Prints That Get Attention-Now with a Longer Life Expectancy

When thinking of vibrant long-lasting outdoor signage, imagination has no boundaries with new ChromaLuxe® Outdoor. As the global manufacturing leader of premium dye-sublimation media, ChromaLuxe has taken a creative and innovative leap toward luxury outdoor graphics. ChromaLuxe Outdoor is an improved metal print that is over two times as durable as the original ChromaLuxe EXT.

Current testing with Epson inks now shows it has an even longer print permanence- an expected 225-year rating* indoors!

Display photography and signage come to life in the outdoors. Direct sunlight can shine on these beauties since these panels withstand the elements. The new metal print offers a 5+ year outdoor rating. Now, you have more choices. A new Matte White finish has been added, and the original Gloss White and Gloss Clear are still available.  ChromaLuxe® Outdoor panels come in various sizes to suit your customers’ needs, no matter their industry. All will benefit from the image quality and depth — from hotels to high-end retail, corporate settings to public spaces, art installations to décor.

ChromaLuxe dye-sublimation process and proprietary coating offer vivid graphics that make images pop off the panel. The proprietary coatings provide resistance to typical weathering and surface destruction, often seen with other outdoor print media.

Some additional product features include:

• Retains original gloss level

• Will not crack or delaminate

• Easy to clean

• Resistant to graffiti, chemicals, scratch, impact, and wind

• No need for laminates or overlays

Help your customers create an elevated experience with ChromaLuxe® Outdoor.

ChromaLuxe® Outdoor is available NOW. To learn more, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-4-LEXJET.

*Testing is currently taking place. Numbers are realistic projections based on where we are in the process. Close to complete on all but the 300-year product.

    

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LexJet’s Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

‘Tis the season for giving, so we’re going to help make your gift-giving and gift-making a little less stressful and a lot more lucrative with the most popular holiday products. Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle; prepare now for the busy holiday season!

Photographers and print shops will want to offer the beautiful and affordable canvases in the Elements Portfolio that are certain to dazzle their customers. The collections feature everything from high-end canvases for discerning clients to high-quality, high-volume recycled canvases for environmentally conscious consumers. These canvases are the perfect gifts to display treasured family portraits, wedding memories, or exciting journeys.

Elements Quarry Collection

Makers and DIYers have many customizable and hot-selling options to offer their customers! Our sublimation products include Unisub coasters, ornaments, magnets, key chains, pet tags, and the beautiful ChromaLuxe® Wall Tiles that will brighten someone’s holiday. ChromaLuxe® tiles are available in various sizes and finishes offering superior quality and durability.

There is something to be said for a well-wrapped gift. The care given to the wrapping says as much about the giver as the recipient. Our recyclable HP Satin Wrapping Paper allows you to bring your unique and whimsical designs to life. This paper is quick drying and stays intact with handling- avoiding smudges and smears, making the wrapping as valuable as the gift itself.

Sunset Production eSatin 250 is a premium-quality, resin-coated photo paper that is part of our award-winning Sunset lineup. This satin-finish photo paper makes high-volume, production-oriented printing easier. It’s an excellent solution for posters and commercial displays for holiday signage and for all those holiday portraits shared each year.

Customized gifts are hot sellers, adding a much more personal touch to company gifts for employees, for family and friends, and for customers that want their unique gift to stand out from the rest.

No matter what you plan to offer your customers, we have the high-quality products to help you stay ahead of the competition. To learn more, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-4-LEXJET.

LexJet Helps You Create Spooky Good Graphics

When it comes to floor, wall, and décor graphics, LexJet has a scary good selection. Whether you’re using aqueous, solvent/latex, or dye-sub technology, you can create images for even the pickiest of monsters!

Frightening Floor Graphics

Every good haunted house needs a creaky and frightening floor. While none of these products will add any creaks, they can certainly add the fright:

LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric is a quick and easy way to produce temporary floor graphics on your aqueous or latex printer. Because you want scary floor graphics, not dangerous ones, Print-N-Stick is ANSI certified for slip resistance.

