Introducing Sunset Copperplate Rag Mould-made Paper

We’re excited to announce our first mould-made paper, LexJet Sunset Copperplate Rag 315gsm. This addition to our line of quality fine art papers is the a 100% cotton, soft-grain base that has the look and feel of a true art paper.

Mould-made papers are a favorite among fine art printers and photographers who want a high-quality look for their sophisticated artwork. Mould-made papers have interlocking fibers that add to the richness of the texture and increase strength and durability, as well. The manufacturing process is painstakingly meticulous to ensure the finish product pairs the consistency of a machine-made product with the characteristics of a handmade paper.

Unlike competing products on the market, Sunset Copperplate Rag is free of optical brighteners, acid and lignin.

“This is a high-end addition to the Sunset line that’s ideal for limited-edition print makers, as well as production printers, thanks to both the quality and the competitive price point,” says product specialist Jaimie Mask.

The natural white base and matte finish of LexJet Sunset Copperplate Rag 315gsm produces an excellent color gamut and unsurpassed Dmax. “It’s a great option for anyone wanting that ‘print-making’ feel with an artistic surface and texture,” Mask says.

Product Highlights:

  • Natural white, 100% cotton rag
  • Soft grain with matte finish
  • Excellent color gamut and Dmax
  • Archival quality
  • OBA-free, acid-free, lignin-free
  • Applications: Fine art and photographic reproduction and restoration, limited-edition prints, art portfolios, photo albums

Adding School Spirit to Gym Mats with HEYtex Vinyl

In the world of wide-format printing, there’s almost no limit to what can be printed, wrapped, mounted … you name it. So, when a high school superintendent approached Logan Merz of Merz Ink in Auburn, NE, to reupholster the padded mats that line the gymnasium wall, Merz turned to LexJet for a solution.

Merz decided on HEYtex 15 oz TopazDS as the ideal scrim banner to not only produce great images of the school’s Eagles mascot, but it could also stand up to the wear-and-tear the mats would endure during basketball games.

In his Flexi RIP software, Merz set up each of the seven 24-inch panels with an 8-inch bleed. “That gave us enough to wrap around and still stay in line with the next panel,” he says. “Then we just stapled them to the boards … pretty straight forward.”

The heavier vinyl with a smooth matte surface was the ideal finish to wrap around the plywood and foam padding. “It definitely had to be a durable product,” Merz says. “The kids will be running into it all the time, so we needed something that would be tough and hold up to a lot of abuse. I’ve never printed on a banner that heavy, but we were able to just upholster it around the old mats.”

HEYtex 15 oz TopazDS is compatible with both latex and solvent printers; and Merz had purchased an HP Latex 330 a few years ago when he and his wife, Emilie, took over the company, which at the time, only offered screen printing.

“I really wanted to get into wide-format printing,” Merz says. “So we went from printing t-shirts to printing all kinds of wide format.” His shop now specializes in car wraps, banners, signs, logo work and more. “Since we took over ownership four years ago, we’ve almost doubled our business. The latex printer made up a significant part of that,” he says.

Prints that Win: A Calculating Commander

Armonk, New York photographer June Greenspan has spent her professional career trying to capture people and their passions. Fascinated by diverse occupations and interests, Greenspan spends her time photographing the unique individuals she encounters. “Most of my work is from my travels, and the people I see when I travel,” she says. “I am a people photographer.”

When visiting Gettysburg with her husband, she spotted a reenactor dressed as a confederate soldier. In that moment, she wondered why the man was there and knew she had to photograph him. “I became like a director,” Greenspan explains, giving him directions on how to pose.  The result of this encounter: a Sunset Print Award in Master Artist category at the North-East District PPA print competition for her piece, “A Calculating Commander.”

Streamlining Art Reproduction with the Epson S80600

No matter what size the print facility, efficient workflow, speed and quality are always top of of mind. The same holds true for Josh King, who runs Sacramento Giclee, a five-person shop that works primarily with artists who need scanning, reproduction and custom framing of their artwork.

Sacramento Giclee reproduced an acrylic painting for a canvas wrap.

“We’re a custom print shop, and we do everything from capturing originals to printing, installing, shipping and framing,” King says. “We also do some big jobs for hospitality or healthcare where we might do 200 prints.”

As his business has grown, King has explored new ways to speed up production while maintaining quality, and last September he decided to pair an Epson SureColor S80600 64-inch solvent printer with the two aqueous printers in his operation.

Introducing the All-new LexJet Premium WallPro Wallcovering

For a firm that produces large runs of custom-printed wallcovering, consistency is key, says Kim Karr, print production manager at Kalisher, which specializes in art and wall murals for the hospitality industry. For a recent update job, Karr opted for the all-new LexJet Premium Smooth Pearl WallPro™ to match the previously used wallcovering.

“Since we were working on specialty pieces for the property, we needed something that matched exactly,” she says. ““It was such a perfect match for us! It helped us ensure a successful installation and a happy client!”

Introducing a New, Latex-Friendly Mesh Banner

For high-wind areas, creating a good-looking banner that can stand up to the elements and works well with your preferred printer technology can be a challenge. HEYtex Mesh w/ Liner solves all of those problems. This 360gsm polyester base with a 60/40 mesh pattern is particularly latex-friendly, performing better than other mesh banners on the market.

“With other products, you’ll get head strikes and the liner and mesh tend to separate when running them through a latex printer,” says product specialist Shaun Jaycox. “This product works really well with a liner that’s latex-compatible and won’t separate until you’re ready to hang it.”

HEYtex Mesh w/ Liner is also compatible with solvent, eco-solvent and UV-curable printers, making it a versatile banner option for many print operations. It can be easily grommeted and hung — an ideal option for applications like outdoor banners, sporting events, construction sites and many more.

“This is a great, cost-effective solution that’ll save printers a few cents per foot and work more effectively with their latex technology,” Jaycox says.