Best practices for wall graphics

With the growing trend in bespoke interior decor, I get a lot of customers looking for options for pressure-sensitive wall graphic materials. Their product selection process, however, often does not include the exact details of the surface to which they will be sticking the graphics.

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Colour Management: Developing a RIP-to-roll workflow

The short runs—and even shorter lead times—of today’s wide-format printing market can pose quality challenges for the sign and display graphics industry. To meet these challenges without compromise, sign shops’ operations must evolve to support a completely colour-managed workflow, from raster image processor (RIP) software to digital inkjet printer to roll or rigid media.

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POP Displays: Building graphics to last

Some point-of-purchase (POP) graphics are printed for brief campaigns, but others must stand the test of time in bustling retail environments. There are a variety of ways to make them last, including thermal laminates for posters, face-mounting graphics to acrylic and choosing the right vinyl or fabric for banners.

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Three steps for digital signage network security

Security has been a hot topic lately in the world of digital signage. With hackers taking screens captive around the world, even if only to display unauthorized content for a minute, it is important to ensure an ironclad security plan is in place for all digital signage networks.

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Routers: Choosing a CNC hybrid machine

Signmaking companies that turn out customized work for their customers have more options today when it comes to programmable computer numerical control (CNC) routers. With so-called ‘hybrid’ CNC machines, all of the cutting tools that might be required for a wide variety of materials are mounted and ready to be used interchangeably.

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Wide-format Printing: 10 considerations for RIP software

In the early days of digital wide-format printing, the raster image processor (RIP) was the premier tool for print service providers (PSPs) to ensure high-quality results. Since then, other innovations have taken centre stage, including new output devices, file sharing, remote access and cloud-based storage and applications.

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Wide-format Graphics: The benefits of signmaking software

Most sign shops use mainstream design software to check and correct their incoming wide-format graphic files and make them print-ready. Software that is not industry-specific, however, lacks much of the dedicated functionality needed to produce signage quickly and efficiently.

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Channel Letters: Designing for LED illumination

Sign designers and specifiers now have more ways than ever to add dramatic lighting effects to their creations. Gone are the days where illuminated signs had to be produced with metal cans at least 127 mm (5 in.) deep to allow sufficient space for high-voltage neon lighting and wiring.

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Channel Letters: Common signage configurations

As channel letters are highly customized signage products, specifying their design can become an information-intensive process. It can be helpful for sign shops to refer to a ‘fast-track’ guide to some of the most common options and configurations, as follows.

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