Canon imagePROGRAF PRO1000 – Innovations in Printing
by Dave Mobbs – February 2nd, 2016
Innovations in printing have meant that professional photographers now have a greater range of affordable hardware to meet their needs, from printers with in-built color management tools to calibrators like X-Rite’s ColorMunki Photo.
There is however a benefit to using a specific color management product over a print manufacturer’s driver, as it ensures that precise color matching is achieved even with varying ink and paper types, including those not supported by the manufacturer’s hardware. Additionally, color calibrating your entire workflow ensures that what you see on your camera will be matched on your monitor and your printer. Providing accurate soft and digital proofing is so important in professional imaging to minimise the time and money lost by photographers from not calibrating their workflow.
Canon’s new imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is the first in a new series of professional-grade photo printers from the camera giant. With the ability to print up to A2 size prints, it demonstrates the evolution in printing and color management with the inclusion of the company’s new ‘Crystal-fidelity’ feature, which aims to faithfully reproduce photos taken with Canon EOS cameras at up to 1200ppi resolution.
The printer offers a whole range of other features to improve the color management of images, with inks that more accurately reproduce colors and the ability to soft proof before printing, allowing you to see how colors will be reproduced on specific media types.
Whilst Canon, Epson and HP all offer printers with specific in-built spectrophotometers (using X-Rite technology) or with the option to purchase them as an add-on, these tend to be both quite expensive and time-consuming options for creating color profiles. The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 however, comes with Canon’s Color Management Tool Pro software and can be used in conjunction with X-Rite’s ColorMunki Photo to give you more affordable, complete control to rapidly calibrate your workflow.
With printers many variables can affect the color output, including the type of ink and media used. Using color management software results in an accurate translation from one device to the next, giving consistent, predictable color in your prints.