Take Control of Printing the Best Color You’ve Ever Printed to your Wide Format Printer
You asked for it so here it is! Take control of your wide format printer and make it print the colors you want! This is a 5-Day color management webinar is going to allow you to better understand how to handle your software, your RIP, and even those terrible customer files! Read on!
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MUTOH Wins Six SGIA Product of the Year Awards!
What an absolutely amazing accomplishment! Six of the MUTOH wide format printers have won the Product of the Year from SGIA. read all about it below.
MUTOH Product of the Year Support Team
Shout out to Chris Padilla, Ken Parsley and Randy Anderson, the Product Managers behind the prints that were entered in this competition. They are amazing! They are also the experience behind the support for these products each year!
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MUTOH Graduates over 300 Sign Professionals
From August 3 to August 7, over 300 sign professionals attended a series of webinars on using FlexiSIGN and Print with wide format printers. These sign professionals took the time to watch and learn from Mark Rugen, Director of Education for MUTOH. In those five day, they discussed:
Day 1: The Tops 10 Features of FlexiSIGN
Day 2: All About Designing with FlexiSIGN
Day 3: Designing Vehicle Wraps with FlexiSIGN
Day 4: Third-party Tools Solve Problems with Design
Day 5: Applications Day – 5 Applications from braille to banners to window graphics and more.
These sessions were attended by new as well as seasoned sign professionals. In fact many of the more advanced users assisted in helping those less experienced. The solidarity was awesome! No complaining just pure learning!
MUTOH Plans to Expand It Webinar Series Offering
“Our webinar series was such a huge success we are planning to offer this kind of assistance to the sign and print market on a more regular basis. We could fell the excitement and the community from the attendees and sensed the need for more!” , says mark Rugen, Director of Education for MUTOH America.
Want to be a part of the next series or watch replays of this one? Go to www.mutoh.com and fill in the contact form and in the message section, mention you want to know more about the MUTOH Webinar Series! In fact, well make it even easier just copy and paste the message below when you get there!
Copy this to the mutoh.com contact form:
“I heard about your awesome webinar series and want to know more about the next one and how to watch what I missed. Please send me more information right away!”
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MUTOH America “Imagine It” Webinar Series
On April 1, 2020 MUTOH began its “Imagine It” webinar series for users of FlexiSIGN, Adobe, Corel and other design software users who print to wide format printers.
Our theme says it all “Imagine it”.
Imagine your images printing perfectly, image being better and faster in designing your work, imagine being able to match colors with ease, imagine the business you will have when we get past this pause in business!
In this series of webinars to be held weekly, MUTOH’s professional staff will discuss dozens of topics that will assist attendees in the design and printing market.
Want to be notified of future webinars? email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll put your contact info on our notification list and send you an email with all the right information to sign up for the ones you want to attend. For now you can use the links below.
April 1, 2020 1 PM How to Setup & Use Soft Proofing for Better Printing (Replay Here)
April 8, 2020 1 PM Are You Testing Your Printer Each Month for Performance & Quality? (Replay Here)
April 15, 2020 1 PM Is a UV-LED Printer in Your Future? MUTOH Has Something Special! Register Here
April 22, 2020 1 PM How to Match a Solid Color (Spot Color, Pantone, Logo Branding) Registration Pending
Let’s use our pause in business to get better professionally.Read More
Hopefully, your wide format printer doesn’t look like this! Because if it does, this class won’t help!
On the other hand, if your wide format printer is in much better shape, but you still feel like it has a life of its own when it comes to color output, then this class is definitely for you!
- Do you have issues matching what you see on your monitor with your printer output?
- Are spot colors hard for you to match?
- Do customers give you low-resolution, crappy artwork and expect you to work miracles?
Wouldn’t it be nice to go home instead of spending hours working on these issues? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could reliably depend on the color output from your wide format printer? And wouldn’t it be nice to work for more profit instead of just work?
