The Click & Win Image Awards Closeout the Click & Print Event

On Monday, Mar. 29, the virtual doors opened to the LexJet Click & Print Event sponsored by Canon. All week, attendees heard from professional photographers like Joel Grimes, Bob Davis, Gary Hughes, and others, as they discussed their own experiences in the world of photography.

These current and former Explorers of Light discussed everything from setting up the perfect indoor lighting to capturing the perfect image using only natural light. Throughout the week, they answered your questions during live Q&A sessions.

The Event also offered software and finishing solutions, to help you capture, create, and print with Canon.

To close out the week, Canon’s Pete Wright, keynote speakers Gary Hughes and Jeff Bowman, and PPA judges Cheri and Dennis Hammon offered their critiques and insights into the Sunset’s Click & Win Awards. Over 50 images were chosen to go to the final judging, where each image was scored. When a judge felt it was necessary, he or she challenged the scores and they discussed, in detail, why they scored the way they did.

After the discussion, jury chairperson Dennis Hammon would ask all the judges to score again. If you’ve never entered a photo competition, this was a great opportunity to see and hear how the judging happens.

The response to the Click & Win Image Awards was incredible, with over 600 submissions for all categories. We’ve created a gallery of all the submissions, so you can check them out and find your favorite, and to see the top three for each category, click on the above video.

If you missed the judges’ decision, here’s a recap of the winners of each category and the overall “Best in Show”:

  • Fine Art/Composite: Kimberly Smith – “Well, Hello There”
  • Portrait: Kimberly Smith – “Cameo”
  • Wedding: Dwight Okumoto – “Elegance”
  • Wildlife/Landscape: Kenneth Martin – “Sacred Lands of the Navajo”
  • Best in Show – Kimberly Smith – “Well, Hello There”

If you’d like to watch a replay of your favorite session or catch any of the ones you missed, all are available on demand. Also, until April 16, unlock the special savings of up to $3,996 off MSRP on Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-Series printers when you visit the show. For more information or to contact a LexJet sales specialist, give us a call at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

 

Click & Win Submissions

The Easy Way to Recycle Ink Cartridges

They say nothing in life is easy. Well, “they” haven’t tried LexJet’s new ink cartridge recycling program. When you visit our new recycling headquarters, participating in the program is as easy as 1-2-3!

Once you have your box of OEM cartridges (20 lb. minimum), just follow these easy steps:

1) Fill out the information
2) Download the prepaid labels
3) Schedule a UPS pick-up

Arrangements can be made for pallet shipping if you have more than 100 cartridges.

All OEM brands and sizes are accepted, from wide format to desktop. At this time, we cannot accept toner tubes, toner bottles, or generic cartridges.

According to A Greener Refill, more than 375 million cartridges are discarded every year. With this new program, we can offer an easy-to-use, environmentally responsible way to recycle empty cartridges and help reduce that number.

If you have questions about the new recycling program, you can visit our resource page or contact a LexJet representative at 800-453-9538.

LexJet Reviews: Hot Products to Watch in 2021

In this edition of LexJet Reviews, C.J. Forker discusses a few of our customers’ favorites, making them some of the hottest products to watch in 2021.

From signage to photo panels to temporary banners, here are the products that will help keep you at the head of the class, this year:
HP Adhesive Vinyl – The products in the HP adhesive vinyl portfolio have been some of the hottest since their release in 2019. Customers say that the vinyl line delivers the consistency, performance, and image quality they expect from the HP brand.

HP Prime Banner – Unveiled last year, the HP Prime banner family quickly became another line of products our customers can’t resist. Available in 13-oz matte and gloss, 15-oz blockout, and 18-oz pole banner, these products are perfect for long-standing indoor displays or outdoor displays and offer extra durability.

ChromaLuxe Photo Panels – Using dye-sub technology, this high-end alternative to photographic paper helps your images stand out in the crowd. While there are similar products widely available in the market, very few can match the combination of color, durability, and diversity that ChromaLuxe panels offer.

To learn more about these hot products, visit our LexJet Reviews library, give us a call at 800-453-9538, or visit LexJet.com.

Make an Impression with ChromaLuxe Photo Panels

Since we started telling photographers and print service providers about ChromaLuxe Photo Panels a few years ago, they have become one of our most popular products. Why? It’s simple: ChromaLuxe images make an impression.

