Canon Europe Product Manager Andriani Lada believes photographers are increasingly expanding their skills to include digital editing and high-level printing. "More and more photographers are installing large format printers such as the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2100, the imagePROGRAF PRO-4100 and the imagePROGRAF PRO-6100 in their studios and offices. Historically, we mostly sold these printers into photo labs but, as photographers have included digital editing and printing into their workflows, there's been increased demand for large format printers."
"It can be really useful to print large format photo prints when and where you want them, rather than having to send images to a lab," adds Clive. "The auto paper cutter is a useful time-saver and, as with the smaller desktop printers, Canon's PPL software is brilliant for printing pictures at custom sizes, as well as for making adjustments to how the print will look. Soft proofing for both colour and monochrome printing can be a big time and money saver when creating large format prints, while hard proofing options enable you to output small, subtly-differefnt versions of an image to choose which you like best."
Like the smaller printers, the imagePROGRAF PRO-2100 includes direct support for Canson, Hahnemühle and other paper brands, so you can make the most of fine art media, with quick and easy application of ICC printer profiles. "We work closely with paper companies to make sure that ICC profiles are available," Andriani adds, "and, thanks to the precision of our paper transport systems and auto cutter, borderless edge-to-edge printing is available throughout the whole range, right up to the imagePROGRAF PRO-6100 60-inch Large Format Printer."
Canon imagePROGRAF printers from the PRO-1000 up also come with Accounting Manager software. "It compiles printer job logs and calculates the printing costs for each print job or for a certain period of time, enabling efficient cost management," explains Andriani. "The interface shows the current levels of ink, and the printers also feature hot-swappable ink tanks so if you run out of ink while you're creating a print, you can replace the cartridge on the fly, rather than having to start again."