD, and PDF files.

RIP (raster image processing) capabilities. Get advanced controls over the color, print speed, and print quality of big files, whether they are PDFs or image files.

Automatic color management. ImagePrint software automatically selects the correct color profile you need to get the best results with the paper you have chosen for a specific job. ImagePrint ensures the consistent and accurate printing of named colors in PDF files.

Multi-page PDF support. If you print a lot of PDF files, including document sets that include multiple PDFs, ImagePrint software can efficiently process them.

Image adjustment tools. Use the step-and-repeat feature to quickly layout multiple copies of smaller PDFs or images across the width of a roll of inkjet media. Or, use the tiling feature to lay out multi-panel large-format prints such as wall murals or trade-show backdrops.

The canvas-wrap feature helps you layout photo prints that will be printed on canvas and wrapped around stretcher bars. The canvas wrap layout ensures that your print will have big enough borders to wrap around stretcher bars you plan to use.

If you are printing posters and photo enlargements, you can add frames, decorative edges, or page backgrounds. You can also create “toned” black-and-white prints or nest smaller prints with larger prints to create photo packages or avoid wasting media. The smart-crop feature makes it a breeze to crop photos so they look their best in popular print sizes and photo layouts.

ImagePrint software features

Print event invitations, save the date announcements, and photo book layouts with decorative backgrounds and frames.

Advanced page layout and resizing tools. These tools can help you layout and resize photographs as needed and ensure that your PDF and technical documents are properly prepared for optimal print quality.

Accurate preview. This tool makes it easier to see exactly what your print will look like before you print it.

Workflow automation tools. Use AutoPrint to automate the printing of large jobs.

Professional print job spooler. Store and reprint completed jobs with all of the original settings in place. You can easily modify the completed job before reprinting it.

See which jobs are currently scheduled to be printed, along with jobs that have been printed and or saved for reprinting. Photo: ColorByte Software

 

Tools for making packaged prints. Make packages of different sizes of portraits, wedding photos, and event images.

Create one big photo on a 24-inch sheet, or automatically nest smaller images on the media to save paper. Photo: ColorByte Software

Accurate Scaling for Drawings

ColorByte President John Pannozzo says ImagePrint R.E.D. should not be regarded as a “light” version of ImagePrint Black: “We took all of the features of a multi-thousand-dollar product and added some new document-handling functionality. ImagePrint R.E.D. is really something you have to see or use to appreciate.”

For example, previews of CAD drawings that take ten minutes or more to preview in some software can be rendered on your screen in under a second with ImagePrint.

Pannozzo also understands that technical drawings can’t be zoomed in and cropped like photo prints often are: “Technical documents must be printed to scale. Preserving that scale is important even when the image size must be reduced to fit on the page.“ He said ColorByte spent a lot of time on workflow to handle scaling issues gracefully and automatically.

“We also went the extra mile with color management,” said Pannozzo. “We color manage every element in the PDF directly to the output space. We also support Pantone colors.”

Other noteworthy new features include: the high-res, multi-page PDF viewer, the ability to lay out mixed file types, and the capability to collate multi-page PDF documents.

When used with Canon’s imagePROGRAF printers, ImagePrint software enables you to maximize the efficiency of your color management process and achieve exceptional quality, whether you are printing fine art, photographs, signage, technical documents, or displays.

“What’s important to Canon is the ability of our devices to fit the needs of the end user,” said Toyotsugu Kawamura, executive vice president, and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. “The devices that we offer our customers are designed to be versatile and accommodating to reputable third-party software such as ColorByte’s ImagePrint solutions. With these software offerings, imagePROGRAF users can get the most out of the large-format printing process with advanced color management controls and automation tools to further streamline their workflows.”

To learn more about ImagePrint, visit www.colorbytesoftware.com or watch ImagePrint video tutorials on YouTube.

Try Our New High-Speed Frosted Double Matte Tracing Film

The range of materials that can be printed with the pigment inks on the HP PageWide XL  single-pass, aqueous-ink printers continues to expand beyond paper. Freedom Paper now offers three specialty materials that work with this super-fast series of printers.

The newest addition is High-Speed Frosted Double Matte Double Matte Tracing Film (778). 

This durable, semi-soft, semi-transparent, 5 mil, 135 gsm PET film can be used to print markable overlays for color renderings, maps, blueprints, craft projects, and mixed-media art projects.

