Customize the Holidays with Canvas, Wrapping Paper & More

Consumers have grown quite savvy when it comes to the art of gift-giving. There was a time when it was “the thought that counts,” which often led to frantic last-minute shopping trips for generic, boring trinkets. With the advent of digitally printable media like LexJet Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas or EnduraFab Stretch, customization has become one of the easiest ways to give meaningful gifts that express individuality and creativity.

Print service providers can help customers take ideas and turn them into personal, heartfelt pieces, creating a one-of-a-kind gift that will likely stay in the family for generations.

With such a thoughtful gift, why let the customer wrap it in store-bought wrapping paper? Take them on a fully customized journey: from the heart on the inside to the art on the outside.

HP Satin Wrapping Paper provides a completely unique gift-giving experience for your customers by adding text and images to the sturdy, satin-finished paper. Imagine wrapping a Christmas gift with paper that shows the kids’ evolution of Santa pictures through the years, or the fun and quirky dating history of a couple who will be celebrating their first holiday season as newlyweds.

Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner, with Valentine’s Day shortly thereafter, all of which means customized requests are sure to begin soon, if they haven’t already. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make your customer the family hero by partnering the ultimate customized wrapping paper with the ultimate customized gift.

This versatile FSC®-certified paper is not only the perfect add-on for customized holiday orders, but it is also ideal for year-round POP and poster printing because it drys quickly – which reduces smudging – and stays intact when handling.

HP Satin Wrapping Paper comes in 500-foot rolls that can be used with HP Latex, PageWide and Z-series production printers, and 30-in x 150-foot rolls, that can be used on smaller aqueous printers.

Another fun customization idea comes from Kathy Ogg of Re-Image Printing. This room looks like a warm and cozy scene, but you won’t find many fireplaces in Ogg’s Florida town. Instead, she used LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric to print the holly-jolly wall mural, pictured at left. “The only things actually 3-dimensional on this wall are the K, M and J stockings,” she says.

Print-N-Stick is available in aqueous and solvent-compatible versions, and is a fast and easy solution that goes up easily and comes down without leaving any residue behind.

“Print-N-Stick is the most fun material I’ve ever printed to, and I love how versatile it is,” Ogg says. “It’s truly removable without peeling paint or damaging wall behind it. It breaths better to adhere to textured walls.”

If you have any questions about customized printing, call your LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538 or visit us at LexJet.com.

HP Adhesive Vinyl Case Studies: ‘The Best We’ve Ever Used’

Last month, the launch of the new HP Adhesive Vinyl products had everyone talking at SGIA. By the sound of it, they’re still talking! For the print service providers who work with calendared vinyl every day, the new line has proven to be an easy and profitable alternative to other major brands.

Whether applying to rigid substrates, wall graphics, outdoor signs or die-cutting for stickers, LexJet’s customers are excited about a versatile product that reproduces images well, is easy to install and is cost-effective:

Sara Smith with Goodyear, Ariz., based Needle Supply Printing, recently purchased the HP Prime Gloss CP to print custom stickers. “The print was very fluid and made the colors pop,” she says. “There is very little deviation from the colors printed to the proof PDFs and the cuts are nice and crisp.” When compared to working with other brands available, she says, “the colors are truer than with my previous material and the gloss is more vibrant.”

William Roll of Signarama in Dothan, Ala., used the HP Prime Matte Air GP, laminated with the HP Matte Polymeric Overlaminate to create outdoor signage. For Roll and his team, the HP products are preferred over other options that are in the print shop. “My guys love the HP,” he says. “They grab it for every application they can use it on, and they tell me that the air-release component is the best they’ve ever used.”

Tyler Birch of Atchley Signs & Graphics in Columbus, Ohio, used HP Prime Gloss Air GP for an indoor application at a local gym. “We did an install onto a gym wall mat and it went on without a hitch! The rigidity of the material and the strength of the backer lead to a smooth installation,” Birch says.

Rounding out the first wave of customer reviews is Mason Ross of AlphaGraphics in Rexburg, Idaho. To create an in-house wall graphic, pictured at top, Ross chose the HP Prime Gloss Air GP and the Polymeric Matte Overlaminate to create a wall mural that was full of detailed text, spot-on colors, and multiple image depths. “The printing quality is just as good, if not better than other products I’ve used,” he says. “Since (LexJet sales specialist) Vince told me about the new HP products, I’ve switched completely from other brands.”

Due to the enormity of the project, with the various relief aspects, Ross estimated the whole install took about six hours; however, he said, “the vinyl installed very smooth and then when it came time to put the vinyl on the wall, that took the least amount of time for the whole project.”

These examples showcase the versatility of the new product line, giving PSPs the ability to condense the number of items kept on hand, freeing up space and reducing costs. If you are interested in trying one of the new HP Adhesive Vinyls, contact your LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538 or visit us online at LexJet.com.

EPSON Adds 4 Printers to the T-Series and a New Dry Lab

When it comes to professional dry lab imaging, the EPSON D-Series printers have been the industry standard for output. At the 2018 SGIA Expo, the new SureLab D700 was released. The new dry lab printer offers exceptional print speeds (up to 460 4×6-inch prints an hour) and simple media loading an unloading. This new printer also offers border-free prints in standard and custom sizes, as well as panorama printing with any 5-, 6-, or 8-inch roll media.

While the announcement of the SureLab D700 is exciting for professional labs and photographers, the release of the four new SureColor T-Series printers brings more options for the PSPs who are printing for GIS, construction, blueprints and line-drawings.

