Canon’s New imagePROGRAF iPF9100 and iPF8100 12-Color Large Format Printers

October 19, 2007

Canon Makes a ‘BIG’ Move in Fine Art Photography Printing with the Introduction of the imagePROGRAF 60 & 44 Inch Printers

 
Press Release: October 18, 2007 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leading provider of office imaging systems, ink-jet technology and digital photography equipment, today unveiled two new imagePROGRAF 12-color pigment ink large format printers, the imagePROGRAF iPF9100 and imagePROGRAF iPF8100. These latest additions to the Company’s imagePROGRAF line of large format printers will replace the imagePROGRAF iPF9000 and iPF8000 models, and incorporate an 80 GB hard drive, and the newly reformulated Gray, Photo Gray, Black and Matte Black LUCIA inks for enhanced monochrome prints. Read the rest of this entry »
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Canon’s New Polished Rag Fine Art Media

October 19, 2007

Press Release:  New Canon Polished Rag
The new Canon Polished Rag media – ideal for digital artists and fine art photography – complements the Company’s growing line of imagePROGRAF 12-color large format printers. At 300gsm/15mil, the Polished Rag is a thick media providing the look and feel of traditional fiber-based photo paper for the fine art market. The gloss finish and 90 percent brightness give the media an excellent display quality, while the significant weight and texture gives fine art prints a high-quality look and feel. The Polished Rag is available in 8.5 x11,inches, 13 x19 inches and 17 x22 inches cut sheet as well as rolls in widths of 17, 24, 44, and 50 inches.

Each day during the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, one Canon Print Master will conduct a complimentary limited signing of their work printed on Canon’s New Polished Rag fine art paper. Acclaimed photographers and members of Canon’s Print Master and elite Explorer of Light program, Parish Kohanim, Michel Tcherevkoff, Fay Sirkis and Ryszard Horowitz, will be signing prints during one-hour intervals for show attendees. Appearances and prints are limited, so attendees should stop by the Canon booth for specific times and artist availability.


PixelGenius Produced ICC Profiles for Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper

October 16, 2007

Press Release:

Pixel Genius has partnered with Epson America, Inc. in the development of custom profiles for Exhibition Fiber Paper for use with Epson Stylus® Pro Printers that use UltraChrome K3 Ink™ and UltraChrome K3 Ink™ with Vivid Magenta. In addition Pixel Genius has made available useful color management information and instructions on how to create the finest prints.
Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink™ Family of Printers:
Epson Stylus® Photo R2400 Printers
Epson Stylus® Pro 3800, 4800, 7800, 9800 Printers

Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink™ with Vivid Magenta Family of Printers:
Epson Stylus® Pro 4880, 7880, 9880, and 11880 Printers

You can find them here. 


Epson Launches Its Highly Anticipated Exhibition Fiber Paper

October 16, 2007

Epson Launches Its Highly Anticipated Exhibition Fiber Paper

Overview:
* Fiber Photo Paper Base
* Extremely High D-Max and Wide Color Gamut
* 325 gram / meter 2 and 13 mil
* Acid & Lignin Free
* Micro Porous Smooth Gloss (F-Type) Surface
* Minimal Gloss Differential
* Smooth ECF Bleached Chemically with minimal OBAs
* Compatible with UltraChrome™ ink and UltraChrome ink with Vivid Magenta Read the rest of this entry »


CANON POSTS FREE ONLINE PAPER PROFILES FOR imagePROGRAF USERS TO ENHANCE COLOR AND BLACK-AND-WHITE PRINTS

October 16, 2007

Press Release:

Canon Provides Free Paper Profiles for imagePROGRAF iPF6100 and iPF5000 Users at the Company’s Online Digital Learning Center

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 15, 2007 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leading innovator of inkjet technology and digital photography equipment, announces the availability of custom online profiles for its imagePROGRAF iPF6100 and imagePROGRAF iPF5000 printers. To help new iPF6100 and iPF5000 users take their prints to the next level of color management, Canon has posted free enhanced paper profiles for both Mac and PC users covering the company’s most popular fine art and photographic media. The profiles are free and available on the Professional Printer section of Canon’s Digital Learning Center located at, www.usa.canon.com/dlc.The custom profiles are designed to provide excellent color fidelity on various Canon-branded media for both popular imagePROGRAF models. Currently the company has 40 profiles available for download for 10 different media types for the iPF6100 and iPF5000 printers and will be adding additional custom media profiles in the coming months for both models so be sure to check back for updates.

Along with custom paper profiles for various imagePROGRAF models, visitors to Canon’s Online Digital Learning Center will also be treated to a free library of printing techniques from Canon Explorer of Light and Print Master, George Lepp.

