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2021 Winners Gallery

  • Flexography

    • Labels: Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack

    • Shrink Sleeves

    • Preprint Linerboard

    • Post/Direct Print Corrugated

  • Gravure

    • Flexible Packaging and Shrink Sleeves

    • Paperboard/Folding Carton

  • Screen Printing

    • Multicolor (Non-Process) Garments

    • Multicolor (True Process) Garments

    • Special Effects–Textile

    • Printed Electronics

    • Fine Art

    • Glass, Ceramic, Metal and Wood Products

  • Offset Lithography

    • Magazine–Web Offset

    • Magazine–Sheetfed Offset

    • Book–Web Offset

    • Book–Sheetfed Offset

    • Catalog–Web Offset

    • Catalog–Sheetfed Offset

    • Brochure

    • Calendar

    • Stationery Package

    • Invitation/Greeting Card

    • Pocket Folders/Presentation Folders

    • Packaging–Labels

    • Packaging–Folding Carton

  • Digital Printing

    • Packaging

    • Special Colors, White Toner, Clear Toner

    • VDP/Customized

    • Direct Marketing

    • Promotional Campaign

    • Direct-to-Garment

    • Direct-to-Object

  • Wide Format Inkjet Printing

    • Backlit Display

    • Display and POP on Plastic

    • Décor

    • Banner

    • Poster/Fine Art

    • Vehicle Wrap Installer

    • Building Graphics Installer

    • Sublimation

    • Heat Transfer

  • Postpress/Finishing

    • Foil Stamping (Traditional)

    • Embossing/Debossing

    • Folding

    • Book Binding

    • Diecutting (Including Pop-Ups)

    • Digital Enhancement (Foil/Varnish)

  • Specialty

    • They Said It Couldn’t Be Done!

    • Expanded Gamut/Hi-Fi Color

    • Security Printing

    • Activated Printing

    • Environmentally Sound

    • Self-Promotion

    • Mixed Technologies

    • Promotional Product

  • Student

    • High School Student

    • Post-Secondary Student

Flexography

Labels: Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack

Delicious Chocolate

    Best of Category - Flexography Award Categories
    Printer

    McDowell Label

    Location

    Plano, Texas

    Brief description of entry

    Oxy Whey Delicious Chocolate

    Prepress Equipment

    Dupont

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Gallus

    Paper/Substrate

    Raflatac

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Extremely well printed highlights, difficult substrate. Good use of textured inks.

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Shrink Sleeves

Moroccan Midnight

    Best of Category - Flexography Award Categories
    Printer

    Overnight Labels Inc.

    Location

    Deer Park, New York

    Brief description of entry

    Flexo printed 9 colors + UV Screen Printed Shrink Sleeve

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    1)Because this job had to run on 2 presses there were significant registration challenges 2)Achieving a the correct copper color was a challenge because the color target was a prototype of a different substrate 3)Printing a smooth gradation of the orange and pink 4)To enhance the look and feel a silk screen UV was applied, which added to the complexity of the printing process

    Prepress

    N/A

    Prepress Equipment

    Mac

    Printing Presswork

    N/A

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    10 color Nilpeter and 8 Color Nilpeter with Silkscreen Unit (SPG Prints)

    Postpress/Finishing

    Timely and careful seaming, cutting and handling due to the unique design.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Karlville Seamer and Cutter

    Paper/Substrate

    50 micron PETG Film from Klockner

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Well reproduced, fine highlight dots

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Preprint Linerboard

Boston Beer Sips of Summer

    Best of Category - Flexography Award Categories
    Printer

    International Paper Indianapolis Preprint

    Location

    Indianapolis, Indiana

    Brief description of entry

    Craft Beer Twelve 12 FL. OZ. mixed pack bottle box

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Registration across a 84" web with a 72-3/8 repeat.

    Prepress

    Tight color tolerances and tight registration tolerances.

    Prepress Equipment

    Esko Workflow, GMG proofing system

    Printing Presswork

    117ls .016" traps Dupont DPL plates Water based inks

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Fischer & Krecke 98" 8 Color + 2 Varnish Stations

    Paper/Substrate

    Kemi

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Crisp imagery. Good registration.

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Post/Direct Print Corrugated

Loco Cookers - Peanut Oil Box

    Best of Category - Flexography Award Categories
    Printer

    Peachtree Packaging and Display

    Location

    Lawrenceville, Georgia

    Brief description of entry

    The entry is a box used to hold 3gal of peanut oil. The customer, Loco cookers came to us with need to upgrade their packaging. They were a new vendor to Lowe's and wanted to see if it was possible to create a package that would be eye-catching and highlight the prominent floor space they were getting in store. Our ability to direct print in high detail allowed them to make huge strides graphically with their presentation and also be as efficient as possible with the price and output.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Printing food flexographically is very challenging to do a make it look good. We have become very good at this process and continue to perfect it daily using the technology and equipment we have. The structure and shape of this box made it a little more difficult to work with as well.

    Prepress

    With this box, we had a simulated process, so we had to use PMS colors instead of the typical CMYK. This is all done in pre-press and was done in order to keep it 4 color on our press.

    Prepress Equipment

    Esko Art Pro+

    Printing Presswork

    Typical issues that were dealt with were warped board issues. This problem is especially difficult when direct printing. We did a 6 out layout and the print and register were handled automatically using the technology we have with our Gopfert press.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Gopfert HBL dual die cutting press

    Postpress/Finishing

    This box required a folding and gluing. Due to the shape the boxes were hard to "spank" square so it required a very technical and detailed set up on the folder/gluer

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Post 2m specialty folder gluer

    Paper/Substrate

    200 B Kemi / 40lb med / Sustainable

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - The degree of difficulty was head and shoulders above the other entries.

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Gravure

Flexible Packaging and Shrink Sleeves

Beingpo Freeze-Dried Meat For All Life Stages

    Gravure - Printed Product of the Year AwardBest of Category - Gravure Award Categories
    Printer

    Shanghai Jiucheng Packing Co.,Ltd.

    Location

    Pudong, Shanghai / 上海市, China

    Brief description of entry

    his series of products adopt different bag making methods, and the products have a good visual impact after canning; the size of the bag is too big, need special bag making machine and special typesetting method.

    Prepress

    When confirming the manuscript to the customer, we should clarify the customer's needs and clearly mark the plate making process.

    Prepress Equipment

    Epson7910

    Printing Presswork

    Printing controls the color darkness and ink viscosity during the production process.

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This piece has shelf pop with the foil like print. The registration and spot gloss coating are perfect. This is technical innovative packaging with the sealer.

    Judges comments for Printed Product of the Year - A lot of shelf pop. The faux stamp effect if great!

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Paperboard/Folding Carton

XO FO 2020 Experience Offer

    Best of Category - Gravure Award Categories
    Printer

    Leo Paper Products Ltd.

    Location

    Kowloon, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    for Hennessy XO 70ml/75ml packing

    Prepress

    stamping process

    Prepress Equipment

    indiago/HP 7900

    Printing Presswork

    green ink/Unique stamping technology

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    9C machine

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Wow, the deboss is excellent. It is worth mentioning the fine line emboss and stamp. This piece is really holding the details, it is flawlessly put together.

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Screen Printing

Multicolor (Non-Process) Garments

Craig Gleason - Bad Guys Sun

    Best of Category - Screen Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Night Owls

    Location

    Houston, Texas

    Brief description of entry

    This is a 4 color discharge print, of an original drawing from artist Craig Gleason.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    This job required us to layer discharge inks on top of one another to blend and create different colors. The difficulty was in testing the opacity of the discharge inks to make sure they would layer and provide the correct colors once printed, and fully discharged.

    Prepress

    This was separated in house, by Valerie Solomon, to allow the discharge inks to layer correctly. We had to test different layering of the colors, to ensure we printed discharge colors in the correct order.

    Printing Presswork

    This was printed on a Roq 16/36 oval press. Screens were made with a Kiwo XTS wax system. All inks are Fujifilm/Sericol Discharge inks, printed through Saati Hidro 157/48 mesh, on roller frames.

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - The registration and vibrancy of the piece are excellent.

    PRINTING United Alliance MEMBER

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Multicolor (True Process) Garments

The Paragon Project

    Best of Category - Screen Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Night Owls

    Location

    Houston, Texas

    Brief description of entry

    The Paragon project tshirt was printed for an organization that works with musicians, artists, and poets. We were recommended to this particular client, as they did not want a DTG print, and were having difficulty printing this design. They were told this particular design could not be printed. 

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Most shops would have run this as a DTG, but with it's order size, and complexity, we wanted to give it a shot screen printed. Aside from it being a complex print, Night Owls only prints with waterbased ink. So that extra layer made it even more challenging.

    Prepress

    This project combined a few interesting challenges. We wanted to reduce screen count and simplify on-press production while retaining an enviable amount of detail and color accuracy. To reduce color count, we manually separated red, yellow, cyan, blue, and magenta… creating greens by applying a separated green channel to yellow and cyan. A 55LPI amplitude-modified dot allowed for a reasonable amount of detail within the illustration, while maintaining exceptional on-press control. With some areas in the the illustration narrowing to under 0.5” wide, our separation balanced form and function, production-ease and detail. Screens were made with Spyder III Wax unit. Exposed with Olec Metal Halide Unit.

