Welcome to LexJet Blue $5 Shipping

We know shipping costs can weigh heavy on your budget, so we’ve created LexJet Blue, our new $5 shipping membership program.

Anyone who places an order with LexJet will automatically be enrolled in a 3-month trial with no membership fee. Don’t worry, we won’t automatically bill you at the end of the trial. We’ll notify you when your membership is about to expire and provide enrollment options and pricing (annual membership is $49 per year).

How it works: On eligible products, you’ll pay just $5 for flat-rate ground shipping. Thousands of items are included in LexJet Blue, like media, ink, printheads and more from brands like Canon, Epson, HP, Kodak, OKI and many others. With our strategically located distribution hubs, we ship nearly anywhere within the United States in one to two business days.

LJ-Blue-Bar-Look-ForSo go ahead, and start enjoying the benefits of Blue today. Eligible products are clearly marked with the Blue logo.

Take a look at the video below to learn more. You can also visit the LexJet Blue page and call your LexJet representative at 800-453-9538 for more information.

No Dye-Sub? No Problem. You Can Still Print Great Fabrics

There’s no doubt about it: Printed fabrics are in demand right now. And with the textile market seeing a 75% increase in the soft signage category, print service providers need to offer fabric as an alternative substrate, or their customers may just walk on by.

One major misconception is that printers need dye-sublimation technology to print fabrics correctly. But with the advancements in media options and printer technology, that’s certainly no longer the case. And in some instances, inkjet-printed fabrics are an even better option than dye-sub.

Why Fabric?

Latex-compatible HP Light Fabric.

“It’s the in thing now,” says Eli Weingarten from Precision Graphics in Brooklyn. “It has that matte look and customers really like the elegant look of it.”

Yes, a fabric banner or sign will billow gracefully, adding movement where a vinyl graphic would hang stiffly, giving the fabric a more high-end aesthetic. Fabric also gives a softer, warmer feel to light boxes, which is a popular application.

And besides great looks, fabric has a number of other advantages over films, vinyls or canvas: It’s lighter, making it easy to transport and cheaper to ship. It’s more free-forming and wraps easily around frames of any shape, and many are wrinkle-resistant, so you can fold them up when traveling.

“We really like using LexJet Poly Select Medium for banner stands because it stands up straight and doesn’t curl at the edges,” says Weingarten, who uses a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 (which is now the iPF9400). “We also use it for trade shows, and we have jewelry clients who like it used with pole pockets.”

Getting into the Fabric Biz

While there are now aqueous- and solvent-compatible fabrics, the advances in latex printing technology have really opened a lot more options for wide-format printers, says Jessica Blevins, LexJet product specialist.

Solvent- and latex-compatible LexJet Poly Select Heavy fabric.

“And not just for sign and display, but fabrics and wall papers as well,” she says. “Latex gives you the high-resolution and quality on fabric that you get with dye-sub.”

Although inkjet-printable fabrics like Poly Select or even a softer fabric like HP Light Fabric are not washable like dye-sub printed fabrics,  inkjet options won’t fade the way dye-sub will when placed in sunlight.

Also, direct-to-print inkjet fabrics don’t require dye-sub’s extra step of using transfer paper or a heat press to set the ink. There are a few things to keep in mind with different printer types:

  • Solvent printers require a higher heat setting to make the colors really set and pop, otherwise they will be muted.
  • Latex media should be set up on a take-up reel before printing to ensure the tension is set properly to avoid headstrikes. Using the ink collector is recommended for porous fabrics.

Generally speaking, fabric applications are ideal for indoor use or short-term outdoor use. They’re popular in restaurants and retail spaces, to name a few.

Another misconception about printing fabrics is that printers need a full-service sewing shop to finish fabrics to keep the from unraveling. However, fabrics can be easily finished with a hot knife and adhesive tape. Stay tuned for our upcoming video with more tips on finishing fabrics.

Pres Graphics Fabrics Jewelry
Presentation Graphics in Brooklyn printed posters using LexJet Poly Select Medium fabric.

