GOframe Stretcher Bars Easily Turn Memories into Art

With Father’s Day, graduations and summer upon us, now’s a good time to create gallery-wrapped prints that make wonderful gifts and turn fond memories into beautiful art pieces using the Goframe 1500 Pro kits, available from LexJet.

Whether you’re looking to print on Sunset Select Matte Canvas or one of the new FlexTek fabrics – available in 200g SUV and 170g aqueous versions – the GOframe stretcher bars will easily turn your photos into works of art. According to LexJet Sales specialist, Matt Bailey, his customers love working with the GOframe bars.

“They are very user-friendly, but if needed, we have ‘how-to’ videos available that show step-by-step instructions. Even though we have other bars, the GOframes are the most popular with my customers,” Bailey says.

Aside from being easy to use, the Pro Series GOframe stretcher bars offer adhesive strips and archival glue to ensure proper adhesion and the reusable corner braces are perfect to keep on hand for future gallery wrapping projects.

The next time you want to create a memory worthy of being displayed in a museum, try the GOframe 1500 Pro kits or call 800-453-9538 and talk to your LexJet specialist for additional information. To see how easy it is to use the GOframe system, watch the video below for step-by-step instructions.

Prints That Win: Back Alley Beauty

When Chicago, Ill.-based photographer Michael Novo attended a destination wedding as a guest several years ago in Monte Carlo, he captured a brilliant shot of the bride on the stairs with a point-n-shoot camera. Everything was perfect: the lighting, the composition, the ambiance and of course, the bride. Excited about his newly discovered talent, Novo came home from Monte Carlo and immediately purchased nicer equipment. However, as he started delving deeper into the world of photography, he realized that perfect shots don’t just happen.

“I learned that I couldn’t rely on the light to just be right. I had to create the perfect lighting. I got lucky before, having the right lighting and right setting,” Novo says of his initial foray into professional photography.

After treating it as more of a hobby and dabbling a bit, he decided to show his work to some trusted friends in the industry. They offered some constructive feedback and suggested that he take classes and compete. Novo started working with a bog-box studio with two additional local area photographers, doing 40-50 wedding per year. Initially, he was hired as the third photographer, eventually moving up to second, and finally earning the Lead photographer position. Although he was gaining experience with the studio, the much-needed training was still elusive.

Finally, after about two years of event photography, Novo discovered a couple of photographers who drew him in with their style. He attended two separate 5-day workshops with Knoxville-based Bryan Allen. Allen’s Savannah and Knoxville workshops were beneficial in helping Novo learn the artistic aspects of photography. Working with technical specialist Kevin Kubota helped him learn more about the lighting and editing facets of the industry. He continues to work with both mentors and will be joining Kubota for a motorcycle tour through Italy later this year.

Through all of the training, workshops, event opportunities and practicing that Novo has accomplished over the years, the best piece of advice for improving his craft came from Grand Master of WPPI, Jerry Ghionis. The advice? One word: “compete.” As Novo learned when he first started competing, “you really aren’t as good as you think you are, but with each competition, you learn something. About you or the art, or the competitors. You go in against the best of the best. There are no levels, no ‘beginner’ groups. You are immediately tested and pushed to your limits. That’s how you improve.”

His wedding portraits are created to bring out the personalities of his clients, and that’s just what he did with his Sunset Print Award-winning print “Back Alley Beauty.” As a first-time recipient of the prestigious Sunset Print Award, Novo said the opportunity to capture the happy couple as they walked into their nuptials was too hard to pass up. “It’s important they see their style in the images. I’m taking the photos for them, not for me.”

Looking at his body of work and seeing the joy he brings to his clients on their special day, Novo realizes he’s come a long way from that first destination wedding image he captured. For him, it’s not how often one of his images is viewed, it’s about evoking emotion. As for his signature style, he says, “You might view it [an image] often, or you may view it rarely. But you will always feel it.” As long as you feel it, he’s done his job.

HP Unveils New DesignJet Printers at FESPA Global Print Expo

This week, HP announced the new DesignJet Z6 and Z9+ printers. These printers are designed to offer amazing photo quality with higher print permanence fewer inks, reducing costs and improving manageability.

