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4th May 2015
This week's survey 
(These survey questions are sent in by our readers. Please spend a minute to give your answer to this week's survey as one or possibly more of your industry peers thinks this question is important and wishes to see your point of view as well as others in the industry.)  
How do wide format margins compare to other parts of your business?

Results of April's poll...

What is the biggest technological issue you face in wide format printing?
Machine reliability - 18% / Equipment failing to meet expectations/published specs - 25% / Consumables reliability - 18%/ Workflow issues - 15% / No major technical issues - 25% 

405 respondents

Our last week's survey results...


Do graphic art courses cover enough? How many graduates know what bleed is, or how to set up a file for CMYK printing? 

  • I constantly get art from expensive graphic designer companies that don't know how to send files in a format we can use. So many are thinking A4 page or Computer screen, that when you ask for something bigger than a small car, they get totally bamboozled. Resolution is always an issue, placement is another. Bleed is never an issue, although I've had to send artwork back for cmyk issues more than once. We put out an extensive spec sheet, I doubt any of them read it. The attitude is always along the lines that they are the expert and the sign guy is a poor uneducated cousin. Drives me to drink! 
  • Great question, however I wonder if the person asking the question requires some refresher courses themselves. Perhaps advanced colour management and use of RGB workflows might be a good place to start. Designing strictly in CMYK is very old hat and restrictive. 
  • Having attended a 1yr express graphic design course (a private college's condensed approach to the 3-4yr TAFE course): I found the course covered everything necessary for the creating & proofing of high quality artwork. In hindsight the one area I found the course to be lacking is within the area I currently work: grand format. While DPI for such large works was touched on it was more in regards to billboards and not the high quality digital work I currently do.
    The learning curve was very approachable, however, and I owe that easy transition to the knowledge I have.
    If a graduate doesn't know what bleed, safe area or how to handle CMYK profiles within files I would be looking at the individual (and their background) instead of the course.
  • No Most graphic Designers have very little knowledge of the printing trade and many have a very poor understanding of how to use type to the best advantage. I take a few students every year from the local design school as part of their assignment they setup and print something in type on an old letterpress machine. I hope this gives them a little better grounding I have also found that a great many designers know little about grip on jobs.(Colin, One Stop Print Shop)
  • IBleed is an example of irony - when you are a kid you are taught to color neatly up to the line. When you grow up you buy a $200k printer that intentionally colors a couple of mm over the line. CMYK is a very poor example of an anagram coined by someone who could not spell Black.(Michael, AS Fisher & Co)
  • My graphic arts course was done a while ago, and I can honestly say that until I worked at a print shop I didn't know all those things, and was thrown in the deep end. Now with 13 years industry experience (7 years running my own signwriting business) I can honestly say the tutorials online are now much better than the course was. People should sharpen their skills with graphic arts magazines, and with high quality youtube tutorials done by industry professionals.(Nicola, Dusty Road Design & Print)
  • NO. I did my apprenticeship as a signwriter and still work in the industry. With 15 years experience I still receive print ready images not up to standard. Colour management is all wrong and not in CMYK and also visual space is all wrong. I decided to do my advanced deploma in Graphic Design but stopped it, the teachers had no idea and would not help with my side of design. The best solution is get the graphic designers to design not just for paper or computer but for all types of advertisement. Pet hate of mine where a client has spent a money on a logo or design and I have to completely change because it dose not fit or suit a sign or vehicle advertisement. (David, Manning Signs)
  • No, no, no. In conversations with colleagues we find that most of our problems are caused by faulty files - no bleed, wrong dimensions, not flattened, absolutely huge files, many with all or part in RGB.
    OK, some of those with wrong dimensions are sent by non professionals, but all the others are such common faults from graphic artists it has now become the norm.
    Really sad when you think of the cost of their training.
    The sad thing is that graphic artists will use Fluoro type colours then complain when the CMYK print is not the same as their screen.
  • I usually cringe when a customer says their graphic artist will send me the files. They're usually great at doing artwork for web pages etc but when it comes to print ready artwork they generally have no idea about bleed, cut lines etc. It's so refreshing (& rare) when I get files that are truly print ready that I usually contact the artist & commend them.
  • I went to Bendigo Tafe and did a graphic design diploma course. It's a very good stepping stone, yes they teach the basics of bleeds and setting files up for print. I'm not sure I can say the same for some university courses. (Eric, Signs Plus)
  • I'm not sure what they are teaching them but the answer is, no... If they are, it's not getting through. PS Photoshop is not for layouts! Emilio, Kwik Kopy Phillip) 

(As a publishing practice to protect ourselves from any potential liability, company and individual names that are referred to negatively in any of these comments are removed.
In addition we reserve the right to remove comments that are blatant advertising for one product or company)

