Eastsign Roll to Roll Thermal Transfer Machine (RTR) series

Digital 2 You have been appointed as the Rocky Mountain States distributor of the Eastsign Roll to Roll ( RTR ) thermal transfer presses.  These highly efficient oil drum style presses are used throughout the Dye Sublimation industry for fabrics, textile and specialty transfers.  The presses come in three sizes;  RTR-1700 will run 68” wide materials, the RTR-2500 will run 100” wide, and the largest RTR-3200 is  a whopping 130” or 3.2 meter!

The oil filled drum heats to an even temperature during long production runs and is best suited to dye sublimation of fabrics and textiles, but we even have skis and snowboards being produced on them.  Some of the features of the duplex oil tank system allow for fast warm up and very accurate, high quality transfers.  Eastsign has incorporated a teflon coated drum, along with blanket release system for safe operation.

Other features include a 3 part, self tensioning system for best allignment, 3 sets of feeding rollers and take up rollers, and a fully adjustable blanket tension system dialed in for different materials.  There is a limited 2 year parts warranty and Digital 2 You offers on site installation, training, service and support for all of our clients.  We also stock parts locally for the machines that we install.

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Thermal Transfer Machines, Eastsign and Digital 2 You

Great News!

Digital 2 You and Eastsign International, ltd have entered into an agreement in which Digital 2 You will represent the Full Line of Eastsign Thermal Transfer Machines in the Rocky Mountain States for the Thermal Transfer and Dye Sublimation industry.

With several installations of the Eastsign thermal transfer in place now, a Denver training center is on the planning board.  Coupled with the Epson F-Series F-7070 & F-6070 Dye Sublimation printers and the Eastsign machines, Denver will now become an active demonstration / product training center for the dye sublimation industry.

Key areas that would benefit from this growing dye sublimation technology would be the Garment & Apparel trade, Ski – Snowboard & Skateboard industry, Photo Gifting & Novelty, as well as Industrial Direct Transfer and 3-D Dye Sublimation products.

Eastsign Thermal Transfer (RTR) Machines range in roll size from 68”, 100” & 130” wide.  The MOT series also cover the sizes with automatic feed and take up systems for fabric and clothing print transfers.  The Flatbed (FOT)  series offer single sided transfer, as well as double sided transfer in sizes from 39” x 47” up to 39” x 59”.

Digital 2 You carries a full line of service and replacement parts for the Eastsign machines, as well as having trained technicians for installation & service support.  Digital 2 You is a complete systems integrator for the dye sublimation industry offering full service , support, training & supplies to the trade.  Dye Sublimation transfer papers in the most popular sizes are conveniently stocked in a central warehouse for prompt delivery.

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Grant Kalivoda Memorial Service: Silent Auction in Santa Fe, April 5th, 2014

Grant wishing us farewell.Grant was a unique, kind man of the photo community and loved by many. He was a knowledgable and insightful source for photography and digital art of printing. He will be greatly missed and loved by all who knew him. On behalf of Grant, a dedicated individual to the New Mexico photographic community , we would like to invite the photographic and digital imaging friends that Grant has made over the years  to come show our love and support at the memorial service locally in the Santa Fe ” Bite ” and to assist by holding a silent auction in his honor.

Everyone in the community is invited to participate in this event, which will benefit Grant’s family and cover the expenses he incurred during his illness & recovery prior to his passing.  What a great way to reconnect with everyone and have a fun time remembering Grant!

When: Saturday, April 5th from 2 – 5 pm

Garrett’s Desert Inn & Santa Fe Bite ( Grant’s Favorite Place to eat! )
Located at 311 Old Santa Fe Trail   (downtown by the plaza)
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Please contact the following people for more information on the Silent Auction:

Steve Zeifmann  steve@rushcreekeditions.com
Peter Ellzey    peter@peterlz.com
Don Messick   makingartsafely@mac.com


Here is Steve Zeifmann’s kind review of how he got to know Grant;

For me it all started in 2008. I was printing out of a cool live/work space in Arroyo Hondo near Santa Fe. After a number of attempts trying to contact “Grant” he finally just showed up one summer evening in shorts and tevas about five pm. “What seems to be the problem,” he said as he put the oversize tool box down in my studio. I said, “lots of flakes on the paper surface.” Grant smiled as he removed a small flash light from the tool box. “You mean you have snow in July,” he explained. We both laughed and I immediately knew we would be friends. Of course as it turned out, there was a mountain of paper flakes inside both of my Epson’s and it did look a lot like snow. Later that evening we had dinner at Harry’s and we talked about his love of photography and all things mechanical. There is something about “hands on people”, I have never known any of them to be mean or vindictive. Just salt of the earth, great folks, that was Grant.

