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:

Dec. 1-31: Save 20% on Your First Vescom Wallcovering Order

For your discerning customers who want high-end, luxurious wallcovering finishes for corporate, healthcare, residential and retail spaces, we’re offering 20% off your first order of any Vescom digital wallcovering finishes throughout the month of December.

Starting Friday, use coupon code VESC20 at checkout, and we’ll take 20% off your first order of Vescom finishes like the soft, lightly textured Vescom Felt, the fine linen emboss of Vescom Tabby, or the SGIA award-winning luster and shine of Vescom Metallic Sand. Visit LexJet.com/Vescom to discover all nine finishes available at LexJet.

All Vescom textures are certified for HP Latex Inks and are considered the “cleanest” vinyl wallcoverings that meet EPA requirements for low-VOC emitting products and are Commercial Grade, Class A Fire Rating, non-phthalate and non-formaldehyde and heavy metal- and antimony-free.

To ensure your get predictable results project after project, Vescom wallcovering is finished with a special top coat that delivers exceptional consistency and a longer shelf life than other PVC wallcoverings on the market. The media is receptive to liquid coating for extra protection, and we recommend Marabu ClearShield Wall Armor.

“Having a product that’s very consistent is a big key for me,” says Mike Speeney of Limitless Walls in King, N.C., who uses Vescom Matte for many customer projects. “The durability is really important so you don’t have ripping or tearing … We try to make sure everything is perfect going out the doors, so when the customer gets it, they go, ‘Wow this is awesome.'”

To learn more about Vescom wallcovering, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

For Good Measure: Yes, There’s an App for That!

If you’re looking for a way to make site inspections just a little bit easier, we’ve found Photo Measures, a smartphone app that allows you to save and share measurements and dimensions on photos taken with your phone’s camera.

Instead of using a rough, hand-drawn sketch with notes, Photo Measures lets you:

  • Take photos and draw measurements and details directly on the picture
  • Zoom in and out of your photo when you need to be more precise
  • Edit measurements with just a touch
  • Quickly add text as comments when more info is needed
  • Easily organize your photos by category
  • Export measurements in hi-res by email or to your photo library (PDF or JPG)
  • And import photos of any size and aspect ratio

It’s available for both Android and iOS devices. The Android version is currently $4.99 and the iOS is $6.99.

There’s also a free version of this app called: Photo Measures Lite, and this version is pretty helpful, too. However, it has a few limitations compared to the full version:

  • You’re limited to only 2 photos at a time
  • The photos you export will have a watermark

We’ve put together a quick video, above, to show Photo Measures in action. Check it out and let us know how this app and other on-the-job apps make your life easier.

Vescom Digital Media: Wallcovering Line Now Available at LexJet

For busy print service providers, media consistency is key. And that couldn’t be truer when it comes to printable wallcovering. The print runs are large, and décor-level quality is highly scrutinized. At LexJet, we’re excited to now offer Vescom Digital Media, some of the highest-grade and most environmentally sound PVC vinyls on the market.

A restaurant wall mural printed by Limitless Walls

Early users have been impressed with the production quality and consistency. “Having a product that’s very consistent is a big key for me,” says Mike Speeney of Limitless Walls in King, N.C., which prints up to 40 wall murals a week for commercial clients, designers and architects, and the general public.

“The durability is really important so you don’t have ripping or tearing,” Speeney says. “And, we’ve been using the Vescom Matte because you don’t want a glare with light bouncing back in your face like you would with a gloss finish.”

Scorch Fitness Focuses on Goals in a Big Way

When faced with a giant, blank wall, many business owners would simply choose a wall paper pattern, install it and call it a day. But Scorch Fitness, located in Sarasota, Fla., had a better idea: Why not create a customized wall mural to inspire their members to achieve their goals?

“The purpose of this mural was to … use it as a reminder to our members of why they’re here,” says Liz Lowe, Scorch co-owner and head coach. Paired with the break-through design of the mural, goals are printed in big, bold letters … “I want to be healthy,” “I want to sweat my butt off” are just two of the shared objectives that are reinforced every day.

“This wall behind us has totally changed the dynamic of the energy within here,” says fellow co-owner and founder, Ryan McDonald.

The team at Now That’s a Wrap printed the mural on LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl, and finished it with a UV coating for extra durability.

Watch the video above to see how it was done and how it’s impacted the Scorch Fitness team and their clients.

Video Tip: Easy Pre-Pasted Wall Paper Install and Removal

What if we told you there was a wall paper that you could apply with the aid of a squirt bottle – no glue and no water troughs necessary? HP has created its PVC-free Wall Paper that not only makes installation and removal a breeze, it’s also a great choice for high-traffic and sensitive areas, like hospitals or schools.

Check out the video above to see how easy it is to prep your printed panels and install them using just these tools:

  • Damp sponge
  • Spray bottle with room-temperature water
  • Razor knife with fresh blades
  • Squeegee
  • Metal puddy knife

The video covers preparing the wall and panels with room-temperature water, position and secure the panels in place and trim the excess as needed. You’ll also learn how to remove the wall paper without damaging the wall beneath it.

HP PVC-free Wall Paper is an odor-free, PVC-free alternative to wallcovering that is flame-resistant and provides vivid color and high-definition detail, ideal for wall murals. Not only is it mold- and mildew-resistant, it has multiple environmental assurances including FSC® and UL GREENGUARD certifications and it meets AgBB criteria making it safe for use in homes, hospitals, schools and public buildings.

Available at LexJet, this product is manufactured with two finishes: HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper and HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wall Paper.

For more décor tips and tricks, call a LexJet representative at 800-453-9538.