LexJet COVID-19 Resources for Printshops

In efforts to help you keep business moving, we’re compiling a list of useful resources for product support, project inspiration and various business needs. Please check back often, as this page will continue to evolve. If you need assistance or want to share ideas, please email us today.

Help Create Social Distancing Floor Graphics

Find the products, graphics and resources you need to create vital floor graphics that many grocery stores and essential businesses are required to install, as pictured above. Visit the Floor Graphics page.

 

Keeping Business Going During & After COVID-19

Our team recorded a webcast full of ideas to keep your business going and ways to support your peers, customers and your community. Watch the webcast here.

 

Paycheck Protection & Relief Loans through the CARES Act

We know you’re busy keeping business afloat while navigating this challenging time. We want to help! We’ve created a streamlined overview of the CARES Act and how it can help you to keep the doors open and keep your employees paid. Learn more about the CARES Act today.

 

CUSTOMER HIGHLIGHTS

Amanda from DigitalProLab wanted to help people connect, so they came up with the Print Pal Program. For $5, anyone can submit an uplifting, positive image and message to Digital Pro Lab’s website, and then Amanda’s team prints out 5×7” photos and distributes them anonymously to other participants. “Receiving the prints will give a little different type of emotion,” she says. “There is a message of hope. We want people to see their messages have been received with a smile. I’ve been reading the messages as they come in, and they are powerful.” Learn more about Print Pal here.

 

Print Industry Business Resources from ISA

The International Sign Association is doing a great job of providing vital resources on its website, particularly its Business Continuity Resource Center. Visit ISA’s BCRC today.

 

Project Ideas for Your Community

Creating graphics, updating and refreshing old graphics, and helping with décor renovations are great ways to help small businesses, as many non-essential companies and organizations are closed. If you’re looking for inspiration and ways you can help, check out our collection of LexJet brandUP stories.

 

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Ideas to Help Your Community and Print for a Good Cause

During this time of social distancing, there are ways that local print shops can help members of the community. Creating graphics, updating and refreshing old graphics, and helping with décor renovations are great ways to help small businesses, as many non-essential companies and organizations are closed.

If you’re looking for inspiration and ways you can help, check out our collection of LexJet brandUP stories:

When Cat Depot moved to its new location in Sarasota, Fla., volunteers taped pictures of cats to the windows and displayed operational hours on regular office paper that had to be replaced often. Because the non-profit organization relies heavily on volunteers and donations, eye-catching graphics were not a priority. That’s when the idea of LexJet’s brandUP was born. A group of LexJet summer interns visited Cat Depot to see what type of graphics were needed and what media would be required. To replace the taped images on the front windows, the interns selected Simple Perforated Window Vinyl 70/30, to help with the interior and exterior doors, they chose LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl, and to help with some temporary signage, LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric was the perfect solution.

The owners of Average Joe’s Grooming were looking to add some puppy love to their new space and make it more functional. Installing LexJet Simple Perforated Window Vinyl (70/30) on the windows reduced glare to benefit the groomers while passersby were greeted with a welcoming image of a larger-than-life dog. To liven up the interior walls, the team printed smiling dogs and cute cartoons on HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper and LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric.

Felts Audubon Preserve is perfect for bird and nature enthusiasts. It is tucked away among the neighborhoods of rural Palmetto, Fla. Unfortunately, vandals damaged the signs that were originally designed and donated by a local Boy Scout troop. As a brandUP project, LexJet donated ChromaLuxe EXT metal photo panels with graffiti and fade-resistant properties that stand up to vandalism as well as the tough Florida sunshine. We partnered the ChromaLuxe panels with LexJet InFuze® Rigid Substrate Dye-Sublimation Paper and used the Geo Knight Digital Knight 20×25 Jumbo Swinger for the transfer process.

If you are printing for essential businesses or charities in your community, we’d love to hear your story. Call us at 800-453-9538 and let us know how we can help.

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!

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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3 Ways to Create Statement Art with Your Images

Looking for new ways to add creativity to your printed images? You can create one-of-a-kind pieces of art with a few creative choices. If you are using an aqueous printer, here are three tips to delight your clients and finish your photos with flare:

GIVE THEM AN EDGE. Three-time Sunset Print Award winner Kimberly Smith loves the Sunset Bright Velvet Rag, which she uses to distress the edges of some of her fine art prints. “The thickness [of the paper] means the tears on the edges are perfect for a soft, multi-layered look,” she says.

WRAP IT UP. Another way to impress clients is to turn their photos into wall art. Printing on Sunset Select Matte Canvas and wrapping it with the easy-to-use GOframe system creates a final image that is worthy of hanging in any museum.

ADD SOME SHINE. To bring a little extra shine to your images, try printing on Sunset Photo Metallic Paper. Aluminum prints are increasing in popularity, but if you don’t have access to dye-sub equipment, you can get a similar effect with the metallic photo paper. It’s a cost-effect alternative solution that is compatible with aqueous printers. The metallic paper can also be printed and face-mounted to acrylic, using a clear permanent adhesive, to create a unique piece of statement art.

If you are looking for new opportunities with your clients, contact a LexJet sales specialist at 800-453-9538.