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New South Wales


(NSW, Albury) Pad Printer, Tosh Logica 2, 3 colour Machine
(Posted 30th April 2015) 

(NSW Pyrmont) VersaCAMM SP-300i Printer Cutter
(Posted 27th April 2015) 

(NSW, Casino) SOLJET pro 2
(Posted 27th April 2015) 

(NSW, Gosford) Gerber Edge 2 and software,
(Posted 15th April 2015) 

(NSW, Bexley) Roland SJ-740 in great working order,
(Posted 9th April 2015) 

(NSW, Thornleigh) HP Designjet 5500 42" UV/Dye tube kits
(Posted 1st April 2015) 

(NSW, West Kempsey) Roland CAMM-1 PRO Cutter on stand.
(Posted 29th March 2015) 

(NSW, Port Macquarie) Brand new Anilam 1600mm manual cold Laminator on stand.
(Posted 28th March 2015) 

(NSW, Wollongong) Mimaki JV33 and CJV30.
(Posted 27th March 2015) 

(NSW, Wyong) Camm 1 600mm cutter
(Posted 24th March 2015) 

(NSW, West Tamworth) 2nd hand Lightbox sign for sale.
(Posted 23rd March 2015) 

(Posted 16th March 2015) 

(NSW, Seven Hills) HP L65500 2.5m wide Latex printer
(Posted 16th March 2015) 

(NSW, Seven Hills) HP Scitex Latex 850. 3.2m wide Latex printer
(Posted 16th March 2015) 

(NSW, Ingleburn) PosterPrint Pro V14 - RIP Software
(Posted 6th March 2015) 

(NSW, Deniliquin) Gerber Edge FX printer and GS15+ plotter
(Posted 25th February 2015) 

(NSW, West Ryde ) XAAR 318 Printheads
(Posted 23rd February 2015) 

 (NSW, Lilyfield) Used Mutoh Value Jet 1604 printer $2000.00
(Posted 20th February 2015) 

(NSW, Sydney) 1 Dilli Flatbed ( annapurna)
(Posted 16th February 2015) 

(NSW, Wauchope) Roland SP 540v with take-up,
(Posted 15th February 2015) 

(NSW, Wetherill Park) AGFA Anapurna M Flatbed Printer.
(Posted 10th February 2015) 

(NSW, Ashfield) Roland VS-540i
(Posted 2nd February 2015) 


(ACT, Fyshwick) FOR SALE: Mimaki CJV30-130 Take up roller. Rasterlink 5 Pro software Bundle. Call 0414 545 564

(Posted 20th April 2015) 


(VIC, Mernda) HP DesignJet L26500
(Posted 29th April 2015)
(VIC, Werribee) Roland SC500 EcoSol Max 
(Posted 28th April 2015)
(VIC, Carrum Downs) Roland Aj1000.
(Posted 30th March 2015)
(VIC, Carrum Downs) Roland SJ640.
(Posted 1st April 2015)

(VIC, Cheltenham) HP 9000s Printer in good condition
(Posted 27th February 2015) 

(VIC, Hastings) Canon ipF 6100 for parts.
(Posted 27th February 2015) 

(VIC, Melbourne) Epson Stylus Pro 9900
(Posted 24th February 2015) 

(VIC, Melbourne) KODAK 1200i (encad)   

(Posted 10th February 2015)  


(Posted 10th February 2015)  

(VIC, Mernda) HP Latex 360 Printer for urgent sale .    

(Posted 4th February 2015)




(QLD, Arana Hills) HP L25500 Latex
(Posted 29th April 2015)
(QLD, Mackay) Epson Stylus Pro 9800.
(Posted 30th March 2015)
(QLD, Brisbane) HP L25500 Latex
(Posted 6th February 2015)
(QLD, Aspley) Roof rack for Commodore
(Posted 4th February 2015)
Northern Territory
(NT, Darwin) Looking for spare part for our ROLAND VERSA CAM SP 540V.
(Posted 10th February 2015)
South Australia


(SA, Prospect) Teck UV 3000 3m x 2m Flatbed.
(Posted 30th March 2015) 

Western AustraliaRE
(WA, Perth) Canon iPF8100 printer.
(Posted 22nd April 2015)
(WA, Port Kennedy) AGFA Annapurna M
(Posted 23rd March 2015)

(Posted 10th March 2015)

         New ZealandACE HERE
(Posted 7th April 2015)

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 New South Wales  



(NSW, Sydney West) - Digital Print Operator & Prepress
(Posted 27th April 2015) 

(NSW, Sydney) Area Sales Manager - Print Media and Substrates
(Posted 15th April 2015) 

(NSW, Sydney) Sales Person - Agent Commission Based - Print Media
(Posted 27th March 2015) 

(NSW, Seven Hills) Large Format Cutter Operator
(Posted 2nd March 2015) 

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