Introducing the EPSON SureColor F2100 Direct-to-Garment Printer

When Epson unveiled the original SureColor F2000 printer a few years ago, it set the benchmark in high-performance direct-to-garment imaging. With the announcement of the new SureColor F2100 White Edition, Epson has raised the DTG bar again, offering improvements in productivity, print quality and reliability.

Compared to screen printing, this DTG technology significantly simplifies digitally printing t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags and more, whether you’re printing one or 100.

One of the factors contributing to the improvement of image quality, print speed and brightness is a second coating of white ink and simultaneous printing of color and white inks. As is the case with the F2000, the Epson pretreatment fluid is required when using white ink, as it aids in the durability and opacity of the ink. Also, Epson’s Precision Dot technology features variable size ink droplet control for better print quality and 10% greater range of color.

The latest Epson DTG technology requires minimal user maintenance because of the inline automatic cleaning system. With this upgrade, no ink is used during the cleaning process and there’s no need to manually wash the tubes after daily use. Total time of maintenance has dropped to about 10 minutes per week, lessening the ink waste and labor cost associated with printer upkeep.

The SureColor F2100 will start shipping in March. If you have questions about bringing garment printing in-house to offer custom images for your clients or for more information on the Epson SureColor F2100, contact a LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538.

How to Create Tiles for Wall Murals in Photoshop

With the popularity of customized wall murals reaching an all-time high, setting up your print files properly is more important than ever. If you don’t have RIP software specific for creating tiles for large wall murals, not to worry! You can easily create your print files using Photoshop, as shown in the video above.

In this video, you’ll learn how to:

  • Crop a full size image to match the size of the wall
    • Tips for image resolution and cropping
  • Make tiles for printing using the Fixed Size Selection Tool in Photoshop
    • Easy copy-and-paste method to create tiles ready for your media width
  • Create panels to print with a half-inch overlap
    • Now you’re ready for printing!

Once you print your panels, you’re ready to install. Watch this Video: 3 Steps to Installing Large Tiled Wall Graphics to learn some vital tips to make the job a cinch.

Suggested self-adhesive products for easy install, positioning and removal of wall murals:

Now Available: Cézanne Canvas by Hahnemühle

LexJet now offers Hahnemühle Cézanne 100% Cotton Canvas 430g, a natural white 100% cotton canvas that is OBA-free. The latest addition to the Hahnemühle canvas fine-art line is acid-free, archival and classified as museum-grade based on the stringent requirements of galleries and museums (ISO 9706 standards).

This new heavyweight canvas provides a wide color gamut and has exceptional elasticity, which makes it ideal for gallery wraps and stretcher frames, like GOframe. It has a matte finish that is compatible with aqueous inks.

Cézanne Canvas is available in 24″-x-16.4′; 24″-x-39′; 44″-x-39′; and 60″-x-39′ rolls.

For more information on Cézanne Canvas, download this data sheet or call your LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538.

5 Hot Products to Try in 2018

If you haven’t experimented with some of our top-selling products, now’s the time to get to know them. Check out how our customers have used these five options for photo reproduction, signage, canvas wraps, wall murals, innovative art installations and more. Over the years, our customers order these products time and time again, so you know they’re tried-and-true favorites.

Artisan Craftsman Books
LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper

LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper is a long-time favorite for both photography and fine art reproduction. Artisan Craftsman Books relies on the smooth matte finish for gorgeous, coffee table-style fine-art giclee-printed books. This is a paper tailored to high-end work, with accurate color reproduction and high-resolution output. The heavy-weight 9.5 mil base dries instantly, making it an easy-to-handle, smudge-resistant choice that’s compatible with latex and aqueous printer techology.

Printing promotions, posters and banners with polypropylene
LexJet TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene

TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene is a versatile media that provides tear- and water-resistance that can work for a variety of applications, such as banners, posters, banner stands and even backlit displays. “Water-Resistant Polypropylene from LexJet prints nicely, it’s scratch-resistant, easy to work with and quite economical,” says photographer David Ziser, who prints hanging display banners for special events and promotions. Bonus: This product has a 125° white point, which delivers colors that really pop.

LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric wall mural

LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric is one of our most versatile products that is the answer for promotions, displays and graphics of all kinds. It’s super easy to just print and stick, plus you can reposition and remove it without leaving any residue behind. Our customers have used it for wall murals, window graphics, floor graphics, menus, temporary menus, sporting event signage and even elevator graphics. Check out the inspiring project, UNIFY, during which the owners of Robert Charles Photography used Print-N-Stick in a number of creative ways. It’s also available in an aqueous- and latex-compatible version: LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric.

Canvas Gallery Wraps
LexJet Sunset Reserve Bright Matte Canvas

LexJet Sunset Reserve Bright Matte Canvas is a go-to, consistent canvas for high-end prints. When PostNet Norfolk needed to create art reproductions on canvas, they turned to the Sunset favorite to create canvas wraps that were eventually auctioned off during a Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser for $18,000. The art pieces were topped with LexJet Sunset Satin Coating for a stunning finish. This best-selling product is a poly/cotton blend with a slight texture that turns out a wide color gamut.

LexJet 8 mil Absolute™ Backlit

LexJet 8 Mil Absolute™ Backlit film is another uber-versatile product that printers and artists alike have discovered for a number of innovative applications. Last year we met the creative minds at Lumii who incorporated Absolute™ Backlit in their 3D prints, pairing it with another film, backlighting and their groundbreaking software to create the 3D effect. New York artist Karin Giusti created breathtaking light columns printed on Absolute™ Backlit in her 9/11 First Responders exhibit, Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm. In 2017, the film achieved a Class A Fire Rating, which made it an instant favorite with Octo Lights, who create customized fluorescent light covers for hospitals, office buildings, schools and more.

Want to show off your creative work using LexJet products? Comment below or email us today!

Reproducing Art for a Good Cause at A-R-T & Associates

Each year, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Coca-Cola Company commission an art partner to create an original painting that is auctioned during a fundraising event to raise money for the charity, which provides housing for a family while a child is receiving life-saving care at hospitals around the country.

A-R-T & Associates shared some of its test prints of the Coca-Cola/RMHC 2018 poster.

In additional to the original art, which has been created by the likes of Peter Max and Steve Penley, the poster is then reproduced and sold around the country as an additional fundraiser. For 2018, artist Winford Galmon was selected. Galmon is well known for his bright, action-packed paintings of famous sports stars. His RMHC/Coca-Cola piece celebrates the cheery Ronald surrounded by bright, multi-colored hearts.

A-R-T & Associates, based in Atlanta, has once again won the bid to reproduce the posters for 2018. “We have to be very competitive when we bid this job,” says Rachael Zaudke Wilkins, who runs the print operation at A-R-T. Her LexJet sales representative, Matt Bailey, suggested LexJet TRIBUTE Satin Photo Paper 240g for the job. TRIBUTE is an instant-dry, heavier-weight 9-mil photo paper that’s ideal for high-production jobs, thanks to its cost-effective price when purchased by the pallet.

“Matt knew what I was going to use the paper for, and he said, ‘we just got this paper you really need to try.’ By the time I was three-quarters of the way through my first roll, I was extremely pleased,” Wilkins says. “It’s a very nice quality paper for a fantastic price. Plus, you can hang it up with just pins on the wall — lighterweight papers need to be framed.

“The Ronald McDonald House poster is a very cost-conscious project,” she says. “With TRIBUTE, we’ll be able to give them a higher-quality product.”

Now Available at LexJet: FLEXA SUBLIMAX 170 & 170T Heat Calender for Dye-Sub Printing

We’ve added an integral piece of the dye-sublimation puzzle to our line-up: both the FLEXA Sublimax 170 and 170T (with table) are now available. These heat calenders offer an oil-heated drum design that ensures temperature uniformity for thermic transfer, resulting in high-quality and long-lasting printed fabric.

With three operating modes, the Sublimax 170 is suitable for high production (roll-to-roll), single piece (Sublimax 170T only) and “reactivation and fixing” of sublimated colors already printed directly on fabrics.

Versatile applications include:

  • Curtains and interior decorations such as cushions (high-volume)
  • Sports shirts and garments
  • Promotional items
  • Exhibition stands and shop decorations
  • Fashion, bags, purses
  • Flags

For more details, download this information sheet or watch the video above and call a LexJet representative at 800-453-9538 for personalized assistance.