National Sunset Print Award Winner Christie Newell Visits Sarasota

As the winner of the 2016 National Sunset Print Award, Peoria, Ill.-based photographer Christie Newell won a trip to the Lido Beach Resort and a $500 Visa gift card. She swung by LexJet’s headquarters last Friday for a quick visit and tour before enjoying her mini-vacation on Lido Key.

Newell took first place for her image, “Old Faithful,” a portrait of a client’s dog, named Tilly, an Aussie Doodle. The photo beat out 25 other finalists from around the country.

“I was very surprised that it won,” Newell says. “I knew a lot of the other photographers who were in the running, and their work is top-notch. It was very exciting.”

Save & Win at LexJet’s WPPI Expo Booth #116

joel grimesWe’re looking forward to meeting you at the WPPI Expo next week in Las Vegas! Be sure to stop by booth #116 to learn how you can:

  • Save 30% off LexJet-branded media (expires Feb. 23, 2017)
  • Get a FREE LexJet BluePro Shipping Membership (a $99 annual value) when you purchase anything from LexJet at the WPPI Expo. With LexJet BluePro, you’ll receive free shipping on OEM ink and supplies as well as select LexJet-branded products
  • Win a 32-by-36-inch canvas gallery wrap signed by renowned photographer Joel Grimes

While you’re at WPPI, check out our range of LexJet Sunset photo, fine art and fibre papers and canvas. You’ll also get the chance to see the Canon PRO-Series 2000 in action. Plus, our print experts will be on hand to discuss how bringing wide-format printing in-house can help you save and grow your business.

And don’t forget to get your free WPPI Expo pass, courtesy of LexJet. Go to the WPPI registration page and, when prompted, enter promo code EXIV167364.

If you have any questions about WPPI or LexJet’s Expo specials, give us a call at 800-453-9538.

Looking for Canvas? We’ve Got a Full Line of Products In Stock

Having trouble finding the right canvas? LexJet has lots of options in stock to breathe new life into your canvas-printing business. We’ve got a full line of canvas options for high-volume and consistent production of fine art, photographic and commercial graphics.

In our portfolio of LexJet Sunset and Sunset by Fredrix canvases, you’ll find a variety of finishes and textures that are in stock and ready to ship. LexJet is also the exclusive source for Fredrix canvases within the United States.

We’ve got many archival-quality canvases that are acid-free and pH-neutral, as well as OBA-free options. In fact, our Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas is now certified by Wilhelm Imaging Research to last up to and beyond 200 years.

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Here’s what some of our customers have said about using products from LexJet canvas line:

  • “We’ve tried a lot of canvas materials, and Sunset Production Gloss Canvas SUV was clearly the best material. Most of the canvas material we’ve tried, if you rubbed it or looked at it wrong, the ink would fall off of it, and when you stapled the canvas, it would tear, which was a big problem. This stuff is great, and it’s inexpensive.”   — Phil Crawford, Berea Printing
  • Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV is the best canvas to date. Our color came out perfect; we have never seen a truer white hue before.  We have received numerous customer compliments, so they can definitely see the difference. Thank you for helping our business produce the highest quality at the best price.”   — Zach Gardynski, New Era Portfolio

Whether you print with aqueous, latex, solvent or UV ink, you’ll find a canvas that’s right for your next gallery wrap, framed or mounted canvas project. Call LexJet today at 800-453-9538 to learn more about our complete line of canvas media.

Louisville Slugger: How Spectra Imaging Built a Thriving and Growing Business

Window graphics for a grocery store chain

Brian and Leslie Rogers started Spectra Imaging in their 500-square-foot garage about seven years ago with a Mac mini and a Canon iPF8000. Since that time, Spectra Imaging has grown exponentially, eventually occupying 6,000 square feet of space in a Louisville, Ky., office building, adding additional employees and ramping up its production capabilities.

Main identification sign for a companyWhile Spectra Imaging’s success is based on the usual ingredients – high-quality output, customer service and finding the right products for production – it’s the intangibles that have helped set the company apart.

First, Spectra Imaging is debt-free. All of its equipment purchases are paid for, alleviating the additional burden that debt payments can have on a company. Second, Spectra Imaging emphasizes a show-and-tell approach to sales.

“The growth of our company is attributed to our drive and determination and just getting out in front of people,” explains Brian Rogers. “You can’t just walk in there, hand them a brochure and tell them that this is what you can do. When our salespeople meet with customers they have a sample case and an iPad. There’s an image on our site of a very large sign on the front of a building for a hardware company, for example, and our salespeople have a smaller version of that exact sign, printed on the same material and applied to the same substrate. That way, they can see how the material works and what it looks like when it’s done. A brochure is not good enough.”

Wall decor graphicsRogers says this is especially effective with Photo Tex PSA Repositionable Fabric from LexJet. Customers can see first-hand how easy it is to work with and how versatile it is in a variety of applications.

Whatever the material used, Spectra Imaging is armed with physical samples and various options for a collaborative, consultative and ultimately productive meeting.

“Customers are looking for something different and unique; they don’t want the same stuff they’ve been getting. LexJet has been instrumental in keeping us updated about new products we can add to our sample case so we can show customers what’s available and what they can do with them,” adds Rogers.

Spectra Imaging can provide just about any imaging product and service to its customers, including graphic design, scanning original artwork, printing and stretching canvas, custom framing and practically any large-format application.

Photo reproduction for interior decorNow armed with two HP 9000 solvent printers, two HP Designjet 5000 aqueous inkjet printers and two Canon iPF8000s, as well as fabrication and finishing capabilities with a CNC router and a laminator, Spectra Imaging is well positioned to make its next move: hiring an additional salesperson and production specialist as well as adding more printer fire power.

Rogers says his favorite materials are the aforementioned Photo Tex PSA Fabric (both Aqueous and Solvent), LexJet Simple Adhesive Vinyl (Semi-Matte and Gloss), LexJet 10 Mil Opaque Display Film, LexJet Production Satin Photo Paper PSA and LexJet Sunset Fine Art, Photo and Canvas media.

“The great thing about Sammi [Spectra Imaging’s LexJet customer specialist Samantha Calabrese] is that she’s familiar with the products we’ve used and is quite helpful about making recommendations and letting us know about new products,” says Rogers. “Even if we’re not buying a product from LexJet, like our HP 9000, Sammi did some research and helped us find other LexJet customers who had one so we could get some feedback from them about the printer before we bought it.”