Rolls of Tracing Paper

The easy-to-handle film has an instant-dry coating for inkjet prints on one side and a rich, frosted surface for mark-ups with inks and other drawing media. This film can also be used for creative specialty graphics on printers that use aqueous dye or pigment inks, latex, or UV-curable inks.

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Create colorful outdoor event banners on Instant-Dry Tyvek for High-Speed Printing

Other new products compatible with HP PageWide XL printers include:

Instant-Dry Tyvek for High-Speed Printing (511)

This ultra-smooth 7-mil Dupont® Tyvek® display film is optimized for high-speed inkjet printing of durable posters, presentations, lightweight banners, and event graphics on single-pass printers such as the HP PageWide XL. It can also be used with aqueous, latex, and UV-cure inks. The bright-white surface and ink-receptive coating yield high-definition graphics and rich colors. The super-fast dry time enables smudge-free handling. Tyvek is weather-resistant and unlikely to tear.

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Freedom Paper Pro Self Adhesive Matte Polypro Film

Print durable mounted posters on Freedom Paper Pro Self-Adhesive Matte Polypro Film

Pro Self-Adhesive Matte Polypro with Anti-Slip Liner (806)

This value-priced, tear-resistant, self-adhesive 10 mil polypropylene display film was specifically designed to print easy-to-mount posters, signs, and event graphics on legacy and high-speed inkjet printers. The anti-slip PET film liner on this adhesive-backed polypropylene supports error-free feeding whether you use an older printer with slightly worn pinch rollers or a high-speed single-pass inkjet printer such as the HP PageWide XL. The instant-dry, water-resistant coating enables graphics to be mounted immediately without smudges or smears. The permanent adhesive provides a long-lasting bond without edge-lift on flat surfaces such as foamboards, posterboards, sign blanks, and package prototypes.

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For more information about either of these products, chat with the wide-format media experts at Freedom Paper online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335.

Guide to Sihl Aqueous Inkjet Media Helps You Choose Wisely

The Canon, HP, or Epson aqueous inkjet printers in your office or studio can be used for many different types of prints besides office documents, technical drawings, and presentations. It all depends on the type of inkjet media you choose.

Sihl’s Reference Guide for Aqueous Ink media suggests which Sihl aqueous inkjet media to choose for different applications.

For example, the guide recommends inkjet media for everyday photo prints, gallery photo prints, canvas art and décor prints, posters, point-of-sale displays, roll-up banner stands, wall graphics, banners, window graphics, color separations, overlays, presentations, maps, courtroom graphics, architectural renderings, imposition prints, construction site field prints, fabric transfers, contour-cut adhesive graphics, wall murals, temporary tabletop graphics, wall decals, and screen positives.

For example, here are some of the tips that can be gleaned from the guide.

Photos

For a photo paper with a neutral white point that provides a pleasing warm background, choose Sihl Maranello.  For a bright-white photo paper, choose Sihl Rocket photo paper. For long-lasting, framed reproductions of gallery prints use SuperSorb Photo Paper Satin.

Consider using 7 mil CADPerfect II photo paper if you have an older model wide-format printer that uses all dye inks (HP DesignJet 500, 5000, or 5500) or a combination of dye and pigment inks (HP T-series,  Canon iPF 6xx, 7xx, 8xx series). Aqueous dye inks printed on inkjet photo papers that have microporous coatings can turn green if exposed to ozone in the atmosphere. The ink-receptive coating on Sihl CADPerfect II photo paper can prevent this ozone-induced color shift.

Use Sihl 3670 Imola Pearl Photo Paper PSA for photos and posters that will be mounted on foamboards and other rigid substrates

Posters

For vibrant, photo-rich posters, use the 8 mil version of Rocket photo paper.

For colorful graphic posters that don’t require detailed photo reproduction, consider Sihl 3257 PosterColor X paper.

Package Prototypes and Decorated Boxes

For creating mock-ups of package designs, try Sihl 3670 Imola Pearl Photo Paper PSA. The aggressive adhesive on Sihl 3670 Imola™ Pearl Photo Paper PSA sticks to most cardboard and the photo paper doesn’t shrink like PVC films can. The crack-resistant coating prevents white areas from showing up if the mounted print is wrapped around a box.

