Last-Minute Gifts for the Printer in Your Life

Looking for a fun, practical gift for the hard-to-shop-for print professional in your life? Then this gift guide is for you! We found a dozen great items that any printer would love … all under $125.

  1. Make transporting trade show supplies a breeze with the LexJet Embrace Wheely Bag. $71
  2. Quickly and easily blow dust, lint, and debris off keyboards, computers, printers and other high-tech equipment with the DataVac Electric Duster. $81
  3. When you need to keep your data secure, try the keyless Kensington Combination Ultra Laptop Lock with a four-wheel combination lock that anchors to a desk, table or any fixed surface. $39
  4. For the presenter in the family, the classic design of the Quartet Classic Comfort Laser Pointer features a metal barrel with a nonslip rubberized cushion grip to avoid fatigue during long meetings. $21
  5. Not your average Blue Tooth device, the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC Bluetooth Headset uses Smart Sensor technology with enhanced voice alerts, connections status and more. $78
  6. The sculpted, right-hand shape of the Logitech Performance Mouse MX includes hyper-fast scrolling and four programmable thumb buttons, so you’ll get more done—more quickly. $105
  7. LexJet’s Breeze Tabletop Banner Stand is an attention-getting retractable banner stand that is just the right size for displaying promotional graphics on trade-show tables, store countertops, or anywhere else you’d like to place a sign. $24-$31
  8. Give the Targus Notepac Case with flap pockets for PC cards, phone, glasses, pens, business cards and more. It’s super handy for traveling with a detachable shoulder strap that comes with a cushioned pad, and nonskid rubber feet. $25-$45
  9. The Fellowes Smart Suites Corner Monitor Riser elevates the monitor display to comfortable viewing height to help prevent neck strain. The unique shape fits neatly into desk corner to maximize workspace. $29
  10. Fellowes Microban Split Design Keyboard has a split key design the conforms to natural arm and hand positioning, plus seven additional hot keys for multimedia control and one-touch access to the Internet. $45
  11. For your extra-secretive friend: Fellowes PrivaScreen Blackout Privacy Filter blacks out screen image when viewed from the side to prevent prying eyes from reading the screen. $60-$123
  12. Kantek Universal Tablet Stand provides easy hands-free access to the tablet. Rotate, angle, and swivel the tablet for optimum viewing in landscape or portrait position. $37

Applying LexJet Simple Grip Backlit in 3 Steps

One of 2017’s most popular window-graphic products is LexJet Simple Grip Backlit, a multi-award-winning film that has changed the game for windows with graphics that can be seen from both sides of the glass and illuminated with artificial or natural light for next-level color pop.

As a bonus, Simple Grip Backlit is easy to install. Watch the video above to learn the three steps to Simple Grip success:

Step 1: Prepare glass to remove dust and avoid static

Step 2: Prepare graphic and spray with application fluid

Step 3: Use a squeegee to apply the graphic to the glass

LexJet Simple Grip Backlit is compatible with latex and UV inks. The wet application described will help eliminate bubbles during installation.

Here are the tools you need:

Prints That Win: Alabaster Aster

For Dover, Ohio classic portrait artist Christine Walsh-Newton, working with people is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a photographer, so it would seem rather curious that her Sunset Award-winning print, “Alabaster Aster,” is something as simple – yet geometrically stunning – as a flower. “Working with people is great, I get to interact with them, but as a photographer, you don’t always have 100% control,” Walsh-Newton says. “Sometimes I just want to chill. Photographing flowers is sort of a means of meditation for me.”

Adding more meaning to her choice is the history of the Fuji Mum (in the Aster family) that is the subject of her winning piece. It was part of a bouquet given to her by her husband for their 19th wedding anniversary. “I rarely shoot flowers, unless it’s for my own entertainment, but I thought this would make for a great image, especially in black and white,” she says of “Alabaster Aster.” “I like to use alliteration for the titles of my flower pieces, and alabaster is a much more descriptive word than ‘white’, it was perfect for this selection.”

Be it flowers or portraits, you can see the influences of Tim Kelly and Monte Zucker, two pioneers in the field of classic portraiture in her work. “Even though Monte died in 2007, his publications have inspired my growth in portrait work,” she says. “I know it helps to have additional skill sets – educator, author, artist – to differentiate myself from other photographers. I also know that I can’t put all my eggs in one basket. It helps to have multiple areas of expertise. You need find a happy medium between being too specialized and trying to do everything. You don’t want to be single-minded or be a jack of all trades. Studying the works of Tim and Monte have helped me find that middle ground.”

