LexJet Highlights AR at the “Epic” IPI Conference

Earlier this month, LexJet joined the International Print + Imaging Conference in Nevada to discuss some of the most innovative photo reproduction technology and media offerings and the latest advancements in augmented reality for the print industry.

LexJet’s Michael Clementi

IPI is made up of photo and print professionals who own businesses and meet annually to network and share ideas on how to enhance their businesses and brands. Supplying Partners like LexJet offer vital products and services for them.

LexJet highlighted several popular products like LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric and LexJet TRIBUTE Satin Photo Paper and newer products, including the new, award-winning HP Recycled Satin Canvas.

“IPI is a strong membership program for us,” says LexJet’s Michael Clementi. “The IPI members are great listeners! We’re able to provide them with educational information so they can use the products we provide and put them into play in terms of the applications they are creating for their customers.”

During the education session, Jason Nelson from LexJet’s parent company S-One Holdings Corporation, presented two hour-long classes on the state of augmented reality in the print industry. The sessions included live demonstrations of three custom-made apps:

  • Jason Nelson on stage at IPIC.

    PhotAR, which allows a user to visualize canvas prints and framed photos on their walls using images from their device

  • SGIA AR, which allows users to see life-sized printers in their space and change the graphics of a light pole banner and roll up banner
  • Culture Book AR, which allows users to watch 5 videos embedded in our 2019 S-One Culture Book

“My main goal at IPIC was to introduce, inform and inspire printing and photography professionals to the possibilities of using augmented reality to grow their businesses by providing new, innovative tools for their customers,” Nelson says. “There was a buzz throughout the show about the potential of AR.”

During his presentation, Nelson highlighted the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality, as well as other “extended realities,” such as 360 video. AR, he says, has a strong future in everything from decor visualization to augmented print ads and signage to technical support.

“Everyone at the IPIC show carried a positive vibe,” Nelson says. “The best part was seeing the looks on people’s faces when I launched live demonstrations on my iPad. There’s definitely a ‘wow’ factor that makes me feel like there’s real potential with AR in the commercial printing industry.”

 

Print More Polished Posters with HP Application Center & Paper Options

Power up your poster game by pairing an all-new service from HP’s Application Center with some of the best-performing, cost-effective media on the market.

If you have an HP DesignJet or Latex printer, there is a new cloud-based service to help you create professional posters in just a few easy steps. The HP Poster Application will let you:

  • Create posters using HP’s free cloud-based design tools and templates
  • Use free and premium content for your designs
  • Customize existing content with simple workflow integration

Want to add this service to your workflow? Join the free webinar on Wednesday, March 20, at 2 p.m. ET. Click HERE to register and simply note that you were referred by LexJet.

And for your next poster project, consider some new as well as tried-and-trusted options for your print media.

For a classic poster with a gloss finish, LexJet 8 Mil Production Gloss Photo Paper is a favorite option for excellent color reproduction and pop, utilizing aqueous inks that get consistent results. It’s smudge and fingerprint-resistant and, at $0.32 per square foot, it’s a cost-effective option to pair with pressure-sensitive or low-heat thermal laminating films.

For large-scale production, consider LexJet Satin Poster Paper 200g, which is compatible with eco-solvent, latex and UV curable. You’ll get great reproduction results at a bottom-line price that you’ll love: $0.14 per square foot.

Looking to create a poster with pizzazz? Try LexJet FlexTek 170 for aqueous, or LexJet FlexTek SUV 200g for eco-solvent, latex or UV curable. You’ll get a slightly textile texture with more durability, making it a versatile option that also works for banners or even gallery wraps. That’s one product, three ways!

Speaking of versatility, you’ve also got options when it comes to finishing your poster. Check out this video to see how three cool poster jobs — hanging, mounted and in a window — were finished:

Fisher Textiles Now in Wide-Format Sizes – Only at LexJet

LexJet is excited to announce that it will offer eight Fisher Textiles dye-sublimation fabrics, sized for wide-format printers. Previously available for grand-format printers, this is the first time these world-renowned, award-winning fabrics have been converted and distributed for wide-format applications.

LexJet will carry a variety of Fisher Textile products in 61-inch widths by 100-foot rolls for a multitude of applications, including trade shows, SEG frames, retail signage, back drops, home décor and furnishings, soft signage, backlit graphics, banner stands, table covers and more.

“At wide-format widths, these trusted, well-known and proven-to-perform dye-sub fabrics from Fisher open the door to the benefits of wide-format applications, such as smaller runs, one-off prototypes, quicker turn-around and customization, which is in higher demand than ever,” says LexJet VP of Sales, Justin Lehman. “With the success of our LexJet InFuze dye-sub transfer paper last year, we are seeing fast-growing, high-margin possibilities with dye-sub technologies for our wide-format PSPs.”

