Just Announced: 8 mil Production Satin Price Reduction

LexJet is happy to announce a price reduction on 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper, one of our most popular aqueous products. Even more good news: you can now buy in pallet quantities and save as much as $.10/sf off original MSRP.

Production Satin Photo paper is a microporous coated paper, that dries instantly, making it perfect for short-turnaround times and high-volume orders. The satin finish provides a more natural look to images that feature facial close-ups and minimizes the risk of glare on prints that will be displayed under bright lights.

It can be used on all types of aqueous inkjet printers, whether they use dye or pigment inks or thermal or piezo printheads, and it is engineered for the latest ink sets, including Canon LUCIA PRO, Epson UltraChrome PRO, and HP Vivera.

If you have questions, please give us a call at 800-453-9538, or order online at LexJet.com and watch your Edge rewards add up.

Shop the LexJet Memorial Day Sale

Today through Monday, May 29, take 30% off MSRP select LexJet products. During our Memorial Day Sale, you can save on a variety of our best-selling products for canvas, outdoor signage, photo reproduction, coating and more!

Click the product links below to learn more about these products and start saving now:




You can shop all weekend and into the Memorial Day holiday, or call your LexJet rep today to learn more at 800-453-9538.

One Printed Poster, Three Creative Applications

To show how simply you can offer a variety of ways to display retail posters, we took one design and finished it three ways: a hanging poster, a mounted print and a face-mounted window graphic. Watch the video above to see we achieved three different looks, and check out the products we used:

Hanging Poster:

Aluminum “snap” poster displays feature a quick, snap-open design that allows for fast and easy poster changes. Combined with 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper, you get an economical, hanging system with a clean and elegant look.

Mounted Print:

LexJet Production Satin Photo Paper PSA is perfect for photo-realistic posters that can be mounted to any substrate, like poster board, PVC, foam boards or aluminum. With a one-step adhesive, it’s a simple solution for mounted prints.

Face-mounted Window Poster:

LexJet CrystalClear-X Removable Adhesive and 8 Mil Production Gloss Photo Paper are ideal for temporary window applications. The air flow release liner provides easy bubble-free installation and no-residue removal.

How to Choose the Right Media for Your Event Graphics

Whether it’s the big game, a weekend sale or a high school reunion, signage for your event is a vital form of advertising to get people in the door. You’ve got lots of options: posters, window graphics and banners, to name a few.

Each of those serve a different purpose, and choosing the right media to use can be tricky — do you need something to display outdoors that will promote your event for several weeks in advance, or do you need a banner on the day of the event that stands up to windy skies?

Take a look at the video above to learn answers to these questions and many more tips and tricks to choosing the most effective media for your needs.

Call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 for help choosing and purchasing event media.

Instant Marketing with Inkjet at Ridinger Photo

Printing window displays for a photography studio

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what about one that’s six feet tall, almost four feet wide and glows? Mike Ridinger, owner of Ridinger’s The Art of Photography in downtown Lewiston, Idaho, says the big photos he printed to hang in his storefront were worth not only a thousand words, but likely created more than a thousand impressions.

Ridinger explains that the town of Lewiston hosted its annual Hot August Nights car show, blocking off downtown for hundreds of show cars, live music and other activities. Thousands of people came from all over for the event, and Ridinger was ready for them at his downtown studio with five big prints: three senior portraits and two family portraits.

Printing promotional displays for a photo studio“I like sitting in the studio and watching people come by to stop to look at them. They’re so big that people can’t help but look at them,” says Ridinger. “We also posted photos of the window displays on Facebook and we had 41 comments just yesterday.”

Ridinger says he took his cue from The Gap and its storefront marketing approach. To give the prints more life at night, Ridinger backed them with halogen lights, creating a glow that lures people to the windows.

“We use the heavier Sunset Photo eSatin Paper for the display prints in our studio, but for this we chose a more economical and thinner paper, LexJet 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper, for the window displays,” says Ridinger.

Ridinger framed the prints with four-inch baseboard molding, stained the molding, cut it to size and stapled them together. The bottoms of the frames rest on the floor and are balanced with fishing line strung from the ceiling to the tops of the frames.

“Inkjet printing is our way of immediate marketing. I love it because if we want to put something up right away, we can do these big-time prints: we pick out the images and I just lay them out and print,” says Ridinger.

Promotional displays with wide format inkjetRidinger adds that they’re in the process of re-doing all of their studio displays using Sunset Photo eSatin Paper and Sunset Select Matte Canvas. At any given time, he says, the studio features about 30 large wall portraits in three different themed areas: children, families and seniors.

Ridinger also has a display program where he pre-sells prints for half off in exchange for being able to use them as display prints in his studio for a certain time period. “We call the client to see if they’re interested. If they are, they get a nice print for half off, which pays for my in-studio advertising,” says Ridinger.

Printing Custom Fine Art Photo Coasters for Additional Sales

Printing fine art photo coasters

In a previous post here at the LexJet Blog, Gary Haines, owner of Grizzly Creek Gallery in Georgetown, Colo., had introduced a line of posters featuring select pieces from his fine art landscape photography. As mentioned in that post, the posters serve two purposes: To give those who can’t afford the exquisitely printed and finished larger works access to Haines’ outdoor work and to provide Haines with an additional revenue stream by capturing those who would otherwise have walked out of the gallery without buying anything.

Fine art photographic printing
The large art gallery floats are similar in construction to the fine art photo coasters pictured above, printed on Sunset Photo eSatin, laminated and mounted to MDF.

Haines took that same concept and applied it to coasters. Now clientele have a nice Colorado keepsake to take home that also has a practical use. I recently visited Haines and couldn’t help myself; after chatting for a bit, the next thing you know I’m walking out with three coasters.

The coasters are similar to the large art gallery floats that adorn Grizzly Creek Gallery, which are printed on LexJet Sunset Photo eSatin Paper, mounted to 1/4″ or 3/8″ MDF and laminated with a luster laminate. The difference is, of course, the size. Plus the art gallery floats have a one inch framework behind them so they float off the wall while the coasters are more like small plaques with beveled edges.

Most of the coasters are printed on Sunset Photo eSatin, but some are also printed on LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic Paper. Haines likes the shine the Metallic paper provides, especially on his various renditions of aspen groves.

Haines gang prints the coaster images and sends them to DuraPlaq in Longmont, Colo., who then laminate the images to the MDF blanks. Picture This – Superior in Lafayette, Colo., usually takes care of the larger art gallery floats using the same basic process.

Inkjet printing fine art photography
For smaller test prints and posters, Gary Haines uses LexJet 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper.

“Sunset Photo eSatin has a heavier weight and is more durable than most photo papers. I also really like the colors I get when I print on it as well as the surface texture; it’s like the darkroom papers we used to use,” explains Haines.

As noted in the previous post, Haines produces posters and test prints on LexJet 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper. It’s similar in look and feel to Sunset Photo eSatin, but it’s less expensive and thinner. In other words, it’s a good alternative for more economical photo products like posters.