Photo Papers the Pros Trust

Clark Marten KODAK media

Kodak has been a trusted name in the photo industry since 1888, when it was founded by George Eastman in Rochester, NY. These days, Kodak brings its mastery of all things photo-related to inkjet media that is compatible with Epson, Canon and HP printers.

Today’s Scouting Report focuses on Kodak Professional Inkjet Photo Papers, Glossy Finish and Lustre Finish. These papers were updated in 2012 to perform even better with modern inkjet printer inks. They have a larger color gamut and higher Dmax to produce images with richer blacks, a wide color spectrum and the finest details, even in shadows.

kodak professional photo paper glossyThese inkjet photo papers were color texted with Monaco Gamutworks, which revealed that the colors that printed on them were accurate to the color captured in-camera. This true-color output makes the Kodak photo papers ideal for weddings, high-end retail, landscape, portraits, exhibit photography and more. The lay-flat technology that keeps the papers from curling make them easy to work with and ideal for portraits, as well.

Kodak Professional Inkjet Photo Paper, Glossy Finish weighs in at 255 gsm with a smooth, high-gloss finish for maximum impact. Kodak Professional Inkjet Photo Paper, Lustre Finish weighs in at 255 gsm with a satin finish similar to e-surface papers used in traditional darkroom printing. Plus, they have the Kodak watermark printed on the back — a symbol recognized by discerning end-customers.

Both resin-based inkjet photo papers are available in various sheet and roll sizes up to 60 inches wide. Call a LexJet representative to learn more about Kodak’s modern media at 800-453-9538.

The Engineer’s Choice for Wide-Format Printers: Epson T-Series


In late 2014 Willie Meredith, one of a two-man operation at the electrical engineering firm RB Lewis Limited in Henrico, VA, was facing a common dilemma: His 17-year-old printer was still functioning, but was too slow for the firm’s growing needs, like jobs for Bass Pro Shops and the University of Richmond.

“We do print checks, presentation drawings and graphics posters, so I needed something with color,” Meredith says. “We needed a printer that could handle engineering drawings and computer graphics as well. We wanted a printer that was reliable and well-made that came well-reviewed, too.”

After doing some research, he partnered with a LexJet sales rep and decided on the Epson SureColor T7270, a 44-inch single-roll printer, which he has used exclusively to print on 20# bond paper.

“It does it all,” Meredith says. “I even recommended it to another engineer who bought one from LexJet, too.”

The precise line details, crisp text and photo quality graphics make the Epson T-Series printer an ideal choice among engineers, but it also will print on media ranging from bond paper and archival films to premium photo papers and up to 1.5 mm-thick poster boards.

Meredith says he’s been pleased with the amount of ink the printer uses, as well. “We had concerns about how long the ink would last,” he says. “But we’ve done quite a few prints and we’re still doing pretty good on ink. We’ve been pleasantly surprised with that.”

LexJet carries the Epson T-Series printers in single and double rolls, in varies sizes. Check out these options:


SureColor T3270: 24″ single-roll printer; print speeds of up to 660 square feet per hour.

SureColor T5270: 36″ single-roll printer; print speeds of up to 740 square feet per hour.

SureColor T7270: 44″ single-roll printer; print speeds of up to 7800 square feet per hour.

SureColor T5270D: 36″ dual-roll printer; print speeds of up to 740 square feet per hour.

SureColor T7270D: 44″ dual-roll printer; print speeds of up to 780 square feet per hour.

For more information about the new Epson SureColor T-Series large-format inkjet printers, and for help finding the right printer for your shop, call a LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538.


Introducing: Even Richer Images with Next Generation Sunset Select Matte Canvas


Printers and artists turn to Sunset Select Matte Canvas for projects as varied as unique, industrial-themed indoor art canvas wraps in Pennsylvania to weather-resistant fine-art photo banners in Idaho. The smooth texture, unsurpassed white point and crisp, rich photo production make it an easy choice for a multitude of projects and finishing treatments.

Versatile and durable, Sunset Select Matte Canvas was selected as one of 2010’s Hot Awards from Professional Photographer Magazine in the inkjet media category. And now, LexJet has released its next generation of the poly-cotton blend Sunset Select Matte Canvas.

The new Sunset Select Matte Canvas has a slight texture change and a higher Dmax, which means photos are even more detailed and vibrant. These improvements, however, haven’t altered the price, which remains the same for this 18 mil acid-free, pH neutral archival canvas.

Sunset Select Matte Canvas is available in standard roll widths from 17-inches to 60-inches in 40-foot rolls. It works with both dye and pigment inks and is compatible with current and legacy model printers from Canon, ColorSpan, Encad, Epson and Roland.

Call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 for more information and to try Sunset Select Matte Canvas for your next project.

Avast Ye Swabs! The Art of Piracy at the Tampa Bay History Center

Forty Thieves by Don Maitz

The Tampa Bay History Center is featuring the original work of fine artist Don Maitz as part of its exhibition, The Art of Piracy: Pirates in Modern Culture. The exhibition began on Jan. 24 and runs through April 26.

No Prey No Pay by Don MaitzMaitz is famed for creating the original artwork for Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum when the adult beverage was first brought to market to be properly swilled.

The exhibit examines the role of art in shaping the popular and iconic images associated with 17th and 18th century pirates in and around the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic seaboard.

Originally from Connecticut, and now based in Sarasota, Fla., Maitz’s interest in pirates and sea rovers goes back well before he moved to the Buccaneer coast. The move simply made his pursuits in pirate art even more appropriate.