Products Now Available:

These fabrics round out LexJet’s dye-sub portfolio of products, which includes Epson printers and inks, InFuze transfer papers, ChromaLuxe metal photo panels and heat presses from Geo Knight and FLEXA.

For more information about Fisher Textiles or the possibilities of adding dye-sub technology to your business, call a LexJet pro at 800-453-9538.

Celebrating Our Culture & 25th Anniversary

With 25 years in the print industry under our belts, we wanted to mark the occasion with the latest edition of our Culture Book, published by our parent company, S-One Holdings Corporation.

It seems like yesterday when LexJet was born with a product that forever changed the way outdoor signage would be created. We came to market with LexJet, the product, which was a film that could be both digitally printed and then embossed with Braille wording, which was a requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our invention allowed businesses to harness the power of digital printing and quickly change their signage.

From there, we’ve brought innovation after innovation to the print industry. You can read all about it starting on page 34. Check out a digital version of the Culture Book here. You’ll also notice the option to request a printed version, which we highly recommend so you can experience some of the most exciting advances in print today.

Using the new S-OneAR app, videos come to life right off the pages of the S-One 2019 Culture Book.

In the production of this book, we worked with industry pros to incorporate this cutting-edge technology, including HP SmartStream Mosaic software to create unique cover designs for each copy, printed on HP Indigo. We also utilized Scodix digital embellishing to add a super-glossy raised “S” on the cover.

We also incorporated augmented reality with our new app, S-OneAR, which allows you to watch videos right from the pages of the book using your smartphone or tablet. (See page 1 for all the details on how to download and use the app.)

We couldn’t have made it to 25 years without the support of our customers and partners. We hope you enjoy our 2019 Culture Book and will help us keep our 25th anniversary going all year long!

Enter Hahnemühle’s Student Photo Competition

Hahnemühle, the world-renowned fine art paper manufacturer, is hosting its international Student Photo Competition, accepting entries through April 30, 2019.

Students from around the world, who must be enrolled at a state-recognized university, college or photography school, will submit a series of five photos in the style or theme of their choosing. The competition will be held in two rounds, with the first round selecting 50 finalists, and the second round whittling it down to first-, second- and third-place winners. There is no fee to enter.

The 50 finalists will receive a set of Hahnemühle sample packs to help them choose the best paper to print their work onto. The finalists will then receive a box of 25 sheets of their favorite paper.

The international jury, made up of photographers, photo journalists, gallerists and other photo industry experts, will judge the photo submissions based on artistic quality, technical quality and quality of content. Winners will receive cash prizes: EUR 1,500 for first place, EUR 1,000 for second place and EUR 500 for third place, with the intent that the money will be used to support the winners’ further photography work. Also, the top photo series will be displayed at Photokina 2020 in Cologne, Germany.

Registration and photo submissions must be done online using Hahnemühle’s portal — find it here. All entries must comply with the competition’s terms and conditions, also listed on the portal. Good luck!

 

Mixing Up the Painting Process with Canvas & Coating

When San Francisco-based photo retoucher Leonard Gordon started exploring painting as a hobby, he was intrigued and influenced by Surrealist works by artists like Georgio De Chirico. He developed a similar style of artistry, but began playing with the way his artwork was finished.

Leonard Gordon applies a semi-transparent layer of thinned oil paint on his artwork, Maple Leaf, which is printed on Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas.

“I start with a line drawing projected onto a canvas,” Gordon says. “Then I paint it with acrylic and take a picture of it with my Canon EOS Mark 3, then scale it to 36×48 in Photoshop.”

Next, Gordon takes the photo of the printed piece to his friend, Dennis Mayer, a print provider in Burlingame, Calif., who prints it onto Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas using his Canon imagePROGRAF printer. Then, Mayer adds a layer of protection with Sunset Satin Coating and returns it to Gordon.

Typically, that would be the end of the process, but Gordon was intrigued with what would happen if he used thinned oil paint on top of the coating to enhance the artwork further. The result was dramatic.

“When you put the oil painting on top of the coating, the whole thing just comes alive,” he says of the painting, pictured above, before the final layer of oil painting, and after. “That’s what’s giving the painting depth. It’s all about bringing out the color of the print itself.”

Mayer has been working with the Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas for years. “I first started using it because of the Fredrix name recognition,” he says. “I like the texture and the matte finish helps to achieve an art fee to the prints.”

Gordon’s artwork, which includes Maple Leaf as well as several other Surrealist paintings, will be on display for his first gallery show this Spring at Jim Gleeson’s studio in San Francisco.