On February 8th, in the company of his love Charlotte Schaaf, his son Nick on the telephone from California and some close friends here in Santa Fe, Grant died as a result of a massive stroke from a cerebral hemorrhage. He had suffered from a similar stoke about seven months earlier and after months of rehab and good medical attention in Albuquerque he finally came home and was making a great comeback. Everyone was so excited about his return, but as Grant would say, “life is what happens while your busy making other plans.”

Just for the record, Grant was born in 1947 in the Village of Crosse Point Michigan near Detroit to Marie Childs and Joseph Kalivoda. His sister Fran was older and lived in Nashville. He got a degree in Chemistry (that was easy) in 1969 at Indiana University and later some graduate work in photography and eventually a teaching credential. Grant taught photography and darkroom skills in Gary Indiana public schools for a couple of years and then got the itch to go to Central America and became a freelance photo journalist working for National Geographic in Guatemala.
His images were published in the Magazine and other publications in October 1974.

After a short stint teaching, photography, math and coaching wrestling in Wyoming he landed in the land of enchantment and never left. First in Los Alamos helping to run a camera store and doing some photo processing and then landing in Santa Fe helping to build “Camera and Darkroom,” a pro store and really the anchor for photography in northern New Mexico. He and his partners ran the store(s) for 21 years and so was established the permanent love affair with photography and with it a grateful Santa Fe. During this time he had a family, wife Dixie Ray and their son Nick came along in 1979, holding the record at Saint Vincent’s as the largest baby born in Santa Fe. Nick grew up to become a musician, poet and rasta. Grant also had another family, but not what you think. Philmont Boy Scout Camp in Cimarron New Mexico where twelve thousand scouts come every year to be photographed by Grant and his crew of great young folks, “the kids.”

The year is 1998 and Grant having left Camera and Darkroom decided to “go digital” and started a parallel course into it “full pixel.” He started the now infamous, Giant Photo Equipment and worked with a couple from Colorado in establishing a beach head in Santa Fe for the digital supplies, Digital2You with Dennis and Susan Halley. Selling printers, ink and paper, servicing them and solving problems for folks near and far.Along the way the photos and artists grew to love this character and his mañana schedule. You see you had to love Grant pretty much unconditionally,
otherwise his lack of punctuality would drive you crazy. It’s my theory that Grant wanted to slow it all down and make it fun. So as clients we just had to go along with his sense of time. I know it must have frustrated those folks on hard deadlines, but I grew to accept and make it part of my biz model as did so many others.

About six or seven years ago Grant started showing signs of Parkinson’s and things got a little slower, but his work always kept him moving in the green dodge truck from client to client, from printer to printer and finally ending up on friday night to take home Bobcat Bite to his one and only, Charlotte for a quiet evening and then a weekend in the garden, weather permitting.

Grant always said, “I can make it worse or I can make it better, but I can’t make it the same.”

I speak for many when I say, Grant was the most generous and kind soul I have ever met. I am proud to have called him my friend.

Steve Zeifman
Santa Fe

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Grant Kalivoda, passed away February 8th, 2014 in peace.

To all of the photographic and Epson digital printing community that worked with our friend Grant Kalivoda over the many years that he graciously served us.

To inform all of you that Grant passed away this morning at 1:20 surrounded by family and friends. He suffered a sudden, massive stroke late in the afternoon that left him unconscious and unresponsive until the end. It was mercifully quick.  Our Deepest, Sincere Condolences to his son Nicholas and to his dear Charlotte.

Steve Zeifman and Don Messec are planning a tribute for him at the Santa Fe Bite. All details are pending. Steve is handling the obituary and working with the family on his memorial services.

We will all miss Grant !

Always Teaching….
Always Patient….
Always Thinking….
Always Inventing, Probing & Solving…
Always Sharing….

Throughout his Photographic life, Grant impacted , influenced and taught us all in his own way.