When preparing for competitions, Walsh-Newton capitalizes on her versatile skills and previous experiences to create pieces that score well both emotionally and technically. “I’ve learned over the years that if you get the technical aspects dialed in – the shutter speed, ISO setting, and most importantly, the lighting – then you’ve already met the minimum elements for merit consideration.” Not one to settle for minimums, she emphasizes that the best part comes with the artistic narrative: “When the technical requirements are second nature, you can focus on the creativity and presentation and ensure that your story is being told.”

When it was time for the Professional Photographers of Ohio show, Walsh-Newton wanted the presentation of “Alabaster Aster” to be distinct. For printing, she chose LexJet Sunset Hot Press Rag 310g and then hand-deckled the edges. “I really love the way the image looks on the Sunset paper. It just pops!” she says of the final, show-ready image. “There is something special about black-and-white photography. It’s funny, I want the images to be high key, but I am such a low-key person.”

The juxtaposition works. Whether it’s the lively interaction with clients during portrait sessions or her meditative moments capturing the beauty of Mother Nature’s flowers, Master Photographer Christine Walsh-Newton uses the creativity of black-and-white images to convey her story to the world in a very colorful way.

Don’t Let the Clock Strike Midnight on These Printer Specials

Why ask Santa for a new printer when you can unwrap these year-end specials on your own. With an assortment of available instant or mail-in rebates and additional event savings with webinars from Canon, EPSON and HP, your perfect printer is just a phone call away. Promotions available through Dec. 31, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S

Canon Instant Rebates (through Dec. 31, 2017):

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2000, 24-inch printer: $400

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000, 44-inch printer: $900

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000S, 44-inch printer: $600

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000, 60-inch printer: $800

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: Join us Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. ET to discover the latest advancements in Canon printers. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

Zero % Financing: Canon is offering 0% financing on imagePROGRAF printers through Dec. 31, 2017.

EPSON Instant Rebates:

Print to Fabric in One Step with Kornit Allegro

Anyone who has printed to fabric knows that traditional methods include many steps, like pre-treating the fabric, waiting for it to dry, printing, steaming, washing and even more drying time. Our friends at Kornit have streamlined the fabric printing process down to one step: pressing the print button.

Utilizing digital files and its seven-color NeoPigment ink set, the Kornit Allegro print system requires just one operator who can take a digital file to printed fabric in about six minutes; plus, the Allegro outputs 200 square meters per hour to nearly any type of fabric.

“This is a remarkable new system that some of our customers can really use to expand their operation into fabric and décor printing,” says Matt Radauscher, LexJet Enterprise Account Executive. “As consumers and the market seek more on-demand, customizable short-run printing, a system like Kornit Allegro is offering the perfect response.”

The Allegro print technology is ideal for personalized, one-off to high-production of home textiles, fashion, swimwear, and more, and has light- and color-fastness testing lasting up to eight washes. With its patented “fixation on the fly,” Kornit eliminates the need for pre-treatment. “It’s refreshing to see technology that responds to market demand while also eliminating the need for companies to stock massive inventory,” Radauscher says.

The innovative Kornit Allegro’s direct-to-fabric system is the preferred technology for Spoonflower, an online fabric print provider who offers designs for customers with no minimum order. Its fabric production has been so popular that Spoonflower is on its way to purchasing a third Allegro printer. Watch the video below to learn more about Spoonflower’s operation:

Want to learn more about Kornit Allegro? Download this brochure, and give our account executives a call at 800-453-9535.

Printer Webinars: Learn First, Shop & Save Later

Join LexJet and the pros at Canon, Epson and HP for educational webinars that will teach you the latest information on today’s printer technology, so you can make the best purchasing decision for your business. Register today to reserve your spot. When you attend a webinar, you’ll get extra savings on your printer purchase.

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar on HP’s Latex printer technology on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. EST. When you attend this webinar, you’ll save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut Bundle or HP Latex 335 Print & Cut Bundle; or save $3,000 on an HP Latex 560 or HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Epson S-Series Webinar: Join us Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. EST to learn the latest about Epson’s state-of-the-art solvent printing technology. Attend this webinar and receive an Event Rebate of $2,000 on an Epson SureColor S60600 or Epson SureColor S80600. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: Join us Friday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. to discover the latest advancements in Canon printers. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. Plus, Canon is offering 0% financing through Dec. 31, 2017. SIGN UP NOW

If you’ve got questions, our LexJet printer specialists can help. Give us a call at 800-453-9538.