Let’s Go: Printing with Canon

This Friday, Pete Wright, a technical specialist with Canon and professional photographer, will present the best ways to create beautiful images with your Canon printer.

Whether you’ve been printing for five years or five months, or simply thinking about learning to print, Wright will help you learn how to get the most out of your equipment.

Canon PRO-Series Printers
  • When: Friday, May 8 11:00 a.m. ET
  • Who: Award-winning Professional Photographer and Canon specialist Pete Wright
  • What: Life Hacks for a Printmaker
  • How: Register HERE 

For more information, give us a call at 800-453-9538.

Post-COVID-19 Prep: Optimize Your Inventory During Downtime

We’ve heard from some print shops that activity may be slowing down in some areas, so we put together some ideas of how you can use your downtime wisely. We all know that storage room inventory can get backed up, so now’s a great time to figure out what you’re using, what’s collecting dust and maybe identify some new, multiuse products that can save you both space and money plus you can earn up to 4X Edge Rewards.

“A good exercise is to put a list together of products you buy regularly and reach out to your vendor and let them know this is what I use regularly,” says LexJet sales rep, Ramiro Torrez. “And ask: Do you have something that is comparable at a better price point?”

Torrez worked with a customer who was buying 25 different products and he made recommendations to whittle the list down to 12 more versatile items. In some cases, the customer saved when buying more of the streamlined list.

“We saved her about $1,200 if she’d replenished one of everything in her old inventory,” he says. “Plus, when you buy in bulk, you’re going to get a better price for it.”

Next, we identified several applications that can be covered by one super-versatile product. Learn more about these products and stock up, so you’re a step ahead when it’s time to ramp up production once again:

VINYL: If you are stocking up on different products for self-adhesive window, signage and car decal graphics, HP Prime Matte Air GP is a one-size-fits-all option. Additionally, HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP can work across the board for wall graphics, corrugated plastic, windows and can even be mounted to Styrofoam.

SIGNAGE FILM: Another super versatile option for signage is LexJet’s Production Display Film, which can stand in for grommeted banners, retractable banner stands, and hanging signage, thanks to its lay-flat characteristics. It’s a cost-effective solution for indoor or short-term outdoor graphics, which is also available in a Solvent version.

POSTER PAPER: If you’re looking for a poster paper that works well outdoors and also doubles as a photo paper with good resolution, check out LexJet Satin Poster Paper 200g. At $0.12 per square foot, it’s a highly cost-effective, PVC-free option that delivers richly detailed, water-resistant prints.

FABRIC: When events start back up, you’ll want to have a fabric on hand that can work on a variety of applications. EnduraFab Frontlit is a 100% polyester knit fabric for Latex users that’s appropriate for lightweight and elegant table skirts, backdrops, step-and-repeats and flags. For aqueous printers, try LexJet Water-Resistant Satin Cloth for a multitude of applications.

MULTI-PURPOSE: One of the most exciting product launches in recent years is LexJet FlexTek. This non-woven technical fabric is a winner thanks to its highly functional and versatile characteristics. It’s recyclable and PVC-free, making it an environmental win, too. FlexTek can be wrapped around stretcher bars to create canvas wraps (as an alternative to polyester canvas) or used for posters, banners or even hanging signage. It’s also available in a Solvent version, and both versions offer long shelf life.

For more ideas for versatile products and good-better-best options for your application, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

Resources You Need Now to Plan, Prepare & Print!

To stay on top of all the resources LexJet is providing during and after the effects of coronavirus, hop over to our COVID-19 Resources Page. You’ll want to bookmark this page and check back often for updates, fresh tips and new inspiration for how to help your community, keep your business moving and get a leg up on the competition once everyone returns to work.

We’ve provided a ton of resources for you, including:

  • Inspiring customer stories
  • Tips for essential print products you can create
  • Small business loan details
  • Inspiring and instructional videos
  • The latest product information

We’re so inspired by what the print community has been able to achieve, and we continue to support you. Please call us at 800-453-9538 if we can help you in any way.

3 Easy and Eye-catching Ways to Create Restaurant Signage

In the current market, restaurants and bars are using temporary signage like never before. Many restaurants have come up with some creative ideas, while others are just making sure customers get important information like temporary hours and where to pick up orders.

We’ve definitely seen some handmade and even hand-written signs that could use a little sprucing up. Fortunately, print service providers have a variety of solutions available to help restaurants become a little more sign savvy, and these options can be designed, printed and installed all in one day.

Say it with chalk: Chalkboards are an easy way to share messaging that changes by the hour, by the day or even by the week, so signage that looks professional but can be updated quickly and easily is a must. General Formulations 290 ChalkMark™ is 5 mil matte black chalkboard vinyl with a clear, high-tack removable adhesive that can be mounted to Chloroplast or an A-frame. While it is compatible exclusively with UV-curable printers, chalkboard signage can be used unprinted and customized with contour cut stickers.

Tried-and-true banners: Hanging banners are still one of the most popular ways to deliver temporary messages. LexJet TOUGHcoat™ Blockout ThriftyBanner is compatible with aqueous printers and 13 oz. Ultraflex SuperPrint® Plus FL Gloss and Matte are great solutions for solvent, latex and screen printers. Partner with BannerUps for easy and durable display.

Yard signs for the quick win: To direct traffic or display messaging and phone numbers for easier ordering and curbside pick-up, yard signs are a quick solution that can be displayed close to the road. Printed self-adhesive vinyl, such as LexJet TOUGHcoat AquaVinyl PSA adhered to corrugated plastic boards with metal step stakes is an easy way to go. Yard signs are great to have on hand as election season is right around the corner, too.

If you have questions about these or other temporary signage, please give us a call at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

Have you created eye-catching temporary signage for your customers? We’d love to hear from you.

Let’s Go Trade Show! A Virtual Tour with LexJet

On Friday, April 17, we’re bringing the latest news, tips, demos and product launches right to you with our LexJet Virtual Let’s Go Trade Show! We’ll have valuable insight for dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, as well as lots of insider tips and sneak peeks on the products and services you’ll need to prepare for when everyone returns to work.

During this event, from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET, we’ll be covering the following topics:

  • Live demo showing how HP Adhesive Vinyl can be used for almost any application
  • Best social media marketing practices now and post-COVID-19
  • Discover the hot new window textile, Squid
  • Dye-sub applications with the Epson F Series
  • A live demo of HP Latex Print & Cut

Sign up today and we’ll provide you with the links of each of the live sessions. Choose the ones you’d like to attend, and drop on by. We look forward to seeing you (virtually) April 17!

SIGN UP NOW

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.

Let’s Go Trade Show! A Virtual Tour with LexJet

On Friday, April 17, we’re bringing the latest news, tips, demos and product launches right to you with our LexJet Virtual Let’s Go Trade Show! We’ll have valuable insight for dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, as well as lots of insider tips and sneak peeks on the products and services you’ll need to prepare for when everyone returns to work. SIGN UP NOW.

Create a Temporary Whiteboard Wall for Remote Teaching & Meetings

Have you been looking for ways to help customers who are teaching lessons or delivering presentations from a remote location? A temporary whiteboard wall could offer an easy solution for business meetings, teaching sessions or in hospitals, restaurants and other essential businesses using LexJet Simple CarpetAd laminated with General Formulations Concept 110 EraseMark Pro. Learn How Here.

 

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.

 

Our Team is Here for You!