Melville, NY—The newly launched Canon imagePrograf GP inkjet series comprises the first large-format printers to use aqueous fluorescent pink ink. The new series consists of the 24-inch imagePrograf GP-2000; 44-inch imagePrograf GP-4000; 24-inch imagePrograf GP-200; as well as the 36-inch imagePrograf GP-300. The printers produce vivid neon colors for value-added output and graphics to increase print business opportunities.
What’s more, Canon’s Radiant Infusion technology layers the fluorescent pink ink with other inks on the paper surface during printing; this creates bright and soft color reproduction. Printers can also use the fluorescent pink ink in specific areas such as text and objects; this will enable fluorescent color expression that makes those areas stand out.
In addition, users have the option to print with or without the fluorescent ink. The GP series inks can also replicate the colors that represent a corporate brand that is difficult to reproduce on a conventional inkjet printer. Radiant Infusion technology is also integrated into PosterArtist Lite software.
“We are proud to announce that the imageProgaf GP series has obtained the world’s first “Pantone Calibrated” license for the Pantone Pastels & Neons Guide Coated containing the highly demanded fluorescent and pastel colors,” said Iain Pike, director of Licensing and Business Development, Pantone/X-Rite.
“Canon has also acquired Pantone Calibrated licensing with two Pantone publications; this expands the choice of color specification and helps ensure output results match the exact color viewed in the Solid Coated Guide by the designer.”
Notably, the printers specifically allow consumers to replicate high impact graphic posters, wall art and custom pop art that appeal to the millennial and gen Z populations.
Canon imagePrograf GP Series Printers
“We are proud to deliver on our commitment to develop pioneering solutions that answer the demands of the industry and therefore increase business potential for Canon customers,” said Shinichi Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager, Canon USA, Inc.
“Today Canon is excited to introduce the imagePrograf GP series, the world’s first aqueous inkjet models to include a fluorescent color. This series was built with the widest color gamut of any imagePrograf in history to easily produce vibrant, eye-catching output.”
The imagePrograf GP-2000/4000 models have a 10-color pigment-based plus fluorescent pink ink set. The inks include green, orange, red, violet, matte black, black, cyan, magenta, yellow as well as gray colors. As a result of this ink combination, the printers expand the range of color reproduction to achieve the largest color gamut in the history of the imagePrograf line.
In addition, the GP-2000/4000 printers achieve 99% coverage of Pantone Formula Guide Solid Coated and 97% coverage of Pantone Pastels & Neons Guide Coated. The two printers also come with a built-in multi-sensor; the device helps enable economical color calibration for consistent color reproduction from print to print and from printer to printer.
The two models also feature intelligent media handling. Consequently, operators can place the roll in the machine and the printer will automatically load the paper and detect media length, width and type. Furthermore, an optional multifunction roll system is available that also utilizes Canon’s intelligent media handling. This media handling solution system permits operators to load a second roll of media in the printer as well as configure the unit as a bidirectional media take-up unit.
Conversely, the imagePrograf GP-200/300 printers have a 5-color pigment-based plus fluorescent pink ink set. Their set includes matte black, black, cyan, magenta as well as yellow colors. These printers also support Radiant Infusion for the in-house production of large-format prints for retail stores; restaurants; government offices; schools; as well as general offices.
What’s more, their compact design allows them to fit into the small confinements of a classroom or company office. For added convenience, all operator related tasks are performed from the front of the printer; this enables users to place the printer flush against the wall.
In addition, all four printers are bundled with PosterArtist Lite, Canon’s poster creation software. Subsequently, users can create posters in four steps with included images and templates. The software also includes new templates for the creation of colorful images and posters in-house.
Adding more value to the included software, Canon partnered with photo stock companies (Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels) to offer images for incorporation into a custom poster design. Furthermore, the software was updated to support Radiant Infusion technology. Vivid mode now helps make the entire image vibrant; spot mode prints fluorescent ink in specific areas to make those areas stand out.
Canon’s new GP Series printers also integrate various creative and workflow software to help increase the productivity of large-format printing environments. Features include direct print plus, accounting manager as well as device management console.
The imagePrograf GP series printers will be available for purchase on October 1 with shipments beginning in November 2021.