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Need a good printer than can print Pantone...

 
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Jun 15, 2010 09:00 |  #1

I do lots of design work as well as imaging. I would like some recommendations on a good printer, at a mild-mid range price point. Really needs to be able to print Pantone colors. My Canon Mx890 is great.... just no Pantone.

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Jun 15, 2010 09:46 |  #2

Not sure what you mean by "Pantone colors"


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Jun 15, 2010 20:49 |  #3

Printers have to have specific drivers and such to be able to recognize you are trying to print a Pantone color. Pantone is a set of colors or a color book. BUT if you try and print a Pantone color on a non-Pantone certified printer, it will not come out looking how it should. IE the color will be off. I need to be able to use my Pantone color guides to show people how it will look and then be able to print them that color.


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Jun 15, 2010 23:59 |  #4

CW Jones wrote in post #10369299 (external link)
Printers have to have specific drivers and such to be able to recognize you are trying to print a Pantone color. Pantone is a set of colors or a color book. BUT if you try and print a Pantone color on a non-Pantone certified printer, it will not come out looking how it should. IE the color will be off. I need to be able to use my Pantone color guides to show people how it will look and then be able to print them that color.

Never heard of a consumer pantone certified printer. The way it normally works is either you use the profile the manufacturer provides for the printer/paper and the colors can then be proofed as they will be printed. Provided the colors are within the printer color gamut and paper's ability, they will be reproduced accurately.


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Jun 19, 2010 07:35 |  #5

Here's a list: http://www.pantone.com …s/calibratedpri​nters.aspx (external link)

Doesn't look like there's a 'real' photo printer among the lot.
Out of curiosity: Why do you need it?


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Jun 20, 2010 08:26 |  #6

You cannot print accurate Pantone colours on any inkjet without a colour management system driving it. Even printers like the HP Designjets that have Pantone simulation are not accurate at all.
Trust me on this, I work in the pre-press industry and if an inkjet existed that can produce accurate Pantone out of the box, we'd own 10 of them.

What you need for true accuracy is a digital cromalin device like a Kodak Approval. If you can suffer nearly accurate then you need a colour management system like GMG colour's FlexoProof (external link) and the appropriate supported printer which are usually large format Epsons as well as buying paper from GMG to ensure accuracy.

Either way expect to pay thousands.


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