Banner Stand Displays

For durable roll-up banner stand displays that will be used repeatedly at different sites or in high-traffic/high touch areas, use a polyester film that can be wiped clean such as Sihl 3471 Superdry Satin Roll-Up Film.

For short-term indoor or outdoor displays that will be viewed from a distance, use an economical polypropylene film such as Sihl 3391 SyntiTec POS PolyPro Grayback or Sihl 3390 SuperDry SyntiTec PolyPro Outdoor Film Matte.

For wayfinding banners in a store or event venue, consider using a fabric banner material such as Sihl 3502 Expo Fire Retardant Banner.  Or, try Sihl 3275 TexBanner Xtreme White Matte, a lightweight, non-woven banner material that looks and feels like a textile. Graphics printed on fabrics are perceived as less intrusive than promotional banners on vinyl or polypropylene.

Canvas Prints

For printing portraits on canvas, use a canvas with a smooth surface structure. While natural canvas textures are great for art reproductions, the texture can make the skin in portraits look blotchy. Sihl’s Artist canvas series is designed to eliminate that effect. Sihl offers a budget-friendly 15 mil Sihl 3579 Décor Brilliant Canvas and three 19 mil, long-lasting artist canvases: Sihl 3582 Fortuna Gloss Canvas, 3857 Artistic Canvas Matte, and Sihl 3948 Instant-Dry Satin Canvas.

Adhesive Graphics for Smooth Surfaces

For creating peel-and-stick letters or shaped graphics that will be contour cut and applied to flat surfaces, use an adhesive-backed polypropylene such as Sihl 3539 SyntiTec PolyPro Film with EasyTack.

For window displays that give the appearance of stained glass, use Sihl 3989 WindowGraphx Film with EasyTack repositionable adhesive. Because the film is designed to diffuse light from behind, the printed image appears to glow. EasyTack is Sihl’s proprietary repositionable adhesive for bubble-free application and residue-free removal from smooth surfaces such as glass, metal, and plastics.

For colorful window signs that focus attention on the text or graphics, use an optically clear polyester film with an extremely clear removable adhesive such as Sihl 3166 ClearStick Adhesive Clear Film.

For colorful custom wall murals or temporary tabletop graphics, use Sihl 3209 QuickStick AQ Adhesive Backed Fabric. The repositionable adhesive allows the graphic to be applied, removed, and re-applied multiple times with ease.

Sihl’s free 16-page Reference Guide for Aqueous Ink media can be downloaded here.

Sihl Digital Imaging is a long-time, global manufacturer of digital print media for display graphics, photo and art reproduction, point-of-sale (POS) advertising, CAD, in-office, and at-home printing. Sihl has manufacturing sites in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and France.

Freedom Paper carries Sihl inkjet media for all types of wide format inkjet printers, including those that use eco-solvent or solvent inks, latex inks, or UV-curable inks. If you have questions about using Sihl inkjet media, call our wide-format printing experts at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com.

 

 

Custom Wallcoverings Improve Patient Experience at Pediatric Hospital

Here is a great example of how healthcare facilities are using custom wallcoverings to improve the healing environment.

Fe Del Mundo Medical Center was founded as the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines by Filipino scientist and pediatrician, Dr. Fe Del Mundo, the first woman to attend Harvard Medical School.

In 2013, Fe Del Mundo Medical Center became a member of the healthcare management group Mount Grace Hospitals. The new management wanted to renovate and upgrade hospital facilities to provide a more caring, less stressful experience for their young patients.

“Many of our sick children felt anxious and tense in the stark white hospital environment,” said Ivy Gay Alcantara, RN, Chief of Nursing Services. “So we decided to create an environment that would make them more at ease.”

Blank walls in hallway of Fe Del Mundo Medical Center

Before the murals were installed.

Recognizing that environmental graphics can affect how we think, act, feel, and heal, the hospital looked to Scanwell Graphics Corporation to design a place where children could feel safe, secure and less fearful.

Murals on hallway walls of Fe Del Mundo Medical Center

After the wall murals were installed

Scanwell chose GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified℠ HP PVC-free Wall Paper to create custom wallcoverings for the hallways and rooms of the pediatric center.

The environmental assurances of HP PVC-free Wall Paper were a huge factor when choosing a wall covering for this sensitive environment. This FSC®-certified*, flame-resistant wall paper prints odorless displays that are mold- and mildew-resistant. Installation was easy—this paper goes up and comes down with water.

