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Own The Process: Why in-house printing is integral to owning the process

It’s no secret that printing can be quite pricey, which is why many photographers turn to third parties to process prints. For many photographers—both amateur and professional, the thought of dropping major money on an at-home printer is a daunting option, and therefore many end up continuing to send their work off to printing centers instead.

But did you know that in house printing is an absolutely integral element in owning the process? First of all, owning the process essentially refers to retaining your creative control and direction over the entire process—from the moment you snap a picture until the moment you grab it hot off the printing tray.

When you send off your work—work that you have more than likely spent hours sifting through and editing—to an out of house printer, you no longer totally own the process. Basically, you lose the critical time in which the prints are electronically sent over and formatted for print. You do not get to make sure everything is exactly how you intended for it to be, and you do not even get make sure you actually like the finished product.

For these reasons, in house printing is the production method you need to be following. After all, you took the shot and did all of the hard work that comes with getting that perfect snap so why would you hand over your perfect bundle to someone else to physically produce?

If the cost is still a deterrent for you, you should know that investing in an at-home printer will actually be way less expensive in the long run. Sure, it hurts a little bit when you have to front a large amount of capital for a machine, but when you do the research, it quickly becomes clear how in house printing is far superior than any other option—both financially and creatively speaking.

So if you, as a photographer of any level, want to completely own your process from start to finish, and to have total creative direction in order to make your vision come to life, you absolutely have to begin in house printing.

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How to Choose the Correct Roll Laminator from Plotterpro

 

 

Wide format roll laminators come in all shapes and sizes, from varying widths, temperature settings, and application features.  Laminating serves endless benefits to preserving and enhancing media of all kinds.  Choosing the right wide format roll laminator for your projects is the first step in enjoying the benefits of laminating.

Thermal Hot Roll Laminating vs Pressure Sensitive Cold Roll Laminating

There are two types of application techniques for roll lamination, hot thermal laminating and pressure sensitive cold laminating.  Thermal lamination is the method of using heat to activate the glue on laminating roll films to seal and protect the material you are laminating.  Pressure sensitive laminating doesn’t use heat in order to laminate film but instead uses the pressure of rollers to seal the laminating film onto your media.  Laminating film used in pressure sensitive laminating is self-adhesive, similar to tape.

Thermal Roll Laminators Cold Pressure Sensitive Roll Laminators
Laminating Film to Use Often referred to as “standard laminating film” or “thermal laminating film”, use laminating roll film that requires melting in order to activate the adhesive Often referred to as “cold laminating roll film” or “pressure sensitive laminating roll film”, laminating film used in pressure sensitive laminating does not require heat because of its self adhesive characteristic, similar to tape
When to Use? Thermal laminating is best used when the material you are laminating will not be affected by the application of heat.  The laminator will melt the laminating film onto the material in order to seal and protect the media. Pressure sensitive laminating is best used when the material you are laminating is sensitive to the application of heat or high temperatures.  Cold laminators will press pressure sensitive laminating film onto the media using high pressure rollers.

Width Sizes

Wide format roll laminators generally come in width sizes from 15” to 65”.  Smaller sized roll laminators that can fit on a table are referred to as table top roll laminators.  Larger wide format laminators that are too large to be supported on a table often come with self supporting stands.

The width size of your laminator will be determined by the size of the media or paper you will be laminating.  It is generally recommended that you add 1 inch to 3 inches to your widest media you are going to laminate.

Examples of Finished Laminating Products

Laminating can offer numerous added benefits to many different kind of graphics and displays. Below are just some examples of graphics that laminating can enhance:

-Posters
-Pop Up Displays
-Floor Graphics
-Window Graphics
-Presentation Boards
-Rigid Displays
-Flexible Displays
-Backlit Displays
-Vinyl Banners
-Outdoor Signage

Other Application Terms to Consider

Laminating – The application of laminating film to the face of a printed image in order to enhance color, contrast, and overall durability of the media
Mounting – The process of permanently or semi-permanently affixing a printed image onto a rigid substrate using a mounting adhesive laminating roll
Encapsulating – The sealing of a printed image, front and back, with a thermal laminating film. Also commonly referred to as thermal laminating. 

Film Core Sizes

Film core size is the size of laminating film cores a roll laminator can accept in its film supply shaft.  Wide format roll laminators use laminating roll film that generally come in either 1” cores, 2.25” cores, or 3” cores.  Film core size refers to diameter of the cardboard roll the film is wrapped around.  Roll laminators will specify compatible film cores in its specifications.  It is important to know and select the correct film core sizes for your laminator to ensure that the film you purchase will correctly load onto the roll laminator.

Film Thickness and Mounting Options

WIde format Roll laminators will specify the mil film thickness it can laminate.  Roll laminating film mil thickness ranges from 1 mil – 10 mil.  Certain roll laminators will have the option to laminate thicker material, such as foam boards, up to a certain thickness.  Roll laminators can laminate materials anywhere between 1/2” to 1” thick, depending the laminator specifications.

– See more at: https://plotterpro.com/site/lamination.html

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How to Choose the Correct Roll Laminator

 

Wide format roll laminators come in all shapes and sizes, from varying widths, temperature settings, and application features.  Laminating serves endless benefits to preserving and enhancing media of all kinds.  Choosing the right roll laminator for your projects is the first step in enjoying the benefits of laminating.

