Get the Most Out of Your Aqueous Printer

Are you using your aqueous printer to its full potential? From canvas prints to temporary outdoor graphics, your aqueous printer is the utility player every profitable printshop needs. We’ve put together some applications and media suggestions to help you get the most out of your printer:

Décor: If you are considering décor applications, you may have thought an aqueous printer limited your capabilities, but, in fact, you can print plenty of décor applications, including wall art and wall murals. LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas is a customer favorite for photo prints or fine art reproductions. It can also be easily stretched for canvas wraps, like the GOframe system. If you are looking for wall murals, decals or window graphics, try LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric, an easy-to-use and apply option that’s forgivable and repositionable during installation. Check out our Digital Décor Printing Line Card for more aqueous options, as well as many others.

Soft Signage: One of the fastest-growing trends in the market is the transition to soft signage using fabric rather than rigid vinyl or polyester films for POP displays, banners, framed graphics and even trade show booths. The advantage to fabrics like LexJet Water-Resistant Satin Cloth or LexJet FlexTex 170g is that they are easier and lighter to ship, image nicely and can be used for indoor or temporary outdoor applications. With soft signage textiles, you’ll need some easy finishing techniques — watch this video for quick tips on using a hot knife for perfectly finished edges.

Outdoor Banners: When it comes to outdoor advertising and event signage, LexJet TOUGHcoatTM Water-Resistant Polypropylene and  TOUGHcoatTM ThriftyBanner are two of the most popular products. Both products are easy to handle, offer scratch- and water-resistance, and a bright white point which means vibrant prints, even in outdoor weather. Need more outdoor aqueous options? Check out this blog for more ideas and applications that will look great and stand up to the elements.

Still unsure how you can use your aqueous printer to expand your market offering? Call one of our specialists at 800-453-9538 or visit us at LexJet.com.

5 Creative & Inspiring 2018 Customer Projects

Every year, we look back on the innovative work our customers have created, and we’re never anything less than amazed. This year has been no different. Take a look back through five of the coolest projects our customers printed for their customers in 2018.

Reproducing Art for a Good Cause at A-R-T & Associates Each year, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Coca-Cola Company commission an art partner to create an original painting that is auctioned during a fundraising event to raise money for the charity, which provides housing for a family while a child is receiving life-saving care at hospitals around the country. This year, A-R-T & Associates won the bid to do the poster printing. Check out how they created this year’s super cool poster using LexJet TRIBUTE Satin Photo Paper 240g. READ MORE

Printer Challenge: Reproduce the 30-foot Painting, African Menagerie Christopher Glassman, general partner at Casual Graphics in Hays, Kan., was asked to reproduce an enormous painting by Brian Jarvi titled “African Menagerie.” The painting, which captures 210 species living in Africa now, was 17 years in the making. It’s been part of a traveling exhibit and Jarvi wanted a more manageable version for smaller venues, as well as prints for reproductions. Check out how the Casual Graphics team made it happen. READ MORE

LexJet Print-N-Stick: Encouraging Students to Explore the World Year after year, LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric continues to be a customer favorite, especially for temporary wall murals. Elementary school teacher Rachel Montisano is thrilled with the results of the images on Print-N-Stick and says that the size and scope of the graphics played a huge part in bringing the environments to life in her classroom, which continue to generate excitement and learning among the students. READ MORE

HP Adhesive Vinyl Case Studies: ‘The Best We’ve Ever Used’ Whenever we launch a new product, our hope is that customers gain the most value possible from it, and the new line of HP Adhesive Vinyl did not disappoint for AlphaGraphics in Rexburg, Idaho, who used HP Prime Gloss Air GP and the Polymeric Matte Overlaminate to create a wall mural that was full of detailed text, spot-on colors, and multiple image depths. READ MORE

Listen Up: Before & After Acoustic Sound Panels + EnduraFab OK, we admit it — we’re suckers for musicians, but that doesn’t take anything away from the cool acoustic panels that Ryan Moore, Vice President of DFMGraphics in Newnan, Ga., made using EnduraFab™ Frontlit Premier and Rockwool acoustic boards. You can even hear the difference in the sound files Moore recorded. READ MORE

Do you have print projects that you’d like to share with the LexJet blog? Email us your story!

Our Top Window Graphics Tips

Window graphics have come a long way from the corner gas station. And while those bottling and promotional graphics are still in high demand, using window space to apply signage and brand messaging or even create a sense of privacy have inspired a new batch of window graphic materials for ease in installation and replacement. Here are a few of our top window graphic tips:

To Perf or Not to Perf?

Perforated window graphic film, such as LexJet Simple Perforated Window Vinyl (70/30), allows you to print on 70 percent of the surface, while 30 percent of it is tiny perforations, or holes. This allows for excellent image reproduction and shading coming into the window from outside, while people inside the building can still see out the window, through the perforations. Since this product is mounted outside, we suggest LexJet’s Optically Clear Cast Laminate for extra protection. Window perf is also available in 60/40 vinyl.

LexJet Print-N-Stick: Encouraging Students to Explore the World

When Ashton Elementary School teacher Rachel Montisano wanted to liven up her classroom while simultaneously providing an interactive educational environment, she reached out to LexJet for some ideas.  Michael Clementi, LexJet’s in-house printing guru, recommended that she use LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric.