From his Teaching and Natl. Geographic Photo days
Camera & Darkroom days
Giant Photo days
Photo-Imaging & Digital 2 You days

Dennis Halley


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SIA show in Denver for Snow Industry – Dye Sub report

The Snow Industry Association (SIA) show was held in Denver this last week. Our Digital 2 You team went to visit and be the Dye Sublimation consultants for the apparel, snowboard and ski manufacturers.  We saw so much dye sub fashionable clothing, outerwear and the most diverse designs in snowboard and ski artwork.

D2Y-USA specializes in Epson F-Series Dye Sub printers for the outdoor & snowboard industry.  We showed examples of the Epson Dye Sublimation printed fabrics and snowboard printing at the Denver event.  Several of the exhibiting manufacturers were showcasing new designs created from our dye sublimation products.

For more information, call us at 303-934-2777 to assist you in your dye sublimation needs.  We also have a wide assortment of heat transfer presses & technology for the trades.

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Epson 4900 HDR Clogged Ink Jet Head (fix)

Having written about the issues with the Epson SP 4900 HDR printer over the last couple of years, we have discussed the “Clogged Ink Jet Head” specifically.  All of us in the industry have struggled with a quick cure and there are many suggestions posted all over the internet on this issue.

Short of running down and getting replacement parts for the 4900, I have often suggested that getting the single capping unit in the pump cap moist. We have seen this strategy recover many printers in the field.

The reason that the heads are clogged, is that the pumping / capping is not sucking the ink when it is supposed to.  I have included some images that show the parts for you.

This procedure is not an easy one, but it works!  All you have to do is to put warm water or our Pink Cleaning Solution on the capping unit and it will gradually open it up to pump ink out of the head pairs.

In these pictures, I have shown the covers off the printer for ease of viewing.

You actually can take one of our syringes and cleaning solution and moisten the capping station by moving the print head to the left in the carriage.  Use a light, the syringe and it should be easy to do.  This is a sure fire test to see if you can recover the heads.  If this doesn’t work, you will need to contact a service tech. and look further into the issue.

We offer the cleaning kit for the 4900 with the syringe: pink cleaning solution, swab and instructions for $ 99.95 + shipping and handling.  Call us at 303-934-2777 to order your kit now! As always, we suggest using our “humidor” to keep your inside print cabinet moist. Lack of use and lack of moisture will kill your printer.

If you need to order the complete capping station, we offer that kit, also.  One key item to note, that if you do buy an Epson SP4900 HDR, we always suggest getting the extended warranty and that will allow you to have Epson / Decision One service fix it on their dime!  If your printers are out of warranty, contact us and we can help.  If your printer has not gone past warranty, let us provide an extended warranty for you.

Stay tuned for our deal on “refurbished” epson 4900 ink maintenance tanks!

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“Why you should use a better Color LCD monitor & Calibrate it ?”

I get this question a lot from our clients and printing industry designers.  It all boils down to standards in the trade, as well as issues with wasted time, materials and putting out poor quality work.  We have written about this in the past, but it is time to re-visit this topic, as it seem to always be an issue when color management is concerned.

The reasons that you should use a better quality Color LCD Monitor for your Graphic Design desktop and workflow are many. First, they last a lot longer than a cheaper monitor.  Sure, it always is tempting to buy the one that costs less and keep the boss happy, thinking that you are saving money.  But are you really?  Actually, you are not. In fact, it is costing your company more in time, money and waste when you get a cheap graphics monitor versus a quality product.  And by the time that you learn the hard way, you got to buy 2 monitors instead of one!

Next, by providing accurate color on the first round, you have less wasted time, clients are satisfied and on the print side, you just saved a lot of wasted ink, paper and labor!

One of the benefits in working with our team of industry experts is that we have many years of experience to assist you and this cuts through the expensive learning curve.  This all about “Value-Added” and we offer these levels of service to our clients.

Eizo has recently released new upgrades and lines of monitors to meet almost any need for digital imaging.  We like Eizo, in that they offer a 5 year warranty on most of their monitors.  Talk about peace of mind!  Take a look at their ColorEdge CG and CX series for the best options.

Lastly, let’s put it out there that you should always calibrate your Color LCD Monitor!  X-Rite and Datacolor Spyder are great devices for this and we offer a wide variety of services to assist you in learning how to use them.  We also offer on-site sessions to teach your design team how to calibrate.  Once everyone is on the same page, you are on the road to saving money and providing the best possible color to your clients!

For more information, please visit our web site  @ www.digital2you.cc

or call us  @  303-934-2777 to assist.