The newly renovated pediatric center continues Dr. Fe Del Mundo’s mission to improve the lives of Filipino children and their families.

HP PVC-free Wall Paper is a 7-mil inkjet-printable, pre-pasted wallpaper for use with latex inks. For a video showing how easy it is to install HP PVC-free Wall Paper, click here.

It is available from Freedom Paper in three sizes: 42 in. x 100 ft. rolls; 54 in. x 100 ft. rolls; and 54 in. x 300 ft. rolls.

For more information, chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com or call us a 866-310-3335.

Why Photo Printing Is on the Rise

framed dog photos in a gallery

Photo printing can be an excellent growth opportunity for owners of wide-format inkjet printers that use pigment inks. Here are just three reasons why:

The number of images captured each year is increasing. According to an InfoTrends study, more than 1.1 trillion photos were captured by mobile devices and still cameras in 2016. That number is projected to rise to 1.4 trillion by 2020.

Of course, not all of these images will be printed. But when a smartphone user captures something special, they may want to convert the image into a tangible item — something that won’t get lost and forgotten among the billions of other images circulating on social media.

InfoTrends research also found that Millennials (born circa 1981–2000) are not abandoning traditional photography and printing. They take 60% more photos each year (with mobile devices and digital cameras) than their Gen X and Boomer cohorts. And while Millennials actively share many images via social media, they still print occasionally— for decoration, gift giving, or remembering fun times and family events.

Daven Mathies on Digital Trends notes that while we no longer have to print to see what we’ve captured, people still love prints: “Rather than bemoan the decline in quantity of photo printed, let’s celebrate the fact that digital has given us new technology and new avenues for producing high-quality prints. We have the tools today to make better prints than ever before.” He notes that holding a finished print in your hand is infinitely more satisfying than seeing your photo on a pocket-size screen.

Boomers want to preserve their memories in printed form. Photo printing opportunities also exist for Boomers who want to preserve their memories in printed form. While most Boomers are past their prime picture-taking years, many want to scan and reprint some of the yellowed old prints stashed in shoeboxes — either from their childhood or passed down from parents or grandparents.

Boomers came of age during the advent of color photography. So their collections often include a mix of black-and-white and color photos.

Businesses want to refresh or localize their decor. Hotels, restaurants, healthcare facilities, coffee shops, and offices understand the value of decorating their walls with photos and artwork that enhances the enjoyment of the space. Images can help soothe nervous patients, create a sense of place or history, or spark an emotional connection with a brand.

 

Analysts from Technavio suggest that the rising demand for photo printing and merchandise market is heavily influenced by the growth of travel and events.

Make Sure Photo Prints Will Last

“Photo printing is considered one of the best ways to preserve memories,” said Ujjwal Doshi, a lead analyst for Technavio. “Despite the advent of digital photos, photo printing continues to hold sway. Digital photos cannot match the touch and feel of a printed photos.”

If you do print photos for consumers and businesses, pay attention to quality and service. Now that customers see photos everywhere they look and have access to easy editing tools, they are much more aware of the look and style of high-impact photographs.

Technavio analysts believe that future of the photo printing and merchandise market depends on how well print-service provides satisfy the customer’s expectations in terms of quality of service and quality of the buying experience.

Consider Kodak Inkjet Photo Papers

Longevity also matters when people make prints as keepsakes. That’s why many photo printing use one of Kodak’s inkjet photo papers that carry the Art Sure Certification .

KODAK PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Photo Paper Glossy 255 gsm

KODAK PROFESSIONAL Inkjet Photo Paper Lustre 255 gsm

This means the paper has been independently tested for properties such as lightfastness and permanence. Both of these sturdy, 10-mil, resin-coated papers are designed to take advantage of the latest printing technology, producing deeper colors and finer details.

For more information about Kodak Professional Inkjet Photo Papers, or other Kodak inkjet media, call the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com

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What’s the Difference Between Inkjet Mylar, Vellum, and PET Tracing Film?

rolls of inkjet vellum and mylar

If you are looking for wide-format rolls of translucent materials for printed and markable overlays, drafting, or mixed-media art projects, your options include xerographic or inkjet Mylar, inkjet vellum paper, translucent bond, or double-matte PET tracing films.

The key differences among these materials are costs, durability, and composition of the base material.

