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Mis-Print Monday: Find Your Center

Accurate print positioning is as critical as perfect halftone execution (maybe more so) when it comes to achieving desired results.  This order was returned a couple of years ago due to incorrect (off-center) positioning.  It may not seem like a big deal, but to a designer, this is highly critical.  It was a simple slip…

I Heart Custom Packaging

I love custom packaging projects for a few reasons: It’s a source of revenue that does not require huge capital investment Each project is a unique challenge I love to see the creativity inspired within our team when handling such challenges Today we did a packaging project on a self promo piece which is part…

Impresión De Estilo Desgastado

Pienso que la impresión de estilo desgastado no se puede considerar una moda. Cuando algo se mantiene el tiempo suficiente se convierte en un standard. Al pensar en esto traté de recordar la primera vez que ví algo impreso en ese estilo. Recuerdo que Gap y Old Navy lo hacían a mediados y finales de…

Positively Posicharge

When our buddy Mark Bailey of Sanmar first mentioned that they would be releasing a new performance fabric known as Posicharge which would eliminate the need for low-bleed inks, I was dubious.  A couple of weeks ago we had a chance to work with this product in production.  IT WORKS! Sanmar produced a nice little video…

Distressed Won’t Die

I think that “distressed” printing can no longer be considered a fad.  When something sticks long enough it becomes a standard.  Upon thinking about this I tried to remember the first time I came across a distressed print.  I remember Gap and Old Navy doing a lot in the mid to late ’90’s, but I’m…

Counselor’s Hot 25

Counselor Magazine, an ASI publication, publishes an annual list of the “25 Hottest Movers And Shakers In The Industry”.  Somehow I ended up as unlucky number 13!  They included a few words about The Ink Kitchen.  Thanks Counselor! Read Counselor’s Hot 25 here    

Namaste

I love it when a fun and challenging project comes our way.  We had never printed yoga mats before but when one of our favorite customers came through with the request I jumped on it.  FYI, this is the first hand-print that we have done in nearly ten years.  Namaste!    

Resurfacing

Print Resurfacing is one of my favorite techniques.  A variety of effects can be achieved through the simple process of heat pressing a printed image with a piece of specialty paper, ie: matte or gloss, between the print surface and the heat platten.  We have used this technique successfully over the years to mimic litho-transfer,…

Misprint Monday: Streaky

A clogged jet on an imaging device causes a streak across the entire graphic and nobody notices until the boss man comes walking through the shop (a fresh set of eyes always seems to catch the mistakes).  How does this happen?  It’s unbelievable and it’s embarrassing, but it’s reality and it happens to the best…

Mark Diehl on CTS in Specialist Printing

Mark Diehl of Douthitt recently wrote a piece for Specialist Printing on the differences between CTS systems.  I provided the user’s perspective.  Happy reading… Download the Specialist Printing CTS Article

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