    Printing Presswork

    It's a 10 color front, 5 color back, and 2 color sleeves. All printed with Matsui High Solid Acrylic Waterbased ink. All art was seperated in house, and printed on Roq Automatic presses. All screens were Saati Hidro Mesh.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Roq 16/36 Oval automatic press.

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This piece is in really good registration.

    PRINTING United Alliance MEMBER

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Special Effects–Textile

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station

    Best of Category - Screen Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    FiberLok Technologies, Inc.

    Location

    Fort Collins, Colorado

    Brief description of entry

    This multi-colored flocked heat transfer visually captures the honor and solemn prestige of an organization that assists and supports the military men and women who have so bravely served and sacrificed for our country.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The flocked grey-scale photo-effect creates the fine details desired by the customer. ASD was unable to recreate this logo using embroidery or screen printing to their customer’s satisfaction, so by using LexTraPrint, ASD was able deliver a finished product with the black & white photo effect and maintain the fine details in the image to win this competitive branding program.

    Prepress

    "A common challenge is using a customer-supplied image and having production artists meet the required manufacturing specifications without greatly altering or sacrificing the integrity of the original design. In this case, maintaining the fine details and established photo-effect in the final product. Each color used in a flocked design requires its own screen to be produced and particular attention is paid to getting photo effects to translate appropriately to colored sections."

    Prepress Equipment

    Artwork done in Adobe Creative Suite on PC

    Printing Presswork

    "Multiple screens are created based on number of colors within a design using emulsion for each layer. Design screens have applied bond and those with prominent colors, or particularly contrasting hues, often are run thru our press multiple times to maintain clear lines and sufficient color depth. "

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Processed on an MHM Synchroprint 3000

    Postpress/Finishing

    Final product is backed with adhesive and cut in cell sheets for final application by the customer.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Modified Heidelberg Cylinder press with custom cutting boards to maximize yield and cost effectiveness.

    Paper/Substrate

    .75mm Nylon Flock fibers

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - It was hard to decide the winner here, but this piece held the detail well.

    PRINTING United Alliance MEMBER

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Printed Electronics

Bedside Lamp

    Best of Category - Screen Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Shenzhen International Color Printing Co.,Ltd

    Location

    Longhua Zone Shenzhen, Guangdong / 广东省, China

    Brief description of entry

    Prints that integrate printing technology and IT technology。

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Main special innovation and new technology and process manufacturing process,refer to the manual brief introduction

    Prepress

    Print on the Epson Stylus Pro 9910 HD machine,And the paper is imported rice paper, color reduction is very realistic。 Even the Heidelberg CP could not achieve this effect

    Prepress Equipment

    Pro 9910 HD

    Printing Presswork

    Color surface paper with high - definition digital printing, color saturation gorgeous.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Print on the Epson Stylus Pro 9910 HD machine

    Postpress/Finishing

    Imported ironing paper from Japan makes the light softer.2. Personalized illustrations beautify your life, add love and company to your life. Digital printing on special paper, PET screen printing on cylinder lamp cover, and skillfully combine printing technology with IT electronic Bluetooth, charging and adjustable light source by using hot and convex surface paper or colored surface paper according to cylinder box process.Music box and other fine production of paper objects night language series lamps.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Bora 115 paper cutting machine, Ya Hua die-cutting machine, MBO folding machine

    Paper/Substrate

    1.150G Japanese imported paper, 80GAA rice paper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This piece illuminated the judges hearts. Nicely done.

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Fine Art

《POPULAR STORIES OF CHINESE HISTORY RUBBING》

    Screen Printing - Printed Product of the Year AwardBest of Category - Screen Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai / 上海市, China

    Brief description of entry

    Brick carving (painting) is based on popular stories of Chinese history (from Pangu to today). There are more than 500 people in each historical stage, including hundreds of scenes, buildings, mountains and rivers. From the humanistic point of view, the work collects the classic stories of science and technology, education, politics, military, medicine, literature, art, religion, nationality, marketplace, folk custom, foreign exchange and so on. The form is long scroll, the composition is freehand brushwork of the Yangtze River, symbolizing the long river of history, the carving technique adopts the combination of deep and shallow relief, and the binding is album.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The blue brick is carved by hand and the rubbing is printed by hand.

    Prepress

    PS design, green brick carving

    Prepress Equipment

    Electric grinder

    Printing Presswork

    Rubbings on green bricks

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Tuobao, brush, ink, wool felt

    Postpress/Finishing

    Rice paper mounting

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Nothing

    Paper/Substrate

    Rice paper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - The detail in this piece is amazing, truly fine art. The combination of the hand work, production and paper make for a flawlessly executed piece.

    Judges comments for Printed Product of the Year - Delicacy of screen printing on rice paper makes this art an absolute treasure!

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Glass, Ceramic, Metal and Wood Products

"Magnificent Scene" Porcelain Engraving

    Best of Category - Screen Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Stechcol Ceramic Crafts Development (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

    Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong / 广东省, China

    Brief description of entry

    "Magnificent Scene" Porcelain engraving introduction: Kenya Lake Megadi, with high PH value up to 11-12, the sun can turn the lake water temperature up to 50 degrees Celsius. High temperature saline water and trass volcanic ash’s chemical reaction make the water with a thin layer of mysterious color crystal. When wind comes, it forms magical colorful ribbons. With flamingos flying over it, the lake becomes magnificent scene.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    By using Stechcol colour enamels patent technology, using Ferro ceramic pigments. Very skillful spots color seperation, using best ceramic pigments to create this artwork, 3 times firing to make it.

    Prepress

    7 color process plus spots color

    Prepress Equipment

    laser phototypesetting machine, Japan CTS technology

    Printing Presswork

    More than 20 years skillful technical person to print this artwork, make sure each step is precise and perfect.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    use Germany heidelberg printing machine

    Postpress/Finishing

    Select the best quality porcelain tile to decorate, very skillful technical person to decorate it.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    N/A

    Paper/Substrate

    N/A

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This is a crazy good piece. It could have won in the artwork category.

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Offset Lithography

Magazine–Web Offset

VENICE Fort Lauderdale's Magazine

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    Mittera

    Location

    Des Moines, Iowa

    Brief description of entry

    City & Lifestyle Magazine

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Web Printing on Matte Stock with an Extremely Tight Timeframe

    Prepress

    Prepress Adjustments were made for Web Printing on Matte Stock

    Prepress Equipment

    Printergy / InSite

    Printing Presswork

    4/4 Process + Soft Touch on Outside Covers Only

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg M500 (Text) + KBA Rapida 106 (Cover)

    Postpress/Finishing

    Die Score Covers & Perfect Bind

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Kolbus

    Paper/Substrate

    120# Opus Dull Cover + 80# Influence Matte Text

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Nice soft touch cover, matte interior. Great print quality. It pops! Excellent flesh tones, vibrant color. The color balance is good.

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Magazine–Sheetfed Offset

VILLA 88 JUNE '21)

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    Emirates Printing Press

    Location

    Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Brief description of entry

    High quality Fashion magazine "Villa88", printed by Emirates Printing Press, Dubai.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    4 colour printing on the Sheetfed offset for inside pages with Cover with Gloss Aqua varnish throughout for inside pages and also for IFC & IBC + Matt lamination and Spot UV on outer cover

    Prepress

    # 200 Line screen used Processed with FOGRA 39 /CMYK ISO COATED V2 - The European Standrad Profile

    Prepress Equipment

    GMG colour server and ink optimiser, Kodak prinergy worlk flow, Kodak trendsetter CTP

    Printing Presswork

    4 colours sheetfed offset printing

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-106 LX3

    Postpress/Finishing

    Perfect Binding

    Paper/Substrate

    115 gsm art gloss / 350 gsm Art card

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - I was pleasantly surprised when I opened this piece. The vibrancy and pop in colors. The nice square binding. The good cross page registration. What a nice piece.

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Book–Web Offset

Maximalist Style (everything)

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    1010 Printing International Ltd.

    Location

    Huizhou, Guangdong / 广东省, China

    Brief description of entry

    A case bound book

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg 4C

    Postpress/Finishing

    Case: 4c (process color) + matt lamination + spot gloss UV + debossing on front, Book block 3 edges with 1c gilding (metallic green).

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    case bound: Kolbus BF530

    Paper/Substrate

    text: 140g OJI Top Kote Matt Art paper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Head and shoulders above the rest of the category. There were images on every pages as compared to books of just black and white text. The cross overs were good, overall a clean piece.

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Book–Sheetfed Offset

Body of Work Endless Journey

    Best of ShowOffset Lithography - Printed Product of the Year AwardBest of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    Body of Work and Armstrong miller & Mclaren

    Location

    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Brief description of entry

    Body of Work's Endless Journey Portrait book/catalogue

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Our Creative Director/Photographer is hands on from the original concept to completion All equipment from Camera to Printing are linked wth the same calibration ensuring what is seen in the camera is identical to what is achieved in the final product

    Prepress

    All the challenges are addressed before the printers prepress.

    Prepress Equipment

    Heidelberg Prinect and Kodak Prinergy

    Printing Presswork

    The entire job was proofed and such was the quality of the prepress no changes were necessary

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg Speedmaster CD74

    Postpress/Finishing

    The cover and dust jacked were scalpture embossed.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Heidelberg Supra Setter

    Paper/Substrate

    Sappi McCoy Silk

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This was a large category and the judges narrowed it down to the top nine choices saying it was crime to have to chose only one. I don't usually go for glossy prints but this piece blew me away. The blacks are just outstanding.

