NEW BLOG SERIES: Good, Better & Best eSatin Photo Papers

When comparing photo papers, canvas and other media options, we know it’s not always easy to determine what the best option is for your production volume, output expectations and price point considerations.

That’s why we’re starting our “Good, Better, Best” series to look at some ideal products for your needs. We’re kicking off with one of our most popular categories: eSatin Photo Papers.

These papers are in high demand for professional photographers and reproduction studios who want classic photographic results without excessive gloss and glare. eSatin Photo Papers look great in a frame or on their own, whether you’re producing larger-than-life prints or handy 8x10s. Take a look at our Good, Better and Best options before you buy your next roll:

GOOD: LexJet 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper — This all-around high-performing photo paper is a lightweight option for everyday use in large-production volume printing.

Posters fine art inkjet printing
Posters printed on LexJet 8 mil Production Satin Photo Paper

It’s ideal for high-volume thanks to a microporous inkjet coating that dries fast, so you don’t have to wait to handle and finish your graphics. Plus, it’s resistant to smudges and fingerprints — an excellent choice for high-traffic environments. Starting at $0.34 per square foot, it has a subtle satin finish for a natural look, and many users choose to finish it with a film laminate for extra protection.

What users say: “It’s similar in look and feel to Sunset Photo eSatin, but it’s less expensive and thinner. In other words, it’s a good alternative for more economical photo products like posters or even test prints.”

BETTER:  LexJet Sunset Production eSatin 250g — Great results paired with an excellent price point make this photo paper our “Better” choice. Professional photographers turn to this resin-coated option when they need a slightly lighter-weight version that works for both portraits and commercial graphics. At $0.45 per square foot, this paper delivers a larger color gamut with pin-sharp detail.

What users say: “On our initial trials it held its own when we did our side-by-side comparisons with a similar photo paper, and we like the Sunset Production eSatin better. The paper is brighter and just as durable and so far has proven to be a winner.”

Portraits printed on LexJet Sunset Photo eSatin Paper 300g

BEST: LexJet Sunset Photo eSatin Paper 300g — This professional-grade, heavy-weight paper sets the industry standard as the ideal product for photo printing for portrait work to museum exhibits that can last for years. Its consistency has made it the go-to option for years for single prints or framed photos in black-and-white or full-blown color. Some customers have had great success face-mounting it to plex-glass. Starting at $0.61 per square foot (and available in sheets) Sunset Photo eSatin provides excellent ink retention for realistic and accurate colors.

What users say: “The heavier weight and wide color gamut of eSatin is exactly what I’m after in a print; I just love how that print medium presents.”

Tip of the Week: Picking the Best Media for Printing Posters

Do you know where to start when choosing the best media for printing posters? We sat down with LexJet product guru, Jeff Leto, and talked about how important it is to determine the best weight, size and finish for your posters.

When you’re looking for the right poster material, pay close attention to its gram weight. A lighter gram weight is meant for things like movie posters or smaller signage, while a heavier gram weight is best for large window displays. The larger the sign, the heavier the gram weight should be in order to ensure a flat, smooth surface.

The finish is also an important factor when finding the perfect poster material. There are lots to choose from like matte, satin, semi-matte, gloss and high-gloss. The finish of the poster depends on the environment the poster will be displayed in. Some great examples of different finishes would be the Sunset Photo Gloss, the LexJet HydroTOUGH Poster and the HP Photo-realistic Poster Paper. All of these materials are compatible with latex printers, so you know you’re getting durable, cost-effective posters for all your business needs.

Check out our Latex Applications page for more on posters and the many ways you can use latex printing technology in your business. Call a LexJet printing expert at 800-453-9538 to learn more.

Sunset Photo Matte Paper: Durable, High-Quality, Archival and Economical

sunset matte srSunset Photo Matte Paper 280g is now available exclusively at LexJet. Ideal for fine-art reproduction, high-quality fine photo prints, photo albums and high-end poster décor, the smooth archival paper produces superior color saturation and a high Dmax for high-impact image reproduction.

Sunset Photo Matte Paper is the thickest, heaviest and most durable (280g, 12-mil) inkjet paper in its class, and is also priced lower than most comparable papers, providing both value and quality.

“It’s a great paper with a slightly warmer tone, which is perfect for fine-art printing. It makes a beautiful print and it’s thick and easy to handle, but has a lower price point,” says Chip Wright of Mastercolor Professional Labs, Greensboro, N.C.

Sunset Photo Matte Paper 280g is available in 17″, 24″, 36″, 44″ and 60″ widths and 100′ roll lengths from LexJet’s North American Distribution Network. Call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 for more information and to try this new paper for your next project.

Canon iPF6400SE on Sale at LexJet for only $1,499

Canon iPF6400SE on SaleFor a limited time only, you can pick up the Canon iPF6400SE 24″ Printer for almost $1,000 off the list price at LexJet. Regularly $2,495, the new printer is now available for $1,499 at LexJet.

