LexJet Reviews: Photography Essentials

Whether it’s weddings or the holidays, photographers need to have the right products and the right support when busy season hits. In this edition of LexJet Reviews, C.J. Forker is here to discuss a few of the Photographer Essentials available from LexJet.

From printers to media to customer service, tune in to hear C.J. discuss:

Sunset Select Matte Canvas – The bright-white, matte-coated surface of this poly-cotton blend canvas provides a wide color gamut and, maybe more importantly, color consistency. The Oxford 2 over 1 weave is ideal for photo and art reproduction, but it’s also a good solution for home décor, indoor signage, and gallery wraps. Sunset Select Matte Canvas works with both dye and pigment inks and is compatible with current and legacy-model printers from Canon, Epson, HP, and more.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4100 Printer–When it comes to investing in a printer, research is important. So is hearing from those who are using the same equipment you’re considering. Professional photographers Joel Grimes and Jeff Bowman offer their take on why they print their work on the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4100. The printer comes with a full set of 11 inks plus an optimizer and professional print and layout software. It also features automatic paper loading. Just drop your roll of media in and the printer automatically feeds the paper, eliminating fingerprints and smudges.

LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper – Premium Archival Matte Paper is a smooth, neutral-white, matte paper for high-quality fine art, photo reproduction, and open-edition décor. This paper provides accurate color reproduction and high-contrast, high-resolution output, and is acid-free for a longer print life with pigment inks. It features a heavyweight, thick base, and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging. From fine art to wildlife, this is the perfect addition to any photographer’s media arsenal.

LexJet Customer Service – LexJet has been serving print service providers for more than 25 years, teaming with some of the biggest names in the printing industry. But, it’s LexJet’s excellent customer service that truly matters to its clients. From critical attention to detail to technical expertise, no matter what questions you might have, LexJet customer service is unmatched. Professional photographers Dennis and Cheri Hammon have been LexJet customers for years and say they couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.

Sunset Photo eSatin Paper 300g –Sunset Photo eSatin is a premium-quality, resin-coated photo paper that has professional photographers raving. They say it’s thicker, heavier, and more durable than mass-market inkjet photo papers. The slightly textured finish doesn’t show fingerprints or reflect glare and it is reminiscent of darkroom printing. The wider color gamut and an improved white point mean colors are brighter, skin tones are more realistic, and landscapes are more detailed.

To learn more about Photographer’ Essentials, visit our LexJet Reviews library, give us a call at 800-453-9538, or visit LexJet.com.

LexJet Reviews: Sustainable Programs and Products

Just in time for Earth Day, C.J. Forker returns for a new edition of LexJet Reviews focusing on sustainable products and programs. From media with special certifications to recycling programs, these options will help you start seeing green.

Media Solutions:

LexJet Print-n-Stick Fabric – A popular choice for those DIY projects to high-end wall décor, this low-tack, self-adhesive fabric is not only PVC-free, but also free of other harmful chemicals which means fewer emissions, less harmful waste, and a better solution for the environment.

ChromaLuxe – Proudly made in America, nearly every part of the ChromaLuxe manufacturing process – from the factory itself to the coating; from the fiberboard to the panels – is considered sustainable. The company also has a commitment to recycling, which means less waste and fewer harmful emissions.

HP PVC-free Durable Smooth and Durable Suede Wall Papers – These wallcoverings are popular for designers looking to create colorful murals while capturing high-definition details. Because both are UL Greenguard Gold certified – they produce much lower levels of emissions – they are safe for sensitive environments like hospitals and schools. Additionally, HP PVC-Free Durable Smooth Wallpaper is FSC-certified, which means it is responsibly harvested timber that is selectively cut, rather than from industrialists who clear-cut forests.

HP 15-oz Prime Double-sided Blockout Banner and 18-oz Prime Double-sided Pole Banner – The perfect solutions for long-lasting indoor displays or applications that will be displayed in demanding outdoor conditions are these two newest banners available from LexJet. These durable banners offer an opaque blockout layer for double-sided printing. Both are REACH and Prop 65 compliant, which means there are no harmful emissions.

Sustainable Programs:

LexJet Ink Cartridge Recycling – The new ink cartridge recycling program is easy. Simply go to the resource page and fill out the information. Download the prepaid shipping labels and schedule a UPS pickup. It’s as simple as that. All OEM brands and sizes are accepted, from wide format to desktop. Right now, we are not accepting toner tubes, toner bottles, or generic cartridges New research shows 375-million ink cartridges are thrown away every year and this new program gives customers an alternative so the cartridges don’t end up in a landfill.

HP Take-back Program – This long-running program aims to cut down on waste and put those raw materials to good use. Since 1987, when the program began, HP has recovered over 2.3 billion pounds. To read more about HP’s sustainable impact, you can see a full report HERE. This simple and environmentally sound take-back program offers consumers and business customers the ability to return and recycle any brand of computing hardware as well as many HP media products.

To learn more about these products and programs, visit our LexJet Reviews library, give us a call at 800-453-9538, or visit LexJet.com.

LexJet Reviews: Hot Products to Watch in 2021

In this edition of LexJet Reviews, C.J. Forker discusses a few of our customers’ favorites, making them some of the hottest products to watch in 2021.

