Tips for Printshops Before & After COVID-19

We gathered a panel of LexJet team members and asked them to share what they’ve been hearing in the market, along with tips and ideas to help printshops continue to operate, help their communities and weather this storm.

During this free webcast we discuss:

  • Using print to help your communities and collaborating with your peers
  • Marketing ideas to share with your customers
  • Material availability and inventory
  • Have downtime? Use this time wisely to be a step ahead
  • Best business practices for your company
  • Communicating with customers

Watch the Webcast Now!

If you have any questions for our panel, please call 800-453-9538 to connect with our team. We are here to help during this unprecedented time, so please reach out to us. Stay healthy, and let us know how you’re doing!

Now Available at LexJet: HP Large-Format Printer Parts

We’re excited to announce that many genuine HP large-format printer replacement parts are now available at LexJet.com! These are in addition to the HP computer parts that we recently added to our site.

If you are searching for a particular replacement part, simply use the search feature at LexJet.com and enter your part number, name or SKU. The replacement parts available through LexJet are compatible with several of the HP DesignJet printers, such as the T7100, Z6200, Z6610, Z6810 and D5800, for instance.

You’ll be able to find the common products you need, such as the cutter assembly, power supply unit assembly, preventive maintenance kits, drive roller encode sensor, lamps and much more.

Plus, we’ll be adding more genuine HP replacement parts in the weeks and months to come.

As with all LexJet orders, we’ll process your purchase immediately so you get your part as quickly as possible. Plus, because you’re buying from LexJet, HP parts ship for free, and you’ll also earn reward points in your LexJet Edge account, for savings on future LexJet.com purchase!

Check out HP Parts on LexJet.com for more information.

LexJet brandUP: Cool Community Projects Powered by Print

If you’re looking for inspiration for your next office remodel, retail upgrade or community event, head over to LexJet’s brandUP video page to discover some of the projects we’ve helped bring to life through the power of print.

Over the last few years, we’ve worked with community organizations, businesses, non-profits and event planners to enhance their messaging efforts with printed graphics – from windows to walls and from stickers to signage.

On our brandUP page, you’ll find stories about:

  • How we used a variety of print technologies and applications to help with traffic flow and event messaging at the Suncoast Jeep Festival
  • How students from Ringling College of Art + Design used print to promote a virtual reality game at a SXSW exhibit, featuring branded water bottles, banners, vehicle decals and other eye-catching prints
  • How some clever graphic ideas spruced up a new dog grooming business with window graphics, wall murals, paw prints on the floor and so much more

Check back to the brandUP page to see what we’re dreaming up next!

Do you have a community print project that you’d like to share with our readers? Tell us in the comments below or email us.

60 Minutes Photo Adds a Personal Touch to Photo Reproduction

In the 1970s, 60 Minutes Photo was the first one-hour photo development lab in West Palm Beach, Fla. Today, its ability to continue to offer innovative solutions with top-notch, in-person customer service has helped keep it in business during a time when online competition keeps heating up.

“Photo labs are becoming a dying breed,” says Renea Hutchings, who owns 60 Minutes Photo with her husband, Harold. “We’re more of a custom lab. People walk in and we have consulting where we can pull up their image and show them how it will look at a certain size. We work with both professionals and amateur photographers. Today, we’re one of the only all-around labs in Palm Beach County.”

The team pairs that customer-intimate approach with photo restoration work as well as up-to-the-minute photo reproduction trends, such as acrylic glass art, photo books, t-shirts, puzzles and metal prints, utilizing a variety of print technologies and substrates, based on their customers’ preferences.

The metal prints are particularly popular these days, Hutchings says, because of their sleek look and color reproduction. “If you have a really good shot, and we sublimate it on metal, we can get a really good print,” she says.

Her production team opts for Chromaluxe Photo Panels and LexJet InFuze Rigid Substrate Dye-Sub Paper for transferring the image to the metal. “Our guys like the InFuze better than the others they’ve used — it feels thicker and it’s more  porous, so it holds more ink when we sublimate it — it heats better and works better, especially with the photo panels,” Hutchings says.

When finishing the panels, the 60 Minutes team adds customized hanging fixtures with stainless steel buttons and sticks that are adhered to the back and can hold panels as large as 30-by-40 inches — and they deliver the final product within just a few days.

“We have some interior designer customers in Wellington, which is a huge horse-show world,” she says. “Their photos can be sublimated onto metal and hung outside on patios or in these multi-million-dollar horse barns. You can pretty much just squirt them with a hose and wipe them off. They’re pretty indestructible”

Another popular wall art item the team produces is photos printed Sunset Photo Metallic Paper and adhered to acrylic. “The image just pops,” Hutchings says. “It’s not like looking at a regular print.” She says portrait photographers, restaurants, sports bars and healthcare facilities are just a few of the types of customers opting for these two dynamic options.

To learn more about photo reproduction options, connect with a LexJet print specialist to day at 800-453-9538.

Create Easy Contour Cut Lines for Stickers, Decals & More

To create attractive, customized shapes for decals, stickers and signage of all types, you can easily adjust your graphic file in Adobe Illustrator to create cut lines in the shape of your choice that will be perfectly set up for when you’re ready to send the job to your printer and cutter.

Follow along as we walk through, step-by-step, in this short educational video to ensure your cut lines are set up correctly to print and cut accurately with your graphic.

This technique is often used for customized sticker shapes, but can also be utilized to create functional cutouts, like the graphics we created for the mini-Jeeps pictured below, in which the graphic is trimmed perfectly to fit around the hood hinges and clamps. For this project, we used HP Adhesive Vinyl. This technique would work well with other products, such as LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric and LexJet Simple Grip or other self-adhesive products with a release liner.

In the video above, we also show you how to convert JPEG and PNG files for optimal results. Rastor and vector files are covered, as well.

Once you follow this set-up procedure, you’ll be ready to send the file to your RIP software, which will prepare the file for printing.

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More Ways to Earn LexJet Edge Points

We hope you are enjoying your LexJet Edge membership, where you earn money off a future LexJet.com purchase. (What? You haven’t signed up  yet? Go HERE.)

Every time you make a purchase at LexJet.com you’ll earn points that really add up to big savings! Did you know there are other ways to earn Edge points, too? Just go to your dashboard and select any of these options:

  • Connect on Facebook: earn 10 points | 1 time only
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  • Purchase 4 Times in a Year: earn 100 points | 1 time per year
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We’ll see you on the Edge today, where you can earn more points than ever!