SPI Magazine Gems

  • Record international attendance cements at FESPA 2018

    FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 attracted visitors from a record 142 countries. Following the 2017 shift to an annual event cycle and the decision to amalgamate the flagship show with its FESPA Digital ‘spin-off’, FESPA 2018 also attracted the largest number of visitors ever for a four-day FESPA show, with 20,442 individual visitors to FESPA and the co-located European Sign Expo 2018. Read More →

  • Peripherals for digital textile printing

    Peripherals for digital textile printing

    A DTP system does not only involve a printer, inks and fabrics. A complete set of peripherals is necessary to be able to obtain the best results. In this article, Maria José Leaño presents a series of machines for pre- and post-treatment, based on many years of experience and with quality in mind. Read More →

  • SGIA 2018

    SGIA Expo 2018: preparing you for the future

    SGIA Expo 2018 will take place from 18–20 October 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA), and will help you plan ahead and make the best decisions for your business. This year’s show will include more than 550 exhibitors, filling an exposition hall of the size of 10 football fields. Over 20,000 visitors are expected. Read More →

  • Sublimation


    Sublimation is considered the simplest way of printing on fabric: it is just a matter of printing on paper using sublimation inks and transferring these to the fabric using a heat press. Maria José Leaño found a simple solution to obtain a nice result on almost any fabric, with the advantages of both sublimation printing and the comfort of cotton fibres. Read More →

  • Trends in embroidery

    Important international trade marks such as Gucci and Kenzo have triggered a huge boom in the embroidery world. Although this trend appears to be slackening as expected, there is still an extremely high demand for embroideries across the industry. In this article, current topics that designers are using to underscore their collections are discussed. Read More →

  • Easy colour separations

    I regularly am tasked with colour separation because the image is complex or there is a placed or imported JPG image along with the vector artwork. In this article I describe anti-aliasing, which Photoshop uses to soften the edges of images when it converts them from vectors to rasters. Read More →

  • FIFA World CUp

    FIFA World Cup

    2018 will be all about football again – in this year’s World Cup many interesting sporting events lie ahead of us. Moments in which we will share the excitement of the athletes, cheer them on and celebrate idols. What can be more overwhelming and more amazing for athletes than being cheered on by their fans? Read More →

  • Digital printing with pigment inks

    Entering the digital era has reduced costs, time of delivery, machinery needed, fabric storage, space, energy and water usage. Still, some advantages of screen printing relating to the quality expected by customers were not available in direct digital printing on fabric for many years, one being the ability to print on fabric blends using pigments. Read More →

  • PSI 2018: even more international

    PSI 2018 took place from 9 to 11 January in Düsseldorf, Germany. This year the event included 925 exhibitors from 37 countries (2017: 988) and attracted 17,342 visitors (2017: 18,094). Read More →