"When the Matrix MX-530 Duplex won in 2015, the range was promoted as a Digital Laminating system," said export manager Bruce Cozens. "Now with our Retrofit Take-up and Foil Bracket unit, the Pneumatic and Duplex Systems are able to Foil amazing images onto Digital toner, simply and easily making the Matrix range very versatile and ensuring a quick return on investment for print shops."
The Matrix can produce foiling, holographic & spot UV-style effects used for all kinds of print and packaging, including business cards, stationery, book covers, security print, wedding stationery and high-end bespoke print, quickly and cost-effectively. By combining the Matrix with the Color-Logic suite of colour communication systems and software tool sets that work in conjunction with Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign applications, designers can now work with an exclusive pallet of 250 unique metallic foil colours, all achievable using a digital printer. The Duplex can also laminate and encapsulate print on both sides of the sheet at once, saving both post-production time and money.
Huddersfield-based Swiftprint can now offer their customers a truly bespoke foiling service with its recent purchase of a Matrix Digital Foiling & Laminating System.
Established in 1972, Swiftprint is West Yorkshire's premiere design and print facility. Offering a full service to its customers, their portfolio ranges from business cards, letterheads, brochures & flyers, to wide format work such as outdoor banners, signs, pop-up banners and exhibition stands.
With an impressive arsenal of kit including a Xerox Versant 2100, Roland & Canon wide format printers and an Easymount wide format laminator, owners Phil & Vickie Earle decided it was time to bring their small format lamination in-house too.
"We had a 'so-called' table top laminator" said Swiftprint's Phil Earle. "It was a messy and time-consuming operation and anything over 100 sheets would always be outsourced. I visited the Print2Finish event at Leeds Elland Road and was given a demonstration on the Matrix System. I was very impressed with the quality and amazed that we'd also be able to foil our digital work. I was also really surprised how well the Matrix could foil onto uncoated paper, particularly a job we used to send out using the Arjowiggins Pop'Set range from Antalis. We've saved thousands of pounds now we can foil and laminate on the Matrix."
Swiftprint also run its sister company, Wedding Angels and offers wedding stationery including save the date cards, invitations, order of service and table plans. The award-winning company specialises in short-run, personalised & bespoke digitally printed stationery.
"Many couples that visit us love the look and quality of foiled invites for their wedding," continued Earle "The problem is that most find the £150 set-up charge too expensive, as we used to outsource all our foiled work. Now we have the Matrix, we can offer our wedding stationery with a beautiful bespoke foiled finish, even foiling variable data like individual names, and all without set-up charges."
Vivid Laminating Technologies, Europe’s leading designer and manufacturer of digital foiling & laminating systems, has confirmed an exclusive partnership with US-based Color-Logic™.
The Color-Logic suite of colour communication systems and software tool sets work in conjunction with Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign applications. They allow designers to work with an exclusive palette of 250 unique metallic foil colours, all achievable using a digital printer and Vivid’s award-winning Matrix Digital Foiling & Laminating System and its Aqua Aura silver or rainbow holographic foils.
Vivid’s Product Manager Lewis Evans explains more "Our new Aqua Aura range of luxury foils are available in over 20 colours. By using the Color-Logic tools, you can now achieve 250 different metallic colours, all from one single roll of foil and with just a click of a button"
Color-Logic plug-ins and palettes for the Adobe suite are very easy to work with and save huge amounts of time. For example, the Photoshop plug-in intelligently analyses the levels of colour within a photo to create an image ready to be foiled, including shadows and lighter areas. The finished effect jumps out of the page and dramatically enhances print.
"Color-Logic is a disruptive technology that adds value to print, whilst differentiating a client's branding" states Mark Geeves, Color-Logic’s Director of Sales and Marketing. "Vivid’s expertise in foiling, combined with our innovative colour system, creates exciting new opportunities for printers to grow their high-value print production business, whilst reducing overall stock inventory."
To celebrate our new partnership, we created the front and back covers of the June 2017 issue of Print Solutions magazine.
All 13,000 digitally printed covers were digitally foiled using Vivid's award-winning Matrix System and Color-Logic's specialist software for metallic foil effects. Watch how we did it in this video:
Vivid’s exclusive alliance with Color-Logic offers the user 2 levels of software integration. The standard package includes the full design suite and FX viewer for 1 user, whereas the premium package allows up to 5 simultaneous users of the design suite & FX viewer, combined with 5 Pattern-FX which adds dimensions to the print.
"We’re able to offer both packages on either a 3 or 5 year lease," continued Evans. "Combining the lease cost, printers can have access to our award-winning Matrix digital foiling system and Color-Logic’s incredible metallic print effects starting from just £70 per week."
About Vivid Laminating Technologies
Voted 2016 Supplier of the Year by the British Association for Print and Communication, Vivid is Europe’s leading designer and manufacturer of digital foiling & laminating systems, including the award-winning Matrix and Easymount range. They’ve been supplying the print industry for 30 years and export to over 50 countries worldwide.
Color-Logic develops colour communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic provides brand owners, product managers, corporations, and their advertising agencies the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients with a simple print production process that yields dramatic results. Color-Logic decorative effects utilize the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment. Color-Logic supports the value of print and works with designers and printers to enhance their printed media.