Fundy Designer Software Now Available at LexJet

LexJet is excited to announce a partnership with Fundy Designer Software. With more people turning to local print service providers to transform their amateur photographs into artistic masterpieces, Fundy software helps PSPs with photo editing and designing layouts, providing new and easy ways to build revenue with this growing trend.

This design suite simplifies the process of choosing the right image for the right space by visualizing images on virtual walls. Fundy can also be used to organize photo albums and arrange presentations for proofing. It opens the door for PSPs to delve into new – and often overlooked – markets.

Fundy Designer Software allows you to streamline sales and increase profits on wall art that practically sells itself:

  • Present beautiful wall art your clients will love
  • Design collections in a stock room or import a client’s room
  • Preview canvases, metal panels and frames
  • Create your own collections in a few clicks

In the coming months, additional tools will be added to the Fundy suite of products, giving printers more options within the décor market.

If you are attending WPPI in Las Vegas, Feb. 26-28, we will have live demonstrations of Fundy, as well as the opportunity to get a copy of Fundy Lite for free. Stop by booth #233 at the show or contact your LexJet sales rep at 800-453-9538 for more details.

Guest Blog: Photographing for Wide Format and Beyond

Guest blog by Billy Elkins

As a professional photographer, I am called some days to make images of products that will be used in an online catalog. Other days I am asked to make images that will span 80 feet long by 20 feet high. Of course, there are all those other sizes that fall somewhere in the middle.

Billy Elkins

How do I jump from one to the other? How do I ensure that the images I create can be used within that vast size range? And what are some simple tips to make this possible?

As a photographer who has clients with varying image size requirements, it can be overwhelming trying to decide what settings and sizes to capture my images. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that I capture with the largest size I can within my camera. Inevitably, the one time you decide to capture using a smaller setting, the client will ask for the image that was supposed to be on their mail-out postcard to be used on the company’s new vehicle wrap. Making images large to begin with, I can provide anything smaller later, or larger later depending on their needs.

All printers have specifications for the type of printing they provide. Traditional off-set printers prefer images to be 300dpi at 100% of the printed image size. Wide-format printers have a range of resolutions that they work with depending on the viewing distance of the final print or installation. Again, they may say they prefer images to be 150dpi at 100% of the printed size (for posters or large photo displays) all the way down to 50dpi at 100% of the print size (for vehicle wraps, wall installations or billboards). It is important to understand that having just one part of that equation is not enough information.

Communication is key. And that is the most important tip I can offer. Asking the client about all the uses that the image will have and talking directly with the printer who will be providing final prints allows me to capture exactly what I need. If I know there is a possibility that an image will be used larger than traditional printing, I will approach the photography differently. I will not only bracket (capture varying exposures of an image), but I will also create overlapping images, almost like a panorama, so that I have much more resolution to allow for enlargement of the image. Knowing the final output and use, the final size, and the preferred resolution requirements ahead of time, I can be sure to capture everything I need in the beginning.

I will be talking in more detail, providing real working job scenarios for wide-format printing and the whole process from: communication, to image capture, to post-processing, to printing and installation in upcoming articles. If you have a specific question or other topics related to photography and wide-format printing that you would like help solving, please let me know and I will do my best to help.

Wide Format Photography Tips

  • Before even grabbing your camera, ask your client how large will your image need to be and for what type of application it will be used.
  • Talk to the printer to find out what resolution and file format they prefer.
  • Create mockups whenever possible so that you and your client and the printer are all on the same page.
  • When actually doing the shoot, be sure to over-shoot so that you have plenty of images to choose from especially when you are overlapping to create the largest possible file/image you can.
  • Send proofs to client as soon as possible in case you need to reshoot.

Visit Us at WPPI in Las Vegas; Get a Free Expo Pass

Heading to Las Vegas for WPPI, Feb. 26 – 28? If so, click HERE to claim your free passes, courtesy of LexJet and be sure to visit us at Booth #233 during the Expo.

