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Best Inkjet Printer for Graphic Designers

Best Inkjet Printer for Graphic Designers

Graphic designers and ad firms often need to print designs, comps, and layouts to share with clients and peers. There are a wide number of inkjet printers that can accomplish the task. However, a select few are truly best for graphic designers.

The best inkjet printers for graphic design ideally should:

  • Be able to print 13x19 and smaller
  • Accept light, heavy, and double-sided papers easily
  • Have individual ink tanks (4 to 8 colors)
  • Be affordable to purchase and operate
  • Ideally use dye inks

The reason we're advocating for dye inks in your printer is that they work with virtually all coated inkjet paper. They also are much more able to withstand handling and resist ink smudging in a portfolio or book environment. Finally, graphic design projects are transient in nature, which means you probably don't need the long term fade resistance of pigment based inks.

With the parameters set, let's take a look at current suggestions. We've included printers from Epson and Canon. HP is not included because the front paper feed design precludes them from using many popular heavy weight papers.

Canon Pixma iP8720 Inkjet Printer

About the Printer Notes
  • Speed - You can expect excellent speed with design and photo prints
  • Good color quality - recommended that you use ICC profiles for the best possible output
  • Very reliable paper feed system
  • 13" wide printer carriage.
  • Supports various types of media from 4"x6" to 13"x19"
  • Connectivity - USB 2.0, ethernet
  • Four color - four ink tanks plus an extra black for text printing jobs

The ip8720 is a great quality, and very economical choice. Canon printers have robust feed systems and can accept a variety of glossy, matte, card stock, and double-sided media.

Using just five colors (most photo inkjet printers use 6+) actually makes for more realistic prints that will be closer to press output.

A big plus with Canon dye based printers is that they almost never experience head clog.

Epson Artisan 1430

About the Printer Notes
  • Top quality photo printing capability
  • Good paper feed system
  • Connectivity - USB 2.0
  • Six individual ink tanks

The 1430 is a workhorse, dye based printer capable of printing high quality photography and design layouts. It uses six individual ink tanks.

The Epson Artisan 1430 is compatible with virtually any inkjet coated stock.

Canon Pro-100

About the Printer Notes
  • Connectivity - USB 2.0, ethernet, wireless
  • Eight individual inks

The PRO-100 has the most inks out of our list at eight individual tanks. This Canon printer is built for lots of use. Canon's use thermal print heads which will last years, but can be replaced by you if need be.

About Red River Paper

Inkjet paper from inkjet paper experts. Red River was founded in 1997 and has over 40 years experience in fine papers. We hand pick fine paper from mills around the world and bring them to our plant in Dallas, Texas. From here, we convert the paper to various sheet sizes and rolls, as well as add special features available only from Red River. We offer wholesale direct pricing, and the convenience of over 30 different inkjet papers under one roof. Red River Paper invests the time and money to understand and test the latest inkjet technology from Epson, Canon, HP, Lexmark and others so you do not have too. Our client services representatives are well versed in our products and inkjet printing, and can give our clients helpful advice on which Red River papers will suit their needs.

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