Finish Soft Signage Fabrics Like the Pros

With the heavy retail season upon us, you’re likely getting more requests for fabric banners and displays these days. Retail outlets often prefer the elegant, lightweight drape that fabric signage offers, as opposed to vinyl, for instance, for banners, hanging signage, table skirts and more.

However, when it comes to fabric signage, finishing needs can vary from fabric to fabric, since some cut cleanly and others may fray. Watch the video above to learn how to test your fabric, and which ones can simply be trimmed with a knife versus those that need a tool such as a heating knife to keep the weave from unraveling.

We offer a wide range of printable fabrics for a variety of print technologies:

For Aqueous

For Latex

For Solvent

A popular finishing option for printed fabric signage is pole pockets. Watch the video below for a fast, easy and professional result:

LexJet Tells Digital Output: New Media Options Lead to Higher Productivity

media 2 Once a year, Digital Output magazine looks to leaders in the graphic arts world to express their point of view on the state of the industry, improvements to existing products, and the changing market.

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LexJet’s Vincent Bejar

This year, the magazine asked Vincent Bejar, business development manager at LexJet, to give his input on wide-format printing.  Bejar explains how HP PageWide XL Series media is changing the landscape for architecture, engineering and construction markets.

“Also used for color graphics, it opens the door to new applications and higher productivity for the printer,” he says. “This is the beginning of a technology shift in inkjet printing that will continue to propel the printers using these high-speed effective devices into higher-volume, higher-profit solution areas.”

Shifts in technology, such as new applications and devices, are further discussed in “Industry Leader Perspective,” available on Digital Output‘s website. This year isn’t over yet, and with software, hardware, ink and media all advancing at such rapid paces, we’ll be keeping an eye on what the rest of 2015 will bring.

The Engineer’s Choice for Wide-Format Printers: Epson T-Series

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In late 2014 Willie Meredith, one of a two-man operation at the electrical engineering firm RB Lewis Limited in Henrico, VA, was facing a common dilemma: His 17-year-old printer was still functioning, but was too slow for the firm’s growing needs, like jobs for Bass Pro Shops and the University of Richmond.

“We do print checks, presentation drawings and graphics posters, so I needed something with color,” Meredith says. “We needed a printer that could handle engineering drawings and computer graphics as well. We wanted a printer that was reliable and well-made that came well-reviewed, too.”

After doing some research, he partnered with a LexJet sales rep and decided on the Epson SureColor T7270, a 44-inch single-roll printer, which he has used exclusively to print on 20# bond paper.

“It does it all,” Meredith says. “I even recommended it to another engineer who bought one from LexJet, too.”

The precise line details, crisp text and photo quality graphics make the Epson T-Series printer an ideal choice among engineers, but it also will print on media ranging from bond paper and archival films to premium photo papers and up to 1.5 mm-thick poster boards.

Meredith says he’s been pleased with the amount of ink the printer uses, as well. “We had concerns about how long the ink would last,” he says. “But we’ve done quite a few prints and we’re still doing pretty good on ink. We’ve been pleasantly surprised with that.”

LexJet carries the Epson T-Series printers in single and double rolls, in varies sizes. Check out these options:

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SureColor T3270: 24″ single-roll printer; print speeds of up to 660 square feet per hour.

SureColor T5270: 36″ single-roll printer; print speeds of up to 740 square feet per hour.

SureColor T7270: 44″ single-roll printer; print speeds of up to 7800 square feet per hour.

SureColor T5270D: 36″ dual-roll printer; print speeds of up to 740 square feet per hour.

SureColor T7270D: 44″ dual-roll printer; print speeds of up to 780 square feet per hour.

For more information about the new Epson SureColor T-Series large-format inkjet printers, and for help finding the right printer for your shop, call a LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538.

 

Prints that Win: Waiting for You

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Each portrait Kristi Elias creates is a unique work of art that is relevant and appropriate to its subject. Last year, Elias won a Sunset Print Award at the Professional Photographers of California state competition for You Won’t Bully Me, a grungy portrait of a young martial arts competitor.

Elias followed up this year, taking home another Sunset Print Award at the California competition for a decidedly different subject, entitled Waiting for You. This portrait purposely evokes Renaissance art.

“I wanted a painterly feel with a lot of detail in the props, like the bottle. There’s note in the bottle, and you can see the contours and the detail. There was a lot of time put into those details of the portrait. You can see even the music on the floor, and all the shading and detail in it. I did it just like it would have been as a Renaissance painting, and how they paid so much attention to detail on all the props,” explains Elias.

The portrait of her client, who also poses for Elias to spark modeling ideas, was captured in the studio. Elias purchased a custom dress from Bulgaria for an authentic touch.

Elias added a new background, a photo she took of a Gothic cathedral in Tuscany. She used Photoshop, Nik Software and Alien Skin to edit the image.