Save Time & Money in your Graphics Design Dept!

Get Accurate Color, the First Time!

Less Wasted Time, Resources = Happy Boss & Money Saved!

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Phoenix Welcomes Camera to Output Workshop Nov. 9th!

The Art Intersection Digital Learning Center hosted David Saffir’s Camera to Output photo workshop in Gilbert, AZ on November 9th.

Tempe Camera Rental and Repair were great sponsors providing professional lighting equipment for the the product and model shooting sessions.  We had Epson there with the Epson 9900 HDR, Epson 3880 and a host of other printers. There was also the Epson Signature Worthy Fine Art Papers showing in the upstairs gallery with images.  Eizo presented several of their Eizo ColorEdge CG, CX and Flexscan LCD monitors with hands on demonstrations during the full day, intensive workshop.  Datacolor Spyder 4 Elite monitor calibrators were demonstrated and David went through how to calibrate a monitor for the group in the session.

Everyone pitched in to prepare for all of the seminar attendees at the Art Intersection.  With a quick trip over to Tempe Camera Repair & Rental, we stopped by a client to calibrate the newly installed Epson 7900 Proofing Edition with Spectro, visited with our Canon Explorer of Light, Ken Sklute.

The grand prize drawing was a hit with the Epson R3000 and all of the media and goodies, a lot of the attendees went away with great knowledge from David and some fun things in their bags!

We have been asked to have a more detailed printing workshop down the road, so stay tuned for more in 2014.

For local service and support on the Epson products, be sure to contact Sharon Price at (602) 684-3674 Sharon is the D2Y-USA Southwest Territory Manager and can make all the right things happen with Epson Pro Graphics Printers, Inks and Media!  As always, you can visit our web site at  www.digital2you.cc for Epson products and read about news in our blogs, classroom and more.

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Canvas Stretching & Techniques for Wide Format Ink Jet Printing

As we get ready for our second city of the Datacolor Camera to Output photo workshop with David Saffir, we had a chance to go through the steps in preparing , stretching and finishing one of David’s prints “Horseshoe Bend ” for the Phoenix Workshop.

There are many important steps to the process of stretching a wide format ink jet print on canvas to make sure every aspect will yield a good finished product that will last for many years.  Any short cuts in this process, will cause quality issues that will haunt you for a variety of reasons down the road.  Not to mention, you might have un-happy clients!

If you are not comfortable in doing your own stretching and finishing, be sure to contact a professional framer or art reproduction provider to perform these services.  As they do this all the time, most likely they are the best at producing quality results.  It is important to ask and know about how all this is to be done properly.

Let’s chat about the wide format ink jet print that is done on quality canvas.  Whether you are printing this yourself on printers like the Epson Pro Graphics, Canon or HP, you want to start with a good quality ink jet canvas that is properly  coated with an ink jet receptive coating that is proven to last.  There are many canvas products out there that are less expensive, but the money you save in cheap ink jet canvas peels or fails down the road.

Once the print is made on quality canvas, inspect the entire canvas for any print related issues and be sure to protect it during the entire finishing process.

We suggest that if you are going to stretch any canvas to finish the print with at least 3 coatings of a quality, aqueous based coating to allow for handling, stretching and protective sealing of the image for life.  We recently attended the SGIA in Orlando and saw the newly introduced Drytac Giclee 44″ aqueous based roller coater and it tested out pretty nicely!  You can brush, roll-on, spray or use an auto coater to apply these finishes.

Starting with good wood stretcher bars or frames is a must!  Don’t scrimp here, as this is the backbone of the final piece.  Good miter corners, glue and nailing will secure these corners and make for a strong stretcher frame.  One trick that we use to keep the canvas from “cracking” on the edge is to finish route the edge with a 1/8″ radius and sand the entire edge to remove any rough spots.

Layout on the canvas is important as you will want to allow a little extra on each side for wrap and stretch.  This canvas did not need a full wrap, as it was due to be framed.  A very popular method these days is to do a “full wrap” and use the edges as the finished result.

In our case, we used a little trick to back light the canvas and mark the corners from the back side of the canvas, as this is how we line it up for the first step of stapling the middle of all four sides with a gentle stretch.