    Judges comments for Printed Product of the Year - In a tough category, this was a unanimous decision. We couldn't get over the rich blacks.

    Judges comments for Best of Show - Stood out from the beginning with hundreds of books. Good artistic eye put this together. They did what they set out to do. Phenomenal job! A lot of craftsmanship and work went into this.

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Catalog–Web Offset

STONE GLACIER 2021

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    Jacaty + Associates

    Location

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Brief description of entry

    Outdoor / Hunting Apparel & Accessories Catalog

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Web Printing on Matte Stock with an Extremely Tight Timeframe

    Prepress

    Prepress Adjustments were made for Web Printing on Matte Stock

    Prepress Equipment

    Printergy / InSite

    Printing Presswork

    4/4 Process + Satin Aqueous on Outside Covers Only

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg M500 / Komori Lithrone G40

    Postpress/Finishing

    Perfect Bind

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Kolbus

    Paper/Substrate

    80# Opus Dull Cover + 70# Influence Matte Text

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - I hate to love this piece. Impressed with the complicated neutral color matching and the product color consistency from page to page. This is a really difficult job to do and they were spot on.

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Catalog–Sheetfed Offset

Baoji catalog

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    C & C Joint Printing Co., (H.K.) Ltd.

    Location

    Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    5c printing on high quality matt art paper

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    with wide tonal range and high denfination images

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak Prinergy SCREEN PT-R8900S

    Printing Presswork

    with wide tonal range and high denfination images

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    KBA

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    KOLBUS

    Paper/Substrate

    Golden Sun FSC Mix Credit Matt art paper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - The precision of the printing is like the precision of the time pieces displayed in this entry.

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Brochure

Auto book set

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    C & C Joint Printing Co., (H.K.) Ltd.

    Location

    Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    The pamphlet set is made up of three hardback books and posters and a display box with several car brand logos

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    three hardback books and posters and a display box with several car brand logos

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak Prinergy SCREEN PT-R8900S

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg

    Postpress/Finishing

    three hardback books and posters and a display box with several car brand logos

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    KOLBUS

    Paper/Substrate

    SpaceShuttle A matt art paper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - After getting past the impressive weight of the kit, the whole aspect is beautiful and elegant. It is rich but not overstated. The recreation of the car badges is over the top. The three volume book is exquisitely printed. Like the brand is wreaks of distinction.

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Calendar

National Palace Museum 2021 Calendar

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    Red & Blue Color Printing Co., Ltd.

    Location

    Zhonghe Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan

    Brief description of entry

    The National Palace Museum 2021 calendar uses a special lightweight design to convey profound annual blessings. The production process is diverse, including silver cover UV printing, inner pages perforating, box cover with imitation wood texture and many others.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The success of this project comes from two major factors: The first is the prints can convey the essence of the ancient paintings. The second is the precise craftsmanship of each operation gives this product a high-quality feel.

    Prepress

    Accurate color management. The color performance of this product is highly loyal to the original.

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak Prinergy workflow + Epson SureColor SC-P9000 Proofer (Compose Express RIP) + Kodak Trendsetter Platesetter

    Printing Presswork

    Calendar cover: UV 4/0 + white ink printing. Inside pages: 4/0 printing. Box cover: 1/0 PMS printing. Sleeve: 2/0 PMS printing: Bag: 5/0 printing.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Calendar cover: Komori LS 640+LX. All others: Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-5+L

    Postpress/Finishing

    Calendar cover: Dull coating. Inside pages: perforating. Box cover: Anti-scratch coating, stamping and scoring. Box: F flute corrugating, die cutting, gluing and forming. Binding: Wire binding with hanger. Others: Bags making, components assembling.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Coating, perforating, calendar binding, corrugating, die cutting and gluing machines

    Paper/Substrate

    Cover: MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright 230gsm C1S, mounted on silver paper. Inside pages: Hankuk X-Pri 180gsm art paper. Box: 360gsm art card. Box cover: 480gsm fine art card. Sleeve: 130gsm fine art paper. Bag: 250gsm C1S art card

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This is a technically well done piece. It is functional yet artistic. The white ink is nicely used.

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Stationery Package

2021 Body of Work Stationary Package

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    Body of Work and Armstrong miller & Mclaren

    Location

    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Brief description of entry

    The package consists of envelope, 4pp letterhead and business card with envelope. This stationary package has been designed to be personalised. The letterhead is four pages. When there is a single page letter (as sample) the letter is on page 1 and the business card envelope is attached to page 3 with the business card inside. In the event of a two page letter the second page is on the inside back cover with the business card underneath. If the second page is full length the business card is attached to page 4 . For a multipage a loose page or pages are inserted behind page one and a long letter can be saddle stitched.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    What makes this package unique is the creative flair

    Prepress

    There were no technical challenges

    Prepress Equipment

    Cannon

    Printing Presswork

    There were no technical challenges

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Cannon C800

    Postpress/Finishing

    Die cut and embossed

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Conventional binding equipment

    Paper/Substrate

    Stardream

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - The Embossing is fantastic. The way it is done to not show on the back side of the sheet is interesting. The double thick stock has flawless lamination. The hairline embossing and fine detail are very well done.

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Invitation/Greeting Card

Leo Paper Group Annual Report - Invitation Card (2020)

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    Leo Paper Products Ltd.

    Location

    Kowloon, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    The 2020 Leo Paper Group Annual Announcement invitation card uses a complex layers of pop-up design to create a scenary of sunflower garden, sublimated by a bronze hot stamping on flowers make it even more attractive. The envelope uses a unique sunflower die-cut design to create a unique and 3-dimensional effect.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Komori

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This piece could have won in multiple categories. It had flawless hot stamp and emboss. The pop up 3D print is beautiful.

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Pocket Folders/Presentation Folders

My Greeting Card Organizer

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    C & C Joint Printing Co., (H.K.) Ltd.

    Location

    Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    Combining multiple folders in book form in which the cards can be placed by time

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Unique binding mode

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak Prinergy SCREEN PT-R8900S

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg

    Postpress/Finishing

    Unique binding mode

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Hand made

    Paper/Substrate

    Golden Sun woodpaper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This is a well constructed and put together piece. The stamping is clean.

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Packaging–Labels

Namo

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    Multi-Color Corporation North America Wine & Spirits

    Location

    Napa, California

    Brief description of entry

    Pressure sensitive label for wine bottle

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Printing on black vellum can always be a challenge. Hot foil over vellum with 3 color process overprinting to achieve the assortment of colors desired by the client.

    Prepress

    20 micron stochastic line screening over the foil stamping.

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak Trendsetter / AGFA processor

    Printing Presswork

    Prints UV offset. Black vellum, hot foil, Magenta, Yellow, and Black overprinting, flexo varnish, sculpted flatbed embossing, flat die cutting.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Gallus TCS250

    Postpress/Finishing

    N/A

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    N/A

    Paper/Substrate

    Avery Black Vellum

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This was tough to choose just one winner, as there were lots of fantastic pieces. In an extremely difficult category this piece stood out for the fine detail, embossing and registration. Appreciated the cleanliness of the execution.

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Packaging–Folding Carton

Huaxizi Ya-porcelain soulmate gift box

    Best of Category - Offset Lithography Award Categories
    Printer

    Shanghai Young Sun Printing Co. Ltd

    Location

    Pudong, Shanghai / 上海市, China

    Brief description of entry

    1. The patented structure of the linked pull gift box is used. The bottom ribbon is used to open the gift box while the upper cover automatically slides in. The upper cut edge and the inner box form a vase shape, showing the lining and the inner box with flowers and makeup patterns. 2. The cut of the outer box adopts the hemming process, and the spot color oil edge ink is applied to echo the gold edge of the box surface; it is covered with an anti-scratch film to prevent scratches. 3. The outer box is printed on silver cardboard, and the pattern is outlined by the embossing process, which fits the attributes of the product's red glaze porcelain. 4. There is a small lipstick box inside, which adopts a double box flip structure to enhance the fun to use.

    Prepress

    Use Adobe Illustrator for graphic processing, Esko automated process for graphic and text color separation and screen, amplitude modulation dots to control graphic gradation, AGFA AVALON A8T platemaking machine directly CTP publishing.

    Prepress Equipment

    AGFA AVALON A8T

    Printing Presswork

    UV printing, printing metallic ink on bright silver card, simulating the metallic luster of red glaze porcelain

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Man Roland 707+V

    Postpress/Finishing

    The gift box face paper is covered with anti-scratch film, embossing and die-cutting are produced online, the inner box is produced by an automatic box folding machine, and the envelope is pasted using environmentally friendly glue and piping.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    FM1100 high-precision laminating machine, Bobst106ER full stripping die-cutting machine ZK-582 box folding machine

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Rigid box effect with die cuts, embossing with two separate boxes inside that align. It has very interesting engineering. This is a very complicated piece.