Vellum originally described a writing surface made from animal hide. Today, vellum paper is a thin, translucent paper that can be used for tracing, drafting, drawings, and overlays. Vellum papers are designed to withstand erasing and redrawing.

Archival vellum papers are acid-free and made from cotton fibers.

Sheets of inkjet vellum paper

Inkjet Vellum Paper

Mylar® is a DuPont-trademarked name for a bi-axillary-oriented polyester film (BoPET). Different types of Mylar are used applications ranging from packaging and food storage to insulation and industrial and decorative laminates. The Mylar used for drafting typically has a finely textured, “frosted” surface to ensure that inks or other water-based materials don’t smear or smudge.

PET tracing or drafting film is a translucent, matte polyester film that is similar to Mylar, but not manufactured or licensed by DuPont. It is available in different thicknesses.

A double-matte film is coated on both sides. The two-sided versions can be inkjet-printed on one side, and marked up with pencils, pens, or markers on the other side.

Translucent bond is a 3 mil, 18 lb. white coated bond paper. It costs less than a PET or Mylar film, but it tears more easily and isn’t quite as “see-through.”

 

Rolls of Mylar and PET double matte film

Mylar and double matte films

Mylar and PET tracing films provide a more durable alternative to vellum and bond papers. The films are naturally impervious to water and resist tearing. The films are also designed not to yellow with age.

Freedom Paper offers wide-format rolls of different types of translucent materials from a variety of manufacturers. Some materials are designed for inkjet printing; others are for wide-format xerographic copiers that use toners.

Vellum Papers

Freedom Paper 471 Production Vellum Rolls, 20 lb 

Freedom Paper 473 Solventless Vellum Rolls, 100% Rag, 20 lb

Freedom Paper 772 Solventless Inkjet Vellum, 100% Cotton, 20 lb.

Freedom Paper 472 Solventless Vellum Rolls, 100% Rag, 17 lb.

Freedom Paper 771 Solventless Inkjet Vellum 100% Cotton, 17 lb

Mylar and PET Films

Freedom Paper Inkjet Double Matte Mylar 4 mil

Freedom Paper 493 Double Matte Xerographic Mylar Film, 3 mil

Freedom Paper 494 Mylar Double Matte Xerographic Film, 4 mil

Freedom Paper 778 High Speed Frosted Double Matte Tracing Film, 5 mil 

Sihl 4571 Double Matte CAD Film, 4 mil

HP Double Matte Film, 152 gsm, 4 mil

Bond Papers

Freedom Paper 750 Translucent Inkjet Bond Paper, 18 lb.

HP Universal Tracing Paper Rolls 24 lb, 3 mil

HP Translucent Inkjet Bond 18 lb

For more information about inkjet printable vellum papers, Mylar, and PET tracing films, call the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com

 

Freedom Paper Adds Two New Sign and Banner Materials

If you are looking for economical inkjet materials for printing short-term banners, durable posters, and colorful signs, check out two new wide-format inkjet materials from Freedom Paper: Instant-Dry Matte Tyvek® for High-Speed Printing and Pro Self-Adhesive Matte Polypro Film with Anti-Slip Liner.

These two new Freedom Paper products can be used to make signs, decals, and lightweight banners on the super-speedy, single-pass HP PageWide XL printers. They also work on other inkjet printers that use aqueous pigment inks, latex, and UV-curable inks.

Instant-Dry Matte Tyvek® for High-Speed Printing (511) is an ultra-smooth, 7-mil, Dupont® Tyvek® banner material. Use this durable, tear-resistant material for indoor or outdoor posters, lightweight banners, and point-of-purchase and retail displays. The coating produces bright. rich colors for high-definition graphics.

Freedom Paper Tyvek Banners

Prints dry quickly for smudge-resistant handling. The banners can be hemmed with high-tack banner tape. Instant-Dry Matte Tyvek is available in 36-inch x 100 ft. rolls on a 3-inch core.

Pro Self-Adhesive Matte Polypro Film with Anti-Slip Liner (806) is an 8-mil, tear-resistant, self-adhesive polypropylene film. The clear acrylic permanent adhesive on the back is protected with a 1.2 mil anti-slip liner.

Use this Pro Polypro Film to create mounted graphics and posters, package prototypes, short-term outdoor signage, or permanent window decals or graphics. It is sold on 3-inch core in two roll sizes: 36 in. x 100 ft. and 50 in. x 100 ft.

