View from the publisher – February 07

This issue marks the beginning of the Graphic Arts Magazine’s 10th year. It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come in the past ten years—those of you who have some of our early back issues will know what I mean! We are very thankful to you, our loyal readers and advertisers, for partnering with us … Read more →

Conflicting forecasts

Out my Window How will the printing industry fare in the coming year? It’s a question that every manager wonders about. There is no shortage of pundits and prognosticators providing forecasts and advice, particularly in the U.S. Canadian forecasts are rarer, and statistics are harder to find, but generally follow U.S. trends. So it’s useful … Read more →

CTP – It costs a lot, but it pays off

During the last decade, thousands of printers have successfully and profitably adopted computer-to-plate. Initially viewed as an “unproven”, expensive, and confusing technology, requiring both substantial investment and infrastructure, CTP has not only matured but has almost become a requirement for most printers to remain competitive. We all have experienced more colour jobs, shorter runs, work … Read more →

What is RAW format in digital photography?

There seems to be a lot of confusion among digital camera neophytes about the differences between RAW, JPEG, and TIFF files. This article is intended to be a very basic guide to these file types and how they are related in a typical digital camera. Because of the digital camera industry’s relative youth, each camera … Read more →

Five rules for MetalFX design success

MetalFX has become very popular over the last few years and is now burnishing magazine covers, samples, and ads everywhere. MetalFX Technology, a company based in the United Kingdom, created the system that incorporates MetalFX colour palettes, a swatch book, and software plug–ins for Photoshop, Illustrator, Artpro, InDesign, Freehand, and QuarkXPress. MetalFX has created Custom … Read more →

Macworld Conference and Expo 2007

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard that Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at the Macworld Keynote on January 9, 2007. I did actually speak with someone a week later who hadn’t heard of the iPhone—so perhaps I may be wrong about a person’s dwellings. Macworld is huge—Apple’s largest … Read more →

Focus on digital laser printers

Print World 2006 was held in Toronto from November 18-20 and, as usual, had something for everyone interested in the printing industry. Digital presses, direct imaging presses, and offset presses with sheet sizes up to 29 inches were featured at the show. Inkjet models in all shapes and sizes were again present everywhere. There’s much … Read more →

Coffee cup exposure

When shooting in a studio setting, the meter of preference is of course the domed incident meter, which gives a reading from the subject to the camera. The camera is then set to the given exposure, and the picture is taken. In most cases your exposure quite accurate. But what about shooting outside the studio … Read more →

Packaging – The mother of innovation

The only way for packagersto stay profitable in the Canadian market is by continuing to find new solutions.Canadian packaging printers face challenges distinct from those faced by commercial printers, as the package manufacturing process is longer and more complex than for straightforward commercial printers. Yet packagers are consistent in creating eye–catching, attention–grabbing, and problem–solving packages … Read more →

Who’s costing you money?

My wife and I recently needed to renew our mortgage for another term. The last time our mortgage was due, our bank called several months in advance and offered a good interest rate, so we renewed with them without shopping around. This year was a bit different. We decided to do some research before speaking … Read more →

Preventing theft

There’s a Spanish proverb that says, “Since I wronged you, I have never liked you.” The twisted logic of the above proverb is too–often employed by fraudulent individuals to explain their reprehensible behaviour, and if you are in business, I am sure you have been exposed to such behaviour and its justifications. You have either … Read more →

Variable data systems

As one looks forward into this still-new year, it is only natural to wonder what’s in store, both personally and professionally. While I can’t pretend to predict your future, I am confident that our industry can look forward to a continuation of trends from 2005 and 2006. Overseas and online print31% of U.S. corporate design … Read more →