Available June 1, 2018, the DesignJet Z6 and Z6x10 printers were designed for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and retailers who are looking for an easy way to create high-quality technical and graphics applications. These printers offer security for data and an encrypted hard disk. The crisp, sharp imaging means the fine detail comes through in every print.

For print service providers looking to expand into printing professional photos while continuing to offer indoor and outdoor signage, the Z9+ series – also available on June 1, 2018 – will offer enhanced HP Vivid ink sets, creating high-definition images.

The 44-inch DesignJet Z6 and Z9+ with dual-roll and vertical trimmer are expected to be available in July. These printers will offer the ability to have multiple rolls available for long print runs or the ability to save time by keeping different media types at the ready.

HP also announced the addition of two innovative new products to the Wide Format Media Portfolio:

  • HP Everyday Blockout Display Film with a unique construction of three layers of polypropylene, polyester, and polypropylene film for an added suppleness and superior lay-flat properties. It is a thicker film compared to 100 percent polyester, costs less, and has a coating for dual ink technology.

If you would like more information on any of these new products, call a LexJet sales specialist today at 800-453-9538.

Now Available at LexJet: The HP Latex Family of Cutters

Recently, HP launched the Latex Print & Cut solution by bundling the HP Latex 115, Latex 315 and Latex 335 with cutters, giving print providers the opportunity to trim and cut graphics without interfering with their workflow, saving both time and money.

Realizing that many latex printers were purchased prior to the release of the bundle, HP knew that those users could benefit from the addition of the HP Cutter with the latex they already have in house, so they company released the HP Latex Cutting Solution at the ISA show in March.

The new cutters will give all users of the HP Latex 300 and 100 series printers a true print and cut option, that includes FlexiPRINT and CUT RIP. With three options, there is a solution available to everyone, from beginners to seasoned shop veterans:

  • The HP Latex 54 Basic Cutting Solution is an easy and affordable option for those whose graphics demand don’t exceed 54 inches and has a maximum cut speed of 33in per second (84 cm/sec)
  • The HP Latex 54 Cutting Solution is a great way to grow your business with your 54-in latex in the graphics market. This cutter offers a faster maximum cut speed (44 in/sec; 113 cm/sec) for quicker turnaround times
  • The HP Latex 64 Cutting Solution will accommodate graphics as wide as 62.2 inches (158 cm) with the same maximum cutting speed as the 54 inch model (44 in/sec; 113 cm/sec)

The addition of an HP Cutting Solution or Latex Print & Cut will open up opportunities in applications like labels and stickers, floor graphics, wall decals and window graphics.

If you currently own a Latex 300 or 100 series printer and are interested in adding one of these solutions to your workflow, call one of our LexJet sales specialists at 800-453-9538 or visit us online at LexJet.com.

May Webinars: More Ways to Save on a Printer Purchase

The start of summer means more family vacations, which leads to more photos and more advertising opportunities, which translates to more printing. If you are considering adding a new printer to handle the additional demand, check out these interactive webinars – led by industry specialists – to learn about some of the most popular printer technologies on the market.

As a “thank you” for attending, you will receive additional savings when you purchase a qualified printer.

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: Join us Monday, May 14 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

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar on HP’s Latex printer technology on Monday, May 21, 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

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

May Printer Rebates: Get Ready for Summer Demand

It’s May, and that means summer is right around the corner, bringing with it many celebrations – graduation, family picnics, vacation – and different printing opportunities. Is your printer up to the task or is it time to give your workflow a boost? You can save money with these manufacturer’s instant and mail-in rebates, and when you attend one of our webinars, you will receive additional discounts.

HP Latex Printer Instant Rebates– Valid through June 30, 2018

  • HP Latex 115, 54-inch printer: $1,200 when you by 2 units; $1,700 when you buy 3 units
  • HP Latex 115 Print & Cut: $1,200 when you by 2 units; $1,700 when you buy 3 units (can mix and match Latex 115 and Latex 115 Print & Cut when purchasing 3 units)
  • HP Latex 315, 54-inch printer: $1,000
  • HP Latex 335, 54-inch printer: $1,000
  • HP Latex 365, 64-inch printer: $2,000