Technology in Print

Magazine Printing Guide: A Great Way to Stand-out on the Shelf. Use Thermochromic Inks & Varnishes

by Rich B

Publishers and marketers* are always looking for great ways to make their products stand out on the shelf, desk or coffee table (or wherever else they’re put). Well, the creative use of thermochromic inks and varnishes is an interesting technology which can really help you attract attention. And if used cleverly, can also increase your [...]

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Catalogue Printing Help. The Whys and Hows of Colour Management (Part 1)

by Rich B

Why do you Need True Colour? There are lots of reasons why you might need your print to show exactly the right colours. It could be because you have to ensure your brand colours are correct. Or it might be because the colours of the products in your catalogue really need to be as closely [...]

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Direct Mail Printers’ Guide to QR Codes, Data Matrix Codes and Microsoft Tags

by Rich B

What are they? Small printed codes added to print which customers with smartphones can scan and which redirects them, through their phone, to further content/information. This can be a website page, stocking information, pricing information, product videos or any other digital data.  QR codes are open source and most popular. Matrix codes can be smaller [...]

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Checklist Showing the Difference Between Gravure and Web Offset Printing.

by Rich B

We’ve looked at how to find a great web offset printer and also produced a 2 minute guide to web offset printing in the past. Both of which we hope you’ve found useful. So when I came across this checklist, I thought it makes a great cross-over between the two processes before we publish some helpful articles [...]

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Thermographic or Thermography Printing

by Rich B

The term thermographic or thermography printing is a bit of a misnomer to the non-printer as it’s actually a way of producing raised printing. Rather than describing the end result, it describes the method for getting the raised print onto the page which involves the application of heat, hence the name. The process hasn’t changed [...]

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A Marketers Look into Promotional Printing Companies

by Rich B

I have to confess I didn’t know much about promotional printing companies, but after a tour of one of the largest in the country, I found my eyes opening wide to the marketing possibilities, especially to the way promotional print might be going in the not too distant future. Marketing I guess one of the [...]

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Blurring the line between Digital and Print Marketing

by Rich B

We’ve reported on the blurring of the line between digital and print marketing many times in the past and we’re always interested in any multi-channel developments, especially when they contribute to marketing ROI reporting. As part of the launch of the new film, X-Men First Class, some of their outdoor poster advertisements have been equipped [...]

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Lenticular Printing: and the Brave New World of 3D Printing

by Rich B

3D is very much in vogue at the moment and I have to admit I’m a sucker for it. The Nintendo 3DS is an amazing piece of kit, 3D augmented reality is a real technology to watch for the future; and 3D films and TV, I lap it all up. Well, print is no different [...]

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Security Print: a Case Study of Printing for a Competition

by Rich B

Following on from our article on security printing cheques so they display your own company brand, we now move onto taking a look at competitions and how sensitive competition data is handled within the printing process. Case Study Obviously, there are lots of different competition types, so we’re going to zoom in on one particular [...]

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Augmented Reality. The Next Big Thing in Print and Print Marketing?

by Rich B

What is Augmented Reality? Augmented Reality (or AR) is a technology that allows a camera on a webcam or mobile phone to overlay a picture or piece of other digital content (twitter feed, video etc.) onto the camera display. So, for example, it’s possible with Augmented Reality to point your mobile phone camera (or a [...]

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