Freedom Paper Pro Self Adhesive Matte Polypro Film

Print durable mounted posters on Freedom Paper Pro Self-Adhesive Matte Polypro Film

For more information about either of these products, chat with the wide-format media experts at Freedom Paper  online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335.

 

 

Hahnemuhle Cezanne is Archival Cotton Inkjet Art Canvas

Hahnemühle has updated its selection of archival cotton inkjet art canvas and poly-cotton inkjet art canvas. Subtle differences in the whiteness levels and surface structures of these inkjet canvases can contribute to the unique aesthetics of your printed artwork.

Hahnemuhle Cezanne Canvas packageThe newest cotton canvas added to Hahnemuhle’s line-up is Hahnemuhle Cézanne Canvas 430 gsm.

Hahnemuhle Cézanne Canvas is a natural-white 100-percent cotton canvas with an elegant, finely woven surface structure. This museum-grade, acid-free canvas was manufactured without optical brighteners (OBA’s) and in accordance with ISO 9706 standards to meet the permanence requirements of museums and galleries.

Hahnemuhle’s matte coating provides first-class printing results with a wide color gamut and deep, rich blacks.

It is ideal for printing art reproductions and digital art on Canon, Epson, and HP photo and graphics inkjets printers that use 8 to 12 colors of aqueous pigment inks.

Cézanne Canvas 430 gsm provides the high level of elasticity required for wrapping printed artwork on stretcher bars. The canvas is available is 24-, 44-, and 60-inch rolls.

Close-up on surface texture of Hanemuhle Cezanne inkjet canvas

Close-up of surface texture of Hahnemuhle Cezanne canvas

 

This canvas was named in honor of the renowned French artist Paul Cézanne who produced more than 900 oil paintings during his lifetime. He is quoted as saying, “I paint as I see and as I feel, and I feel very strongly.”

For more information about Hahnemuhle Cezanne Canvas or other inkjet fine art media from Hahnemuhle, chat with the inkjet printing experts at Freedom Paper or call us at 866-310-3335.

 

Use HP Durable Backlit Fabric to Create ‘Soft-Look’ Lightbox Displays

HP Durable Backlit Fabric is a new latex inkjet media that can help your print shop keep up with the latest trends in backlit displays. Not long ago, polyester backlit films were the primary method of producing inkjet graphics for lightboxes. Today, many lightboxes and frames are specifically designed for use with energy-efficient LED lighting and inkjet-printed fabrics. Printed fabrics weigh less than backlit films and can be shipped at lower costs.

HP Durable Backlit Fabric in airport display

HP Durable Backlit Fabric with ColorPRO technology for enhanced image quality

Inkjet-printed backlit fabrics produce a soft, organic look that makes the backlit graphics suitable for a wider range of applications. In addition to being used for advertising graphics in stores, trade show booths, airports, malls, and conference centers, backlit fabric graphics can add a visually pleasing glow to indoor decor in restaurants, hotels, office lobbies, and other settings.

Many backlit inkjet fabrics are finished with silicon edging and displayed in SEG (silicon-edge-graphic) lightboxes with tensioning systems that keep the fabric taut and wrinkle-free.

Inkjet Fabric for HP Latex Printers

For latex-inkjet-printer users who want to print high-impact, backlit graphics on fabric, HP recently introduced HP Durable Backlit Fabric. This recyclable, 147 gsm, 6 mil polyester fabric was engineered with ColorPRO technology to provide enhanced image quality.

To reduce the risk that graphics will be accidentally damaged during finishing, shipping, and installation, the durability of the fabric has also been enhanced.

HP Durable Backlit Fabric in hanging lightbox

HP Durable Backlit Fabric in a hanging backlit frame

Graphics printed with HP Latex ink provide sharp, fine detail and are flame-resistant and REACH compliant. They are easy to install in SEG backlit frames and can be used as a recyclable alternative to PVC materials for banners and displays. The printed graphics are recyclable through the HP  Large-Format Media take-back program.

Freedom Paper will sell HP Durable Backlit Fabric in 54. in. and 60 in. roll widths.

For more information about HP Durable Backlit Fabric, call the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com.

Five Tips for Designing Trade Show Graphics

As the spring trade-show seasons approaches, it’s time to review some basic principles for designing trade show graphics.