One of the pictures below shows the “Tools of the Trade” and has 3 different types of staplers  (heavy duty hand, new style hand and electric) shown.  They all work quite well, it is just a matter of what works best for you.  They all use the popular T-50 3/8″ staples that are available at most hardware stores. The kit contains needle nose players, a slotted screwdriver, small pry bar, knife cutters, scissors and a host of little goodies to get the job done.  Most importantly, you will love having the Canvas Stretcher Pliers- they save your Fingers!

During our “Print Finishing Classes” we cover a lot of these details and more during our 1 day, 2 day and 3 day workshops that are taught by pros that know the techniques.

Coming down the final stretch, you will start in the middle of each of the 4 sides and work to the corners gradually stretching and stapling.  The corners are where attention to detail is a must!  Once all the corners are done, you can trim the excess with a knife.  The canvas should have a smooth, tight finish with no ripples and have a nice ” bounce ” to it on the entire canvas.   Again, saving your fingers, use the special pliers to stretch!

As we finished this piece, it looked great and we had a chance to inspect the quality of work and take pride in a job well done!  Now, it was on to the packing of the box, get the show posters ready, load the van and head down the road to Phoenix!

First stop was to visit our friends Steve Zeifman of Rush Creek Editions and the Artisan store in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  This traditional art store has grasped the concept of the Fine Art Reproduction services and offers a complete service to the many artists and photographers of Santa Fe.  They print on Epson Pro Graphics large format ink jet printers with the archival inks, use the Signature Worthy, Exhibition Fine Art canvas and media on all the prints.  The Artisan will be hosting our Print Finishing Workshop in the future, so stay tuned for details.

We always list our seminars and classes on our web site or you can call us at 303-934-2777 for assistance on any of your ink jet printing and finishing needs.  Look over our blogs for all the details.

As we travelled down the road, our van carried all of the Epson Gallery of  Images from David Saffir and others to the Art Intersection in Gilbert, AZ for the November 9th photo workshop.

Be sure to sign up on our site for the Saturday, November 9th photo workshop with David Saffir & the Camera to Output  program at the Art Intersection in Gilbert, AZ  as this will be our last stop before the holidays.  Be sure to check in with Tempe Camera and Repair, Art Intersection or our site for all the details.  Our 2014 workshop and seminar schedule is due to be announced on our www.digital2you.cc Happy Holidays!

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Camera to Output Success in Denver, Next Stop….Phoenix !

Datacolor & David Saffir’s full day, intensive Camera to Output photo workshop was a hit in Denver on October 19th at the new Digital Learning Center hosted by Digital 2 You.  We had a great group of photo enthusiasts attending to learn more about Color Management for Capture, Print and Creating Portfolio Worthy Prints.  The workshop was held upstairs from the Denver Pro Photo location.  Guests were able to view a wide assortment of David’s work in the Epson Gallery of Images area, as well as the comparison viewing room next to the live studios set up in the learning center.

This was an active workshop with Eizo Color Monitors, Datacolor Spyder photography tools, Color Management, David’s workflow tips and of course, great printing on the variety of Epson Pro Graphics printers.  Guests also got a chance to view new technologies in printing, finishing and display systems.  The wide assortment of Epson Signature Worthy prints in the Gallery were complimented by the Sharp 70″ Digital Display showing David Saffir library of images on the new Digital Signage Display.

We had a great time with the product set ups in the studios doing macro photography with the new Ricoh – Pentax cameras.  Our models, Gretchen & Chelsea were super!  They had fun with everyone being able to either shoot with the Pentax 645 Digital or their own gear in the studio.

David Saffir provided a great set of notes in the Camera to Output resource book, which everyone got in their bag of goodies!  Jerry Hix was our winner of the Epson R-3000 grand door prize and there were also a lot of other winners as we went down the line with Epson media, Kodak media, light meters & more!  Post seminar, we also got a lot of really nice thank-you emails from the attendees, which is very much appreciated!

Our next stop with this great event is at the Art Intersection in Gilbert, AZ just a short hop to the east of Tempe and Phoenix.  This Camera to Output workshop is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th at the Art Intersection in the downtown arts district and will be sponsored by Tempe Camera and Repair.  You have to see this venue in Gilbert, they have a full gallery upstairs with great exhibits, as well as a digital learning center with computers, studio space, Epson printers and even a working darkroom with extensive array of enlargers and darkroom equipment.

Stay tuned for more information on Phoenix and be sure to sign up early on our site to get your place at the Datacolor Spyder Camera to Output photo workshop with David Saffir. Save the date of Saturday, November 9th !  This is a must do workshop!

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