Look, I’ve run two successful sign shops and I know what it’s like to struggle with daily issues with printing and working with customer art. I’m Mark Rugen and I’ve been in the sign and print business for over 35 years! During those decades, I’ve accumulated lots of experience working with FlexiSIGN, Photoshop, Illustrator and many other programs and I’ve figured out a lot of the shortcuts for designing and fixing art and then getting it to print the way I want!
Now, I want to share my experience, my tips and tricks and all the other programs and other great techniques with you. Here’s how.
I’ve created a couple of live seminars that I want you to attend. One is called Flexi Essentials where we spend the day on just the tips and trick of using FlexiSIGN & Print. I’ll share my secrets for anyone using this software for design and printing. The other is called How to Handle Crappy Customer Artwork. In that seminar, I’ll show you all the techniques, shortcuts and programs I used to fix and make things print just right. Flexi, Photoshop, Illustrator, and many other programs will be used.
I know it’s difficult to leave your shop, so I’m splitting these into two days. You can attend one or both, your choice. But let me tell you, attending both will have the greatest impact on your shop. Here’s the actual agenda for both days in case you want to take a look: View Agenda.
Who Should Attend
Anyone who uses FlexiSIGN, anyone who faces the task of fixing crappy artwork, wrap designers, anyone having issues matching spot colors, anyone who wants to match what they see on their monitor with what they print on their wide format printer, owners who want to know the basics in case an employee leaves, employees who want to get better at design and printing, YOU!
This is not a class full of Powerpoints! We are going to use Flexi, Photoshop, Illustrator and many other programs with real customer artwork.
WARNING! My classes usually sell out quickly, so don’t delay. Once we fill a class, that’s it no exceptions!
Here is what a few students have said about our events:
“Mark truly understands the program from the inside out. He explains efficiently the strengths of the program along with its limitations.” Jeff Fredwich – SIGNARAMA Willow Grove
“Learned a lot that I thought I already knew.” Akshay Putri – Avery Dennison
“Best software training class I have EVER attended!” – Adrienne Latiolias, AWA Printing
“Mark explains things in an easy to understand way for beginners!” Josh Munn, Munn Enterprises, Inc.
“The class was great! I came in not really knowing anything about Flexi, but after the class, I now feel confident in my abilities to use the program to make a high-quality product.” Melanie Cooley, Magnolia Decal & Graphics
“Great training course! Any new to advanced users should attend.” Jeremy Carter, Munn Enterprises
“Mark is the best instructor for Flexi!” – Mark Bourg, A+ Signs
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For decades, the city of Seattle’s sign shop produced signs by screen printing or computer cut overlays. But today’s sign shop looks nothing like its past. Thanks to a dedicated team, the shop is clean, lean, and reliable; an example of what is achievable by transitioning to modern digital printing with the Avery Dennison TrafficJet Print System.
Leading the transformation was sign shop Crew Chief Robin Ford. While digital printing was not new to Robin, its use in the shop had been limited to non-regulated signs and decals. For years, Robin watched as the industry worked to improve technology suitable for digitally printed traffic signs. “We were looking for production speed,” Robin said. “We’re also looking at how it performs with reflective sheeting. Printing on reflective material was huge. Having multiple colors printed on reflective material meant that 70% of our signs didn’t need to be screened or plotter cut.”
His initial plan was to integrate the printer into their production for small batches only and continue to screen print and weed as needed. Three years later, the shop now runs three TrafficJet printers and has discontinued screen printing, going nearly 100% digital.
A nuisance for the shop operators, inks and cleaning solvents posed an environmental hazard. “We had to be fitted for respirators and work with our health and safety department to monitor wastewater and track chemical use,” explained Robin. TrafficJet inks are contained in sealed cartridges, with minor exposure to the atmosphere. “There is no noticeable smell with the TrafficJet printer and we’re no longer known for that awful screen printing smell.”
Robin brought up several examples of how the move to digital printing has helped his shop be more responsive to the needs of the public.