“The use of large-format graphics has allowed me to create an interactive environment for my first-grade students as we study different topics,” says Montisano. With the bright, matte surface, easy repositionability and cleanly removable adhesive, the Print-N-Stick was the right product to bring the world into Montisano’s classroom.

Recently, her students were asked to research and report on the different animals found in the Arctic. As they stood at the head of the class to give their presentations, an image of polar bears frolicking near a snow-lined river served as the back drop for the students. Montisano says, “the students added animals and wrote their own captions and labels on the image. They were so excited to use what they had learned and make it a part of the large, realistic scene.”

Now that their trek through the Arctic is finished, the students will be whisked away to the Amazon rain forest. Once again, they will be asked to research the plants, animals and other interesting critters that call the rain forest home. Excited to see what the students’ imaginations will bring, Montisano says, “they will create their own plants and animals to add to our rain forest graphic, turning our classroom wall into a life-sized page from a non-fiction picture book.”

However, this new graphic will not just be for the students’ education and enjoyment, “they will make a presentation to parents,” she says. “As everyone walks through the rain forest, the graphic – and the special additions – will help them explain to their parents everything they have learned about the Amazon.”

Montisano is thrilled with the results of the images on the Print-N-Stick Fabric and says that the size and scope of the graphics played a huge part in bringing the environments to life in her classroom, which continue to generate excitement and learning amongst the students. The vivid colors, the ease of working with the product and the photographic image quality all contributed to a successful experience for the Ashton Elementary first graders.

“Working with this product allowed me to use thematic teaching – incorporating reading, writing and science in the same project – and it has been so rewarding to see such enthusiasm from my students,” she says.

How to Create Tiles for Wall Murals in Photoshop

With the popularity of customized wall murals reaching an all-time high, setting up your print files properly is more important than ever. If you don’t have RIP software specific for creating tiles for large wall murals, not to worry! You can easily create your print files using Photoshop, as shown in the video above.

In this video, you’ll learn how to:

  • Crop a full size image to match the size of the wall
    • Tips for image resolution and cropping
  • Make tiles for printing using the Fixed Size Selection Tool in Photoshop
    • Easy copy-and-paste method to create tiles ready for your media width
  • Create panels to print with a half-inch overlap
    • Now you’re ready for printing!

Once you print your panels, you’re ready to install. Watch this Video: 3 Steps to Installing Large Tiled Wall Graphics to learn some vital tips to make the job a cinch.

Suggested self-adhesive products for easy install, positioning and removal of wall murals:

5 Hot Products to Try in 2018

If you haven’t experimented with some of our top-selling products, now’s the time to get to know them. Check out how our customers have used these five options for photo reproduction, signage, canvas wraps, wall murals, innovative art installations and more. Over the years, our customers order these products time and time again, so you know they’re tried-and-true favorites.

Artisan Craftsman Books
LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper

LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper is a long-time favorite for both photography and fine art reproduction. Artisan Craftsman Books relies on the smooth matte finish for gorgeous, coffee table-style fine-art giclee-printed books. This is a paper tailored to high-end work, with accurate color reproduction and high-resolution output. The heavy-weight 9.5 mil base dries instantly, making it an easy-to-handle, smudge-resistant choice that’s compatible with latex and aqueous printer techology.

Printing promotions, posters and banners with polypropylene
LexJet TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene

TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene is a versatile media that provides tear- and water-resistance that can work for a variety of applications, such as banners, posters, banner stands and even backlit displays. “Water-Resistant Polypropylene from LexJet prints nicely, it’s scratch-resistant, easy to work with and quite economical,” says photographer David Ziser, who prints hanging display banners for special events and promotions. Bonus: This product has a 125° white point, which delivers colors that really pop.

LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric wall mural

LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric is one of our most versatile products that is the answer for promotions, displays and graphics of all kinds. It’s super easy to just print and stick, plus you can reposition and remove it without leaving any residue behind. Our customers have used it for wall murals, window graphics, floor graphics, menus, temporary menus, sporting event signage and even elevator graphics. Check out the inspiring project, UNIFY, during which the owners of Robert Charles Photography used Print-N-Stick in a number of creative ways. It’s also available in an aqueous- and latex-compatible version: LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric.

Canvas Gallery Wraps
LexJet Sunset Reserve Bright Matte Canvas

LexJet Sunset Reserve Bright Matte Canvas is a go-to, consistent canvas for high-end prints. When PostNet Norfolk needed to create art reproductions on canvas, they turned to the Sunset favorite to create canvas wraps that were eventually auctioned off during a Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser for $18,000. The art pieces were topped with LexJet Sunset Satin Coating for a stunning finish. This best-selling product is a poly/cotton blend with a slight texture that turns out a wide color gamut.

LexJet 8 mil Absolute™ Backlit

LexJet 8 Mil Absolute™ Backlit film is another uber-versatile product that printers and artists alike have discovered for a number of innovative applications. Last year we met the creative minds at Lumii who incorporated Absolute™ Backlit in their 3D prints, pairing it with another film, backlighting and their groundbreaking software to create the 3D effect. New York artist Karin Giusti created breathtaking light columns printed on Absolute™ Backlit in her 9/11 First Responders exhibit, Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm. In 2017, the film achieved a Class A Fire Rating, which made it an instant favorite with Octo Lights, who create customized fluorescent light covers for hospitals, office buildings, schools and more.

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