A panel of judges made up of professional photographers selected LexJet Sunset Production Matte Canvas and Sunset Fibre Rag for 2013 Hot One Awards.
The annual Hot One Awards recognize photography and imaging products the judges consider their top choices and the hottest products of the year in a number of categories, including inkjet printers, inkjet media, cameras, software and more. Winning products will be featured in Professional Photographer's August 2013 issue and at www.ppmag.com.
"The Hot One Awards help us establish a benchmark for future product development by providing insight into the types of inkjet media photographers, fine art reproduction companies and wide format print shops need for a successful and profitable print workflow," says Dione Metnick, LexJet product manager. "We continue to work closely with our printer manufacturer partners - Canon, Epson and HP - to bring inkjet media to the market that maximizes their latest technology innovations and ink sets while providing a consistent and reliable product to our customers."
Sunset Fibre Rag won a Hot One Award in the Fine-art Paper category and Sunset Production Matte Canvas won in the Canvas category, taking two of the five Inkjet Media categories.
LexJet's previous Hot One Award winners include: Sunset Photo Metallic Paper, Sunset Select Gloss Canvas, LexJet 8 Mil ImagePro Satin, Sunset Photo eSatin Paper, Sunset Fibre Gloss, Sunset Fibre Elite, Sunset Fine Art Satin SUV by Hahnemuhle, LexJet Prime Gloss SUV, Sunset Velvet Rag 315g and Sunset Select Matte Canvas.
Sunset Fibre Rag, introduced in March 2012, was developed based on demand from photographers and fine art reproduction companies looking for the high-end air-dried look and feel on a 100 percent cotton rag base.
"This paper has a great Dmax, the color gamut is pretty amazing and the surface is nice and consistent," says Jon Scott, owner of JS Graphics Inc., a fine art reproduction company based in Chicago. "It also comes in various sheet and roll sizes, which is great, because it gives us more flexibility in our printing."
Sunset Production Matte Canvas, introduced in December 2012, complements LexJet's Sunset Canvas line by providing an economical but consistent option for higher production workflows.
"Of course I really like the price of this new canvas from LexJet, but it still provides good color reproduction. It has a little more tooth to show the canvas texture for mass production projects that require that look," says Richard Herschberger, owner of Herschberger Galerie in Arthur, Ill. "I also like the fact that I can get it in 60-foot rolls so I'm not changing it out as often; you get more bang for the buck that way."