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Digital Printing

Packaging

HOUSE OF MUCK

    Best of Category - Digital Printing Award Categories (High-Speed Inkjet and Electrophotography)
    Printer

    MULTI COLOR CORPORATION AUSTRALIA

    Location

    MILE END SOUTH, South Australia, Australia

    Brief description of entry

    WINE LABEL

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    SCREEN IMAGE & CMYK

    Prepress Equipment

    APPLE MAC, ESKO & ILLUSTRATOR

    Printing Presswork

    PRINTED ON UNCOATED STOCK, CMYK, A ROSE GOLD FOIL, A MATT VARNISH, PLUS A SCREEN H/BUILD '125W' MESH AND A SPOT MATT VARNISH. CHALLENGE - SCREEN IMAGE REGISTRATION & CONSISTANCY OF CMYK COLOURS.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    HP INDIGO WS 6600 & DIGICON

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    ROTOFLEX - CONVERSION

    Paper/Substrate

    RAFWINE CHATEAU ENHANCED - RAFLATAC

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - The decision came down to three hard to choose from entries. This piece is the perfect marriage of print, hot stamp, raised polymer and enhancement.

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Special Colors, White Toner, Clear Toner

Pulp Madness

    Best of Category - Digital Printing Award Categories (High-Speed Inkjet and Electrophotography)
    Printer

    Xerox

    Location

    Webster, New York

    Brief description of entry

    Pulp Madness is a collection of prints that showcases the wide range of application possibilities using the Xerox iGen 5 Press production capabilities including 5th station embellishments, specialty substrates, and an extensive media range. It includes a bound book, a extended sheet book cover jacket and a protective folding carton carrying case.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The iGen 5 supports White, Clear, Fluorescent Yellow embellishments, plus Orange, Green and Blue extended gamut colors to reach 93% of the Pantone Plus library. Thick stock up to 24 point and extended XLS sheet size up to 35" are also used. All capabilities are run at rated production speed and require minimal, mess-free maintenance for 5th color changeovers - with no productivity trade-offs. No other digital production press is able to run the breadth of applications that the iGen 5 can with 85-90% uptime and running jobs at rated speed. The diversity provides maximum application and production flexibility for complex jobs.

    Prepress

    The Fiery DFE and iGen 5 inline profiling quickly profiles media and ensures colors are accurate and consistent across the print runs from print 1 to N across the vast array of media used in the book

    Prepress Equipment

    EFI DFE

    Printing Presswork

    Thick stock over 24 pt uses the optional thick stock kit XLS sheets over 26" use the XLS kit with production feeding and stacking 5th color kits include Fluorescent Yellow, White, Clear and Extended Gamut Colors Orange, Green and Blue These capabilities are all run at production rated speed.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Xerox iGen 5 with 5th print station

    Postpress/Finishing

    collation of print sets and binding. Die cuts and folding

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    various

    Paper/Substrate

    Book Jacket: Verso Blazer Digital Gloss 100# Cover (270 gsm) / Folding Carton: 18pt Neenah Stipple Folding Board / Samples: Verso Blazer Digital Gloss 100# Cover (270 gsm); Reich Paper SHINE 137# Cover (370 gsm) Pearl; Reich Paper SHINE Digital 107# Cover (290 gsm) Champagne; Mohawk Via Felt 80# Cover (216 gsm) Bright White *Mohawk Via Linen 80# Cover (216 gsm) Bright White Mohawk Superfine Eggshell 100# Cover (270 gsm) Ultrawhite *Arjowiggins Curious Collection Matter 100# Cover (270 gsm) Goya White; Sappi McCoy Silk 100# Cover (280 gsm); GPA Constellation Jade Riccio for Toner Digital Presses 80# Cover (215 gsm); Neenah Esse Pearlized 105# Cover (285 gsm) White; Neenah Environment 120# DTC (324 gsm) Grocer Kraft; Arjowiggins Curious Collection Matter 100# Cover (270 gsm) Black Truffle and Red and Gold Leaf; GPA Ultra Digital 2” Diameter Kiss-Cut Circle Labels on 60# Matte Litho Facestock with Permanent Adhesive and 80# White Liner and Kiss cut and rectangle labels; Mohawk Performance Polyester 10 mil and 14 mil; GPA 4 mil White Flexible Vinyl with Low Peel Removable Scored Liner 80# White Kraft and Clear Flexible Vinyl; Ancora SBS C2S 20pt Cover (391 gsm); Neenah Folding Board Vellum 24pt 172# DTC (465 gsm) Kraft

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Beautiful use of white toner. Impressive book overall.

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VDP/Customized

Las Vegas Raiders Season Ticket Books

    Digital Printing - Printed Product of the Year AwardBest of Category - Digital Printing Award Categories (High-Speed Inkjet and Electrophotography)
    Printer

    Consolidated Printing

    Location

    VAN BUREN, Arkansas

    Brief description of entry

    Las Vegas Raiders 2020 Season Ticket Book

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The job has 15 different ticket types with 10 different unique game art types with each ticket and book personalized with season ticket holder seating and barcode information. Each game also has unique foil and scodix polymer (raised UV). There are also challenges with matching up the foil and scodix polymer to perfectly match up with the print as the stock goes through a minimum of 4 machines (perf, igen, foil, scodix). The front cover is hot foil stamped with a textured foil dies and emboss using traditional dies.

    Prepress

    There are 15 different types of art for 10 unique games. All is variably driven. Foil layers had to be hand drawn for each game.

    Prepress Equipment

    Macintosh Work Stations, Rollem Perforator

    Printing Presswork

    Stock is pre-perfed so when running the operators must make sure stock is stacked properly and fed straight and the proper direction into the machines. Registration must be watched closely as the scodix and foil must match up later on the tickets and we must watch closely for static lines.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Xerox iGen 5

    Postpress/Finishing

    When running the foil and polymer on scodix the operators must pay very close attention to detail as the polymer and foil must match up perfectly to the art on the tickets. All types must also be watched closely so they match up on the scodix as they are type and game specific. On the front cover foil and emboss we must pay close attention that the texture fills in and the emboss aligns to the flat foil. Hand collating is also done to match up the back cover (which is account specific) to the correct set of tickets. Precise cuts must be made and care must be taken as the scodix causes the stock to be uneven due to the it being raised.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Scodix, Kluge Platen / Foil Stamper, Polar Paper Cutter, Interlake Stitcher, Tape Stripping Machine, Hand Collating

    Paper/Substrate

    12pt Semper C1S Cast Coated Paper / Semper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This entry has great integration of VDP into a flawless print piece.

    Judges comments for Printed Product of the Year - Impressive part: this is a live printed job. Great use of digital enhancement. Uniqueness of every page.

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Direct Marketing

Body of Work Black and White

    Best of Category - Digital Printing Award Categories (High-Speed Inkjet and Electrophotography)
    Printer

    Body of Work and Armstrong miller & Mclaren

    Location

    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Brief description of entry

    We have a small but affluent and identifiable market. Our product is high end Fine Art It is vital that every element of the direct marketing is high-end compatable with the product we are selling We circulate a magazine every month and every quarter we send an elaborate presentation such as this with loose leafs. It works and it has been working well for the last 18 year. In this quarter we introduced the new Body of Work Black and White Series.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    To maintain our high standard, every element of our marketing must be perfect, stylish and possess flair and originality. This applies to the product and all elements of the marketing. Every element is check thoroughly.

    Prepress

    The prepress is very straight forward without challenges. This is because every stage is synchronised calibration from the camera to the printing press. The creative director/photographer has total control of the whole process. Our policy is "Get it right in the camera" and by doing this there are no compromises along the way. We adapt this policy to our product and our marketing.

    Prepress Equipment

    Canon Prepress

    Printing Presswork

    With our system it is straight forward without any complications

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    C800

    Postpress/Finishing

    Cellogloss and Spot UV throughout. Matt cello gloss on cover

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Sakurai Silkscreen SC72A

    Paper/Substrate

    Sovereign Silk from Hansol in Korea

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This was a very difficult category to judge. This piece really shows an understanding of reproducing images - there is incredible image reproduction of a very broad tonal range.

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Promotional Campaign

Digital Catalogue

    Best of Category - Digital Printing Award Categories (High-Speed Inkjet and Electrophotography)
    Printer

    Emirates Printing Press

    Location

    Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Brief description of entry

    It was a hilarious and challenging task from the concept. Creativity, Design, Substrate. Process and finishing planning and execution whole catalogue with 10 pages. Each leaf has a different pattern of 3D effect.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Multiple foil and 3D varnish process done to achieve the effect

    Prepress

    "GMG Media used for proofing SCREEN - 175 LPI"

    Prepress Equipment

    "Printing _ Envelope - Special base lamination Printing_Leaflets - Digital Printing : Process color "

    Printing Presswork

    Xerox - IGEN 4 color printing

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Digital UV foiling with 6 colors (Gold/ Silver / Red/ Green / Gold Holo / Silver Holo) / Digital 3d effect varnish

    Postpress/Finishing

    Foiling & 3D varnish - MGI

    Paper/Substrate

    250 Gsm Matt Cart

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Phenomenal array of techniques. Beautifully executed self-promo piece!

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Direct-to-Garment

Your One Stop Shop for All Printing you Need!

    Best of Category - Digital Printing Award Categories (High-Speed Inkjet and Electrophotography)
    Printer

    All American Print Supply Co.

    Location

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Brief description of entry

    Presenting what and how to print on shirt and inspiring others who is interested in printing business or already in it.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    All processes are crucial and it may concern all the other possibilities affecting the printing performance, quality, and result with all other angles. However, we think the essential part is how to pretreating the shirt. It is the basic step but, it is the root and foundation how to make better performance and result.