LexJet Textured Indoor Floor & Wall Vinyl offers a textured surface and a high-tack adhesive that is also removable, which means no residue once you take up those fiendish floor graphics. Safety is always key, and LexJet Textured Indoor Floor & Wall Vinyl has R10B slip-certification.

Jessup SideWalk™ is a great way to lure people to their terrifying destinations. Ideal for concrete, asphalt, stairs, and other difficult exterior surfaces, SideWalk is ideal for sporting events, parades, sidewalks, and much more.

Wicked Window Solutions

One of the scariest parts of a haunted house is the creepy old windows. With these solutions, there’s no need for hard-to-see-through windows:

LexJet WR Window Graphic Film, compatible with aqueous and latex inks, is perfect for temporary window graphics and has a repositionable and removable adhesive. It’s an excellent choice for a “Keep Out” sign to warn people away from the mysterious mansion. And, once Halloween is over, simply remove the dire warning and leave no residue behind.

General Formulations 270 WindowMark™ Perforated Film 70/30 keeps people from looking in, yet you can keep a watchful eye for any unexpected guests. With 70% coverage, turn your windows into the ultimate hide-in-plain-site solution.

Mactac IMAGin Bfree Window Film, available in Dusted and Frosted finishes, is a translucent film that will illuminate when backlit. Is your house full of candles and jack-o-lanterns? Light up your windows with IMAGin Bfree.

Creepy ChromaLuxe Panels

Just because a house is haunted doesn’t mean there can’t be great décor! With ChromaLuxe Panels, everyone will be dying to see your art.

ChromaLuxe EXT – Gloss White gives a little extra pop to outdoor art and signs. Using dye-sublimation technology, ChromaLuxe EXT can liven up even the dimmest of spirits.

ChromaLuxe Textured Aluminum Photo Panels hides fingerprints from even the best ghost hunters. The texture can’t hide the bright colors, though. Images produced with ChomaLuxe Textured are just as vibrant as the smooth panels.

LexJet InFuze® Rigid Substrate Dye-Sublimation Paper pairs nicely with all the ChromaLuxe panels. They go together like orange and black or witches and black cats.

Looking to liven up your haunted house? Don’t wait for unexpected paranormal activity, give us a call today at 800-4-LEXJET (800-453-9538) or visit us online at 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.

60 Minutes Photo Adds a Personal Touch to Photo Reproduction

In the 1970s, 60 Minutes Photo was the first one-hour photo development lab in West Palm Beach, Fla. Today, its ability to continue to offer innovative solutions with top-notch, in-person customer service has helped keep it in business during a time when online competition keeps heating up.

“Photo labs are becoming a dying breed,” says Renea Hutchings, who owns 60 Minutes Photo with her husband, Harold. “We’re more of a custom lab. People walk in and we have consulting where we can pull up their image and show them how it will look at a certain size. We work with both professionals and amateur photographers. Today, we’re one of the only all-around labs in Palm Beach County.”

The team pairs that customer-intimate approach with photo restoration work as well as up-to-the-minute photo reproduction trends, such as acrylic glass art, photo books, t-shirts, puzzles and metal prints, utilizing a variety of print technologies and substrates, based on their customers’ preferences.

The metal prints are particularly popular these days, Hutchings says, because of their sleek look and color reproduction. “If you have a really good shot, and we sublimate it on metal, we can get a really good print,” she says.

Her production team opts for Chromaluxe Photo Panels and LexJet InFuze Rigid Substrate Dye-Sub Paper for transferring the image to the metal. “Our guys like the InFuze better than the others they’ve used — it feels thicker and it’s more  porous, so it holds more ink when we sublimate it — it heats better and works better, especially with the photo panels,” Hutchings says.

