- Jul 10, 2021
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- Canon imageProGraf 1000
Yeah, I printed an 8x8 test sheet dye, I'll try it with the Canon.It may be better for you to test different papers on a smaller - e.g. A4 format - printer with pigment inks to get a good impression of the look before you decide for a specific printer and paper.
Hm... you don't foresee any issues using a dye ink in a pigment printer? I don't know how to create ICC profiles myself, I think this option would require a lot more than what I know.And if you are interested to look for larger formats you may even use an Epson T3100x - 24" - with a tank system and already running with dye inks.
It was actually the PD office for the school board. They used that printer to make posters, and I made sure the settings matched the paper, though I can't confirm the profiles matched the paper 1:1. It was thin paper, I swear it was coated, however thin it was. I've felt uncoated raw paper before, it definitely wasn't that. And I always chose higher quality settings. The clarity was always great, but the colors were really not. Sentiment was echoed by some other teachers I had with print experience, plotters are designed for large size and clarity, not photo quality colors and rendering.I don't know which papers you tested on an HP printer, if colors are off you most likely need a icc color profile to correct that, or it was an unsuitable paper you used, uncoated papers don't deliver much color saturation like simple copy paper. And it could be that driver settings did not match your photo quality requirements but were adjusted to deliver fast print output which is quite typical for copy/print shops so there are more variables in the game.
Well, the ProGraf seems to be by all accounts the greatest printer ever. I will definitely be able to sell wide-format art prints with it. But I was hoping at the very least to offer some 16x20 metal paper prints. If the only other options are using a plotter which I know doesn't handle colors very well or using dye in a pigment tank and creating custom profiles for everything (which I don't know how to do or trust myself doing), I'd much rather print with the ProGraf.The simplest answer is to not accept delivery of the printer and send it back without opening it, then try some of the options that @Ink stained Fingers suggested..
Yes, but several different professional printers are reporting pigment not working as well as dyes for this paper. The lady at the print shop took my metal print and started holding it up in the light and it baffled her. She was amazed by the quality I was getting on a $300 Epson at home. Meanwhile, she uses large format pigment printers costing in the thousands every day. Knew about RRP's paper profiles, she actually told me everything I needed to do to get this result. The only difference was the printer. It's also possible she's just not used to my style of work, combining vector and bitmap prints and just using strong colors that happened to work very well with metals.If so, then Red River states this paper is compatible with the Canon Pro 1000.
Ultimately, I won't really know how good the Canon is unless I try. Worst case scenario, I can always sell the printer slightly used.