Canon iPF8400 Printer Setup Videos

How to install ink in a Canon wide format inkjet printerAs noted here at the LexJet Blog yesterday, Canon introduced its new line of wide format inkjet printers, the iPFX400 line.

When purchasing a new wide-format printer, a little extra help with setup never hurts. The manual that accompanies the new iPF8400 does a great job, but being able to see how everything comes together can be even more helpful. Please note that these videos also apply to setting up an iPF8300S.

The Canon iPF8400 Printer Setup videos embedded below in the order shown include:

  • Stand Assembly
  • Paper Basket Assembly
  • Removing the Belt Stopper and Installing Printheads 
  • Installing Ink
  • Loading Roll Paper and Printer Calibration

If you have any questions about setting up or using a Canon iPF8400 or other Canon imagePROGRAF Printers contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Save up to $560 on Inkjet Media with Hahnemuhle Rebates

Rebates on fine art papersThis past weekend, Hahnemühle announced new rebates that last until Oct. 31. The rebates range from $10 to $70 and apply to the following Hahnemühle FineArt papers:

And, here are the rebate amounts based on the size of the paper (limit eight items for the rebate when you order):

  • 8.5″ x 11″: $10
  • 11″ x 17″: $20
  • 13″ x 19″: $25
  • 17″ x 22″: $40
  • 17″ rolls: $20
  • 24″ rolls: $40
  • 36″ rolls: $50
  • 44″ rolls: $60
  • 60″/64″ rolls: $70

Get the details and a rebate form at:

If you have any questions or need help with anything, call a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Papers, Projectors and Unusual Substrates Seminar in Colorado Springs

Printing your own photosThe Peak Digital Imaging Association, Colorado Springs, is hosting a presentation entitled A Serious Look at Digital Media – Papers, Projectors & Unusual Substrates on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Senior Center.

The presentation will discuss the various print materials and media available to photographers to help take their work, presentation and prints to the next level. There will also be demonstrations of various print media for photography and a chance to test, see and feel the results.

LexJet will be on hand with its latest and greatest photo and fine art papers (Sunset Hot Press Rag and Sunset Photo Metallic Paper), a drawing for gift certificates and special deals for attendees. The event is free and open to public.

The Colorado Springs Senior Center is located at: 1514 N. Hancock, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. For more information about the event and the Peak Digital Imaging Society, go to

Custom Size for Photographers: Textured Laminate Now Available in 25″ Widths

Laminating inkjet photographsVeteran photographer Don Brent found the perfect textured laminate for his portrait printing with LexJet Textured Polypropylene Laminate (5 Mil), but really wanted it in 25-inch widths. LexJet recently delivered with a 25-inch wide version of the textured laminate for Brent and photographers like him who prefer the smaller size to better fit their workflow.

“Even though I have an Epson 9880 44-inch printer and a 44-inch laminator I typically print on 24-inch paper. It’s easier to handle throughout the print process, from the paper coming out to trimming and laminating it. But if I need a big print I’ve got the larger printer, laminate and laminator,” explains Brent.

Brent uses LexJet Textured Polypropylene Laminate for various reasons, primarily the characteristic of the polypropylene base. Unlike vinyl and other laminate films, the polypropylene is acid-free, pH neutral and archival. It not only protects the prints from smudges and scratches, it does not degrade over time. Simply put, it’s tough.

“The protective element is huge for me. The client likes the fact that they know it’s protected. I tell them that as long as they don’t pour ammonia all over it, they don’t have to worry about the picture,” laughs Brent. “It’s easier to frame the smaller pictures after they’re laminated because they always lay flat and don’t curl.”

Laminating portrait prints for inkjet printingThe other factor is aesthetics. Brent says customers love the look and feel of the laminate on their prints. Look and feel can certainly be subjective, but Brent says it’s practically universal among his clientele, so maybe, at least in Brent’s case, it’s not so subjective.

“I love the texture, but I grew up with textured prints. My father had an old texture machine that we textured all the prints with that gave us a unique look. It looked nice and was almost impossible to scan and copy. The Textured Polypropylene Laminate does the same thing; it helps make our work unique in the market and makes it very difficult to copy the image and reproduce it,” says Brent.

Brent has a 44-inch D&K laminator that has both hot and cold settings, allowing him to use both pressure-sensitive and thermal laminates. LexJet Textured Polypropylene Laminate is a “cold” pressure-sensitive laminate, meaning that it doesn’t require heat to work well.

Since Brent can apply some heat he usually sets it to a low heat, around 100 degrees F. “It’s great in the winter because the material flows a little better at 100 degrees, plus you can warm your hands,” says Brent.

LexJet Adds Latex: HP’s L25500 Latex Inkjet Printer Now Available at LexJet

HP's environmentally friendly HP L25500 latex inkjet printersHewlett-Packard has selected LexJet as an authorized reseller of the 60-inch and 42-inch wide HP Designjet L25500 latex inkjet printers. With the addition of the L25500, LexJet expands its portfolio of inkjet printing technology, fitting perfectly into a range of LexJet printable inkjet media already developed to be compatible with latex inks, including LexJet’s Simple line of vinyl for vehicle, specialty, window, wall and other sign and display applications.

The HP L25500 can print on a wide range of media, papers and textiles, including media optimized for solvent and low-solvent inks. Designed for both indoor and outdoor graphic production, the HP Latex Inks are durable, odorless and emit very low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) so that no special ventilation is required. Moreover, the inks do not require special handling, are non-flammable and non-combustible. The printer uses internal radiant heaters and forced airflow to cure the inks, speeding up turnaround times on printed graphics.

The HP L25500 utilizes six ink colors with print resolutions up to 1,200 dpi, combined with HP Double Swath technology with three pairs of HP 789 Designjet Printheads and the HP Optical Media Advance Sensor for saleable output up to 246 square feet per hour.

The printheads have a simple snap-out, snap-in design for easy replacement. A built-in automatic printhead service station and automatic nozzle testing system, plus large 775 mil ink cartridges, eliminate the need for daily maintenance and ensure long periods of uninterrupted production. Used HP 789 Designjet Printheads and HP 780 Latex Ink Cartridges may be returned and recycled through HP’s free and convenient Planet Partners Program.

For more information about the HP L25500, and to find the right printer for your business and its applications, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

How to Update Firmware on a Canon iPF Inkjet Printer

How to update firmware Canon printerUpdating your printer’s firmware is an important step that should be performed once a new printer arrives and then on a regular basis. By updating the firmware, you are ensuring that your printer is being used to its fullest capacity.

Firmware updates typically include fixes or patches that, in the past, have improved things like print speed and have helped to reduce paper waste and ink consumption. At the very least, you should check for new firmware updates every six months and update your firmware when new releases are available.

In the videos below you will learn how to update the firmware on a Canon imagePROGRAF printer using a PC or a Mac.