Friday, October 4, 2013

Canon Pixma Pro-100 Printer Review

A few weeks ago I bought a Canon Pixma Pro-100.  I did alot of research into finding a good, quality printer to suit my needs as a designer.  My criteria for looking was:
  • Large print size
  • Print borderless
  • Multiple inks that could be replaced individually
  • Wireless capability
  • Great color
  • Less than $400
  • Trusted company

I decided to go with Canon's Pixma Pro-100 for a number of reasons:
  • Can print up to 13" x 19" borderless
  • 8 ink cartridges that can be individually replaced
  • Wireless capability
  • Great color
  • Was less than $200 after rebate (now it's less than $100 after rebate until 12/31/13)
  • I have multiple Canon cameras and am very pleased with the company and quality of items
  • My printer came with a free pack of 50 sheets of 13" x 19" paper 

My first impressions of the Canon Pixma Pro-100 was how large it was.  I ordered it online and took advantage of free shipping.  I almost went to the store to pick it up and am glad I did not because it is so large and heavy.  This is a large printer!  It also weighs about 50 pounds. I originally was going to place the printer next to my computer, but because of the needed clearance on the back for the paper tray (which I did not account for) I placed it across the room.



The wireless capability is nice, but I had issues setting it up.  I called Canon support, and they were very friendly and helped me set up my printer wirelessly. I can print wirelessly from it sometimes, but my internet router sometimes forgets it on the network.  I will either buy a new router or a long USB cord so it will not become a headache.

A 8.5" x 11" art print. Great color!

The color is absolutely amazing!! As an artist, who works mostly digital, one of the biggest headaches is trying to get colors from the computer screen to match what prints. I have never been so amazed with the color from a printer. I didn't even need to calibrate it (I made sure I used the right print settings though). The quality and depth of the color is amazing as well. The images are clear and sharp, especially on the Canon papers.

A 13" x 19" photograph.  The color and detail are amazing!

I also print on 100% recycled matte paper for my Etsy greeting cards and was apprehensive about a professional "photo" printer printing on matte paper.  In the past with other printers I've had issues with the colors looking faded on matte paper.  When I set my Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer settings to matte paper and the colors turn out beautiful! I even had a friend said that it almost looked like gouache!



The only negative (besides my internet router having issues with the wireless setup) is that I haven't figured out yet how to print borderless on my greeting cards. I print from Photoshop and use a custom size paper.  I will play around with the settings some more and if I figure out how to print borderlessly on a custom size paper I will post here.

Overall I am very pleased with my new printer! I can't wait to keep bringing more of my designs, photos, and illustrations to life!


34 comments:

  1. This is really helpful! I'm looking at the same printer for printing wedding items on matte paper. I'm so glad I found this post. Thank you!

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  2. I have the same issue. Have you figured it out yet?

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  3. Hi heej! I found a work around for the problem. I just print two cards on larger paper and trim the paper.

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  4. Claire, I too print matte greeting cards. My old HP printer had specific greeting card printer settings. The Pixma Pro-100 does not, and the plain paper setting does not deliver true colour quality and doesn't let you print in high resolution. Do you use the matte "photo paper" setting?
    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol,
      Yes I print using the "matte photo paper" setting. I don't have any resolution or color issues when I print. Best of luck to you and your greeting cards!
      Claire

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  5. Hiya!
    Ive been looking for a printer to print my greetings cards on. I was just wondering about the prices of ink and how much you think it costs to print per card? Bit specific I realise but Im trying to work out whether its better to print at home or with a professional printers...

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    1. Hi Katie,

      This site should help you. http://www.redrivercatalog.com/cost-of-inkjet-printing-canon-pro-100.html

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  6. Hi! Thanks for this helpful review! I'd like to ask what type of paper you used for your greeting card. I'm finding visible dots when I print it out on heavy matte paper. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi fany,

      I have used multiple kinds of matte paper with no problem as long as the printer profile on my computer is set to matte paper. I'm not familiar with the dots you are talking about. Are your printer settings correct on your computer?

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  7. Hi Claire, Thanks for posting this. I am also looking into the Canon Pro 100 printer. I was wondering if you have used this printer to print out labels on adhesive papers and/or waterproof vinyl paper. I would like to print water bottle labels, bubble labels, etc and am wondering if this printer is a good choice for this. Thanks so much! Gina

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    1. Hi Gina,
      Glad you found the review helpful. I have printed on paper adhesive labels no problem, but thave not tried waterproof or vinyl papers. Hope you find a printer that suits your needs!

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  8. Hi Claire,

    Have you tried printing on Epson enhanced matte paper? I would like to print on matte paper instead of photo paper (I purchased the canon semi-gloss but I wasn't thrilled with the canon watermark on the back). Also, I'd prefer matte because I like the texture. I did a trial and printed on a cheap card-stock but the images weren't as brightly coloured as the original illustrations. Could you suggest any matte paper that will print lively colours? I've read mixed reviews about printing on matte with the pixma-100. Some say it prints better on glossy photo paper and it doesn't print so well on matte papers.

