Sign & Digital Graphics

July '17

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40 • July 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS The Printer Interface It's a good time to take stock of the materials and equipment used today Stephen Romaniello is and artist and educator teaching digital art at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona for over twenty seven years. He is a certified instructor in Adobe Photoshop and the author of numerous books and articles on the creative use of digital graphics software. Steve is the founder of GlobalEye Systems, a company that offers training and consulting in digital graphics software and creative imaging. B Y S T E P H E N R O M A N I E L L O The Digital Eye Applications Large-format printers are used to print signage, banners, posters, trade show graphics, wallpaper, murals, flags and textiles, fine art, billboards, backlits and vehicle wraps—not to men- tion electronic circuit schematics, architectural drawings, con- struction plans, theater backdrops and media sets (see Figure 2). Large-format prints are extensively used as high-impact advertising media. Let's look at some of the technologies being applied. L arge-format inkjet printers are computer controlled print- ing devices that support wide substrate rolls, sometimes more than 100" wide. Printers with capacities over 100" wide are considered to be super-wide or grand format (see Figure 1). The price range of these devices is as wide as the surfaces they print on—from as little as about $20,000 to well over a half million or more. Large-format printing has grown in popularity over the past 25 years and is now a common technology used in many sign and commercial graphics shops. Creating oversized prints of high-quality digital images on a large variety of surfaces is central to signage and commercial graphics. I thought this would be a good time to take stock of the printing equipment and technologies in use today. Figure 1: Generally, print- ers with print widths more than 100" are considered to be super-wide or grand format. With its width of 198", the EFI VUTEk GS5000r printer certainly fills the bill. Figure 2: Large-format printers produce a variety of useful images.

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