The P20000: Epson’s Newest Photographic Printer

Epson has announced the all-new SureColor P20000, which will replace the Epson Stylus Pro 11880. The new printer, designed for high-volume photo and fine-art production, is the latest in the SureColor line.

The aqueous printer is equipped with newly developed inks — the Epson UltraChrome PRO nine-color ink set, with four levels of grey for less grain noise as well as excellent transitions and blends at high production speed printing. The added greys reduce bronzing and deliver exceptional black-and-white printing. Also, the black pigments are 1.5 times denser than previous inks and the set includes the newest generation of yellow pigment technology.

In addition to the new inks, the P20000 has the all-new 2.6-inch wide Epson PrecisionCore MicroTFP print head, with extreme dot placement accuracy and the capability to print up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi resolution.

The advanced media handling system allows the P20000 to handle both roll media with 2- or 3-inch cores as well as cut sheet media, making it the ideal photo printer for media from 17-inches to 64-inches wide. The P20000 can even handle poster board substrates up to 1.5mm thick. You can also purchase an option automatic take-up real system for unattended printing.

Stay tuned for more information about the availability of this new photographic printer, which begins shipping this spring.

ALSO: Keep an eye out next week for new lower pricing on Epson inks and media available at LexJet.

BOGO: Buy One Roll, Get One Roll of New LexJet Media* 50% Off

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the big game: We’ve got a BOGO 50% off deal for you:

Call in this Thursday or Friday and buy 1 roll of LexJet-branded media and we’ll give you 50% off a new roll of LexJet media*. Here are a few winning products to consider:

The MVP: LexJet 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper (Aqueous)

The Pro-Bowler: LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric (Aqueous, Latex)

Rookie of the Year: LexJet Sunset Reserve Gloss Canvas (Aqueous)

The Extra Point: LexJet Simple Low-Tack Clear Vinyl (Latex, Solvent, UV Curable)

Offer valid Thursday and Friday, Feb. 4-5, 2016, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. To order, call us at 800-453-9538.

*Discounted roll must be a LexJet media you’ve never purchased before. One roll per customer. Call-in orders only. While supplies last.

February Printer Deals & Rebates You’ll Really Love

It’s the month of love, and that definitely means we’ve got some printer deals that you’ll fall for. Check out all of the deals, instant and mail-in rebates from Canon, Epson and HP. The special prices and rebates listed below are valid through Feb. 29, 2016, unless otherwise noted.

HP CITU, LOI Savings and Instant Rebates:

t200HP DesignJet Cash-In & Trade Up Winter 2016: When you upgrade your eligible trade-in, large-format product, you can get up to $3,000 cash back when you purchase or lease a qualifying new HP DesignJet T2530 36-inch PostScript Multifunction Printer or HP DesignJet T7200 42-inch Production Printer and the HP DesignJet PostScript/PDF Kit or HP DesignJet Roll Upgrade Kit. You’ll receive higher trade-in value if you provide the serial number and return the formatter or motherboard of the eligible trade-in, large-format printer or control panel of the eligible trade-in copier.

Sunset Print Awards Are Heating Up Around the Country

We’ve received more than 20 Sunset Print Award event registrations so far this year. Is your local or regional group involved? You can check out the ever-growing list of 2016 Sunset Print Award events on the Sunset website. Be sure to check back often, as the list is constantly updated with new events.

In February alone, we have award opportunities at these seven events:

  • Feb 3-9: PhotoPro Expo in Covington, KY
  • Feb 11-14: PP of Ohio Imaging Compeition in Lewis Center, OH
  • Feb 18-19: Southeast District Photographic Competition in Williamsburg, VA
  • Feb 19-23: Professional Photographers of South Carolina in Charleston, SC
  • Feb 25-March 1: Professional Photographers of Michigan in Detroit, MI
  • Feb 26-28: Northeast District Photographic Competition in Detroit, MI
  • Feb 26-March 1: Professional Photographers of Iowa in Des Moines, IA

Remember: Local/regional Sunset Print Award winners receive a trophy and a gift certificate for LexJet Sunset media. Plus, the local/regional winners will be able to compete in the National Sunset Print Award later this year.

Check the Sunset website for information about the individual events, submission rules, deadlines and more.