Use Images with Correct Resolution

Big, colorful images attract attention on the trade-show floor. They can also create a strong positive impression about your company’s brand, products, or services.

But enlarging your images can also reveal defects in your image that weren’t apparent when the image was smaller. If your enlarged images look fuzzy or pixelated, it can create an impression that your brand doesn’t pay attention to details.

Images are “bitmap” or “raster” graphics. Without special software (such as Alien Skin BlowUp or OnOne Perfect Resize) they cannot be enlarged beyond their established resolution without losing quality.

To make sure the images you choose for your graphic will have enough resolution, consider the final size of the output and the distance from which the graphic will be viewed.

If the graphic will be viewed from more than five feet away (e.g. a hanging sign or backdrop), your image resolution should be at least 100 dpi x your final output size in inches. (150 dpi is recommended). This can result in some big file sizes. For example, an image to cover a 10 ft. wide by 88 in. high pop-up display needs a resolution of about 15,400 x 8800 pixels.

If the graphic will be viewed from a distance closer than five feet (e.g. a banner-stand graphic or informational poster), your image resolution should be at least 150 dpi x your final output size (in inches(. Use 300 dpi x final output size (in inches) if the enlarged image is likely to be viewed from 3 feet or less.

Use TIFF files to prepare your graphics instead of JPEG files. The JPEG file format that compresses the image data. Even if you save the JPEG for maximum quality, you will still be losing image data that can affect the print quality.

One quick way to check whether you are starting with a high-quality image file is to view the image at 100% or 150% on your screen. You can immediately see the types of image artifacts will be visible when the photo is enlarged for printing.

If you have used special up-sizing software to increase the resolution, view the up-sized image file at 50% of your full output size before you print it. You may need to do some additional sharpening or noise correction before you printing it. Your up-sizing software will include tools and tutorials for doing this.

Trade Show Banner Stands - Vectors

Vector illustrations such as this one make good backgrounds because they don’t lose resolution when enlarged. (Photo: 123rf.com/mousemd)

Consider Using Vector Graphics and/or Smaller Images

Vector graphics can be up-sized without losing quality because they are not composed of pixels. Vector graphics rely on mathematical equations to represent graphic components. Most stock photo agencies offer a wide selection of vector graphics.

Or, you can create a design that incorporated poster-sized images instead of full-bleed images. For example, a backwall design that includes 15 in. x 15 in. images will require images with resolutions as low as 1500 x 1500.

Choose and Use Your Fonts With Care

Trade-show aisles are packed with eye-catching messages competing for the attendees’ attention. Your graphic should graphics should convey a clear and concise message that can be understood in just a few seconds.

Keep text simple, so you can use a font that is big enough to read from a distance. And never use more than two fonts in a design space. Using a lot of different fonts looks like visual chatter and confuses the viewer.

Choose a font that reflects “voice” of your company. With a carefully chosen font, your main graphics won’t look like you are “yelling” at your customers (VISIT US NOW!). A contemporary, more casual-looking font can make it seem as if you are inviting the viewer to chat with the warm and friendly experts who are staffing the trade show booth.

Choose Effective Colors

To ensure that colors are readable, choose text color that sharply contrasts with the background color.

Colors that complement your brand colors can help support brand recognition. Colors that contrast with your brand colors can help call attention to special promotions new products.

Choose the Right Inkjet Printing Material

If the graphic will be displayed on a freestanding banner stand, choose an inkjet-printable display film with a high level of opacity. You don’t want the shadow of the banner-stand hardware to distract from the appearance of your graphic.

If the graphic will be mounted and displayed under bright lights, choose a printing material with a low-glare or matte surface finish. While glossy materials do a great job reproducing photographs, they can create glare that make your well-designed graphics difficult to read.

Dozens of different inkjet printing materials are available to help your organization or clients make a big impression.

If you need help choosing the right inkjet printing material for your trade-show graphics, chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com or call us at 866-310-3335. To make the right recommendation, we will need details such as:

  • how the graphic will be displayed
  • where it will be displayed (indoor or outdoors)
  • what type of printer you use
  • how many times the graphic will be used at various shows

Freedom Paper offers a wide selection of trade-show graphic materials from leading brands such as HP, Sihl, Magic, and Kodak. We also offer our own Freedom Paper-brand of sign and display materials for aqueous inkjet printers such as the HP DesignJet series or Canon imagePROGRAF line.

 

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