Get Double the Mileage with Double-sided Banners

With summer right around the corner, you’re sure to see an uptick in requests for outdoor signage. One way to get a lot of mileage from one piece of media is with double-sided printing. A product like HP Double-sided Blockout Banner makes it easy to produce quality graphics on both sides of the media, thanks to an inner opaque layer that won’t let the graphics bleed through or let light show through.

Double-sided banners can work for outdoor signage like pole flags or hanging banners. They can also come in handy for retail signage when you’ve got a lot of two-way foot traffic.

Choose a matte finish to eliminate any glare. Also, opt for a heavier lay-flat banner media that will eliminate curling along the edges and can finished with grommets, rather than folding and sewing the edges, for a clean, easy-to-handle final banner.

Using a substantial, latex- and solvent-compatible product like HP Double-sided Blockout Banner will allow you to print on both sides of one piece of media, rather than having to glue or sew two graphics together. You can line up your graphic to have the same messaging on both sides, or switch it up so passersby get a new message when they’re coming or going.

If you haven’t tried double-sided printing, check out this training video from Onyx, which takes you step-by-step through the process:

NEW: Exclusive Knowledge Center for LexJet.com Users

We know it’s not always convenient to jump on a call to troubleshoot a technical issue, that’s why we compiled more than 100 answers to common problems on our all new Knowledge Center.

If you’ve got an issue with a print or a printer, you can easily find a solution on the new Knowledge Center by reviewing the content under your equipment brand, including Canon, Epson, HP and more.

This exclusive content is available to registered online LexJet.com users. Don’t have an account? No sweat. It only takes a minute to register. Just head over to LexJet.com and click on Log In and you’ll get an option to register.

Once you’re logged in, find the Knowledge Center under the user menu drop down. Watch the video above to learn how it all works.

Of course, we’re here to answer any technical questions you may have, so give us a call at 800-453-9538.

Improve Color and Workflow with the New ONYX 11.1 RIP Software

Onyx Graphics announced the release of ONYX 11.1 software, now available through LexJet. This release adds six new features to the 21 enhancements of ONYX 11.0 software to further streamline wide format workflow for professional print service providers.

ONYX 11.1 RIP Software Update
ONYX 11.1 introduces the Print Mode Defined Colors, which adds the ability to create spot colors based on a specific print mode.

ONYX 11.1 software is available for the full Onyx Graphics product line including ONYX Thrive workflow software and ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software.

Perhaps the biggest news with the new release is that ONYX PosterShop will now include the ability to generate color profiles. Upgrade to ONYX PosterShop 11.1 now to optimize your color output by generating profiles for your unique printing workflow. The ONYX Profile Generation module is simple, easy and automated with the ONYX Print > Read > Next workflow. Powerful tools are also available to control and fine-tune advanced color profiles.

Onyx Graphics designed ONYX 11.1 software to offer users the ability to improve color output quality by taking advantage of the new, expanded gamut ink control included in the color profiling module. This expanded color gamut gives users the ability to easily match corporate colors, achieve deeper darks and print a wider range of colors.

Additional color enhancements in ONYX 11.1 include simplified spot color ink restriction with the new dynamic multi-channel ink restriction swatches, enabling users to enhance output quality without sacrificing color. For example, users can control the starting point of orange and other HiFi inks to eliminate grainy output with multi-channel ink restriction swatches.

Automation enhancements incorporated into ONYX 11.1 include unit sizing and disproportionate scaling in Job Properties as well as mirror and print reflection control.

A new cut path previewing feature improves user confidence in printed output before submitting images to production. The ability to preview cut paths in Job Editor, RIP-Queue and Job Properties modules is combined with a new, cut-only workflow. This new workflow is important for users primarily handling cut vinyl, enabling them to import jobs directly into the cut-server module without the extra step of printing.

ONYX Thrive 11.1 workflow software includes the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 3.2 for a true end-to-end PDF workflow. According to Adobe, APPE 3 combines performance optimizations with a new scalable framework to power high-speed digital presses and large format printers. Print service providers will benefit from the fastest rendering platform for reliable reproduction of complex, graphically-rich content.

ONYX also offers various technical tutorials and white papers through the documentation section of myonyx. In addition to white papers and documentation, access to product downloads, updates, ONYX training videos and the Partner Portal is available through myonyx-Registration through myonyx is required to view the following new documents:

Tutorial – Tiling Workflow in ONYX

ONYX 11.1 – Print Mode Defined Colors White Paper

Tutorial – Creating an Indexed TIFF for use with Colorways

Tutorial – Using Swatch Books and Print Mode Defined Colors

ONYX 11.1 – Understanding Reflect at Print Time and Mirrored

ONYX 11 Textile – Using Step and Repeater

ONYX 11 Textile – Using Colorways

Using the Cut Only Workflow in ONYX 11.1

Using ONYX CUT-Server

To purchase an ONYX 11 software license, to upgrade through the ONYX Advantage software maintenance program, or for any questions, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

The ONYX Advantage program provides product upgrades, new printer drivers, and access to on-demand training and support videos. Current ONYX Advantage agreement holders can obtain ONYX 11.1 now by contacting sales@onyxgfx.com and requesting a key update.

ONYX RIP Software Video: Named Spot Color Replacement

ONYX Named Spot Color ReplacementThere are times when a spot color does not print what is desired. For example, a particular red may be difficult to hit when printing to a matte surface material.

When this is the case, using ONYX RIP software, you can print Swatch Books to find the right color and then setup a Named Color Replacement to produce a print that contains a color that is as close as possible to the intended spot color.

In the video embedded below, learn how to print swatch books and replace a named spot color in ONYX…

Updates and Money-Saving News from ONYX

ONYX and HP Latex Printers
ONYX has added new printer drivers for the HP Latex 300 Series of printers, as well as videos for using ONYX with the HP Latex 360 Printer.

ONYX recently announced some good news for users of ONYX version 6.x (including ProductionHouse 6.0 and 6.5 and PosterShop 6.0 and 6.5), as well as updates to ONYX 11, new printer drivers available and some handy new videos.

Version 6.x users now qualify for legacy pricing from now until Aug. 31 for its Advantage Service Agreements. So, if you’re a Version 6.x user you can now get the same price, and all the support that comes with an Advantage Service Agreement, as Version 7.x and up users. Contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538 before this summer promotion ends.

ONYX released an update to ONYX 11 with significant RIP updates. The update is free and will ensure your software is running at its fullest potential. Go to the ONYX Product Updates page to update.

ONYX also added new printer drivers, which have been added to the Printer & Profile Download Manager, and include: EFI R3225, Fei Yeung Jumbojet FY-3286, Fei Yeung Ultimaker FY-1325A, HP Latex 310, HP Latex 330, HP Latex 360, Jeti Titan HS, Jeti Titan S, Mutoh ValueJet 1604 AG and Oce ColorWave 900.

With the introduction of HP’s next-generation latex printers, ONYX has produced three new how-to videos about using ONYX with the HP Latex 360 Printer:

Inkjet Media Profiles Made Easy with the HP Z6200 and Z3200

HP Designjet PrintersHP’s Designjet Z6200 and Z3200 are equipped with an on-board i1 spectrophotometer, which makes it quite simple to create your own media presets and profiles for printing through the HP driver.

You can also create profiles using the on-board spectrophotometer if you’re using ONYX or any other RIP, though the process is a bit more complicated.

If you’re printing through the driver, following is a full video tutorial that shows, step by step, how you can create your own media preset and profile. Using this simple process there should be no need to use generic HP settings with LexJet or any other inkjet media…