    Prepress

    We would like to highlight a few points of prepress step. - Temperature - Prepress time - Type of shirt (Cotton, poly or others) - Amount of pretreatment distribution - Type of pretreatment

    Prepress Equipment

    Hotronix Auto Open Clam Heat Press (16"x20")

    Printing Presswork

    We would like to highlight a few points of printing/presswork step. - Printing location (Where print will be applied) - Platen height - Printer maintenance: ink, nozzle check, head cleaning, suction check

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Epson F3070/Hotronix Auto Open Clam Heat Press (16"x20")

    Postpress/Finishing

    We would like to highlight a few points for finishing step. - Temperature - Pressure - Post-press Time -Type of shirt (Cotton, poly or others)

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Hotronix Auto Open Clam Heat Press (16"x20")

    Paper/Substrate

    100% Ring-Spun Combed Cotton-Black (Smartex apparel)

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Great definition and detail. Inks are soft to touch. Great texture!

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Direct-to-Object

Mandala 2021 Red Wine Digital DTO on Antique Green Burgundy Glass

    Best of Category - Digital Printing Award Categories (High-Speed Inkjet and Electrophotography)
    Printer

    LSINC

    Location

    Huntsville, Alabama

    Brief description of entry

    The Mandala package is an example of replicating embossed glass and screenprinting into a single Digital DTO process that is capable of articulating around the curvature of a 3D cylindrical object seamlessly.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The true innovation of this print is the use of a digital helical print engine combined with articulating print heads to seamlessly print over curvatures of contoured media in a single pass. Further, the package showcases a digital "emboss" embellishment well outside of the traditional label panel, transforming an otherwise standard wine bottle into something tactile and eye-catching. The challenge to produce is in the print file setup, where geometries for the articulating printheads must be offset to maintain consistent line weights, offset distortion, and maintain consistent ink laydown on changing diameters.

    Prepress

    All work is digital beginning with Adobe Illustrator. Spot colors/layers for primer, white, and varnish were defined for ONYX Rip. The design was then offset and skewed to account for the change in diameter from the body of the media to the neck. A process white gradient mask was then applied to offset the change in droplet density as the diameter of the media decreases while printing. The file was ripped at 1247x1200 with defined spot colors (primer/varnish) to create the embossed effect.

    Prepress Equipment

    All digital. Adobe Illustrator, ONYX rip.

    Printing Presswork

    The challenge in the press work for this package is the programming of media geometry for a helical print over the contour of the media, while maintaining consistent printhead gap and resolution. The media was printed at 6.5 revolutions per second, with a print gap of 2mm in a single pass.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    LSINC Perivallo360m

    Postpress/Finishing

    None

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    None

    Paper/Substrate

    Glass 750mL Celia-059 provided by GloPak Wine & Spirits

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Great use of texture and height for depth while maintaining a very sharp image. Beautiful piece!

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Wide Format Inkjet Printing

Backlit Display

Scaly Sunrise

    Best of Category - Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    GSP Marketing Technologies Inc.

    Location

    CLEARWATER, Florida

    Brief description of entry

    Lizard in a tree.

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - The design and execution of this piece makes it pop. Printing on both sides creates a dramatic effect.

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Display and POP on Plastic

Too Faced Born this Way Nesting Table Display

    Best of Category - Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Graphic Trends, Inc.

    Location

    Paramount, California

    Brief description of entry

    This beautiful acrylic and expanded plastic display feature a LED illuminated spinning carousel of cosmetic foundation products powered by D-size batteries hidden within the center product factice. The display has a motion detection sensor that turns the lights on from one direction after sensing motion and automatically turns the lights off to continue to conserve battery life. The "delay" off to on prevents the LEDs to stay illuminated in a high-traffic area.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    This multi-faceted display requires intelligent engineering, creativity, precision printing, followed up with a package that will deliver to stores on time and in great condition. Having to create an innovative eye-catching product display that was able to be both functional and elegant while supporting a battery life of 7 plus weeks in a high traffic retailer was a particular challenge.

    Prepress Equipment

    Adobe Creative Suite / Autodesk Inventor

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    EFI Vutek 5330

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Kongsberg Router

    Paper/Substrate

    Expanded Polystyrene - Acrylic - Corrugated Tube - Coated Paper - Gold Foil Lamination

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - As a point of purchase this pieces is just spectacular in a challenging category. The variety of different applications, like the light and round table, make for a great multidimensional piece.

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Décor

TURO Interior Decor

    Best of Category - Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    VIVAS, Inc.

    Location

    San Francisco, California

    Brief description of entry

    This project is what we call an “all in one.” When we first met our client, TURO, they asked our advice on how to make the project successful. As interior experts we were able to combine different substrates and use a variety of printers and products to highlight TURO’s branding colors.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The most challenging section of this project was designing and installing the three layers that were needed for the conference room décor. We printed translucent material and after it was installed, we applied a big logo shape with the frost material.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Wall graphics and elevator wrap: Roland DG TrueVIS VG2-640 64-inch wide format inkjet printer/cutter. Window graphics: Roland DG VersaUV LEJ-640 64-inch flatbed hybrid UV-LED printer

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Wall graphics: Matte Over lamination 3M- 8520; Elevator wrap: lamination matte- 3M- 8520; Window graphics: Hexis Frost, Hexis Translucent; Conference room: 3M Diochric

    Paper/Substrate

    Wall graphics: 3M Controltac 40C-10; Elevator wrap: 3M IJ 180 - 3M- 8520; Window graphics: Hexis SUPTAC S5000; Conference room: 3M Diochric

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - I liked the diverse application of this piece in a real world setting.

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Banner

Annunciation of Mary 2021

    Best of Category - Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Diocesan

    Location

    Orlando, Florida

    Brief description of entry

    Using the classical painting, The Annunciation by Masucci as a base, we created a banner to celebrate the Annunciation of Mary feast day.

    Prepress

    created using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator

    Prepress Equipment

    Sai Production Mgr 12 RIP

    Printing Presswork

    Because we are using custom specified media and ink, calibration is very important and the Sai RIP allows us calibrate our printers to our requirements

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Epson SureColor T5270

    Paper/Substrate

    Custom Polypropylene base with Aqueous Receptor

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - All the entries in this category were fantastic and hard to pick from. Very impressed with the technical challenges of portraying in printed fashion a large artwork photograph that captures details of the original substrate.

    PRINTING United Alliance MEMBER

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Poster/Fine Art

Nahuali

    Best of Category - Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    MADS

    Location

    Mexico, Ciudad de México, Mexico

    Brief description of entry

    It is a faithful reproduction of wood carvings belonging to the Zapotec mythology made by the artist according to his ancestral family traditions

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    It was really difficult to capture the technique, color and execution of the pieces using CMYK printing techniques since the colors used by the artist are made by hand mixing natural pigments with different substances such as lemon juice and even mezcal

    Prepress

    The color separation was carried out through several photographs of the same piece, that mixed together, managed to reproduce the extraordinary color of the artist in the sculpture

    Prepress Equipment

    MAC Computer

    Printing Presswork

    The art was printed on handmade paper, excellently mixing the 4 primary colors, thus reproducing the complete range of colors used by the artist in his work of art

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    HP

    Postpress/Finishing

    Each piece was manually varnished to register with a wide texture varnish, thus achieving volume and shine to the print. The container was made by hand by bookbinding artisans using printed fabric to achieve the texture of the cover that represents the work of the Zapotec craftsmen

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Homemade

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Amazing binding of inlay book. This has it all. The whole package is exceptional packaging.

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Vehicle Wrap Installer

Abominable Voodoo Project

    Best of Category - Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Wide Open Throttle Graphics

    Location

    Lacombe County, Alberta, Canada

    Brief description of entry

    This themed wrap project included designing, producing and applying graphics to 2019 Ram 1500 Sport pickup truck, a Cross Traxx Sled Deck, a 2019 Ski Doo Summit, and a 2020.5 Ski Doo Summit Factory Turbo.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    This multi-vehicle wrap project was made more challenging by an extremely tight deadline: I completed three quarters of it in 48 hours, with an extra four hours added later to wrap the Turbo. Sled wraps are very unique and 100% customizable to the rider and their style. I feel that innovation is also key in creating impactful vehicle and powersports graphics, and using the best substrates and printer in the industry helps make my job a little easier.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Roland DG TrueVIS VG2-540 54-inch wide format printer/cutter

    Postpress/Finishing

    Substance Inc. U1500

    Paper/Substrate

    Substance Inc. UltraCurve X1

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - I loved the before and after shots. They used the underlying color to make the wrap better. Impressed with the intricacy of the design.

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Building Graphics Installer

Space Center Houston Building Murals

    Wide Format Inkjet Printing - Printed Product of the Year AwardBest of Category - Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Mountain Commercial Graphics

    Location

    Houston, Texas

    Brief description of entry

    Grand Format Building Murals (2) each, 64' wide x 20' tall for the main entry of Space Center Houston. Graphics designed by Jody Draper, Space Center Houston.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    John Carthey Installations brought this project to Mountain Commercial Graphics for 3M Certified Production and a very tight deadline of 3 weeks to receive production ready artwork, manufacture the murals and install the graphics for the Memorial Day Weekend. The left wall is a changeable graphic and has a set of windows 31.5' wide x 4.5' tall within the mural. We specified 3M changeable film IJ180mC-10UR with 3M 8519 Lustre Laminate for the vinyl application and 3M 8170-P40 Perforated Window Film with 3M 8914 Window Laminate for the windows. The right wall is a longterm graphic and we specified 3M IJ180Cv3-10 with 3M 8519 Lustre Laminate. All graphics were premasked with 3M SCPM-3. The installation was done with a lift and John Carthey Installations provided a protective ground barrier to protect the pavers while moving to each section. On the left wall we provided the full mural in vinyl to cover all molding. The vinyl on the glass was removed and the window film was then installed.