Thermal Hot Roll Laminating vs Pressure Sensitive Cold Roll Laminating

There are two types of application techniques for roll lamination, hot thermal laminating and pressure sensitive cold laminating.  Thermal lamination is the method of using heat to activate the glue on laminating roll films to seal and protect the material you are laminating.  Pressure sensitive laminating doesn’t use heat in order to laminate film but instead uses the pressure of rollers to seal the laminating film onto your media.  Laminating film used in pressure sensitive laminating is self-adhesive, similar to tape.

  Thermal Roll Laminators Cold Pressure Sensitive Roll Laminators
Laminating Film to Use Often referred to as “standard laminating film” or “thermal laminating film”, use laminating roll film that requires melting in order to activate the adhesive Often referred to as “cold laminating roll film” or “pressure sensitive laminating roll film”, laminating film used in pressure sensitive laminating does not require heat because of its self adhesive characteristic, similar to tape
When to Use? Thermal laminating is best used when the material you are laminating will not be affected by the application of heat.  The laminator will melt the laminating film onto the material in order to seal and protect the media. Pressure sensitive laminating is best used when the material you are laminating is sensitive to the application of heat or high temperatures.  Cold laminators will press pressure sensitive laminating film onto the media using high pressure rollers.

Width Sizes

Wide format roll laminators generally come in width sizes from 15” to 65”.  Smaller sized roll laminators that can fit on a table are referred to as table top roll laminators.  Larger laminators that are too large to be supported on a table often come with self supporting stands.

The width size of your laminator will be determined by the size of the media or paper you will be laminating.  It is generally recommended that you add 1 inch to 3 inches to your widest media you are going to laminate.

Examples of Finished Laminating Products

Laminating can offer numerous added benefits to many different kind of graphics and displays. Below are just some examples of graphics that laminating can enhance:

-Posters
-Pop Up Displays
-Floor Graphics
-Window Graphics
-Presentation Boards
-Rigid Displays
-Flexible Displays
-Backlit Displays
-Vinyl Banners
-Outdoor Signage

Other Application Terms to Consider

Laminating – The application of laminating film to the face of a printed image in order to enhance color, contrast, and overall durability of the media
Mounting – The process of permanently or semi-permanently affixing a printed image onto a rigid substrate using a mounting adhesive laminating roll
Encapsulating – The sealing of a printed image, front and back, with a thermal laminating film. Also commonly referred to as thermal laminating. 

Film Core Sizes

Film core size is the size of laminating film cores a roll laminator can accept in its film supply shaft.  Wide format roll laminators use laminating roll film that generally come in either 1” cores, 2.25” cores, or 3” cores.  Film core size refers to diameter of the cardboard roll the film is wrapped around.  Roll laminators will specify compatible film cores in its specifications.  It is important to know and select the correct film core sizes for your laminator to ensure that the film you purchase will correctly load onto the roll laminator.

Film Thickness and Mounting Options

Roll laminators will specify the mil film thickness it can laminate.  Roll laminating film mil thickness ranges from 1 mil – 10 mil.  Certain roll laminators will have the option to laminate thicker material, such as foam boards, up to a certain thickness.  Roll laminators can laminate materials anywhere between 1/2” to 1” thick, depending the laminator specifications.

– See more at: https://plotterpro.com/site/lamination.html

Jason Ake

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Wide format Laminators for sale from Plotterpro by Royal Sovereign

Fine art paper supplier

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ROCKLEIGH, NJ-(BUSINESS WIRE)-June 15, 2014 – Royal Sovereign has redesigned their popular and affordable 55” and 65” wide format laminators. These cold and heat assist series laminators. The new RSC-1402CW, RSC-1402HW, RSC-1651LS, and RSC-1651LSH all have a wider stronger frame designed for safety and ease of use making these rugged machines perfect for laminating and mounting pressure-sensitive graphics. These laminators all fully featured with high quality silicon rollers and strong durable motors that provide laminating speeds of up to 16 feet per minute. The redesigned easy access controls, all new rear remote control and included foot pedal provides easy one person operation and improved production. They all feature a 1” mounting gap and easiest to use quick notch gap adjustment system that makes webbing and mounting quick and easy.
“The redesign of this series is just the beginning,” said Yoon Park, President of Royal Sovereign International. “We are starting a new era for Royal Sovereign in the wide format finishing market and there are many more new and exciting graphics finishing products on their way this year.”
The RSC-1402CW and RSC-1402HW (with heat assist) have a laminating width of 55” and include the rear wind-up assembly, a $525.00 value, and are a great fit for shops with a 54” printer. The rear wind-up assembly winds up long runs of laminated materials to help prevent kinking and other damage. By adding the optional Front Feed Assembly, true automatic roll to roll capability can be achieved for simple one-person operation. For shops needing to laminate larger materials, the RSC-1651LS and the RSC-1651LSH (with heat assist) provide up to 65” laminating width and are an ideal choice for laminating larger graphics.
The RSC-1402CW, RSC-1402HW, RSC-1651LS, and RSC-1651LSH will be available for sale in July of 2014. For more information, visit us at www.plotterpro.com
About Royal Sovereign – Royal Sovereign International, Inc. is a global supplier of wide-format laminating equipment, electric trimmers, graphic lamination films and many other graphic finishing solutions. For over 27 years we have produced high quality graphics finishing products with innovative features, reliable performance, and affordable prices. Royal Sovereign is highly invested in developing innovative technology, maintaining quality control, and leading in customer service.
Source: Royal Sovereign Int’l, Inc.

Professional Plotter will have these wide format Laminators for sale starting in July