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.

This Seattle Framing Company Is Going Big with the Epson P20000

Mary Song of the Seattle-based NW Art + Framing knows a thing or two about printing. A photographer and print coordinator, she oversees the fulfillment of custom and commercial orders for a variety of clients throughout the Northwest. In fact, the company handles printing for three sets of stores, which include the flagship NW Art + Framing, Frame Central, Museum Quality Framing and Beard’s Framing.

“Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’ll fulfill 10,000 orders,” Song says. “We get 150-foot custom rolls, and we’ll go through four of them a day.”

NW Art + Framing prints for hospitality, healthcare and commercial clients.
NW Art + Framing prints for hospitality, healthcare and commercial clients.

That’s a lot of media for fine and framed art, metal prints, canvas and much more. To handle the workload, the facility houses nine printers, mostly Epson, including the recent purchase of the Epson SureColor P20000 64-inch printer, pictured above in action.

“The P20000 is helpful for large canvas and art prints,” Song says. “We have a demand for it, and everyone is going larger.”

The demand, she says, was specifically for large fine art, coated prints that weren’t latex-specific. The P20000 was specifically designed for high-production photographic and fine art printing with all new UltraChrome PRO inks, including four levels of grays. To ensure the color reproduction was up to par, Song but it through a rigorous test: her own work.

“As a photographer, I didn’t trust people to print for me,” Song says. “When we got the P20000 in, the first image I printed was one of mine, so I could see how good it was. The definition in the images was fantastic. The image has sepia tones, which is difficult to print, but right out of the box without profiles, it was spot-on. I couldn’t be happier.”

Since Song started with NW a year and a half ago, the company has doubled the number of its printers in effort to bring all print jobs in-house. “We really wanted to get the profit inside our building,” she says. That also meant that she and her team had to work faster, which was another selling point for the P20000.

“We needed a faster turn-around time, and this machine is faster,” she says. After considering some other less-expensive, older-model printers on the market, she chose to go with the P20000. “I said: If we’re going to invest in new technology, let’s invest in what’s the newest, not something that would be outdated within a few years.”

The company is also considering purchasing a SureColor P10000 44-inch printer, which uses the same ink set as the P20000, which will save on storage space and maintenance, she says, as well as delivering the consistency she expects. “Nothing beats Epson’s color or quality,” Song says. “Epson is by far one of the best printer companies out there.”

Save Like a Winner on Sunset Select Matte Canvas

Now’s the time to stock up on best-selling Sunset Select Matte Canvas, the award-winning bright-white, poly/cotton blend canvas that provides gold medal-worthy consistency and color gamut for fine art reproduction and photo printing.

Get your game on now to be prepared for the upcoming holiday seasonal demand for photo reprints and custom canvas wraps. Through August, Sunset Select Matte Canvas is 25% off when you order through your LexJet rep at 800-453-9538 or by ordering online.

Product highlights:

  • Acid-free, pH-neutral coating and high white point for consistent, accurate colors
  • Water-resistant poly/cotton blend for greater durability and ease in stretching
  • Heavyweight (408gsm) bright white matte canvas with an Oxford 2 over 1 weave

Sunset Select Matte Canvas, a 2010 Hot One Award winner, works with aqueous inks and is compatible with printers from Canon, Epson and HP. SHOP NOW

Radically Simple, High-Output Printing with HP DesignJet Z5600

How does a 39% faster with 20% cost savings on new printer sound? Hard to argue with those numbers. With the HP DesignJet Z5600, HP fine-tuned its machine to deliver not only high-impact graphics, but with a more efficient work flow and less ink consumption.

In May, HP rolled out this new 44-inch, which is equipped with a six-ink printing system, which helps reduce ink consumption, therefore cutting costs by 20% when compared to an eight-ink competitive printer in a small print shop environment. HP also included a chromatic red ink, which enhances the color gamut and delivers sharp, vivid graphics.

HPZ5600 printerHP has also perfected HP DesignJet Click printing software to save time and radically simplify one-click printing for files like PDFs, JPEGs, TIFFs and more. This new software is paired with the automatic multi-roll that makes media loading 75% more efficient than single-roll printers. Plus, the HP DesignJet Z5600 prints 39% faster than competitive aqueous printers on the market.

Check out the video above to see all the highlights that makes the HP DesignJet Z5600 an ideal choice for canvas, GIS, tech drawing and photo reproduction. Call LexJet at 800-453-9538 to learn how to save big on a new HP DesignJet Z5600.

Next-Generation Fredrix Gloss Canvas for Solvent and Latex Printers

Fredrix GSJ Encore Gloss CanvasBuilt to maximize canvas output with solvent, low-solvent and latex printers, the updated Fredrix 901 GSJ Encore Gloss Canvas is ideal for photo reproductions and high-end, high-production art and décor printing.

Available exclusively at LexJet, it’s the highest gloss canvas made by Fredrix and when combined with solvent, low-solvent or latex inks, no top coat is necessary.

Improvements to the canvas include better ink saturation and adhesion with low-solvent inks, and a higher color gamut and Dmax.

The durable 35/65 poly/cotton blend canvas, at 19 mils thick and 380 gsm, has a medium texture that’s subtle and consistent, a two-over-one weave and a bright white base.

For more information and to order Fredrix 901 GSJ Encore Gloss Canvas, call a LexJet printing expert at 800-453-9538.

Next-Generation Sunset Coatings for Canvas Now Available

Fine Art Print by Color Simulation Service with Sunset Gloss Coating
Randy Orgeron of Color Simulation Service found that Sunset Gloss Coating was easy to work with – it doesn’t set up too fast or too slow and self-levels – even on a large canvas piece, like this 18″ x 54″ fine art reproduction on Sunset Select Matte Canvas.

The next-generation Sunset Gloss Coating and Sunset Satin Coating are now in stock and shipping from LexJet’s Nationwide Delivery Network. The popular coatings have been reformulated to improve canvas coating performance with consistent results that can be applied with a brush, roller or spray.

Sunset Gloss Coating and Sunset Satin Coating are non-yellowing, pH-neutral water-based acrylic coatings that are self-leveling and ready-to-use straight from the easy-to-pour, easy-to-store containers.

Randy Orgeron of Color Simulation Service, Thibodaux, La., provided detailed feedback when he tested the updated formulation of Sunset Gloss Coating on Sunset Select Matte Canvas. Among his findings, Orgeron noted:

  • It rolls on easily with a foam roller
  • There do not seem to be any issues with it gunking up and it lays flat from the offset
  • Initially, the coating turns hazy, like car wax prior to buffing, but becomes crisp and clear
  • There were some bubbles that formed during application; however, once completely dry that concern proved to be unwarranted
  • The finish is gorgeous and really articulates the print, and there were no issues with the coating lifting the ink off the canvas

“The piece I tried this on at first was only an 11×14 canvas. Since the coating tends to set up rather quickly I was interested to see how fast I would have to work to cover a large canvas, and if could go back over missed spots on the first application,” adds Orgeron. “I’ve used other brands that dry so quickly you can only use them on smaller prints. With the Sunset Coating I found that you can keep working it after you apply it, so it’s going to be very effective for all of our prints, large or small.”

Other improvements to Sunset Coatings include:

  • Greater UV protection
  • Increase solid content so you get more coverage out of one container
  • NMP-free to comply with state and local safety and health regulations

Call a LexJet print specialist today at 800-453-9538 to find out more and to order the new Sunset Coatings.