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.