SureColor T3170 Wireless is a 24-inch desktop printer that fits nicely into small spaces, like construction trailers or retail offices. The wireless capability allows you to print directly from your phone or tablet anywhere in the office or print shop.

Epson SureColor T5170

SureColor T5170 Wireless is a 36-inch printer that allows for either sheet-fed or roll printing and offers the same benefits as the T3170.

SureColor T3470 24-inch and SureColor T5470 36-inch printers are ideal for high-production printing of line drawings, blueprints and posters. Sensitive information is safeguarded with advanced network security and encryption features. You can print either through router-free Wi-Fi printing or plug a USB thumb drive directly into the printer for PC-free printing.

HP and Canon Debut New Printers

Trade-show season is typically filled with new product launches, and 2018 did not disappoint. HP and Canon both debuted new printers at FESPA and SGIA.

HP Makes a Splash at FESPA 2018

HP DesignJet Z6610

HP announced of the new suite of DesignJet Z-series printers, designed to increase production, reduced print costs with improved color gamut, and the first ever DesignJet printer with a vertical trimmer.

The 60-inch wide HP DesignJet Z6610 Production Printer (6-color) and DesignJet Z6810 Production Printer (8-color) are built to handle high-speed printing (up to 548 sq. ft. on plain paper) and long, unattended workloads because of long-roll handling, 775-ml ink capacity, and a built-in take-up reel.

The HP DesignJet Z6 PostScript Printer (6-color) and DesignJet Z9+ PostScript Printer (9-color with Gloss Optimizer option) offer SecureBoot and an encrypted hard disk to preserve confidentiality. The Z6dr and Z9+dr offer the additional benefits of dual roll handling and the vertical trimmer, reducing the need to switch media rolls between jobs and manual trimming in post-production.

Canon Takes Strides to Improve CAD Printers

At the 2018 SGIA show, Canon introduced the imagePROGRAF TM Series of CAD printers. The new line of printers improves upon the previous generation of IPF CAD printers by increasing speeds by as much as 23% and reducing ink consumption by as much as 21%.

If you are looking to add a new CAD printer to your workflow, check out the suite of TM-Series from Canon:

  • Canon imagePROGRAF TM-300

    Standard Versions: The 24-inch TM-200, the 36-inch TM-300, and the 36-inch TM-305 – this suite of printers offer secure printing, and a smaller footprint than other 24- and 36-inch CAD printers, which means they fit well in small environments. They are easy to use for everyone from beginner to professional.

  • T-Scanner: The 36-inch TM-300 MFP T36 and TM-305 MFP T36 offer the same benefits as the standard TM printers, but with the added ability to quickly scan documents.
  • Lei Series: The 24-inch TM-200 MFP L24ei and 36-inch TM-300 MFP L36ei allow for scanning and sharing of documents through the ScanApp Lei software that is simple and easy to operate for low volume, entry-level users.

For additional product or rebate information on these new and diverse printers, visit LexJet.com or contact your LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Get Your Fill of Knowledge — Join a Printer Webinar

Before you sit down to a big helping of holiday food, fill up on knowledge with free webinars from LexJet. Learn about current HP and Canon printers and receive additional savings when you purchase a qualified printer by attending one of the webinars. If you have been considering a latex printer, check out the latex webinar, hosted by HP’s leading Latex specialist. The Canon webinar – led by one of Canon’s PRO-series specialists – will give you information about the full line of PRO-Series printers.

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar on HP’s Latex printer technology on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. ET. When you attend this webinar, you’ll save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut Bundle or HP Latex 335 Print & Cut Bundle; or save $3,000 on an HP Latex 560 or HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. ET to learn about Canon PRO-Series printers. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

Sign up online or call one of our printer specialists at 800-453-9538 for more information.

Now Available from LexJet: A New Line of HP Adhesive Vinyl

Later this week, we will be unveiling a new HP Adhesive Vinyl line at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. These new products will give print service providers the ability to offer a total HP solution if they are currently using HP Latex printers and ink.

These products will have competitive pricing to help PSPs save on production costs when compared to similar products currently on the market.

HP Prime offers three varieties of intermediate calendered vinyl products:

  • HP Prime Gloss CP has a bright white gloss finish with a clear permanent adhesive
  • HP Prime Gloss Air GP and HP Prime Matte Air GP offer air-egress liners for bubble free application and opaque gray adhesive that provides consistent image quality, regardless of the substrate color

HP Optimal offers:

  • HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP is a high-performance calendered vinyl with a gray repositionable adhesive and an air-egress liner. This multi-purpose vinyl works for everything from fleet graphics to wayfinding signs, giving PSPs the opportunity to reduce the number of products they keep on hand for different applications.

HP Polymeric Overlaminates:

  • HP Gloss Polymeric Overlaminate and HP Matte Polymeric Overlaminate, which can be used in conjunction with all HP Prime and HP Optimal products or as clear, printable films.

These additions to HP Large Format media are compatible with latex, solvent and UV-curable printers. “This vinyl line offers consistent and reliable image quality which means clients can increase productivity while they decrease waste and labor,” says Vince Bejar, LexJet sales specialist.

LexJet understands the focus on the origin and environmental impact of goods. With that concern in mind, these products are manufactured in America, are REACH compliant, and contain no chemicals that require notification in accordance with Proposition 65.

If you are interested in learning more about the new HP Adhesive Vinyl products, please contact a LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538 or visit us at www.lexjet.com.