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Mar 27, 2016

New Angels Express Rolls Into Town

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Our client, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), approached us about wrapping a railcar for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In conjunction with Metrolink, OCTA and the Angels, a design was submitted and placement adjustments suggested. Resolution tests were performed on the two player images to be used on the train.

Once all parties approved the layout, production began on this 85 foot long by 16 foot tall graphic. The image was positioned on a Metrolink rail car template and 20 panels were created for each side.

The railcar was given a special cleaning to prepare the surface for the graphic to adhere properly. The next day installation began. A few days later specially laminated window perforated material was installed over the windows. This film allows for the graphic to be printed on the outside and passengers to see out from the inside! The total time for installation was 3.5 days.

The train looks beautiful! Look for it when it rolls into your town. All aboard!!

Mar 20, 2016

Colorful Privacy Walls

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Our client, CBRE, wanted to upgrade the interior look of a San Gabriel Valley Corporate Campus that is managed by the global commercial property management company. Jason Bonomo and Samantha Mays from CBRE worked with their Photomation Account Executive, Francisco Flores, to turn their vision into reality.

The goal of the window-covering project was to enhance the environment at this location so tenants would enjoy their surroundings more and create some diffused and colorful privacy walls.

A diffused image from the property archives was selected to be installed in three sections of a glass wall. The overall size 204″×109″. Using frosted Diamond Etched film, the graphics were printed with UV inks on our Oce Direct to Board Printer and precision cut on our Zund Digital Die Cutting machine to ensure proper alignment of each section.

Our professional installers performed the installation and the image above shows that the wall turned out fantastic!

Frosted window films are a popular choice for businesses that want to add an upscale look to their storefront or office windows and doors. In addition, frosted window films add privacy throughout an office or building without blocking light from passing through. When properly used, frosted window films compare to the look of acid etching and sandblasting.

Are you looking for a way to create privacy spaces in your office? Consider adding graphics to frosted window film to create a whole new look. Give us a call. We’ll be happy to help guide you through all the options available to you. We are Photomation — Imagination Thrives Here™

Mar 13, 2016

Celebrating Our 8th Year of PKB

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With this edition, Photomation Knowledge Bytes, PKB, celebrates it’s 8th year of bringing you weekly articles showcasing the various products and services we offer to our clients.

We began these postings back in February 2008 highlighting a project we did for CHOC Hospital at an Anaheim Ducks hockey game at Honda Center. Click here to see that original posting.

In the previous 415 editions, we have shown you a wide variety of products and the unusual applications our clients have asked us to do…all to help provide a solution to a client’s need.

We have used past editions of Knowledge Bytes to show current clients possible solutions to their challenges, to show prospective clients we understand their business, and to show all clients of the depth and breadth of our capabilities.

To see archives of all of our Knowledge Bytes, go to our home page at and click on the “Blog” button. You will find each edition is saved by month and by year. Take a look around. If there is something that you want to know more about, give us a call.

We look forward to showcasing our products and services to you for another 8 years!

Mar 6, 2016

Sixty-One-Derful Years

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This past Thursday, March 3rd, Photomation celebrated it’s 61st year of service to Southern California businesses. As a graduate of Art Center College of Design, when it was located in downtown Los Angeles, my father opened his doors as a portrait photographer in Anaheim in 1955.

As the county grew and the need for commercial photography grew, Dean Hesketh emerged as one of the county’s most sought after photographers. Soon he found a need for local photographic printing and processing of film and that is when he changed the company name to Photomation.

A leader in B/W Volume Printing for the Public Relations industry, the company expanded into the “new” area of color printing and color film processing. The company continued to grow through the rest of the 20th century until Dean handed the reigns of the company to the next generation of imaging professionals.

As digital imaging was emerging in the late 1990’s, Photomation was leading the digital revolution that kicked-off in earnest in 2001. As conventional processing was waning, digital imaging was increasing and so was the company. In the mid 2000’s, film processing was eliminated and new digital imaging technologies and products were introduced. That tradition continues today where we have an all digital workflow using a variety of environmentally friendly inks.

Photomation may have turned 61, but we are a very young company at heart with lots of experience and imagination. We are proud to count Southern California’s largest corporations and businesses as our clients. We value the trust they put in us and we know we need to work hard every day to earn it.

Thank you for being our client. We love to serve you. It’s been sixty-one-derful years! We are Photomation — Imagination Thrives Here™

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