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Fine-Art Printers

Canon PIXMA PRO-100


The most affordable printer in the PIXMA PRO lineup—and one of the most affordable high-quality photo printers period—is Canon’s PIXMA PRO-100. It uses the Optimum Image Generating System of the other PIXMA PRO models for what-you-see-is-what-you-get printing. This is designed to make print color matching easier than ever from screen to paper. Unlike many pro printers, the PRO-100 uses dye-based ChromaLife 100+ inks. Dye-based inks aren’t as archival as pigment inks, but they produce brighter, more vibrant output. The PRO-100 uses eight inks and can handle single sheets up to 13×19. It also has a rear tray, making thick papers easier to use. Like the PRO-10, the PRO-100 is also wireless-ready. Estimated Street Price: $399.


In addition to the excellent papers offered by Canon and Epson, there are many more options from third-party photo paper specialists. These companies expand the range of creative choices for inkjet printing, from traditional glossy papers to more exotic materials. Most companies provide ICC profiles for their papers to get optimum results from your printer.

For prints with the feel of classic art papers, Hahnemüehle FineArt Photo Matt Fibre 200 is a matte-coated smooth paper with a slightly warm tone, offered in 25-sheet packs and in 17-inch-wide rolls.

An award-winning paper dedicated to black-and-white prints, Ilford’s Galerie Prestige Gold Mono Silk is specially coated to produce deep blacks and luminous whites; it’s available in both sheet and roll formats.

Moab by Legion’s Slickrock Metallic papers add depth and dimension, with a shimmering quality that has an almost 3D effect. It’s available in Pearl or Silver surfaces, and as single-sided sheets or rolls.

Red River Paper’s GreenPix papers not only are beautiful, but they’re made of 100% post-consumer recycled fiber. This warm-tone, matte paper is available in 17-inch-wide rolls and a range of sheet sizes up to 17×25.

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