    Prepress

    The artwork was provided to us with a 4" bleed on all sides and we paneled the file within our Fiery RIP in (2) rows of (15) even panels with a 1" overlap left, right and top to bottom. The windows on the left wall were cropped per our template with a 4" bleed on all sides and paneled within our Fiery RIP in 7 even panels with a 1" overlap.

    Prepress Equipment

    efiFiery Pro Server, Software Version 6.5.0.5.1

    Printing Presswork

    Labelling feature was turned on to help identify panels in the finishing stage of lamination. Quality check for image and resolution was performed and adjusted as needed.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    efiVUTEk 3r+

    Postpress/Finishing

    All panels once laminated, premasked and trimmed were re-labeled clearly left to right, top to bottom and packaged in the order they would be installed coming off the roll first.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    AGL 64i

    Paper/Substrate

    All 3M MCS Vinyls and Laminates listed above.

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - It is out of this world. The execution is great. The design did what it was asked to do and it tied everything together so well. Process and Non-process were done well.

    Judges comments for Printed Product of the Year - The size and scope of this project sets it apart from everything else. The end user must be very happy. Sending the eyeball (part of the actual mural) was a smart way to show end pieces scope of project. Imagery used was used on large format well.

    PRINTING United Alliance MEMBER

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Sublimation

Jasco Games My Hero Academia #2

    Best of Category - Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    Just Vision It LLC

    Location

    Lone Jack, Missouri

    Brief description of entry

    Project specs design an 8’x 8’ free standing floor graphic and a 9’x10’ hanging banner for a rotating display 25’ above the actual show area. This project was for a gaming meeting in Las Vegas June 2021 we had three days to complete this project!

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Taking our SEG Modular system we were able to reconfigure the layout so the client could create a very strong visual graphic that would catch the eye of the attendees. My Hero Academia is world renowned and one of the fastest growing brands in the gaming industry. We again used our newest print technology by taking the submitted graphics and running them through our 8 color Panthera S4. The color gamut we were able to achieve with these images were truly remarkable providing a huge gain in how the finished product look while on display. The submitted sample for consideration is a small version of the actual print size Client was extremely thrilled again with the end results

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Panthera S4 3.2M 8-color

    Paper/Substrate

    Fast dry 126" 95 gsm

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This piece is sublime with the crisp text and vibrant colors.

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Heat Transfer

Contra Costa FC 4D

    Best of Category - Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    Printer

    FiberLok Technologies, Inc.

    Location

    Fort Collins, Colorado

    Brief description of entry

    Capturing this football club's distinct, professionalism within a design that communicates spirited excitement was achieved by this multi-color flocked heat transfer and dye sublimation layer.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Maintaining distinct registration between dimensional graphic layers is complex. Over-printing flock colors without color bleeding and matching that up to a dye sublimated layer that has it's own patterns and designs creates visual depth and interest.

    Prepress

    Using the customer-supplied image our production artists had to meet the required manufacturing specifications without greatly altering or sacrificing the integrity of the original design and determine what areas will be cut out for dye-sublimated inserts.

    Prepress Equipment

    Artwork done in Adobe Creative Suite on PC

    Printing Presswork

    Multiple screens are created based on number of colors within a design using emulsion for each layer. Design screens have applied bond and those with prominent colors, or particularly contrasting hues, often are run thru our press multiple times to maintain clear lines and sufficient color depth. This design also has a printed dye sublimated insert that is hand-matched to the flock overlay and sealed together.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Flock layer: Processed on an MHM Synchroprint 3000 Sub dye layer: Printed on Epson SheerColor F6200 using Epson UltraChrome DS ink on Epson DS Transfer Adhesive Textile Paper, then transferred to fabric through a drum laminator.

    Postpress/Finishing

    Flocked sheet with sub dye insert cut out into uniform "cells" for ease of customer application.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Modified Heidelberg Cylinder press with custom cutting boards to maximize yield and cost effectiveness.

    Paper/Substrate

    .75mm Nylon Flock fibers & Sub dye printed Obi-Tex fabric

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - The multiple layers and passes effect is pulled off well. The way is looks like a patch but its not is great.

    PRINTING United Alliance MEMBER

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Postpress/Finishing

Foil Stamping (Traditional)

PHOENIX GOLDEN EXQUISITE LIPSTICK GIFT BOX

    Best of Category - Postpress/Finishing Award Categories
    Printer

    Shanghai New Island Packaging Printing Co., Ltd.

    Location

    Pudong, Shanghai / 上海市, China

    Brief description of entry

    The work uses red artistic paper with three-dimensional hot stamping technology, puts the red and gold in the traditional Chinese colors in the limited space. Envelope: The work has a three-dimensional and tactile texture, which reflects the exquisite gilding technology. Inner box: It now demonstrates the beauty of traditional Chinese ink painting, using a variety of foil stamping techniques and laser die cutting. Instruction manual: fine art paper hot-stamping wire gives the product the spirit of pursuing the ultimate, and it also reflects the exquisite hot-stamping technology.

    Prepress Equipment

    KODAK Q800 CTP

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    HEIDELBERG XL75-8+L-F

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    BOBST SP106ER/ BOBST FOLDER & GLUER

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - In one word, Amazing. Impeccable registration through out. The fine line and stamping is great.

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Embossing/Debossing

Strata:William Smith's Geological Maps

    Best of Category - Postpress/Finishing Award Categories
    Printer

    C & C Joint Printing Co., (H.K.) Ltd.

    Location

    Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    Case cover with foil Stamping and debossing.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Clean and fine detail of both foil stamping and debossing

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak Prinergy SCREEN PT-R8900S

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg

    Postpress/Finishing

    Clean and fine detail of both foil stamping and debossing

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    KOLBUS

    Paper/Substrate

    Jade Dragon woodpaper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - I love the letterpress effect on the back cover. This piece could stand on the debossing alone. Excellent fine line details. Impressed by simplicity and cleanliness of the piece.

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Folding

Make up in Mulan period

    Best of Category - Postpress/Finishing Award Categories
    Printer

    Changzhou City Jintan Ancient Books Printing Factory Co., Ltd.

    Location

    Changzhou City, Jiangsu / 江苏省, China

    Brief description of entry

    《Make up in Mulan period》 is an introduction of various make up styles for women during Mulan period. The content is designed specifically for teenager girls. However, the scroll is well liked by a lot of people because of it’s unique folding and binding form. The folding and binding form is called dragon scales bound, because it’s internal page scales are stacked like dragon scales. The fun part is that, it can be turned from the beginning to the end, or from the back to the front, flowing smoothly like a “ whirlwind”, so also known as the whirlwind. The audiences do not only enjoy the scroll’s knowledge, but also enjoy the playfulness of it’s binding and folding.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    We are used to pack the long scroll by wrapping it up into a round scroll for shipping. However, the charming part of the scroll is we can turn it from left to right and backwards as a flow. It would only flow nicely when it is flat. If we ship it by wrapping it up, it would takes days and efforts to make it flat again. We are not sure whether our judges would have the time. Therefore, we made a long enough box to make sure it lays there flat. We also send in a video through email to show how to pay around with the scroll like whirlwind. In order for our cardboard box to be strong enough for the travel, we embedded the wood board in the box.

    Prepress

    Using high-precision non-contact scanner to scan the original copy; careful contrast and color management (ErgoSoft Posterprint RIP V15); using CTP precision plate making technology to publish, to achieve no color loss.

    Prepress Equipment

    ErgoSoft Posterprint RIP V15

    Printing Presswork

    Three form of printing: 1、Using Heidelberg Four-Colour Press, four-color printing on special handmade Xuan paper presenting the content. 2、Using of screen printing for the title on the cover of the box. 3、Using of hot stamping printing for the embroidery on the cover of the box.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg four-color printing press, the screen printing brush and other equipment, the hot-stamping heater

    Postpress/Finishing

    It took very experienced workers 158 procedures to finish the whole thing. Especially, when comes to folding, the folding line between left page and right page must be accurate. Otherwise, it can not be formed as a completed picture. Furthermore, the top to bottom has to be exact same for each page. Otherwise, the picture frame wouldn’t be at one horizontal level, the picture will not be looking good. Each of the procedures demands our experienced workers' full attention.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Handmade

    Paper/Substrate

    Xuan paper are traditional Chinese paper hand made for classical painting and calligraphy. The main raw materials of Xuan paper are sandalwood bark and rice straw. As a result, Xuan paper is thin and ductile, with good ink embellishing properties, and ability to last and hold the color for centuries. However, due to its softness and tiny holes on the surface, the printing effect is not as normal paper. The color can be eaten from time to time. This is why the normal practice of Xuan paper printing is to put a layer on top of Xuan paper to fill the holes before print. The drawbacks of that practice are first very costly and then the fact that the ink stays on the surface bringing in less authentic looking and easy to fade. As a specialist in printing directly on Xuan paper, Jintan Ancient books printing has dedicated more than 20 years of research and development in Xuan paper color printing. We have overcome all the technical difficulties of direct printing on Xuan paper while printing millions of ancient color books for national libraries and museums.