Hidden Cove by Don Maitz“A lot of artists and illustrators had moved west and were doing western art. Since I moved to Florida I didn’t think that subject matter really fit. Illustrating what was going on in our coastal waters and treasure hunting, I thought pirates would be interesting subject matter for me to continue. Plus, some of my favorite artists have worked in that genre,” says Maitz.

For this exhibition, Maitz printed some of his most notable pirate art to date using his Epson Stylus Pro 7800 on Sunset Hot Press Rag, LexJet Premium Archival Matte and Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 g.

Don Maitz
Don Maitz

Maitz sends his artwork – typically oil paintings and watercolors, though he works in a variety of media, including acrylics – to Eagle Photographics in Tampa to capture his work.

“I get a digital file and go through ImagePrint software to balance the print to the original art. I use Photoshop to manipulate the color and the ImagePrint software to change the image based on the surface of the paper I’m printing to,” he says. I want to use the highest quality paper possible. I like Sunset Hot Press Rag because it has a little less tooth so it doesn’t collect things like dust and oil from your hands. I use Premium Archival Matte for more cost-effective smaller prints.”

Maitz cuts the prints by hand, rather than using the automated cutter inside the printer. He says it’s best to keep the dust produced by cutting as far away from the printer as possible; a clean printer alleviates potential headaches from clogged nozzles and cuts down on maintenance routines.

Maitz has worked with LexJet as print supplier partner since he bought his printer. “What I really like about LexJet is that I place an order and it gets here quickly; that’s a real plus. Also, when I first bought my printer from LexJet, my learning curve was dropped considerably by help from my rep and technical support,” adds Maitz.

Beyond Branding with Perforated Window Vinyl

Window Graphics Legacy Nissan

Legacy Nissan in London, Ky., has been effectively branding itself with larger-than-life brand murals applied to both its exterior-facing and interior windows.

Mobile Advertising with LexJet Perforated Window VinylThough it continues to emphasize the Nissan brand, Legacy Nissan is also emphasizing specific services and promotions that help set it apart from other dealerships using LexJet Aqueous Perforated Vinyl (70/30) printed with an Epson Stylus Pro 9900.

Pictured here is Legacy Nissan’s most recent campaign, highlighting the fact that its salespeople aren’t driven by commission using a simple, direct approach: No Sales Commission. How Refreshing.

Vehicle Window GraphicsThis is the message now front and center across its storefront windows, and displayed on the road with perforated window vinyl applied to the windows of the Sentra the dealership uses for official business around town.

Tied into other marketing media, like social media and printed collateral, the new campaign is already paying dividends, says Legacy Nissan’s Missy Reid.

“Signage is an important part of our marketing campaigns, so in addition to using the window vinyl we’re also printing banners with LexJet TOUGHcoat Blockout Scrim Banner,” explains Reid. “We’re doing some shorter-term campaigns now and these are very effective methods to get the word out, particularly when you combine the big graphics on the window with supporting graphics inside the showroom, and the mobile advertising.”

New Year Rebates from Epson of up to $3,000

Epson Wide Format Printer

Epson announced today a variety of instant and mail-in rebates on its Epson Stylus Pro and SureColor wide format inkjet printers, as well as Buy Three, Get One Free mail-in rebate on rolls of Epson Signature Worthy Exhibition Canvas, all of which are available through LexJet.

Epson instant and mail-in rebates are good through Feb. 28, unless otherwise noted…

Epson Stylus Pro Instant Rebates
Epson Stylus Pro 11880: $2,000

Epson Stylus Pro 9900 Standard Edition: $1,000

Epson Stylus Pro 7900 Standard Edition: $750

Epson Stylus Pro 9890 Designer Edition: $1,000

Epson Stylus Pro 9890 Standard Edition: $1,000

Epson Stylus Pro 7890 Designer Edition: $750

Epson Stylus Pro 7890 Standard Edition: $750

Epson Stylus Pro Mail-In Rebates
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Standard Edition: $200 (good through Jan. 31)

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Signature Worthy Edition: $250

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Designer Edition: $150

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Standard Edition: $150

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition: $300

Epson SureColor Instant Rebates
Epson SureColor S30670 PE: $2,500

Epson SureColor S50670 PE or HD: $3,000

Epson SureColor S70670 PE or HD: $3,000

Epson SureColor Mail-In Rebates
Epson SureColor S30670 PE: Free 1 Year Extended Warranty with printer purchase

Epson SureColor S50670 PE or HD: Free 1 Year Extended Warranty with printer purchase

Epson SureColor S70670 PE or HD: Free 1 Year Extended Warranty with printer purchase

Epson SureColor T-Series Instant Rebates
Epson SureColor T7000: $2,000

Epson SureColor T3270: $500

Epson SureColor T5270/T5270D: $750

Epson SureColor T7270/T72070D: $1,000

Epson SureLab D3000: $2,000

Buy Three, Get One Free
Buy three rolls of qualifying Epson Signature Worthy Exhibition Canvas and get a rebate for the cost of one roll, good through March 31. Qualifying Epson Exhibition Canvas includes: Exhibition Canvas Matte, Exhibition Canvas Natural Matte, Exhibition Canvas Satin, Exhibition Canvas Natural Satin, Exhibition Canvas Gloss and Exhibition Canvas Natural Gloss.

For details and to cash in on these rebates, call a LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538. To learn more about Epson Stylus Pro Printers, including how to set up and use the printers,click here. For a series of setup and workflow videos that detail Epson’s SureColor S Series Printers, click here. And, for a video overview of Epson’s T-Series printers, click here.