From signage to photo panels to temporary banners, here are the products that will help keep you at the head of the class, this year:
HP Adhesive Vinyl – The products in the HP adhesive vinyl portfolio have been some of the hottest since their release in 2019. Customers say that the vinyl line delivers the consistency, performance, and image quality they expect from the HP brand.

HP Prime Banner – Unveiled last year, the HP Prime banner family quickly became another line of products our customers can’t resist. Available in 13-oz matte and gloss, 15-oz blockout, and 18-oz pole banner, these products are perfect for long-standing indoor displays or outdoor displays and offer extra durability.

ChromaLuxe Photo Panels – Using dye-sub technology, this high-end alternative to photographic paper helps your images stand out in the crowd. While there are similar products widely available in the market, very few can match the combination of color, durability, and diversity that ChromaLuxe panels offer.

To learn more about these hot products, visit our LexJet Reviews library, give us a call at 800-453-9538, or visit LexJet.com.

LexJet Reviews: Easy-to-Install Wall Applications

We kicked off our new series LexJet Reviews with a look at the top floor products. This week, LexJet’s C.J. Forker talks about some of the top wall graphic products in the market.

From smooth finishes to subtle textures, these wall décor solutions offer easy and personalized alternatives to paint and traditional wallpaper. Take a look at our most popular solutions:

  • LexJet Textured Indoor Floor & Wall Vinyl – This cleanly removable vinyl is perfect for walls that have slight texture or surfaces that have issues with underlying primers and paints. The 6-mil thickness makes it great for wall murals because it’s easy to seam or install in panels. The slight texture gives any graphic a high-end look.
  • GF 229 WallMark™ Canvas Vinyl HTR – Perfect for wall decals from kids’ rooms to man caves, the microsphere adhesive in WallMark Canvas means you can peel them right off without any problems, even after long-term installation. It is ideal for any smooth wall application and offers high opacity to hide minor surface imperfections.
  • Photo Tex PSA Fabric – Aqueous – One aspect that makes this self-adhesive fabric so popular is the repositionable adhesive. Having trouble deciding where to put the graphic? With Photo Tex, you can install, remove, and re-install until you get it just right.
  • panoRama Walk & Wall – This versatile textured vinyl is great for indoor or outdoor vertical surfaces and the fabric backing provides dimensional stability for longer applications. The 12-mil thickness hides wall imperfections and makes installation a breeze, just remember to round the corners to prevent edge-lift.
  • DreamScape™ Caviar Wall + Floor Wrap – The entire DreamScape line-up is, well, a dream for walls. Caviar, Ravello, and Classic help reduce glare, while Brilliant adds a little sparkle to any room. The three-ply technology helps with dimensional stability and it also hides any wall imperfections. To see all the self-adhesive DreamScape selections, click HERE.
Quick selection guide

Now that we’ve taken you through some of our top wall products, it’s important to remember that proper surface preparation is the key to the smoothest installation of any wall décor.

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If you want more information on any of our products, give us a call at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

LexJet Reviews: Choosing the Right Media for Your Floor Graphics

Everywhere you go, floor graphics are in use. Graphics to show you where to stand, which direction to walk down an aisle, where to pick-up food, and even where to work out in a gym. With so many graphics needed in so many different places, how do you know which product is the right one? Well, we’re here to help you.

We talked to our product managers, our vendor partners, our sales team, and more importantly, we talked to our customers. We asked them what products they are using and how they choose which ones to use.

Looking at slip ratings, compatible floor surfaces, and textures, we compiled some of the top products LexJet customers are currently buying. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular solutions:

  • LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric – a customer favorite since it launched, Print-N-Stick is as simple as it sounds: print, peel, and stick! If you have an aqueous printer, you may not feel like you can offer floor graphics. With Print-N-Stick, you can provide your customers with a temporary solution that is slip-rated for safety. Also available for solvent, latex, and eco-solvent printers.
  • LexJet Textured Indoor Floor & Wall Vinyl – Popular with the tradeshow crowd because it is cleanly removable, Textured Indoor Floor & Wall Vinyl is a great cost-effective option for frequently replaced graphics used on heavily traveled indoor floors. The textured surface provides an R10B slip certification.
  • DreamScape™ Caviar Wall + Floor Wrap – An industry staple for indoor wall décor, DreamScape™ Caviar Wall + Floor Wrap was recently ANSI rated to use on floors. The high-end Caviar texture gives the finished graphics a certain panache, making it perfect for use in high-end businesses or special events.
  • Jessup CatWalk® – With gyms and pools slowly reopening, signage is important in locker rooms and changing areas. CatWalk is approved for high moisture areas such as indoor pools, saunas, locker rooms, and showers. It works on a variety of indoor surfaces, like concrete, marble, tile, and even porcelain.
  • panoRama Walk & Wall – The name says it all when it comes to panoRama Walk & Wall, one of the most versatile products available from LexJet. This durable, one-step solution can be used on sidewalks, outdoor carpet, concrete, wood, and PVC flooring. Your customers can replace the blue painter’s tape outside restaurants with eye-catching – and safe – graphics printed on Walk & Wall.
Floor Graphics Media Selection Chart

Aside from the aqueous version of Print-N-Stick, the rest of the products we reviewed are for latex, solvent, UV-curable printers.

Visit our LexJet Reviews library to see all the products in action.

Coming soon, we’ll review some of our top products for wall solutions. In the meantime, if you want more information on these products, give us a call at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.