From the bright vivid colors with the gloss to the durability of the EXT products, the dye-sublimation technology helps art, signage, and photographs stand out from the crowd. We are excited to announce that a new finish has been added to the ChromaLuxe family: Textured Aluminum panels.

Textured ChromaLuxe
ChromaLuxe Textured Aluminum

The texture adds a unique look to your images, it also reduces glare and hides fingerprints for graphics in high-traffic areas. As with all ChromaLuxe products, the textured panels are durable and easy to clean.

ChromaLuxe metal prints are lightweight, durable, made with recycled material, and are 100% recyclable.

Be sure to visit our new easy reference guide to see informative videos and the wide variety of available ChromaLuxe panels. If you are interested in learning more about dye-sub technology or about the new textured panels, give us a call at 800-453-9538 today.

Equipped to Win Big: HP Announces Next Generation of Latex Printers

HP recently announced its new 64-in latex printers: Latex 700, Latex 700 W, Latex 800, and Latex 800 W. The new “W” series printers offer white ink, giving print service providers an increased range of applications by printing on clear vinyl or you can add a background layer to CYMK images, for instance, backlit signage, to make them more vivid. White ink also increases contrast improving visibility.

With the availability of white ink, you can extend your portfolio into the highest value applications with the whitest white* and beat your deadlines with smart, efficient printing.

Looking to improve its sustainability, HP has included recycled material in the printer and has transitioned to recyclable cardboard ink cartridges rather than standard plastic. These new printers also increase productivity over the previous Latex models and offer excellent 4 pt. text resolution for printing barcodes, stickers, and other small graphics produced at high volume.

HP Latex 700 and 700 W Highlights:

  • Increased ink capacity over Latex 560 – 1 liter vs. 775 mL
  • White ink available on W model
  • CMYK, LC, LM, Optimizer, and Overcoat
  • RIP included – One year of Onyx GO+ Included ($1,200 value)

HP Latex 800 and 800 W Highlights:

  • Higher ink capacity for longer uninterrupted runs – 3 liters
  • White ink available on W model
  • CMYK, LC, LM, Optimizer, and Overcoat
  • 15% faster than 700 series
  • RIP included – One year of Onyx GO+ Included ($1,200 value)

New Latex 700 and 800

Sharpen your sustainability edge — and differentiate your business — with HP Latex Technology.

For more information on these exciting new printers, visit our HP Latex 700/800 resource page or contact a LexJet printer specialist today at 800- 453-9538.

 

*Whitest white based on ISO/DIS 23498 compared to competitive alternatives using solvent and UV technologies under $50,000 USD as of May 2020. Test performed on black opaque self-adhesive vinyl (L*:4.16 – a:0,48-b:2,34) with 160% UF print mode using HP 832 1-liter White Latex Ink Cartridge. Visual opacity = 91%

Business Trends to Watch in 2021

This time last year, everyone in the industry was gearing up for trade show season. Imaging USA was just winding down in Nashville and WPPI was getting ready to kick off in Las Vegas.

Then things changed.

As trade shows were canceled around the world, the large-format industry suddenly found itself in high-demand, supplying solutions for everything from directional signage to “thank you” banners to custom printed masks.

And, the outlook for 2021 doesn’t appear to be much different. From trying new media to buying new technology, print service providers will continue to do what they can to stay ahead of the rapidly changing market.

We’re here to help you navigate those changes. Let’s look at some of the advice experts are offering for 2021:

Be Aware – To help PSPs meet the immediate demands of clients and create new revenue streams, it’s important to understand the versatility of your equipment and media portfolio. Melissa Donovan, a writer for Digital Output, says “Those with the right hardware—printers and finishing devices—took existing operations and leveraged them to their advantage.”

Grow Customer Relationships – The customers who were new in 2020 will likely become some of your best “word-of-mouth” marketing in 2021, bringing you additional growth throughout the year. During an interview for the FESPA newsletter, Yucel Salih said, “Connections established in 2020 may prove incredibly useful in showing customers what’s possible with print in 2021.”

Grow Partnerships – With the way things can change so quickly, PSPs shouldn’t feel the need to go it alone. Understanding where to find help – whether it’s a new application or technology – is another way to continue to thrive in the ever-changing print landscape.

The biggest takeaway heading into 2021 is the trends that we are seeing now are based on current market conditions and can shift quickly based on what’s happening locally, nationally, and globally.

Looking back at anticipated trends of 2020, printing custom face masks was probably not at the top of the list, so please continue to discuss your business opportunities with your LexJet sales specialist for the most current information.

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