You can call a LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538 or order it at lexjet.com. Click here to find out more about the printer and to add it to your cart. In addition to a great sales price, you get free shipping and free and unlimited product and technical support during and after the sale.

The printer is designed for retail display and poster printing and includes a variety of features designed for efficiency and ease of use. Using the fast printing mode, the iPF SE Series can print an A1/D sized poster on coated paper in about one minute.

The compact body design offers a small footprint, and the hot-swap ink tanks allow the inks to be changed while a job is in progress without stopping the print job.

An operator assistance function can also be set up on the device to provide messages that notify the user of needed routine services to help limit interruptions during print jobs.

The SE Series offers an Economy Printing Mode that decreases ink consumption. In this mode, overall color density is reduced to help cut ink consumption by up to 50 percent compared to the Standard mode.

The Canon Printer Driver provides a free layout (nesting) feature, allowing various print jobs to be placed on one sheet of media.

The SE Series also features PosterArtist Lite, which allows users to access pre-designed templates, royalty-free images, clipart, backgrounds, frames, text graphics, an image correction function that automatically corrects image colors, and a Cut Out function to remove selected areas of an image. A full version of PosterArtist is available for purchase, which includes additional pre-designed materials and advanced features such as Auto Design, Variable Printing, Design Check, Ambient Light Correction and Advanced Image Editing.

The Canon Printer Driver includes a new poster print setting, and Direct Print & Share, which offers cloud-based sharing capabilities, and several other management tools to help enhance set up and efficiency such as the Accounting Manager. The Accounting Manager helps track printing costs and includes a Media Configuration Tool for the quick and easy update of media information. Operating applications such as Print Plug-in for Microsoft Office Suite are also included.

Canon’s newly developed six-color ink system utilizes LUCIA EX features the traditional Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black and Matte Black inks, along with Red ink, which Canon says expands the color gamut beyond Canon’s imagePROGRAF eight-color models in the yellow to red regions to help produce vibrant, eye-catching posters.

Through Canon’s nozzle design, one printhead delivers six colors through six channels providing output from 15,360 individual nozzles. The LUCIA EX pigment ink system also helps ensure durable colors and scratch resistance for posters, retail graphics and other applications.

Epson T-Series Printers: Speed, Accuracy and Versatility

Epson SureColor T-Series Inkjet Printer

Make print production easier, faster, more versatile and more profitable with Epson’s new SureColor T-Series printers from LexJet. Epson’s latest generation of technical printers are plug-and-play and easy to use, with simple, four-color operation.

Technical Inkjet PrintingYou’ll save time and money while you realize super-accurate production of the most demanding fine-line printing for blueprints, architectural drawings and plotting at the fastest speeds available in their class. The Epson T-Series is capable of accurately plotting minimum line widths as thin as 0.018 mm.

With resolutions of up to 2880 x 1440 dpi, the Epson T-Series also delivers application versatility so you can print brilliant, durable posters, photos, presentation graphics, and promotional and point-of-sale displays.

In addition to a range of compatible print media – including bond papers, archival films and premium photo papers – the thick media print path handles rigid media up to 1.5mm thick.

Other valuable features include:

  • New dual-role models (the 36″ SureColor T5270D and 44″ T7270D) include a high-capacity catch basket for quick retrieval and reduced sorting time
  • Roll and sheet feeder available in 24″, 36″ and 44″ widths
  • Horizontal output basket for enhanced output stacking
  • Optional 36″ multifunction scanner enables PC-free full-color scan and copy capabilities up to 36″ wide
  • Optional expansion modules (Adobe Postscript 3 hardware engine and internal 320 GB printer server)

The printers include:

The SureColor T3270 is a 24″ single-roll printer with print speeds of up to 660 square feet per hour and a retail price of $2,995.

The SureColor T5270 is a 36″ single-roll printer with print speeds of up to 740 square feet per hour and a list price of $3,995.

The SureColor T7270 is a 44″ single-roll printer with print speeds of up to 780 square feet per hour and a retail price of $4,995.

The SureColor T5270D is a 36″ dual-roll printer with print speeds of up to 740 square feet per hour and a retail price of $5,995.

The SureColor T7270D is a 44″ dual-roll printer with print speeds of up to 780 square feet per hour and a retail price of $6,995.

To find out more, and for help selecting the right printer for your workflow and market, call a LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538. And, for a video overview of the SureColor T-Series printers, click here.

Video: HP Designjet Graphics Printers Overview

HP Graphics Printers at LexJetThe HP Designjet Z3200, Z5200 and Z5400 have a solid track record in the large format inkjet printer market.

Each is a versatile graphics printer that meets a different set of needs with consistent color and easy use for applications like point of purchase, backlits, photo reproduction, posters, canvas printing, presentations and more.

For an overview of HP’s Designjet Graphics printers and to get a better idea about which one might best fit your needs, check out the video embedded below. For more details, call your LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Check back tomorrow for an overview of HP’s Designjet Production Printers: the HP Designjet Z6200Z6600 and Z6800.