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    1. Hi Denise,

      I haven't tried printing on specifically Epson matte paper, but I print all my greeting cards on matte paper. I am very pleased with the color results. People have commented that it almost looks like gouache. Make sure you choose a matte paper setting on your computer when your printing. It took me some trial and error with the printing settings, but it's been working for me.

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    2. Could you tell me what paper brand you use? I've had no luck finding quality paper in my area.

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    3. Hi Denise,

      I use LCI paper. I wrote a small blog post about it here:
      http://clairelordon.blogspot.com/2013/12/feature-on-lci-papers-design-blog.html

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  9. Hi Claire! Could you tell me if the cartridges last for a reasonable amount of greeting cards? Do you use original inks or alternative?

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    1. Hi Meli,
      Yes the cartridges last a reasonable amount of time (and cards) and I use the original inks - they've been wonderful.

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  10. Claire,
    Hello.
    Hoping you can tell me what Media Type you are selecting on the Pro-100, as I can find three different matte choices in the Canon Pixma Pro-100.
    Under Photo Papers: Matte Photo Paper and Matte Photo Paper N. Also under fine art paper: Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte.
    Did you have to load a different ICC profile or something to have a different media type choice?
    I appreciate your advice. Thank you.

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    1. I was able to get a really nice print on the 80# uncoated eco stock, 216 gsm, 10.4 caliper with these settings on the Pixma Pro-100: A3+ size sheet (13"X19"), Other Fine Art Paper 1. I did not choose any other profile from Adobe InDesign but left it at RGB. Colour is beautiful.
      The printer automatically chooses high quality print. I would like to print standard, so I am curious about the matte setting.

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    2. Hi Suzanne,

      I'm glad to hear you are getting some good prints. For my printer profile I use "Canon Pro-100 2/3 Matte Photo Paper", and Photoshop manages colors (my documents always have a CMYK if I'm printing). Honestly you just need to play around with the settings and printer profiles to see what works best for your paper. Hope this helps!

      Claire

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    3. Just a note on the 80#, in case others read this. The Matte Photo Paper is too heavy a lay down of ink, not a mess or anything, but I can tell. The Other Fine Art Paper 1, in Media Type, is what worked for ink amount on the 80#.
      Thanks again for your time to answer my question.
      Best,
      Suzanne

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  12. Hi, thanks for the review - Im looking to sell posters etiher A3 or 30x40cm. Im having problems finding a matte paper that rolls nicely ( i ship in tubes) The ones i bought from Canon seems to get crinkled and therefore ruined when i try to roll the poster for shipment. Do you have a suggestion og experience with quality paper in theese sizes that will roll up nice?

    Im leaning towards simply trying out different types of quality drawing paper media and see how that plays out. I like the not completely white feel of theese types of paper.

    thank you

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    1. HI Henrik,
      I have not used matte paper for anything larger than a standard 8.5" x 11". When I go larger I use Canon's semi-gloss photo paper. Hope this helps!

      Claire

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  13. Hi Claire, Great review! Ive been looking at this printer and wondered whether it would print on linen card stock. I usually print a black silhouette and then add embellishments to my cards. Any thoughts?

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  14. Hi Claire, Great review! Ive been looking at this printer and wondered whether it would print on linen card stock. I usually print a black silhouette and then add embellishments to my cards. Any thoughts?

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    1. Hi Georgina,

      I know that the printer is fine with regular card stock, but I have yet to try linen card stock.

      Hope this helps!
      Claire

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  15. For borderless, try making a custom page setup where the paper is slightly bigger than your image (so for a 8.5x11 print, set it up to think it's feeding 9x11.5).

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  16. Hi, what size are the greetings cards that you sell?

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    1. Hi Alex,

      My cards are 4.25" x 5.5" (A2) folded size.

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  17. Hi Claire, thanks for this blog post. I have been printing on the profile "matte paper" for a while now, but my prints are still not high quality (like your Etsy card photo above). I print straight from Adobe Illustrator (AI file) and the PDF export, but the lines are not as crisp. What DPI do you use? I print on the Michaels Stores Recollection card stock and also printed on some glossy photo paper--but both are not as crisp (although the glossy is a bit better).

    Thank you!! I've been trying to fix this for months!!

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    1. Hi Winnie,

      I'm not a printer expert, just a purchaser like you. Unfortunately I don't have experience printing from Illustrator. I only print from Photoshop and use 300dpi.
      Try playing around with other printer profiles. You can also download some new ones online.
      Also, I don't have experience using the paper you mentioned I use the 100% recycled paper from LCI Paper.

      Good luck!
      Claire

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