“When I edit I don’t use the same actions every time. I look at each portrait as its own piece of art. Some of it is my own custom actions, and some of it is edited with Nik Software to bring out the detail in the shadows. I like to put a lot of detail in the shadow for that hopeless romantic look. I took any painterly effect off of her skin so there’s no texture on the skin, because that doesn’t go well with judging,” says Elias.

Master printer Jonathan Penney, Center Moriches, N.Y., printed the image on a fibre-based paper to complete the beautiful, Renaissance-style portrait.

Avast Ye Swabs! The Art of Piracy at the Tampa Bay History Center

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The Tampa Bay History Center is featuring the original work of fine artist Don Maitz as part of its exhibition, The Art of Piracy: Pirates in Modern Culture. The exhibition began on Jan. 24 and runs through April 26.

No Prey No Pay by Don MaitzMaitz is famed for creating the original artwork for Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum when the adult beverage was first brought to market to be properly swilled.

The exhibit examines the role of art in shaping the popular and iconic images associated with 17th and 18th century pirates in and around the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic seaboard.

Originally from Connecticut, and now based in Sarasota, Fla., Maitz’s interest in pirates and sea rovers goes back well before he moved to the Buccaneer coast. The move simply made his pursuits in pirate art even more appropriate.

Hidden Cove by Don Maitz“A lot of artists and illustrators had moved west and were doing western art. Since I moved to Florida I didn’t think that subject matter really fit. Illustrating what was going on in our coastal waters and treasure hunting, I thought pirates would be interesting subject matter for me to continue. Plus, some of my favorite artists have worked in that genre,” says Maitz.

For this exhibition, Maitz printed some of his most notable pirate art to date using his Epson Stylus Pro 7800 on Sunset Hot Press Rag, LexJet Premium Archival Matte and Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 g.

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Maitz sends his artwork – typically oil paintings and watercolors, though he works in a variety of media, including acrylics – to Eagle Photographics in Tampa to capture his work.

“I get a digital file and go through ImagePrint software to balance the print to the original art. I use Photoshop to manipulate the color and the ImagePrint software to change the image based on the surface of the paper I’m printing to,” he says. I want to use the highest quality paper possible. I like Sunset Hot Press Rag because it has a little less tooth so it doesn’t collect things like dust and oil from your hands. I use Premium Archival Matte for more cost-effective smaller prints.”

Maitz cuts the prints by hand, rather than using the automated cutter inside the printer. He says it’s best to keep the dust produced by cutting as far away from the printer as possible; a clean printer alleviates potential headaches from clogged nozzles and cuts down on maintenance routines.

Maitz has worked with LexJet as print supplier partner since he bought his printer. “What I really like about LexJet is that I place an order and it gets here quickly; that’s a real plus. Also, when I first bought my printer from LexJet, my learning curve was dropped considerably by help from my rep and technical support,” adds Maitz.

Wall Couture Makes an Impact with Man Under Water

LexJet Print-N-Stick Wall Mural

Ken Gemes Interiors creates inviting, timeless interior environments for the discerning home owner, whether that owner is ensconced in the city or wants to revitalize a more pastoral location.

Having recently moved to the firm’s new location in Mount Vernon, N.Y., founder and president Ken Gemes transformed a warehouse space into a showcase of the firm’s design expertise. One of the pivotal components of the new space is a 15-foot-wide by 9 1/2-foot tall conference room wall mural from décor specialist Soicher Marin, based in Sarasota, Fla.

Soicher Marin has developed a line of wall coverings called Wall Couture™ that combines LexJet’s Print-N-Stick Fabric as the base material with designs, patterns, photos, art and graphics from Soicher Marin’s extensive art library, each uniquely selected and custom-printed for the client’s environment.

One of the benefits of Wall Couture/Print-N-Stick is its ease of use: it’s repositionable, removable and re-usable, and much easier to apply than traditional wallpaper or adhesive-backed vinyl. In this case, Soicher Marin printed the photograph, Man Under Water, in eight 28-inch-wide panels and sent the panels to Ken Gemes Interiors.

“Soicher Marin gave us excellent instructions and the mural went up without a hitch,” says Gemes. “The image is a real show-stopper in the conference room, and adds a big wow factor to our space.”

Soicher Marin’s Katie Bellinder says the key to a seamless application is in the overlap. “We print an inch overlap so that when they apply it to the wall, you put the first panel down, then the second one next to it with an inch of overlap, and so forth for each subsequent panel,” she says. “Then, you take a straight edge and cut off the overlaps so that you have perfect seams that don’t show. It’s not like traditional wallpaper, where you almost always have leftover material you won’t use. We print only what they need.”

The mural was printed on Soicher Marin’s HP Latex 260 Printer. Bellinder says the latex inks provide additional durability, and that scuff marks and dirt are easily removed with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.