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October 12, 2023

Buying Inkjet Part 2: Defining the Meaning of “Can”

When evaluating inkjet presses, it’s not enough to learn that the equipment “can” do certain things. You need to know what happens when you do.
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March 29, 2023

Inkjet Performance Review

Inkjet color may be more consistent than any other print process, but it still needs regular checkups to maintain top pop.
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August 3, 2022

Any Idea What’s in YOUR Business Continuity Wallet?

Who is accountable for your Business Continuity Plan today? When was the last time it was carefully reviewed and tested? What is your confidence level?
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May 11, 2022

Transitioning From Conventional Print to Production Inkjet

IWCO Direct has been a leader in the production inkjet space for more than ten years. We have a large fleet of Canon ColorStream 3900s and Screen Truepress Jet520HDs, and
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February 2, 2022

Color22 Provides New Insights and Valuable Information

Mike Todryk offers an insightful rundown of PRINTINGUnited’s Color22.
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February 1, 2022

Color Me Not Impressed – Preparing for Pantone Punt

Pantone discontinuing swatch updates from Adobe color libraries. Get ready. Get set. Get something else. Why this change matters to your inkjet design workflow, and steps you can take now to lock in the value of your existing color libraries for as long as possible.
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September 22, 2021

Understanding Brand Colors & Inkjet – Webinar Replay

People tend to take strong positions on brand colors, how to match them and how closely to match them. Not all of those positions are based on facts, and even those who think they are relying on facts may be citing poorly constructed, or out of context research. If you want your color strategy based on facts watch this webinar.
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July 28, 2020

Cool Tools: Selecting Color Schemes for Print

Whether you are working on direct mail or transaction printing, designing for ease of navigation and to deliver a clear message is just as important as the color scheme or graphics used. Each color carries a message or an emotion and will provoke a response. Choosing the colors to support the intended tone of the mailing is important – particularly when there is a call to action that needs emphasis.
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July 1, 2020

ColorGATE Announces New Solutions & Services

ColorGATE, a leading vendor of powerful software and hardware solutions for color critical digital printing applications, has announced the release of three new solutions and services: Productionserver 20, ColorGATE Custom Create, and Color Management Services.
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May 5, 2020

Shift Happens- Aligning Color Targets

When working to align color from design to print or printer to printer, ensuring the entire process is targeting the same color space is important. When we target a color
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April 7, 2020

Process Control Supports Color Management

Process control and color management are the one-two punch that knocks out digital printing inefficiencies.
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November 20, 2019

Importance of Clear Communication with Print Providers

Mike Todryk, Color Technical Specialist for IWCO Direct shares three of the biggest client communication gaps impacting Production Service Provider’s ability to reproduce brand colors correctly. Educate your customers, educate yourself and get colors right the first time.
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September 3, 2019

Lessons Learned About Color Gamut

The sheer number of factors that affect the color gamut in production inkjet can be overwhelming. Whether you are a Print Services Provider or a buyer of inkjet-printed products, these color gamut factors matter. IWCO Direct spends a lot of time answering these questions internally and for customers. Here are some of the things they’ve learned thus far.
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June 5, 2019

Premium Tool – Customizable Process Color Guide

An updated to our series of tools is a fully customizable Process Color Guide for our premium members. Designed as a fan book, the guide can be printed on each of your approved inkjet papers and supplied to customers as appropriate for their design project.
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May 15, 2019

Inkjet Insight Tint Book – Free Tool

Pretty much everyone is familiar with the Pantone swatch / tint book which shows the CMYK, RGB and HTML values used to reproduce each swatch color, or tint, as accurately as possible in standard print and onscreen applications. The problem is that production inkjet is not really a “standard” print application.
April 24, 2019

Inkjet Success and the Great Eight

To successfully integrate inkjet into your print workflow, focus on 8 key elements to create a clearer path to success. Whether you are in high speed, industrial or packaging, the Great Eight will empower a process, reduce production preparation and down time and pave the way to on-board projects with more profitability.
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February 12, 2019

Preparing Your Brain for Inkjet

Regardless of whether you are new to production inkjet or trying to work through production challenges, success often comes with a well-rounded approach that includes filling knowledge gaps and executing critical process steps.  
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February 7, 2019

Rudimentary Color Management with the Munsell Color Atlas

We are about halfway through the series that leads us to an understanding of CIELAB and how it is used in managing color. In this post John Seymour takes a humorous look at how color could be managed using the Munsell color space, and the limitations that CIELAB can address.
January 22, 2018

How to Make an Inkjet Sandwich

We got a lot of good feedback on Elizabeth’s post on Peanut Butter and Workflow so I thought I would keep the sandwich metaphor going. When using pre-coatings and post-coatings with inkjet, you are creating an inkjet sandwich served on a paper plate. Each layer of the sandwich can make the ink spread and dry unevenly if not managed before profiling, creating a soggy sandwich.
December 6, 2017

Can You Print This Pantone Color with Production Inkjet?

“Can You Print This Pantone Color with Inkjet?” This is a question we hear over and over. Not just from customers, but from customer representatives, designers and sales people. And

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