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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 1 7 in wall prep, material, and application techniques, as well as asking the right questions. Getting started Joe Walton, senior application engineer for 3M Commercial Solutions Division, St. Paul, Minnesota, says that produc- ing wall graphics and other wraps could require purchasing some new equipment such as a printer, laminator, and finish- ing tools. "ere are many options on the mar- ket, so it's important to figure out which option makes the most sense for your shop based on the kinds of projects you will be working on," Walton says. "For those who want to learn more about the indus- try and what's available, trade shows are a great resource. ese expos are intended for graphics manufacturers, installers, and sign makers — both small and large. Walking the floor at trade shows is a great way to learn about the capabilities of new printers, profiles, laminators, finishing, tools, etc., for any budget." What skills do you need to master? Walton says that technical colleges offer great desktop publishing and dig- ital design classes. "Right now, there is (Above and below) Fullerton, California-based Gamut Media used its Roland arsenal on these wall wraps they designed/installed for the Los Angeles "compound" of famed rap music artist, Snoop Dogg. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) ISA tradeshow graphics printed on Avery Dennison MPI 2600 textured wall film. (Image courtesy of Avery Dennison)

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