- Last year a rare snowstorm struck Seattle. The city needed 400 emergency road closure signs. “There’s no way we could’ve done that with screen printing or with plotter pens. The physical labor of weeding and then 8-10 hours of screen printing drying would take too long.”
An emergency bridge closure resulted in traffic engineering requesting a rush order of detour signs. “Being in a public service role, I need to be able to respond swiftly,” said Robin. The shop quickly produced 150 detour signs using digital printers.
With digital printing, Robin is quickly printing signs, eliminating the need to keep an inventory of purchased signs from outside fabricators. He has freed up shop space and reduced the capital costs of carrying a larger and complicated inventory of roll goods.
To learn more about the Avery Dennison TrafficJet Print System, visit reflectives.averydennison.com/
Firefox Send: Use With Any Web Browser
Firefox Send is a useful option to transfer big files with people who don’t want to rely on Google, Microsoft, or Apple. It lets you upload and encrypt large files (up to 1GB) to share online. To use Firefox Send, you don’t have to install an add-on. Point your web browser to the Firefox Send homepage and click the Select a file to upload button.
Once the uploading gets completed, Send creates a link that you can then send it via email. At a time, you can send a link to 20 recipients (one download per recipient). You can also set a password to encrypt the file. Each link created by Send will expire after 24 hours. The file also gets deleted from the Mozilla server and leaves no traces.
Be sure to visit www.mutoh.com for details on award-winning wide format printers.
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MUTOH the No. 1 Wide Format Printer Manufacturer in the World Expected to have Enormous Impact at Printing United
MUTOH Expected to Have a Huge Impact at the Printing United Show
Looks like MUTOH, manufacturer of the world top line of wide format printer is preparing to have a huge impact at the Printing United show. They will have all of their Product of the Year printers to show as well as their all-new XPJ ExpertJet series of wide-format eco-solvent printers.
The “XpertJet 1682SR 64” Eco-Solvent Printer from Mutoh has a staggered dual-head design that provides ultra-fast print speeds. It’s capable of producing smooth gradations while delivering high-quality printing even with reduced resolution thanks to the 7-color ink configuration (CMYK Lc Lm Lk).
The newly designed platform is packed with features like automatic bi-directional alignments, a user-friendly touch panel, added LED lighting, and an upgraded media feed flange that allows operators to easily and quickly load media and exchange multiple rolls. These features are designed to increase user-friendly operation and maintenance while continuing to offer high production, high-quality output. The “XPJ” 1682SR is paired with Mutoh’s “MS41” Eco-Solvent ink, which offers users a larger color gamut, outstanding durability, and improved dot gain.
- 64″ Eco-Solvent Printer
- Uses Mutoh’s new MS-41 Eco-Solvent ink
- Environmentally conscious 1-liter ink bags
- Staggered dual-print heads
- Print speeds up to 1000 sqft/hr
- User-friendly touch panel
- Automatic Bi-Directional Alignments
- New media feed flange
- Internal LED Lighting
- Mutoh edition FlexiSign & Print RIP software
- 30kg take-up included
- One-year on-site limited warranty
Meet the Experts at the MUTOH Booth
All printer product managers will be attending the show and they are experts in UV-LED, Eco-Solvent and Dye-Sublimation & Textile printing. Even if you just have a few questions about the market or a process or how to set a job up, they can help and want to help! So stop by booth 4404. Come by and see how a MUTOH wide format printer might just be the answer for your shop or just meet with the experts!
Be sure to visit www.mutoh.com for more information about all MUTOH wide format printers.
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Understanding Color Choices
Here’s a video that will guide you through understanding how to use color in your design. It is done in a simple fashion so it’s easy to understand.
Find out what colors look good together! After viewing, show us some examples of your own work! Explain why you chose the colors. We’d love to see it. Enjoy! http://colormind.io/bootstrap/
As you can see, matching or harmonizing the right colors is not hard, it just takes a little thought and practice. Would you like to learn more about color matching, color printing, and design? If so, you would love to attend one of our live training seminars hosted throughout the USA.
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