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Photoshop CC goes 3D

Article reprinted courtesy of Print Action Magazine

By Zac Bolan

In the biggest single upgrade since the launch of the Creative Cloud, Adobe recently introduced more than 20 new features to Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Subscribers also gain access to Typekit–more than 900 desktop fonts–from within Creative Cloud or any other desktop app. But for now, lets talk about everyone’s favourite image editor–Photoshop–and its multi-dimensional new feature!

McAra Goes Solar

As of Earth Day, 2011 McAra Printing has joined the ranks of alternative energy suppliers with the activation of our roof-top solar module array. The 48 module installation is capable of producing 11,280 watts of electricity when operating at peak capacity. Download the attached PDF of our press release for more information.

Free fonts for private and commercial use

On-press Spectro insures quick setup and accurate colour

[] McAra Printing's Heidelberg XL105 6 colour press features Prinect Inpress Control, a system for measuring colour on-press. Previously, press operators would have to pull a press sheet and manually measure the colour with a Spectrophotometer to ensure accurate reproduction. With Prinect, the measuring process runs in-line as shown in the video, to automatically feed colour adjustment information to the operator - saving time and reducing press spoilage.

See how perfecting works...

Heidelberg presses with perfecting capabilities can flip a press sheet over and print on the backside in a single pass. Here's a short video provided by Heidelberg showing how this magical feat is done.

Online resources for designers

Creativity on demand is a tough regime day after day! Even the very best designer can sometimes need a little inspiration to get those concepts kick started, or some fresh ideas for that next Photoshop project. Macworld magazine's website has an excellent little piece highlighting five essential websites for designers.

McAra feature in Alberta Venture Magazine

The January 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine features a 4-page article about McAra Printing. We're able to show you a readable PDF of the article through an interesting plug-in from Issuu, a web-based publisher specializing in putting publications online.

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