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Cleverly done. Complex hand folds, interior series of step French folds with the printing perfectly aligned.

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Book Binding

Enter the desert dunhuang

    Best of Category - Postpress/Finishing Award Categories
    Printer

    Shenzhen International Color Printing Co.,Ltd

    Location

    Longhua Zone Shenzhen, Guangdong / 广东省, China

    Brief description of entry

    The book is beautifully bound and elegant. This exquisite handmade book is a perfect combination of creativity and craftsmanship, craftsmanship and art, as well as decorative and practical.Let you once again into the "Mogao Grottoes" world culture and art

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Lock line with naked back special packing + book box and related accessories. (Lock line with 3 colors, red + green + blue +, printed with spot color pattern and 3 ribbons.Cover 2P frame mounted red silk die-cut frame, oil edge frame.The bottom plate is pressed with four corners of the light panel, the cover is mounted with paper linen, and the middle is stuck with a sheet of 0.3mm film and the surface is hot and matte gold.Middle Dunhuang font with coffee color acrylic electric engraving stuck to the bottom, the bottom with 2.0mm light panel pressure magnet position, surface layer + middle and electric engraving font + bottom to mount, inside the sand head mounted.Back cover shell 2P (double layer) : inner and outer layers of red silk coated panel, back mounted 120g linen paper white, outer back support to be mounted white silk, hot black paint + hot matte gold + air pressure concave.Binding difficulty is very high!

    Prepress

    Pre-press design and production using advanced printing process The color curve was compared with the dot curve using the X-RITE test The Angle of the network cable is 175L

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak 800 iii

    Printing Presswork

    The color requirement of customer cultural relic pictures is very high. All pictures and series of colors should be the same.It must be strictly controlled.In the printing process must be well controlled, otherwise the curve must be adjusted in different places to ensure bright color

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg CP2000

    Postpress/Finishing

    Cover die cutting inside frame, oil edge inside frame The front cover of the book has two spots of matte gold。 Activity cover with 1mm thick PVC screen printing 3C (coffee, black, silver) Book back cover hot dumb gold 1 + air pressure concave 1, hot hot black paint 1 Book block wool size three side printing spot color pattern (red silk color) Box inside the wood UV screen printing blackThis hardcover book has a variety of binding technology, the difficulty of post-printing binding is very high! Relevant videos and production pictures will be attached to the email so that judges can witness the unique binding technology.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Bora 115 paper cutting machine, Ya Hua die-cutting machine, MBO folding machine, Warren Berg glue cage

    Paper/Substrate

    1.128g snow brocade picture paper2.110G Star Rain Platinum Sandpaper Shee3.160g Italian Star Magic pape4.

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - From the emboss on the case to the sand inlay and open binding, there are so many pieces to take in with this entry. The interior book finishing details like laser cut sleeve are impressive. The ability for the interior book it to be a stand alone display piece due to the photo frame kick stand on the back is great.

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Diecutting (Including Pop-Ups)

Midi Pile

    Postpress/Finishing-Printed Product of the Year AwardBest of Category - Postpress/Finishing Award Categories
    Printer

    Leo Paper Products Ltd.

    Location

    Kowloon, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    202 pages of laser die-cuts to present the storyline, bringing us a new reading experience.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Komori

    Postpress/Finishing

    Matt Lamination

    Paper/Substrate

    DFP, DAF

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Far and away the most interesting die cutting in the category. Everything was special. Some of the most precise die cutting I have ever seen. Beautifully engineered and bound!

    Judges comments for Printed Product of the Year - Wow!! Unanimous decision. All judges were impressed by intricacy of the work.

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Digital Enhancement (Foil/Varnish)

Las Vegas Raiders Season Ticket Books

    Best of Category - Postpress/Finishing Award Categories
    Printer

    Consolidated Printing

    Location

    VAN BUREN, Arkansas

    Brief description of entry

    Las Vegas Raiders 2020 Season Ticket Book

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The job has 15 different ticket types with 10 different unique game art types with each ticket and book personalized with season ticket holder seating and barcode information. Each game also has unique foil and scodix polymer (raised UV). There are also challenges with matching up the foil and scodix polymer to perfectly match up with the print as the stock goes through a minimum of 4 machines (perf, igen, foil, scodix). The front cover is hot foil stamped with a textured foil dies and emboss using traditional dies.

    Prepress

    There are 15 different types of art for 10 unique games. All is variably driven. Foil layers had to be hand drawn for each game.

    Prepress Equipment

    Macintosh Work Stations, Rollem Perforator

    Printing Presswork

    Stock is pre-perfed so when running the operators must make sure stock is stacked properly and fed straight and the proper direction into the machines. Registration must be watched closely as the scodix and foil must match up later on the tickets and we must watch closely for static lines.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Xerox iGen 5

    Postpress/Finishing

    When running the foil and polymer on scodix the operators must pay very close attention to detail as the polymer and foil must match up perfectly to the art on the tickets. All types must also be watched closely so they match up on the scodix as they are type and game specific. On the front cover foil and emboss we must pay close attention that the texture fills in and the emboss aligns to the flat foil. Hand collating is also done to match up the back cover (which is account specific) to the correct set of tickets. Precise cuts must be made and care must be taken as the scodix causes the stock to be uneven due to the it being raised.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Scodix, Kluge Platen / Foil Stamper, Polar Paper Cutter, Interlake Stitcher, Tape Stripping Machine, Hand Collating

    Paper/Substrate

    12pt Semper C1S Cast Coated Paper / Semper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This sample was better than the rest in the category. Very competitive field, the multiple tickets per booklet techniques are well done. Every ticket was different.

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Specialty

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done!

Postcards from Switzerland

    Best of Category - Specialty Award Categories
    Printer

    Atelier fuer Siebdruck Lorenz Boegli

    Location

    Muentschemier, Bern, Switzerland

    Brief description of entry

    Postcards reproduced only in screen printing

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Photographically reproduction only in screen printing

    Prepress

    halftone screen 150 L/inch

    Printing Presswork

    screen printing in 3 colors grey/black, solvent based 650 sheets in format 102 x 75 cm with 36 postcards

    Paper/Substrate

    Invercote G 350 g/m2 from Iggesund

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This was a hard category to choose a winner in. I honestly didn't think it could be done and I still can't believe it was done. This piece had great registration. The dimensionality and clarity are incredible. It looked a lot finer than 150 line screen.

    PRINTING United Alliance MEMBER

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Expanded Gamut/Hi-Fi Color

Cedars Sinai's Neuro Annual Report

    Best of Category - Specialty Award Categories
    Printer

    Colornet Press

    Location

    Van Nuys, California

    Brief description of entry

    When Cedars-Sinai approached Colornet Press to produce their annual Cognitive and Neurological Research Report, they were looking for a way to showcase their medical advances in a humble, yet relevant way. Knowing the effect of color on the brain, they wanted to promote everyday items with neurological benefit by photographing them with special lighting techniques falling outside of the CMYK gamut. Solution: Our proprietary printing technique called Amplify.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The colors of the brain scans did not convert well from RGB to CMYK. With a production run of 33000 and a very limited budget, the client could not afford to make the job six color Hi-Fi as the plates, additional make readies and the cost of the inks would increase by 50%. So we offered our proprietary printing technique called Amplify which is achived with only four colors but covers up to 88% of the RBG color gamut.

    Prepress

    Amplify requires a different color calibration of proofing printers and printing plates than G7 and GRACoL standards. So the job has to be set up differently, the proof settings and plate curves are different as the inks are more intense and densities are much higher than conventional CMYK inks. Most images were retouched for maximum effects.

    Prepress Equipment

    MAC computers, Epson SureColor P9000 proofer, Kodak Trendsetter Spectrum 8-up thermal platesetter, Fuji FLH 852 Supreme Plate processor

    Printing Presswork

    Amplify printing requires special inks that are more dense and must be printed with Stochastic screening. The combination of the denser inks and 20 micron dots require a press that is in perfect condition to maintain the proper water/ink balance to keep the dots open and sharp. Perfect ink release from the printing blankets to the paper is crucial especially at speeds of 13000 per hour.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Komori Lithrone LS 640 with a coating tower and HUV ink curing system.

    Postpress/Finishing

    The booklet was perfect bound with PUR adhesive for maximum durability.

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Heidelberg Stahl 16 page folder, Polar 137 cutter, BZund G3 2500 digital cutter, Muller Martini Perfect binder

    Paper/Substrate

    Cover: 95# Topkote dull cover, Text: 100# Topkote dull text

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This is a good example of where gamut printing is useful. Choosing images that take advantage of the violet, orange, and green ink that expand the color space was smart.

