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Photo Printers - Canon multi ink type - how many inks used in print?
Just been looking at the specs for various Canon printers..

Many of them have five or more seperate ink tanks with for example some of the colours being called Photo Magenta, Photo Cyan etc..

What I wanna know is this. When printing a picture at highest quality setting, for magenta is it only ink from the Photo Magenta ink tank that will be used or will ink be used from both the Magenta and Photo Magenta ink tank..

Thanks in advance...

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Plevyadophy wrote:.

Just been looking at the specs for various Canon printers..

Many of them have five or more seperate ink tanks with for examplesome of the colours being called Photo Magenta, Photo Cyan etc..

What I wanna know is this. When printing a picture at highest qualitysetting, for magenta is it only ink from the Photo Magenta ink tankthat will be used or will ink be used from both the Magenta and PhotoMagenta ink tank..

Thanks in advance..

Depends what is in the picture. Often six colour printers have the usual yellow / magenta / cyan / black, plus 'light magenta' and 'light cyan' (at least, that's what my Epson calls them). The light magenta is apparently good for skin tones where 'normal' magenta is too vivid; light cyan gives good rendition of pale sky colours..

Your printer software will convert the colours in your picture to different amounts of each of the six inks for each pixel. So which ink is used depends on what is in the pixture (obviously). A picture containing faces and sky - as many do - will make more use of the light magenta / light cyan inks..

Best wishesMike..

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Mike703 wrote:.

Depends what is in the picture. Often six colour printers have theusual yellow / magenta / cyan / black, plus 'light magenta' and'light cyan' (at least, that's what my Epson calls them). The lightmagenta is apparently good for skin tones where 'normal' magenta istoo vivid; light cyan gives good rendition of pale sky colours..

My understanding is the additional cyan / magenta are used to create smoother blends with less visible dots. Place a single small dot of yellow ink on a piece of white paper and it is barely visible. But a single dot of normal cyan or normal magenta stands out. This does not matter in dark areas of the image where there are many dots, but in the lighter areas, individual ink dots may be visible. Using the lighter inks in these areas allows a smoother looking image where dots are not so visible.Regards,Peter..

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I worked in the printer sales industry for a number of years including selling any of the canon printers you might be looking at (probably the ipf series?).

The light magenta and light cyan like one of the above posters mentioned will give you better skin tones and sky colors, as well as smoother color transitions within those colors..

Additionally canon photo printers usually come with a number of grays and blacks which helpful for b&w photography. be aware that most consumer printers like the ipf's and epsons have issues with bronzing in black inks that takes real skill to reduce or eliminate..

You can generally control what colors of ink goes down by controlling what colors are in your image, but also by using something called a RIP software, as well as a proper profile for the media you are printing on. in the profile you can severely limit which colors are used as well as how much ink is sprayed per pass, etc...

By the way if you do get a small canon printer i.e. 17" or 24" watch out when you buy it, for some reason canon only includes starter ink cartridges which get used up almost completely during the installation of the printer...

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Paradoxbox wrote:.

By the way if you do get a small canon printer i.e. 17" or 24" watchout when you buy it, for some reason canon only includes starter inkcartridges which get used up almost completely during theinstallation of the printer..

I can only comment from my own experience with a Canon printer. When I first got the printer I became quite hyperactive and produced many photo prints at A4 and 6x4 sizes. The ink lasted very well for me.Regards,Peter..

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A related question, and does anyone here have any answers/suggestions? http://forums.dpreview.com/...forums/read.asp?forum=1002&message=26992962.

Thanks in advance...

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Paradoxbox wrote:.

By the way if you do get a small canon printer i.e. 17" or 24" watchout when you buy it, for some reason canon only includes starter inkcartridges which get used up almost completely during theinstallation of the printer..

Are you sure you're thinking of Canon?.

That's a practice I've definitely heard of other manufacturers following for several years, but I've seen reports of Canon joining in as well..

In fact I've mainly read comments like the previous, post from sherwoodpete, that Canon DON'T do it!.

Peter(no relation).

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

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