Here’s a large-format inkjet photo printer (up to 13×19 inches) that offers excellent image quality, lots of control when you want it and simple operation. Producing dynamite digital photo prints quickly, the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 uses 6144 nozzles to distribute eight long-lasting dye-based Canon ChromaLife 100 inks in precise two-picoliter droplets—some 11 million of them per square inch-on a variety of Canon photo papers. The inks are in separate tanks, so when one color runs low, you need only replace that color, not an entire color ink cartridge.
You can operate the printer using the supplied Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software or by using the computer’s Print command. The Easy-PhotoPrint Pro driver is well-named-it’s simple to use. Open the image in Photoshop, go to File > Automate > Easy-PhotoPrint Pro, and the driver window appears. Choose a paper size (4×6 to 13×19 inches), media type (from the drop-down menu of Canon photo papers), paper source (auto sheet feeder for most papers, front tray for thick art papers) and print quality (Standard, High or Custom).
Next, choose a layout from the Layout window: borderless; bordered (you can adjust the margins, if you wish, and even print the border in black); two-up borderless or bordered; four-up borderless or bordered; index (up to 80 images on a single sheet); or 35-up contact print (which prints up to 35 images in simulated sprocket-holed 35mm film strips). If you’d like shooting information (date, time, camera, lens, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO and white-balance setting used for the shot) printed below the image, just click the Print Photo Information button at the lower left.
Click the Color Adjustment button, and a new window appears, providing you with sliders to adjust color, brightness and contrast. Click the Pattern Print button in the color section, and the printer quickly produces a “ring-around” print showing the original image and 16 color variations, along with the settings that produced them. Click the Pattern Print button in the brightness/contrast section, and you get a print showing the original image and 48 brightness/contrast variations, each labeled with the settings that produced it.
Want a black-and-white print of your color image? Just click the Grayscale Photo button near the top of the Color Adjustment window, and the image is instantly turned to black-and-white. You can choose normal Black/White, Warm Tone, Cool Tone or Custom from a drop-down menu.
The Canon PIXMA Pro9000 we used was accompanied by a test packet including Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss, Fine Art Paper Premium Matte, Fine Art Paper “Photo Rag” and Fine Art Paper “Museum Etching.” Prints on all looked terrific, both in color and black-and-white. Estimated Street Price: $499.
Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.