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!

Don’t Miss the Free March Webinars

Don’t depend on luck to help you pick out a new printer! Instead, check out one of these free webinars to ensure you get the right equipment for your business. Our Canon expert will discuss the latest line of imagePROGRAF PRO-Series printers, and HP’s leading Latex specialist will cover the benefits of latex technology. Attend the webinar and receive additional savings with the purchase of a qualified printer. Space is limited, so sign up today.

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar on HP’s Latex printer technology on Tuesday, March 26, at 11 AM 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 Wednesday, March 27, at 11 AM ET to learn about the features of the Canon PRO-Series printers and software, as well as print applications. 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 additional information.

FREE Downloads: Tips for Installing HP Adhesive Vinyl

Our customers have spoken, and the feedback on the new HP Adhesive Vinyl line has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve heard it time and again: It’s so easy to handle and install. To ensure that your installation goes smoothly, too, HP created three helpful “Tips & Tricks” guides.

1. “HP Adhesive Vinyl and Overlaminate Installation Tips and Tricks” covers the wide variety of retail, POP and fleet applications this suite of vinyl can cover and offers installation and surface preparation suggestions for general use. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE HERE

Additional applications for HP Adhesive Vinyl and Laminates include:

  • Wayfinding
  • Indoor/Outdoor signage
  • Promotional decals
  • Advertising

2. “HP Adhesive Overlaminates for Windows” discusses how to properly prepare the surface and install the clear Gloss and Matte Polymeric Overlaminates for window applications. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE HERE

Common applications include:

  • Indoor/Outdoor signage
  • Special effects
  • Privacy
  • Décor
  • Promotional decals
  • Increasing brand recognition
  • Lamination

3. “HP Adhesive Vinyl and Overlaminate Wall Covering Tips and Tricks” addresses the use of these products in the ever-growing market of digital wall décor. This guide offers suggested paint finishes and surface preparations. As always, we recommend testing the painted surface prior to installation. Pair HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP with either the matte or gloss laminate for long-term wall graphics. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE HERE

To learn more about these game-changing products and additional ways to grow your business, visit LexJet.com or call your LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538.

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.

2019 Sunset Print Awards are Here

Awards season is in full swing and the 11th Annual Sunset Print Awards are “red carpet” ready. The first official competition to offer the prestigious award was held in Iowa earlier this week.

The awards are available to camera clubs and colleges that have 150 or more competitors as well as the five Professional Photographers of America (PPA) districts. Whether competing for the first time or a repeat National Champion, the Sunset Print Awards are a great way for photographers to hone their skills.

Read what some of our 2018 winners had to say about the importance of competition:

  • Jen Hargrove, PPA Western District – “Getting feedback is important and the judges want us to grow.”
  • Kari Douma, Professional Photographers of West Michigan – “[At her first competition] I wrote down everything the judges were saying. Every critique, every compliment. It’s all feedback.”
  • Kimberly Smith, 2017 and 2018 National Winner – “Impact is so important. I put a lot of emotion behind the story in my images and the judges can tell … I want them to feel something.”
  • Robert Howard, PPA of Pennsylvania – “I entered my first competition without consulting with anyone, and none of my images were accepted. I learned two important lessons: 1) always get a second opinion and 2) never take it personally.”

If you are interested in more information or you would like to register your group for the 2019 Sunset Print Awards, visit SunsetPrint.com.