When finishing the panels, the 60 Minutes team adds customized hanging fixtures with stainless steel buttons and sticks that are adhered to the back and can hold panels as large as 30-by-40 inches — and they deliver the final product within just a few days.

“We have some interior designer customers in Wellington, which is a huge horse-show world,” she says. “Their photos can be sublimated onto metal and hung outside on patios or in these multi-million-dollar horse barns. You can pretty much just squirt them with a hose and wipe them off. They’re pretty indestructible”

Another popular wall art item the team produces is photos printed Sunset Photo Metallic Paper and adhered to acrylic. “The image just pops,” Hutchings says. “It’s not like looking at a regular print.” She says portrait photographers, restaurants, sports bars and healthcare facilities are just a few of the types of customers opting for these two dynamic options.

To learn more about photo reproduction options, connect with a LexJet print specialist to day at 800-453-9538.

Customization in Wide-Format Printing: It’s Getting Personal(ized)

One of the earliest benefits of digital inkjet printing was the ability to create one-off, customized prints. Over the past two decades, that’s been a major selling point for printers offering banners, POP signage and trade show graphics, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

In fact, the digital print industry is branching out into many more market segments, thanks to improved print technology as well as new, innovative media and substrates, such as the personalized wallcovering printed with quotes, pictured above.

These new ideas and products, of course, are in response to increasing demands from graphic designers, brand owners, interior designers and consumers themselves who have seen customization in action with everything from canvas printed on demand to the mass-customization project: Share a Coke. Digital print technology allows print service providers to deliver smaller runs faster and with higher-quality results.

In the décor market, “there are more companies developing brands, which is increasing the competition and simultaneously creating a need for customization,” Rachel Nunziata writes in Big Picture magazine. “Product companies and manufacturers are also adopting in-house digital print – or outsourcing to print providers. This allows for product modifications of color or scale and smaller curated collections.”

This has been embraced in the label and packaging arena, as well, with digital printing giving smaller brands the chance to stand out. “The ability to customize packaging allows independent brands entree into the big leagues,” says Ralph Giammarco, VP of S-One Labels & Packaging in BXP magazine. “They can use personalization, tactile substrates and metallic finishes, do promotions around sporting events or holidays and enjoy super-fast turnaround.”

Check out some of the newest products now available that can help you delve further into customized wide-format printing:

Wrapping paper: Have your customers asked you to print photos for an upcoming wedding or birthday? Imagine using those pictures to customize wrapping paper, allowing them to personalize the gift-giving experience. If you have a latex printer or DesignJet production printer (Z6200 or newer), you could increase profitability by adding HP Satin Wrapping Paper to your product offering and help your customers make a splash at their next gift.

Wallcovering: For years, homeowners have spent countless hours in the wallpaper and paint departments at home improvement stores. With the ability to create custom wall coverings for your clients, you will help save them time and money as well as give them a way to design unique and personal bedrooms, boardrooms or commercial spaces. If you have either a latex or solvent printer, you can create custom wall murals with an array of options: the various textures of Vescom, HP PVC-free Wall Paper, which is certified for use in schools and hospitals when printed with the HP latex printers, and finally, the subtle textured options of Avery Dennison MPI 2600 Wall Film.

Art and décor: While printing images on photo papers is what initially put digital printing on the map, it’s time PSPs help customers understand all the options available for personalized art and décor. Canvas prints help your clients turn a great photo into a beautiful work of art. There are a variety of canvas products available for all printer technologies, including LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas for aqueous or LexJet Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV for latex and solvent. If you have a dye-sub printer, ChromaLuxe Aluminum Photo Panels create stunning wall décor that will surely be a great conversation starter for homeowners and business owners, alike.

These are only a handful of options that are available to you to help you expand your product offering and keep your customers happy and always coming back to see what new and exciting things you can print for them.

If you have questions about any of these products or would like additional ideas on customization opportunities, visit LexJet.com or contact one of our sales specialists at 800-453-9538.