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Security Printing

Specialty Imaging Security for Event Passes

    Best of Category - Specialty Award Categories
    Printer

    Xerox

    Location

    Webster, New York

    Brief description of entry

    VI Suite’s unique specialty imaging technology validates that each produced document is genuine, embedding essential counterfeit protection right into each print Specialty Imaging effects add security and visual interest to enhance documents by including text or images that can only be viewed under special circumstances. Hidden text or images embedded into the print become visible under special viewing conditions or with the aid of simple tools such as a loupe, UV light, currency camera or when copied. Specialty Effects incorporated into the pieces include: - Microtext: Use this effect to create characters that are smaller than 1 point size. When viewed by the naked eye, the text looks like small dots. The printed content can be revealed using a loupe or magnifying glass.. - Fluorescent Marks: This mark appears as a speckled, colored box. The content is virtually impossible to decipher under normal light. But when a UV or black light is scanned over the circle, the content becomes visible. No special font is required. - Infrared Mark: Xerox Infrared Mark is printed text that is only visible in the dark, with an infrared camera. This mark appears as a speckled, colored box. The content is virtually impossible to decipher under normal light. But when a UV or black light is scanned over the circle, the content becomes visible -Correlation Marks: Xerox Correlation Mark with Vector Pattern Technology is printed text that is only visible when superimposed by a “key” overlay. When viewed by the naked eye, Correlation Mark vector pattern areas appear as a box with a color pattern. To increase security, the vector pattern, text, or image can be varied from ticket to ticket, pattern to pattern, and image to image. Two-layer patterns can also be created that read different messages with different validation keys. Each variation has its own validation key.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Specialty Imaging Security Techniques provide the ability to implement highly secure variable print techniques without special paper, inks or hardware. These techniques provide the following benefits: - You can boost security of traditional static security techniques by incorporating variable data so that each piece is unique. Layers of security techniques equals added protection. - Digital techniques can also streamline production by applying security in a single print process, reducing costs. Eliminate costly special substrates, preprinted stocks, along with the associated stocking and inventory management, and secondary print processes. - By streamlining the print into a single process, it also opens up creativity by allowing security techniques to be integrated right into designs so creativity can stay center stage.

    Prepress

    Using the FreeFlow VI Suite Design Express Plug In, Designers can easily and creatively incorporate the specialty imaging security techniques into their designs and apply them in a variable nature. When it comes to composition, the design templates and data can be output to FreeFlow Core to accelerate the composition and automate the print production job processing and output management for an entirely touchless workflow.

    Prepress Equipment

    Xerox FreeFlow VI Suite - Design Express with Specialty Imaging and FreeFlow Core Variable Data Module

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Xerox Iridesse Production Press

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Trim

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - The combination of the three technologies for security printing are very effective. It is a great use of the technologies to make something far more secure.

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Activated Printing

ozeane Unterwasserwelt

    Best of Category - Specialty Award Categories
    Printer

    C & C Joint Printing Co., (H.K.) Ltd.

    Location

    Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    The book is equiped with VR glasses. You can download the corresponding APP into the VR glasses by using mobile phone, then you can see the ocean scenery and listen to the interactive explanation.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    VR children's books

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak Prinergy SCREEN PT-R8900S

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    KBA

    Postpress/Finishing

    VR children's books

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    KOLBUS

    Paper/Substrate

    Gold Sun FSC Mix Credit matt art paper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This pieces had an interesting combination of technologies. The piece illustrates a good combination of virtual reality and good printing.

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Environmentally Sound

the natural history book

    Best of Category - Specialty Award Categories
    Printer

    C & C Joint Printing Co., (H.K.) Ltd.

    Location

    Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    1. FSC mix credit paper is used for text, endpaper, case and jacket. 2. The board is made of FSC recycled 100% raw material 3. Coswood green soybean ink 4. Using non-process plate

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Green printing, all materials meet the requirements of environmental protection

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak Prinergy SCREEN PT-R8900S

    Printing Presswork

    Green printing, all materials meet the requirements of environmental protection

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Heidelberg

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    KOLBUS

    Paper/Substrate

    Snow Hawk FSC Mix Credit matt art paper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This piece did not jump out as looking to be printed in an environmentally sound way. After reading the description I was surprised by the raw materials used to produce it. It is a well printed piece.

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Self-Promotion

Body of Work Three

    Best of Category - Specialty Award Categories
    Printer

    Body of Work and Armstrong miller & Mclaren

    Location

    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Brief description of entry

    This is the official Body of Work Corporate Book

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Most self promotion consists of companies with claims glorifying their products and services In our case we decided to create a self promotion book by demonstrating the quality and consistency of our work.

    Prepress

    Our policy is to get it right in the camera. Our hands on creative director/photographer personally controls all aspects of the job from concept to completion. To attain this end all equipment from camera to printing press are collaborated so the image in the camera is identical to the finished product. I this case the challenge was to ensure all the spot UV is in perfect registration with the image.

    Prepress Equipment

    Cannon

    Printing Presswork

    Because of the accuracy of the prepress the printing was fairly straight forward ensuring the registration of varnish and image was perfect.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Cannon C800

    Postpress/Finishing

    The job features spot UV on images throughout

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    Duplo DDC spot varnishing

    Paper/Substrate

    Sovereign Silk from the Hansol Mill in Korea

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This piece is beautifully printed. The vibrant reproductions through out make the piece both elegant and rich.

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Mixed Technologies

Pokemon Sword & Shield Ultra-Premium Collection - Zacian & Zamazenta

    Best of Category - Specialty Award Categories
    Printer

    RRD

    Location

    Durham, North Carolina

    Brief description of entry

    Special edition collector's rigid box containing cards, dice, coins, card sleeves, booster packs, player's guide, and unique code card.

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    The client came to RRD in need of structural design and graphical embellishments to create a box to house multiple game objects. Multiple substrates, embellishments, components for kitting, etc. went into the box to create a premium look and feel.

    Prepress

    Structural design and embellishments were key to bring the client's graphics to life to create a rich experience for the consumer.

    Printing Presswork

    Multi-component retail product featuring foil laminate on box wrap and gold foil stamped items (instruction guide and divider).

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    Komori 28" x 40"

    Paper/Substrate

    C1S text litho (litho wrap), 100# gloss text + gold foil (instruction guide), C2S board + gold foil (tab divider)

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This piece is excellently made. There are great images on the foil stock and the game pieces are high quality. Any collector would be exceedingly happy with the purchase of this piece.

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Promotional Product

Wu Duanyang cultural Dragon Boat Festival suit

    Best of Category - Specialty Award Categories
    Printer

    C & C Joint Printing Co., (H.K.) Ltd.

    Location

    Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong

    Brief description of entry

    Gold and white stamping on case cover and printing with special red and green ink ; Box : 4c printing on 400g ivory board with black color stamping ; Shadow puppet: 4c printing on 400g ivory board box with gold stamping,

    What makes entry challenging/innovative

    Shell spot color registration.

    Prepress Equipment

    Kodak Prinergy Kodak Magnus 800 Quantum

    Printing Presswork

    Shell spot color registration.

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    HeidelbergCD102

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    ShengTu BOBST

    Paper/Substrate

    gloss art paper

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This is a well put together piece. The shadow puppet show was well executed. From the packaging down to the bag it was done well.

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Student

High School Student

"Tiger shoes" packaging

    Best of Category - Students – Please note: there are special divisions for high school and post-secondary students.
    Printer

    Shanghai Press and Publication Vocational-Technical School

    Location

    Pudong, Shanghai / 上海市, China

    Brief description of entry

    "Tiger head shoes" is a kind of children's shoes made by traditional Chinese folk crafts. Because the toe cap looks like a tiger head, it is called tiger head shoes. It means good luck, hoping that children can grow up healthily and safely. The packaging adopts the shape of tiger head, and the overall design is lifelike. The hollowed out design of the tiger mouth can clearly show the built-in "tiger head shoes". The middle part of the package adopts the tearing design. When it is opened, the upper part of the package can be used as "tiger head cap". The packaging design is both ornamental and practical.

    Prepress Equipment

    HP WorkStation ,Adobe Design Software,Artios CAD

    Printing Presswork Equipment

    HP FB700 Flat Printer

    Postpress/Finishing Equipment

    ESKO Die-Cutting

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - This is a well printed piece that is structurally impressive. I can't believe a High School student did this.

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Post-Secondary Student

OUT OF SHADOW

    Best of Category - Students – Please note: there are special divisions for high school and post-secondary students.
    Printer

    Location

    Pudong, Shanghai / 上海市, China

    Brief description of entry

    The book “Out of Shadow” introduces Chinese 24 solar terms in the form of Chinese traditional art --- Shadow Play. The book takes two volumes as a set of forms, including volume spring-summer and volume autumn-winter. This three dimensional book combines modern laser engraving technology with Chinese traditional folding style of Confucian classics, and adopts several post-painting techniques, such as screen printing, UV printing and blocking, presenting Chinese 24 solar terms in forms of gatefold, rotation, folding fan and so on. The book is equipped with 3D printing illuminant; when the shadow play image appears, the book becomes the light equipment simultaneously, combining art beauty with functionality perfectly.

    Prepress

    AI draw the image and PS process to modify, Modeling in 3D MAX(lamp base)and 3D printing; Main material: Vegetable parchment , Yunlong paper , Art paper.

    Printing Presswork

    UV printing: Zhongyi Ink; Digital printing : Konica Minolta ; Hand-screen printing.

    Postpress/Finishing

    Laser engraving:Bosch Ketai 4060 laser engraving machine Kedu ; Blocking:GN-1800D ; Cutting; Indentation;Folding ; Mounting.

    Judges' Comments

    Judges comments for Best of Category - Winner winner chicken dinner. It is just incredible. The way it opens to make dioramas... WOW!

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