When you stop by our booth, meet Roberto Venezuela, award-winning photographer and member of the Canon Explorer of Light program and see his world-renowned work. Venezuela and LexJet are partnering up for a contest where one lucky person will walk away a big winner simply by taking a picture! Stop by Booth #233 for all the details.

We also will have Canon PRO-Series printer and Fundy Design Software demonstrations to show how these tools can help you increase your profitability and offer unique applications to your clients.

Additional products on display include:

If you are interested in learning about Canon printers prior to the expo, you can attend the Canon PRO-Series webinar on Feb. 15 and receive additional savings on your printer purchase. LexJet technical director Michael Clementi be at WPPI to answer questions regarding the benefits of in-house printing.

Don’t forget to ask about our show specials on select LexJet Sunset media and how you can get a free copy of Fundy Software. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

What You Need to Know Now About Digitally Printed Fabric

It’s nearly impossible to work in the print industry and not have heard about the expanding interest in digital textiles. Although digitally printed fabrics make up only 2% of the entire textile marketing, it’s a fast-growing technology. It’s expected to grow from a $14.2 billion industry in 2016 to a $33.4 billion industry by 2021, according to Keypoint Intelligence.

That’s more than doubling the opportunity in five short years. And it could grow even more, with big players like Amazon and Home Depot both entering the textile game in 2018.

As a print service provider, what does that mean to you? More material options with ever-advancing technology, more solutions to offer to your customers and more ways to grow your business. Here are four key points to know now about digitally printed fabric in the wide-format market.

When Is It Time to Upgrade Your Printer?

Michael Clementi

The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate your business goals and ensure that you have the right equipment to help you reach those objectives. With all the new printers and different technologies available today, we asked in-house printer expert Michael Clementi to weigh in on how to tell if it’s time to replace your old printer.

Q: What are the most common ways to tell if your printer is aging?

A: For aqueous piezo technology (like Epson or Roland), you’ll experience vertical banding running the length of the print, errors that you cannot navigate past or an increase in the number of cleanings needed to produce a healthy nozzle check. For aqueous thermal user-replaceable printheads (such as Canon or HP), you may see hardware errors on the machine. You can call a LexJet representative to help determine what may be causing the error; however, if you need service, it would be best to contact the printer manufacturer for quotes or troubleshooting. Some hardware-related issues indicate the need for a head replacement – not uncommon for thermal printers – but errors related to what I call the “drive train” of the printer (i.e.: belts, head/carriage motors and internal electrical components) might be reparable, but the difference in cost of repair vs. upgrading to the latest technology might be almost negligible.

Q: Are there any repairs that are worth the cost rather than buying a new printer?

A: If it is an older Epson or Roland that needs a full printhead replacement (which are not user-replaceable and can cost more than $600 for just the parts, not including labor), it makes more sense to use those funds towards a new printer. With a new model, you will have better ink usage, print more profitable jobs, work with current technology and have a printer that is covered under warranty. New technology has allowed for increase in output and a significant decrease in the footprint of the printer. New printers will also be more efficient and will offer a wider color gamut than older models. If your current printer is several generations old, it may be difficult finding parts for the repair due to the manufacturers halting production of older parts (as they call, “end of life”).

Q: What kind of lifespan can I expect to get from a printer?

A: The average lifespan for aqueous machines is three to five years, depending on the technology, frequency of use and how well it is maintained. Solvent and latex printers can be in the six- to eight-year range, again depending upon use and maintenance.

Q: When is it a wiser investment to upgrade rather than repair?

February Webinars: Find Your Perfect Printer Match

If you love to learn, don’t miss out on educational opportunities with the pros from Canon and HP. During February, LexJet is offering webinars to learn about the latest Canon PRO-Series and HP Latex printers on the market, ensuring you make the right match for your business. There is limited space, so 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 Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. ET. 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

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: Join us Thursday, Feb. 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. Plus, Canon is offering 6-months, no interest through Feb. 28th. SIGN UP NOW

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