“The imagePROGRAF iPF5000 printer produces phenomenal color images and gripping black and white prints. In addition Canon continues to help our customers achieve the among best output possible through enhanced media profiles, educational seminars, and online tutorials,” said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “In this age of digital photography and art, we are working to provide our customers with the best Canon-to-Canon solution from image capture through output.”

The first of Canon’s 12-color imagePROGRAF printers, the iPF5000 provides one of the industry’s largest color gamuts with Canon’s 12-color inkset featuring Lucia pigmented inks. The professional grade printer is engineered for speed and advanced image quality using Canon’s L-COA controller and dual print heads for fast, accurate prints. The iPF5000 printer has been embraced by professional photographers, digital artists, and graphic design professionals around the world.

Canon’s new iPF6100 large format printer is capable of 24-inch wide and 17-inch wide prints respectively and represents the next generation of Canon large format technology. The iPF6100 printer is equipped with a 12-color pigment inkset, using new formulations and enhanced ink drop control for improved dot patterns and reduced dot graininess over previous generation printers. The new ink formulations also reduce bronzing and provide better ink adhesion for improved scratch resistance.

“Every new generation of imagePROGRAF printers and inks has brought improvements. This latest generation has earned a wow, with the largest range of color I have seen to date,” remarks George Kondogianis, president, George Kondogianis Consulting, LLC. “The free online profiles allow for continuous tone printing on fine art paper better than I have ever seen in the past. Certifying to SNAP, GRACOL and SWOP proofing was a breeze with the huge gamut of the iPF5000.”

Along with internal color experts, Canon worked with George Kondogianis to develop additional profiles to ensure customers have the tools they need to produce outstanding color prints. Canon’s standard profiles were built to exacting color standards with X-Rite professional color management technology, including X-Rite ProfileMaker 5 software, and i1iSis and i1iO automated chart readers.

If you need the next level of color management, the ability to create custom profiles which more exactly represent your devices, ink and media, then visit X-Rite’s website http://www.xrite.com/photo for a complete set of color management solutions

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion, is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/pressroom.

About George Kondogianis
George Kondogianis Consulting, LLC. (GKC) specializes in color management and productivity enhancement. In the color management arena, prepress, presentation and Fine Art inkjet printing services are GKC’s expertise. On the productivity enhancement front, technical and support services help customers understand new technologies while workflow solutions create cost and time efficiencies.


New Epson R1900 Printer Announced in UK

October 5, 2007

 EPSON R1900

The following are excerpts from the Epson UK Press Release:

Incorporating revolutionary colour processing technology and UltraChrome™Hi-Gloss2 Ink, the Epson Stylus Photo R1900 offers a new level of quality for photo enthusiasts, who demand the big picture.

03 October 2007– The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 incorporates the latest developments from Epson to provide durable, superior quality, Hi-Definition photos up to A3+ [That’s 13″ wide…dSLR Dad] on a wide range of media. It includes groundbreaking image processing algorithms to manage colour combinations and ensure beautiful prints. It also features a new formulation of Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Ink technology. UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 represents the evolution of photographic printing, offering a wider colour gamut, natural skin tones and consistent colour with a smooth gloss finish.

In addition to cyan, magenta and yellow inks, UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 features matte black, photo black, red, orange and gloss optimiser. The new orange ink replaces the blue ink previously used with UltraChrome Hi-Gloss. It allows Epson to offer significant enhancements in colour reproduction for natural skin tones. Output also features more vivid oranges and an expansion in the red colour gamut. The magenta and yellow inks have been reformulated and contribute to accurate blue and green tones. The resin coating of the gloss optimiser and colour inks has been redesigned to create even smoother and glossier prints. The individual ink cartridges mean only the colour that is used needs to be replaced.

The flexibility of the Stylus Photo R1900 is further enhanced with its increased media support. It will print onto glossy, matte and fine art paper in cut-sheet and roll format. It prints directly onto printable CD’s and DVD’s.

Epson Stylus Photo R1900 key features summary:

  • Print Hi-Definition durable photos and album pages on various media up to A3+
  • Achieve vivid colours and natural skin tones with Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss2 ink
  • Advanced colour processing for smooth and accurate colours with Epson LUT technology
  • Achieve a range of photo finishes with Epson glossy, matte and fine art papers in cut-sheet and roll format
  • Personalise inkjet printable CDs and DVDs
  • Prints are lightfast for 80 years** on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper
  • available November 2007

Black and White Digital Photography – From Conversion to Print

September 24, 2007

Northlight Images has posted an interview with Keith Cooper in which he discussed Black and White digital conversions as well as printing.

The first article covers black and white digital photography in general, the second article covers aspects of digital black and white printing.